One of the questions that we hear often is “do I really need a preview consultation (also called a trial)?”
While you could book a makeup artist and a hair stylist without one, it would be like buying your wedding dress without having a chance to try it on or get it altered.
A bridal preview isn’t just about getting hair and makeup done, it’s also about getting to know the people that you are trusting to get you looking and feeling amazing on your wedding day. How awful would it be to get to your big day and not be compatible with your stylists?
So what happens at a bridal preview consultation?
The bridal preview is where you will first meet your makeup artist, sit down and have a cup of coffee (or tea) and talk about what styles or looks you like, and then try some looks out to see what suits you.
Generally this will take around 1.5 – 2 hours to find your PERFECT makeup look, so that there are no surprises on your special day. If the same artist is doing your hair, this is when you’ll be trying out hairstyles, so you can see what needs to be done to have your style looking amazing.
Is there anything that I can do to prepare?
Wear a white or ivory top, similar to what you will be wearing on the day. Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your bridal preview , and use a hydrating mask the night before, if you have one, to make sure that your skin is hydrated.
If you are having a facial or waxing have this done at least 5 days before the bridal preview , as products can affect the way that makeup appears (this is the same for the wedding day too).
What happens if the look I like doesn’t suit me?
This sometimes happens, and that’s one of the reasons a preview is so important. Don’t worry though – your artist will be able to work on the look until you love it.
When should we book the bridal preview for?
We recommend booking a bridal preview around 6 months before your wedding date. You’ll need to have already decided on some of the finer details before you can make a decision on style so that the entire look is cohesive, and you will need to leave enough time between the preview and the wedding date to ensure that you can start a skin regime or brow rehab if you need it
So we’ve done the bridal preview, now what?
Once you love what we’ve created your artist will take photos of the look so that it can be recreated for your wedding day. Once your contract has been signed and the booking fee has been paid, that’s it – you’ll be locked in!
Still have questions? We'd love to hear from you.
Book your free consultation with The Melbourne Bride and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
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