You’ve picked the dress, the floral arrangements, your bridesmaid dresses, and now you are down to the nitty-gritty details of the wedding day. Practicing the hairstyle you want and the makeup you plan to use are two of the more essential, but often overlooked, tasks before saying “I Do.”
By far, the thing that makes it all become “real” is practicing the hair and makeup in the weeks and days before the wedding date. For many brides, it is the first time they will see the final look with the veil on before they walk down the aisle. Here are a few tips to plan your hair and makeup trial run.
When To Plan Your Trial Run
Whether you want soft curls that last all day or an elegant updo, most wedding planners suggest booking an appointment with your hair stylist at least 3-6 months in advance to practice which looks you may want on your wedding day.
Most wedding experts also suggest also booking a second appointment in the days before the ceremony to perfect and finalize the plan. It will also give you a feel for how much time it will take the morning of the wedding. This is important especially if you plan to bring other bridesmaids to have their hair done as well.
Bring Your Inspirational Photos
Chances are you’ve been perusing wedding magazines for months and have some idea of what you want your hairstyle and makeup to be for the ceremony and reception. Most brides have based their decision of hairstyle on the type of veil, the type of hair they have, and the general aesthetic of the wedding itself.
Bring any inspirational photos you have found in wedding magazines or online to visibly show your stylist what you are looking for. A picture can quickly show them the way you want it and you can add in more description as the trial run goes on.
Arrange Necessary Details of the Wedding Day
After you have perfected the makeup and hairstyle you want for your wedding day, don’t forget to iron out the logistics of the actual day. Find out what time your appointment is, how long it will take and where it will take place.
Many stylists have been known to require brides and bridesmaids to visit the salon, while others travel to the bride at her home or hotel for the big day. Be sure you know which it is so there is no confusion the day of the big event!
Wear Appropriate Attire
Your stylists will probably remind you about wearing a shirt that is similar to the style of your dress for the practice run. For example if your neckline is strapless have a strapless outfit on the day of the trial run to see how everything will look.
A useful tip is to wear a button down shirt while getting hair and makeup done on the day of the wedding. This way, there’s no need to need to pull a shirt over your newly styled hair and makeup when changing into your wedding dress.
Need more assistance on what style you should have for your makeup and hair? The Knot online has many resources and suggestions to make your trial run a successful one.