Here are some frequently asked questions and also details on the booking process.
The Booking Process
The Initial Consultation – This is free if local to St Albans and is the opportunity to meet and to discuss ideas and any special requirements you may have for your hair and make up, usually 8 – 10 months in advance.
Trial – This is when you try your chosen style and make up look complete with any accessories you wish to use on the day of the wedding. Please allow 2 – 3 hours. The trial is recommended for the bride but if additional members of the party would like to have their trial then additional costs will apply. (prices quoted are within 15 miles of St Albans) The sooner you can have a trial the better as then wedding date can be confirmed and secured.
Bookings – PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU WANT TO BOOK OUR SERVICES FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY, A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF UP TO HALF THE WEDDING DAY BALANCE (OR A MINIMUM OF £100) IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. BY MAKING A BOOKING YOU ARE ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT.
**CANCELLATIONS OR DECREASE/CHANGE IN NUMBERS AS AGREED AT TIME OF BOOKING ARE LIABLE FOR THE FULL COST OF THE BOOKING**
Pre Wedding catch-up – A week or two prior to the wedding day we will either meet up or liaise over the phone to work out the timings for arrival on the day of the wedding and to also sort out any details relating to bridesmaids and additional members of the party.
The Wedding Day – I will arrive at your chosen venue at the time agreed to have you and your bridal party ready. Sometimes I travel with an assistant but this is not always the case and does depend on the size of the booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I have a year until I get married is it too early to book?
A. Of course not as most popular make up artists and hairstylists get booked up a year in advance so I would recommend making the first contact as soon as you have decided upon a date and venue so not to be disappointed.
Q. Can I make a booking and then decide on a trial date?
A. Yes certainly especially if you’re getting married on a popular date for example on a bank holiday then yes as that is the only way to secure your date is by paying a (non-refundable) deposit. You can then decide on a mutually convenient trial date.
Q. When is the right time for a trial and what if I don’t have my veil and tiara?
A. there is really no need to worry if you don’t have your accessories as at the time of the trial I provide you with a selection of accessories to help you decide on the style. I do trials up to 8 months in advance and then follow up with a second consultation nearer the wedding day.
Q. Once I have had a trial how do I book you?
A. If at the time of the trial you wish to book then a booking fee/deposit will be required this makes up the total cost on the day of the wedding. Please note that wedding day deposits are non refundable and for peak season weddings (May – Nov) you may be required to pay up to 60% of the total cost as your deposit.
Q. How long does it take to make up bridesmaids?
A. usually 45 mins is enough time for hair and make up +/- 5 mins.
Q. Where does the trial take place?
A. At my fully equipped studio or at your address is local – travel costs may apply for locations outside of the travel zone.
Q. Can my mum and friends come to the trial with me?
A. I understand that getting a second opinion is important so yes mum can come to the trial or a friend but I limit the numbers to maximum of two people but you can take photographs and show your friends.
Q. On the day of the wedding how long do you stay?
A. At a pre agreed time. I ensure that everyone is ready and then I leave. If you wish for me to stay for any length of time an additional cost is incurred.
Q. What make up do you use?
A. Only premium and professional brands are used such as; Bobbi Brown, Kryolan , MUF, MAC, Georgio Armani, ABH, NARS, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury – to name but a few. All products have been tried and tested and withstand the demands of the Wedding Day, stays fresh all day and night and looks great on Camera as well as to the naked eye.
Q. Do you supply all cosmetics and lashes?
A. Yes I provide everything inc lashes for the bride if bridesmaids require false lashes they should purchase these themselves and inform me of any allergies to the adhesive.