Hello Beautiful Brides to Be! As you may
know, most brides are extremely focused (is obsessed too
strong a word?) on appearance just before their “big day.”
In preparation for the lavish event, the cosmetic and hair
services that a bride decides to use for herself and her
bridal party will be a crucial decision, not only because
all eyes will be on her and her bridal party, but also
because the big day will create the photos that she will
treasure for the rest of her life.
Here are the answers to the questions I get most
Q: If I already know exactly what I want, why do you
require a trial run?
A: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this
question. Many of the photos of wedding hairstyles in
magazines have additions of hair pieces and extensions
strategically placed to give the illusion of height, length
and fullness. It’s very important for me to see the length
and texture of your hair to make sure I can achieve your
dream style. Magazine photos also have the help of Photoshop
and retouching to give the illusion of perfect skin. I need
to see your skin and the condition it’s in to make sure that
the look you love in a magazine can be achieved for you. I
also want to work with you before your wedding day so that
when you say “smokey eye,” we can make sure that you mean
the exact same thing that I do when I say “smokey eye.”
Believe me, it can be very, very different, and we both want
you happy on your big day.
Q: What should I bring to the trial?
A: The best-case scenario would be for you to bring photos
of things you like and photos of things you don’t. You can
also email me photos that will be placed in your file. Look
for hairstyles you admire and makeup applications you are
attracted to. When you see that picture that makes you say
“yuck!” – bring that too. It’s easier for you and me to be
on the same page when we can eliminate the bad from the
good. Please note that I DO NOT have photos at the trial, so
it is important to bring your own. If you do not bring any
photos, and you are super specific, you may still leave
disappointed if you can't clearly describe in professional
hair/makeup terms what you want. If your background is not
cosmetology or makeup, pictures will save us both a lot of
time and energy.
Please show up with CLEAN DRY HAIR and no makeup.
You may use your normal skincare products.
If you are wearing a hair piece (tiara, veil, special
adornment) bring it if you can. It will allow you to see a
vision of what you will look like. If you can’t bring it for
whatever reason, don’t stress—we will work it out. If you
plan on wearing fresh flowers, please let me know. I can
bring silk flowers for the trial so you can get an idea.
It’s also a good idea to wear a shirt with a similar
neckline as your dress. If that’s not an option – no
worries, I can work around anything.
*Please note: Although Friends & Family are welcome at
the salon, they will not be permitted to "hover" around the
station when the trial is taking place. They are welcome to
relax in the front area only. Please limit guests to one or
two, or we may ask that they wait at the cafe next door.
The stylists’ stations are small and we have to respect
other clients who are receiving salon services. You may show
them the finished product when we are done. There are no
exceptions to this rule. Thank you for understanding.
*Some helpful advice for the mother, mother-in-law to be,
and all of those helpful friends with strong opinions: Let
the bride speak for herself! Allow her to have one-on-one
time and space with her stylist so that she can share her
Q: What if I think I need a second trial, do you give
a discount for that?
A: I allow 2.5 hours for the initial trial run, and 9 times
out of 10, I can find out what you want. If you aren't sure
or are completely at a loss as to what you want, don't book
the trial yet. Look through magazines and tear out some
pages so I can at least get an idea. Once you have at least
a general sense of whether you want your hair up or down,
curly or straight, etc. - then feel free to book a trial. I
do not give discounts for 2nd trials.
Q: I only want my hair done (or just my makeup),
because my friend/stylist I’ve been going to for years is
going to do the other service – is this ok?
A: Although I will do just your hair or just your makeup, I
prefer to do both. When you use the same person for both
services, you’re guaranteed to have one cohesive, harmonious
style for your hair and makeup. If this other person doesn’t
do this on a regular basis, their time management skills may
also differ from mine. If you do prefer for me to do only
hair or only makeup, please let me know in advance who will
be doing the other half so that we can collaborate on the
time and the style. The most important thing is for you, the
bride to feel at ease all day and not have to worry about
Q: I plan on changing dresses before the reception;
can I also change my hair or enhance my makeup so everything
A: Yes, absolutely! This has become very popular in
recent years. If you are using my services on an ala carte
basis, I would just charge a “hair change” fee along with
the appropriate amount of time it would take to touch you
up. If you have chosen the day rate, this service is
included and you won’t incur any additional charges.
Q: My mom’s/mother-in-law’s/bridesmaid’s day-to-day
look is a bit dated, and I’m afraid that if they insist on
doing their own look, it will take away from the style I
envision. I want to include them – how can I do this without
hurting their feelings?
A: This can be a sticky subject, especially if it’s an
in-law’s style that’s in question. The bottom line is that
everyone should look polished for YOUR wedding. I have
worked with the most challenging of situations regarding
this. The best solution is for you to “treat” these
individuals to their beauty services on the day of the
wedding, and to stress how important it is to you that
everyone’s look “goes together” and that the wedding party’s
look is cohesive. Let them know I will listen to their every
need and concern and do as much or as little as they like.
Q: I have big eyes/small eyes/flat eyelids/double
eyelids—can you work with me?
A: There isn't an eye shape I haven't seen. I am confident
that I can shape any eye into your desired look.
Q: I am getting married in Lake Tahoe/Mexico/Italy/
Etc. —do you travel with me?
A: Destination weddings can be an incredibly beautiful
experience, but preparations can be stressful if you aren’t
familiar with the local stylists. If going overseas is in
your future, it’s hard to get in a “trial run” before the
day of your wedding, and who knows if a local stylist will
be able to achieve your dream look. I do travel all over the
world to do hair, makeup and personal styling for future
brides. Pricing for this is different than what is listed on
the service page. Please e-mail me for a custom quote.
Q: What payments do you accept?
A: I accept Cash, Visa or Mastercard
Q: How can I reserve my wedding date?
A: I accept $100 deposits in the form of cash or credit
card. Once you know how many people want which services, a
simple agreement will be drawn up and emailed to you for
approval. Once signed and returned with deposit, your day is
considered booked. Deposits are non-refundable.