The Importance of a Hair and Makeup Trial

Destination Weddings by Mango Muse Events

The major difference between planning a destination wedding and planning a wedding in your home town is the distance.  That distance can play into a few different factors, but the biggie one is being able to see and do things in person.  We talked about scheduling a destination wedding site visit and why it’s important.  We also talked about what you should try to do on your site visit.  One of those must do items is a hair and makeup trial.

When it comes to hiring your wedding vendors there are only really a few where meeting in person is crucial.  One is your venue, the other your catering and the third is your hair and makeup artist.  Other vendors, you can easily get work with through email and phone meetings.  But, your hair and makeup artist is one where a phone meeting won’t give you the full picture.

As one of our vendor friends, the talented Jane Kim of The Glamourist says,

“The hair and makeup trial is the best place for you to not only understand their personality but their artistry.  An interview just isn’t the same. They can’t show you what they can do in an interview.”

I totally concur with Jane and this is why your hair and makeup trial is super important especially if you don’t know who you want.  But, with destination weddings, you can’t always make a site visit trip.  Sometimes you can’t make one at all. And sometimes you can make one but, can’t get your hair and makeup trial to fit.  So, what do you do then?

If you can’t do a trial before you hire someone, pick the artist that you resonate most with both in your interview and via photos.  Then when you arrive onsite, do a hair and makeup trial.

It’s ok if this is scheduled only a day or two before your wedding.  The point here is not to do the trial to pick your artist, but to do a practice run.

You want to not only get comfortable with your artist but also refine what you’ll be looking like on the wedding day.  It will save you time and stress on the wedding day if you both already know what you’re doing and what you want. It will also give you a chance to talk with your artist and feel more at home in their hands.  Because you’re literally putting yourself in their hands.

Now, I think it’s also important to mention that if you know which artist you want, you don’t have to do a trial before you hire them.  And this is also where today’s destination wedding tip comes into play.  While you don’t have to do a hair and makeup trial beforehand, I would still recommend you do one sometime before your wedding day.  It once again just gives you both a chance to talk, connect, and figure out what works.

A bride getting ready by her hair and makeup artist, Jane Kim of The Glamourist

(Photo credit: Gladys Jem)

The above photo is of Jane in action working on a bride.  If you want to see even more of Jane’s work, you can check her out here.

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