Most brides want to stand out on their wedding day, so they rely on team of beauty experts to help them get a hair and makeup look that makes them feel better than ever. But what about all the events leading up to the wedding day? Should the bride-to-be hire hair and makeup artists to help her get glam for her pre-wedding events? We asked professionals to weigh in on benefits of hiring beauty pros for everything from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner.
Katherine McCall, Event Coordinator for Facetime Beauty, points out that pre-wedding events offer opportunities for the bride-to-be to establish relationships with her beauty team. "Since the hair and makeup artists are the first people the bride sees on her wedding day, the relationship they build leading up to that day really helps set the tone when it's show time," she says. "The more comfortable everyone is together, the more successful and fun the getting-ready process becomes on the wedding day."
If you're having a hard time choosing which event you want extra help with, McCall suggests going with the rehearsal dinner. "This way, the hair stylist can style and also prep the bride's hair for the following day's festivities. Often brides will wear a beautiful blowout for their rehearsal which creates ideal texture and volume when it comes time to style on the wedding day." Keep in mind that you'll get the most out of your experience by hiring your beauty team for events that will be photographed.
If there's ever a time in your life to pamper yourself, it's now! Mar R., Creative Director and Founder of Team Hair & Makeup, reminds us that having your hair and makeup done gives you a moment to breathe. "It's 45 to 90 minutes of pure, uninterrupted quiet time and gives you a second to take in all of what's going on around you," she says. "If you're having a welcome party, a rehearsal dinner, a post-wedding brunch, or any other festive event, it's going to be less stressful to have a professional who can come to you!" Allow your team of professionals to work their magic while you sip on some tea or champagne in the comfort of your home or hotel room.
Some brides use their hair and makeup trial for a pre-wedding event in order to make the most of their budget. Amie Decker of Amie Decker Beauty cautions against that choice, though. "In reality, you probably don't want your hair and makeup to look exactly the same in your engagement photos as it will on the wedding day," she says. "Instead, hire your wedding beauty team for your engagement photos and schedule your trial closer to your wedding."