What To Look for When Hiring Hair and Makeup for Your Wedding Day

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Written by Wendy Wharton

What To Look for When Hiring Hair and Makeup for Your Wedding Day

The big day is fast approaching and it is time to start looking for the best Hair and Makeup stylists to make sure that you and your squad look amazing!  So where do you start?

When hiring a hair stylist for your wedding, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you find the right team for your special day:


  1. Experience and Portfolio: Look for stylists with experience in bridal hair and makeup and seem current and up-to-date on what’s trending. Review their portfolio to see examples of their work, paying attention to styles similar to what you envision for your wedding day.
  2. Reputation and Reviews: Check online reviews and testimonials from previous clients to gauge the stylist’s reputation and level of customer satisfaction. Recommendations from friends or family members can also be valuable. If you have hired a Wedding Planner, they should come with a list of trusted and professional stylists to help you. Don’t forget to go back to step 1 and check their portfolio and experience for yourself as well.
  3. Communication and Compatibility: Effective communication is key when working with any stylist. Make sure the stylist listens to your ideas, understands your vision, and is able to offer suggestions and guidance based on their expertise. It’s important to feel comfortable with them and confident in their abilities to bring your vision to life. Never let the stylist push you into a look or trend. Making sure that you look and feel great should be your stylists top priority.
  4. Trial Session: Schedule a trial session with the stylist before the wedding day to test out different hairstyles and ensure you’re happy with the results. This allows you to communicate any adjustments or changes you’d like and gives the stylist a chance to understand your hair texture and preferences. If this is a destination wedding, do this home trial with your local stylist and take pictures to show the destination styling team exactly how you want to look on your wedding day.
  5. Flexibility and Availability: Confirm the stylist’s availability on your wedding day and discuss any scheduling considerations or potential conflicts. Ensure they are flexible and able to accommodate your timeline and any last-minute adjustments. Don’t forget to let them know how many people will be requiring hair and/or makeup on the day of the wedding so that they know if they need more time or additional stylists to get everyone looking their best and not run out of time.
  6. Professionalism and Reliability: Choose a stylist who is professional, punctual, and reliable. They should arrive on time and come prepared with all the necessary tools and products to create your desired look. Most will even tell you if you must wash your hair before they arrive or not. Make sure to follow all of your stylist’s instructions to avoid wasting time and delaying the start of the wedding.
  7. Cost and Services: Discuss pricing and the services included in the stylist’s packages upfront to avoid any surprises later on. Make sure you understand what is included, such as hair trials, travel fees, hair accessories and any additional charges for bridal party or additional guests styling. Remember, vetting your stylists well will make sure that you get the best service for your dollars spent.
  8. Contract and Terms: Have a written contract outlining the agreed-upon services, pricing, and terms to protect both parties and ensure clarity. Review the contract carefully before signing and ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have. Having a contract will give you peace of mind and ensure you are both committed to this service for the day of the wedding.


By considering these factors and taking the time to find a skilled and reliable hair stylist, you can ensure that your wedding day hair will be exactly as you envision it and add to your beauty, confidence and joy on your special day.

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