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When Should I Book My Bridal Hair and Makeup Team?

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Planning a wedding can be a lot of work. There are countless details to decide on, and depending on the length of your engagement, these decisions might need to be made quickly. Despite the stress, your beauty and gown should be the fun part of wedding planning.

Every bride and her bridal party deserve to feel and look beautiful on the big day. It's my belief that hiring your beauty team should be one of the first five vendors you secure.

Good beauty teams are in high demand and can book up quickly depending on your location. The sooner you inquire, the sooner you can secure your spot. Pro Tip: Before booking anyone, get a better idea of your budget. If you’re unsure about the going rate for a makeup artist, figure out a price for just your hair and makeup that you’re comfortable with and start from there. Even if your bridal party doesn’t want professional makeup, it's crucial that you, as the bride, have your hair and makeup professionally done.

Bride and Groom looking at each other smiling
Bride and Groom Makeup by Diana Marie Makeup Artistry

Key Considerations for Booking Early

  1. Budget Planning: Determine how much you’re willing to spend on your hair and makeup. Consider if you want a trial, if you're okay with hiring someone who might need to travel, or if you want extras like stay-the-day touch-ups or hair extension rentals. This will help you communicate your needs to potential stylists.

  2. Comprehensive Inquiry: When inquiring, give the best case scenario, such as everyone in your bridal party getting services. This will reflect the maximum time, space, and cost, which can then be adjusted as needed.

Why Early Booking Can Save You Money

  • Pricing: If your wedding is in 2025 and you book in 2024, you’re likely to get 2024 pricing. Most wedding vendors increase their prices annually to keep up with inflation and maintain profitability.

  • Special Payment Options: Booking early can make you eligible for payment plans, giving you more time to pay off the balance. Most beauty teams require a 50% deposit to secure your date, but ask if you can break this down into smaller payments.

Additional Benefits of Early Booking

  • Additional Services: Hiring your beauty team early means you can book them for other events like your engagement photos, bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and post-wedding brunch.

  • Preparation Time: The longer you have to prepare, the better your wedding glam will look. Good skin and hair are the cornerstones of great bridal makeup. Booking sooner allows you to collaborate with your beauty team on skincare and haircare routines.

Husband and Wife in an embrace on their wedding day
Bridal Hair & Makeup by Diana Marie Makeup Artistry c/o L&K Photography

Final Thoughts

Creating an unforgettable experience for your guests is a goal, but make sure to prioritize yourself too. It’s okay to adjust your budget to accommodate a slightly more expensive but highly skilled beauty team. Remember, cheap work isn’t good, and good work isn’t cheap. Hiring your beauty team early can help you avoid last-minute stress and the risk of choosing a bargain-basement team or doing it yourself.

If you’re a bride who hasn’t yet completed her bridal hair and makeup booking, you’re in luck! I have availability for Fall and Winter 2024/25. The sooner you book, the sooner you can relax and enjoy your summer without worrying about beauty arrangements. Contact me via email or fill out an inquiry form on my website to get started with your complimentary consultation today.

Special Offer

As a special thank you for reading, please click the link here to take my ultimate skincare quiz and here to take my ultimate haircare quiz and here if you'd like recommendations on new beauty products to add to your arsenal. After you take the quiz/quizzes, I will email you a customized routine to start getting ready for your wedding as my thank you to you just for reading.

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