How to Prevent Hair and Makeup Wedding Regrets

I was talking to a friend the other day about her wedding. We were reminiscing and it came up and she didn’t like how she looked on her wedding day.

I was taken aback because I thought she looked great! But, I learned that she really didn’t like her hair and makeup.

Hair and makeup was never a big deal to her. But, when it didn’t turn out like how she wanted it to, she wasn’t happy.

And it’s now become her one big wedding regret. Not paying attention to or caring more about her hair and makeup.

Bride getting her hair and makeup done at a San Francisco wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Wedding regrets are common.

Most people have at least one wedding regret after a wedding.

Because hindsight is always 20/20. But, when you’re in the planning, it’s hard to always know exactly what you want.

Sometimes it’s a small regret like wishing you had made that extra sign. Or in some cases, it’s a big regret like wishing you had hired a wedding planner from the beginning.

For me, it was wishing I had taken a photo in this one spot at the venue.

Wedding regrets are different for every person. Because different things matter to different people.

But, I’ve been hearing wedding regrets about hair and makeup more and more.

Bride in a sari wedding dress for an Indian wedding at Calistoga Ranch by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emik Nikora)

Every bride wants to look good on their wedding day.

It’s partially a vanity thing. But also because when you look good, you feel good. Which is real thing that affects you every day.

Looking good takes many forms, but for most of my brides, they want to look like themselves, just better.

They want to look natural. They want to be recognizable to everyone they know.

But, they also want to look pulled together and nicer than if they were to do their hair and makeup themselves.

Now this is where your hair and makeup artist comes in.

They’re the professional. The one who can help you to achieve whatever look and style you’re going for.

But, here’s also when things can go wrong.

If hair and makeup isn’t that important to you, then you’re likely not going to spend a lot of time or money on it. Right?!

So, what does that mean?

You’re likely going to compromise in this area. Instead of booking the amazing hair and makeup artist, you’ll book the ok hair and makeup artist.

Which makes sense, because this is an area you care less about.

But, come your wedding day, if you don’t love your hair and makeup, you’re stuck. And then this becomes one of your wedding regrets.

You don’t care, until it’s not what you want.


So, how do you fix this? How do you make sure this doesn’t become a wedding regret?

First of all, please know that you can’t prevent everything. You just can’t. There is no way to absolutely ensure that you won’t have wedding regrets.

But, you can do your best with these 4 steps.

4 Steps to Prevent Hair and Makeup Wedding Regrets

A relaxed bride enjoying the view at a San Francisco destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Step #1 – So, to start, figure how much hair and makeup really matters to you.

If it turns out not quite right, is that ok? Or do you want something specific and everything else will just not do?

No matter how simple or glam of a look you’re going for, figure out how much you care about it.

Hair and makeup itself may not be that important to you. But looking a certain way may be.

Step #2 – If you do care, then it’s going to be important that you find the right artist.

This doesn’t mean you have to go with the most expensive artist. But, you should spend money to get the professional who does what you want well.

Because in most cases, you get what you pay for.

Step #3 – But, it’s not just about finding the right artist. It’s also crucial that you do a hair and makeup trial.

This is key to making sure that your wedding day look is what you want.

Because no artist is a mind reader, no matter how good they are. You have to communicate what you’re looking for and then see what that looks like in real life.

Then you can make changes so that on your wedding day, everything has already been figured out.

Step #4 – After all of that, the final step is to trust your hair and makeup artist.

Because micro-managing your hair and makeup artist will never go well. You have to trust that you picked the right person with the right skills, who understands what you want.

Bride getting ready on her wedding day by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Day 7 Photography)

Now can things still go wrong? Yes, of course. We’re human and things can always go wrong.

But, if you take these 4 steps to prevent any hair and makeup wedding regrets into account, you’re giving yourself the best odds.

And of course if you need help finding the right wedding vendors for you, contact us today. We’ve seen it all! The good, the bad and the ugly. And we can help guide you to not just the good, but the amazing.

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