Makeup Artist Cancelled For My Wedding. What To Do?

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What’s something you are afraid of? Spiders, clowns, your hairstylist or makeup artist cancelling on you last minute for your wedding? It may sound crazy, but believe me, it happens more often than not and it can be terrifying if you’re the bride. There are a few things you can do to prevent this happening, but in the event it does, there’s a solution. I’ve fixed this wedding nightmare for couples more often than I should have to, and if it happens to you (god forbid), keep reading for my solutions.

How To Fix A Wedding Nightmare

In my years as a beauty concierge, I have unfortunately had to fix a few situations like this for couple’s who booked hair and/or makeup artists on their own and later found (through them cancelling) that they weren’t a reliable choice. If this happened to you, I am sorry. If it hasn’t happened to you, but you are worried about it, better to be safe than sorry. If your hairstylist or makeup artist cancels on you for your wedding day, here’s what to do:

Reach Out To Your Wedding Planner

If you have a wedding planner, he or she is your confidant/resource and should have a network on some hairstylists and makeup artists that you might be able to turn to. I am often the resource for many planners when this wedding nightmare happens, but they should be able to jump in and help if you end up in this situation.

If your wedding planner doesn’t have options, you can also reach out to the other vendors you have booked. They will often have options as well, as they have been on the same weddings with various hair and makeup artists.

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Use Your Online Resources

We are definitely lucky that we are in age in which technology has made things a lot easier. In the event your hairstylist or makeup artist cancels on you, I would go to resources like The Knot to see the artists in your area. You will be inundated with options and that might seem overwhelming, but read the reviews. At this point you want some reliable, so look for that in the reviews and make sure it’s prevalent. If you don’t see any indications of responsiveness, professionalism or timeliness the day of, don’t waste your time.

Don’t rely on Instagram. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but a lot of Instagram makeup artists are not professional makeup artists and you might end up in the same boat. Don’t need to repeat a wedding nightmare.

Don’t Go Cheap

If you put a deposit down for your previous hairstylist or makeup artist, and they cancelled, I am sorry, that sucks. It should not however, affect how you move forward in finding a new artist. Meaning, don’t go cheap because you lost the deposit on the previous one. Remember you do get what you pay for, and you don’t need to worry about having another artist cancel on you.

Look out for these warning signs
  • They don’t require a deposit (or it’s very small). The average should be at least $100 or (25% – 50% of the total)
  • They charge below average of the market pricing
  • The artist doesn’t have a lot of reviews.
  • Examples of their work or portfolio are mostly of themselves (i.e. an Instagram makeup, not a professional)
  • They are slow or unresponsiveness in correspondence.

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I really hope that this doesn’t happen to you for your wedding day. It’s an awful thing to happen, but life happens and sometimes the artist has a legitimate reason. In the event it does though, use my tips above and everything will be okay.

If you are really stressing out, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m more than happy to help, as you shouldn’t have to worry about this on your wedding day.



Elwynn + Cass

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