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Bridal Consultation FAQs – All Your Questions Answered

Are you confused about whether to have a bridal hair and makeup consultations? Wondering if you can get away with skipping this seemingly extra step? Before you dismiss the humble bridal consultation, read the answers below:

What’s a Bridal Consultation?

A bridal consultation is an appointment scheduled before the wedding where you have the opportunity to meet your makeup artist and try different hair and makeup styles.

What’s the Difference Between a Bridal Consultation and a Trial?

Terminology. A bridal consultation is a different way of saying a wedding hair and makeup trial. They’re the same thing.

I Already Know What Style I Want. Do I Still Need a Bridal Consultation?

Even if you’ve been doodling pictures of your dream wedding style since you were five, a bridal consultation is still essential. A professional bridal hair and makeup artist will be able to replicate a style from a photo. However, everyone’s unique combination of hair type, face shape, and colouring etc. makes it difficult to judge exactly how a style will look on YOU. You may discover that you hate the original style you chose. Or you may only need a few small tweaks to adjust the style to better flatter you.

Booking a bridal consultation ensures that there are no last-minute surprise disasters on your wedding day. You’ll know beforehand exactly what you’re going to look like. Moreover, you’ll know what you’re going to look like after a few hours of bustling around in the spotlight. For example, if smudging occurs in any specific areas after the trial, you’ll have time to let your makeup artist know in time for them to fix or make changes to the makeup application for the wedding day.

Additionally, the consultation is (likely) your first time meeting your makeup artist. It’s a chance to see if your personalities mesh together and make sure they’re the right fit for you.

How Long Will it Take?

Our bridal consultations take 2-4 hours. Your comfort is our priority because we know being comfortable in your own skin is essential to feeling beautiful and confident.

Pro Tip: Take the day off and arrange to go dress shopping after you’ve had your hair and makeup done. That way you’ll be able to get the full effect.

What Can I Expect From a Professional Bridal Consultation?

When you first meet your hair and makeup artist they’ll want to get a sense for who you are and what you’re envisioning for your wedding. You can expect questions like “Have you picked your dress yet? What does it look like?” and “What’s the colour palette of your wedding?”.

A professional wedding hair and makeup artist will know the right questions to ask you. They’ll also find it easier to picture how the hair and makeup will look together with your wedding dress.

How is a Consultation Different from the Actual Hair and Makeup Process?

Your bridal consultation is the time to test out different styles and accessories. On the actual day of your wedding there’s no time to make changes.

Does your chosen hairstyle need a veil to complete it? Do you need a little more eyeshadow for it to translate on camera? We only move on once you’re happy with how you look both in person and in photos.

Naturally, this means the process takes more time than it will on your wedding day. Instead of one hour for hair and another for makeup, at your bridal consultation you’re given up to double the time for both.

We want you to be comfortable with the final style choices. A change as small as switching from a centre part to a side part can make all the difference. On your wedding day there’s no time to focus on changing details. That’s why a bridal consultation is essential.

Have You Booked Your Bridal Consultation Yet?

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If you’re interested in learning more about how to prepare for your makeup and hair trial, check out the guide below. It offers great pointers including the three key factors to having long lasting hair and makeup with healthy skin and hair.


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