Prosecco & Petals
Wedding planning guide
If you decide to have your hair professionally styled, it is essential to find someone with the creative talent to make your wedding hairstyle truly special.
For those who rarely have their hair professionally styled it can be especially hard to know where to start.
Below is a straightforward guide to getting you the best wedding hairdresser for your big day and lots of tips to make the process fun.
Start early to ease stress and maximise the chances of getting popular and talented hairdressers. Aim for around nine months before your wedding.
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.
A reasonable budget should range from £90 – £120.
Do expect that wedding hairdresser who comes to a venue will be slightly more expensive than salon hairstylists. The difference in this spend is easily made up by the ease you will feel on your wedding day morning though.
Factor in a wedding hair trial into any budget as this is a must to avoid disappointment.
Trial prices are normally similar if not slightly more to on the day prices. This is due to the length of appointment, and different styles trialled.
It is recommended to start by asking friends, family, your make up artist and venue for any 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 and countrywide wedding supplier awards.
It is recommended to contact wedding hair stylists by email initially, so your requirements are clear. Most stylists will respond by email, which will then enable you to shortlist. What to include in the initial email:
After sending your email, you will receive a response and can start to filter out the approach you like.
Some professionals will require a deposit to book them for the day and others will merely request booking after a trial.
Once you have found a person you like, do book in a trial as diaries can get very quickly filled up in peak season.
Try to do this around a month before your wedding if you are satisfied with your hairstylist, or very early if you want multiple options.
While the additional cost incurred can be expensive, the gains massively outweigh the expenditure in the majority of instances. This 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.
As hair trials are limited to between one and three hours, the number of styles that can be trialled is limited.
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.
The hair trial will normally start with a discussion about your day and style preferences.
The hair stylist will take the lead from your ideas, but it is recommended to listen to their guidance.
They will then start trialling out styles on your hair. In this stage, it is important to be vocal and honest, so you begin to see a style you like.
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 hair stylist will discuss the running order, logistics for the day and hair prep tips. They will also discuss how to book their services.
Important: Do make sure know how your hairstyle can be adapted for bad weather and what contingency plans the stylist has in case of sickness or delays.
Hair stylists are best booked at the end of the 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.
Normally, your hair stylist will contact to re-confirm the logistics in the week before your wedding but if not feel free to do this as it will help to keep you feeling relaxed. At this point do let them know of any changes.
Where possible I would recommend giving your hair stylist the contact details for your wedding venue contact (if she is going there) or a bridesmaid – do expect to be busy or slightly nervous on the morning, and early delegation will help.
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.