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Wedding planning guide
If you decide to have your hair professionally styled, it is essential to find someone with the creative flair to make your bridal hairstyle truly special. To help make this search a doddle, we have created the below essential guide to wedding hairdressers.
Specialist wedding hairdressers will normally provide a consultation prior to the day to get the style right and then will recreate this on your wedding day at a location of your choice. They will use their expertise to find a style that suits your hair type, will hold all day and can be recreated on your wedding morning without any stress.
On the day the hairdresser will style your bridal hair first and then start styling any bridesmaids. Brides are expected to have washed their hair or to have followed instructions given before the day and to provide any hair accessories. Expect that your hairdresser will stay for any touch-ups before you walk the aisle, but will leave shortly after this. All travel, set up, styling products and clearing away are usually covered in the price.
Prices range enormously but do not expect to pay less than £90 if you are looking for someone creative who knows to make your hair stay picture perfect all day. It is reasonable to expect to pay anywhere between £90 to £120. Also, make sure to include a hair trial within your budget to ensure that your wedding day look is spot on. Trial prices are normally similar if not slightly higher than on the day prices.
Generally, expect that mobile wedding hairdresser will be slightly more expensive than salon hairstylists. However, this spend is worthwhile to ensure you have a hassle-free morning before your wedding celebrations.
It is recommended to start by asking your friends, family, makeup artist and venue for recommendations. Surprisingly, photographers can also be very helpful as they have a creative eye, so it is worth consulting them too. If this approach yields no good results, it can be worth searching online by defining the region you are getting married and also by looking at regional wedding supplier awards.
Make sure pictures, website and social media show:
It is recommended to contact wedding hairdressers by email initially so your requirements are clear. Include in the initial email:
When collecting responses start to rate hairdressers based on responsiveness, distance from the venue, flexibility for booking hair trials (ideally a month before the wedding) and those that do not ask for commitment/deposit in advance of the hair trial.
The hair trial will normally start with a discussion about your wedding day and style preferences. The hairstylist will then take the lead from your ideas. It is recommended to listen to their guidance if their views differ as they will have vast experience of what works for different hair types. They will then start trialling out styles on your hair. At this stage, it is important to be vocal and honest, so they can refine the look.
After approximately 1-2 hours, you should have a stunning look that you adore. If not, again let them know. At this point it is worth taking pictures, trialling accessories and your veil. At the end of the appointment, your hairstylist will discuss the running order, logistics for the day and hair prep tips. They will also discuss how to book their services.
While the additional cost incurred can be expensive, the gains massively outweigh the expenditure in the majority of instances. A hair trial will give you:
A trial also gives you the opportunity to be more direct about what you like, don’t like without coming across as a bridezilla. While you can do this on the day, this can severely affect timings.
Bridal hair trial tip: Decide on a general style before the trial
The number of styles that can be trialled is limited by time. Therefore, it is very wise to do research and work out the rough style you want in advance. This then means your stylist can refine and adapt the style to suit you.
Start early to ease stress and maximise the chances of getting a popular and talented hairdresser. Aim to find a hairdresser around nine months before your wedding and book a trial a month before the wedding.
Hairstylists are best booked at the end of the bridal hair trial as this will ensure they are free. However, if you are not happy with the service, it is important to defer your decision and then politely decline by email. This can be done by simply saying that you want to discuss the style with someone close to you and you will be in contact. If declining, do make sure to do this promptly.
Top Tip: Make sure you know how your hairdresser will adapt your style in case of bad weather and what contingency plans the stylist has in case of sickness or delays.
Relax and let them do their thing. You will have picked a stylist for a reason, and they will make sure they work to times needed. That is part of their job. As they are doing your hair, making this a chance to relax shut your eyes/listen to nice songs or have a nice chat. Brides that are flustered can move too much and watch each step with a critical eye won't help – hair needs time to come together entirely.
Once all is done, ask someone to take a picture to make sure it is as you wanted. If not, be polite and ask for the changes needed. Part of a stylist's job is to make you feel great. It can be helpful to move around once hair has been finished to make sure that it holds. Also, do ask for some additional pins if needed.