Your big day is coming up the date has been set, the wedding dress chosen, the venue booked, the caterers hired, and a hundred-and-one other concerns that form part of a bride-to-be’s to-do list. At some point you come across a line that simply reads ‘makeup artist’ and you start to panic. After all, this might not be the first time that you’ve hired a band, or ordered flowers from a florist, but the world of wedding makeup vendors is a complete mystery to you?
Where do you start?
Well, we can help you there, with our eleven questions every bride should ask their potential wedding makeup artist.
How do I book you for my wedding day?
This is essential to get right. Most wedding makeup vendors will have certain requirements that you will need to meet before they will secure the date of your wedding in their diary. The most common of these is a deposit, usually somewhere between 25 and 50 per cent of the final fee, payable upfront. Some artists may have other requirements they may need somebody to pick them up and drive them to the house, or they may insist on a certain number of people from the bridal party to have their makeup done as well. Remember, until you have a formal agreement, this is all stuff that can be negotiated.Never forget, this is your big day, and if you feel the artist expects too much from you, there is no harm in moving on.
Do we have a contract?
Again, this is standard practice with most wedding makeup vendors these days. A well-written contract protects both the bride and the artist in the event of unforeseen circumstances. In it you should list all of the services that the makeup artist is expected to provide, along with confirmation of dates and appointment times, whether your bridal party will attend the artist’s salon, or whether the artist will come to your home on the morning of the wedding. There should also be a list of provisions confirming what the artist will do in the event of illness on the wedding day, and what will happen should the contract be cancelled prior to fulfilment.
How many weddings have you done?
There are specialist wedding makeup vendors and then there are makeup artists who happen to do weddings as well. It is always advisable to hire a specialist in these matters, if only because there are quirks to the wedding makeup process that simply do not occur in other settings. Your makeup artist needs to be a calming and supportive influence on the day of your wedding, able to handle the inevitable chaos of a pre-wedding bridal party, and capable of tailoring her work to the demands of unpredictable lighting, weather and photographers. It is not a job for an amateur.
Do you have portfolio?
Any wedding makeup artist worth the name will have an extensive portfolio of her past clients, and this could well be a … Read the rest