You’re engaged – congratulations! You’ve booked the venue, got a date, so now it’s time to start thinking about everything else! Here’s our comprehensive guide to booking your wedding hair and makeup artist!
Where to start?
There is a large selection of wedding hair and makeup artists in London and for someone who’s never booked hair and makeup before (as is the case for most brides!) it can be really challenging to know where to start! It’s pretty likely if you’re reading this you typed “wedding hair and makeup London” or “mobile hair and makeup artist” into google and stumbled across our lovely little site. Well it really is a great place to start – google is a treasure trove of information and almost everyone can be found on there somewhere if you search deep enough! That’s is part of the problem though there are so many options on google so what should you look for?
What to look for?
If you have a hair style in mind it’s not a bad idea to look for an artist who has something similar on their website – at least you know they’re able to recreate it! Most good hair stylists will be able to do almost anything you throw at them but some excel at certain styles – for example as a team The Elevate Team prides themselves on stunning loose and messy up do’s or beautiful natural bridal makeup.
When to look?
In the wedding industry it’s never too early to book suppliers in – many wedding suppliers are small companies or individual sellers so when you’re booking a service such as hair and makeup or wedding photography it’s best to get in as soon as possible. Most weddings will happen on one of thirteen summer Saturdays and so if you have a supplier you really want to book we suggest booking them in straight away. At Elevate Bridal we’ll usually start taking bookings one year to 18 months in advance of your wedding date. We take most of our bookings Nov-Feb so it’s a good idea to get in before that so you can have your pick of the artists we have available. That said where we’re a bigger team which is always expanding we also have some last minute availability (and we do the hard work for you reaching out to our network of artists to find someone for you and you only had to send one enquiry!) so it’s always worth getting in touch and asking!
What is the process?
So you’ve chose to book one of our artists on The Elevate Team for your wedding hair and makeup – congratulations we think you’ve made a fantastic choice! 😉 From here you’ll have two options.
- You can pay a £50 booking fee to book in your wedding date. We can then book your trial in at a time convenient for you, after the trial a further £50 booking fee will be due.
- You can book your trial before paying the booking fee. We recommend you book a trial within the next two weeks to avoid disappointment – we won’t book a trial more than one month in advance if you haven’t already paid the booking fee. After the trial a £100 booking fee will be due.
For all bookings the final balance is due one month before the wedding so we recommend you have your trial before then. Booking fee’s come off of the final balance.
What happens at the trial?
For your pre-wedding hair and makeup trial with The Elevate Team you’ll visit The Boutique in Fulham, West London. The Boutique was co-founded by Tori in 2016 and stocks an exquisite collection of hair accessories by Victoria Millésime which we can try during your hair and makeup trial. The Boutique also has a carefully curated selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, bridal shoes, flower girl dresses and wedding related gifts for you to browse while you’re here for your trial.
During your trial we suggest you come with some inspiration images for your bridal hair and makeup. We’ll start with your favourite look and adapt this to suit you – if you love it and you’re happy you are welcome to leave hair and makeup intact (as long as we don’t need to get our extensions out)! If you’re not sure we’ll try another look until we find the look you love. We usually spend around 2hours with our brides during their trial but some may be quicker and some may take a little less time. You can read our full guide to your wedding hair and makeup trial here.
Will you travel to me on my wedding day?
Yes! Elevate Bridal is a mobile hair and makeup service – at the venue, at home or at your hotel on your wedding day we’ll be right there with you. You come to us for the trial as there is so much space at The Boutique and we’re surrounded by all things wedding and beautiful which makes for a great afternoon out!
Which areas and venues do you cover?
Our primary locations are London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, East Sussex and West Sussex. You can see more about some of our favourite venues on our blog such as weddings at Syon Park in London, Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire, Cornwell Manor in the Cotswolds, Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire,
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