Q: I’m having my destination wedding in the Caribbean and I’m in the process of finding vendors. One vendor that I’m really struggling with is my hair and makeup artist. Everyone I come across either doesn’t have much of a portfolio (if at all) or they only seem to work with a particular ethnicity. I’m Asian and this worries me because I’ve had bad experiences in the past. What should I do? Do I just pick one and hope for the best?
Thanks so much for your question! I know that planning a destination wedding and find your wedding vendors can be hard, especially if you’re on an island or somewhere remote. Because you only have so many options.
On the one hand having less options can be helpful. But, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s definitely not.
If you’re faced with this situation, you really have 3 options for your hair and makeup. And by the way these options also apply if you’re struggling to find other wedding vendors too.
Option #1 – You can bring someone in
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This allows you to find the hair and makeup artist that is the perfect fit for you. While this will require more research, this is the easiest option. And if you pick someone who lives in your area, you can meet and do a trial ahead of time. Which will give you peace of mind.
But, this also requires travel fees (hotel, accommodations, etc…) as you’d be flying your hair and makeup artist in for your wedding.
Option #2 – You can make do with the options available to you
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In this instance you’d want to pick the hair and makeup artist that is the most helpful and experienced out of the bunch. This will give you the best shot of getting what you want even if they haven’t done it before.
This doesn’t require any more research or fees, but it’s a gamble. Clear communication is going to be key and I’d definitely suggest you do a trial at least a few days before your wedding.
Option #3 – You can DIY it
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If you’re decently talented with your own hair and makeup normally or a bridesmaid or mom is, then it’s possible you can do it yourself. You’ll want to practice ahead of time so that you can nail the look you want.
This will be a little more stressful especially if you do it yourself. But, you’ll know what you’ll look like and it will save you some money.
Now what makes the most sense for you?
In your particular situation, I would go with either 1 or 3. Since you’ve had bad experiences in the past where you didn’t like how you looked, you’re going to be worried. And option #2 won’t help with the worry.
But option #3 only works if you happen to be a beauty kind of girl. I certainly am not, so I personally wouldn’t choose option #3. But, I have friends who could do their own hair and makeup and look amazing. If that happens to be you, then that could be a great option.
Option #1 really is the easiest option and allows you to sit back and relax because you trust your hair and makeup artist. But, it comes with additional costs which you may or may not be willing to swing.
I suggest you take some time and think about how important your hair and makeup is to you. And what is (and isn’t) worth it to you. And then see where you fall out.
Because you want to be happy with how you look. And choosing the right option for you will help make that happen.
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