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Planning a wedding and in need of some advice? Keep reading to find out what some of my past brides had to say…

So you’ve got to plan a wedding… let’s face it, it can be quite overwhelming! As a bridal hair and makeup artist who has done her fair share of weddings, I am here to help you along your journey wherever I can. But who better to give you advice than my brides and couples who have been through it all! I asked my past brides, if they could give one piece of advice from planning their wedding, what would it be? Well this is what they had to say:

“Don’t have your wedding day for other people. It’s about you and your partner and how you would like it”

From hearing past brides’ stories, it’s evident that someone is always going to give their opinion or not agree with how you are having your wedding. However, it’s always important to reflect on why you are planning a wedding in the first place – because you and your partner love each other and want to celebrate this love in your own way! So it should reflect what you both want, right? Not what anyone else wants. I do understand that compromise may be a calmer solution in some cases- maybe your parents are contributing some money and want their say on some things. However, I would advise you not to compromise on the things that matter most to you – it might leave you looking back in regret if you didn’t do something you would’ve loved because someone else said no.

“Keep looking until you find suppliers who make you feel comfortable and confident – they’re a part of your special day!”

One of my brides sent me this piece of advice along with the following: “You honestly made the wedding morning so chilled and I felt so comfortable!”. The suppliers for your wedding day (particularly the ones that are actually going to be with you on the day), should be ones that you vibe with and who make you feel comfortable. I would say that I am quite calm as a hair and makeup artist, which is very important to have on your morning, particularly if everything is a bit manic around you. Helping the bride to escape her busy surroundings and just be in the moment of laughing, feeling comfortable and being relaxed is an important skill to have, and not one to be overlooked on your wedding morning. Make sure that you get on well with your suppliers – it will make your day go a lot easier!

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“Having a smaller bridal party to get ready with made the whole morning a lot more relaxing”

Now this may be a controversial piece of advice, but one that I do agree with. Having lots of bridesmaids can actually be exhausting. There are so many things to think about (dresses, hair and makeup, your hen-do, roles within the bridal party, food and drink for everyone). Not only that, but the bigger the bridal party, the earlier your wake-up call on the wedding morning. Or, you have to hire multiple hair and makeup artists to fulfil all of the bridal party and there ends up being quite an overwhelming amount of people getting everyone ready.

I do understand that sometimes it can’t be helped, maybe you have a big family and everyone is expected to be a bridesmaid. If that’s the case for you, here are some tips to make your wedding morning run more smoothly:

  • Book a later wedding time (2/3pm)
  • When viewing your venue (and if you’re not staying there the night before), make note of what time you are allowed to arrive at the venue – this will affect your hair and makeup start time and you may need to hire more than one stylist to be able to fulfil the bridal party
  • Make sure that the getting ready room is big enough for everyone. If it isn’t, look into hiring an AirBnB with adequate space for everyone. You can also stay there the night before and hair and makeup can start earlier in the morning (as you aren’t constricted to venue opening times)
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“Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing/has done for their bridal makeup, just be you!”

Finally, this one speaks true to what I advocate to my brides and all of my clients. I want to create a hair/makeup style that looks and feels true to you. Now I’m sure the bride that sent me this advice won’t mind me saying that, at her trial, we did a red lip (because this is what makes her feel the most confident). When showing her Mum the photos of her trial, her Mum said that the red lip wasn’t very ‘bridal’ and said she should go for something more neutral. Despite this, the bride wore a red lip on her wedding day and she looked incredible! She radiated confidence and beauty and if that isn’t what a bridal makeup should do, then I don’t know what is. So if you want to go for that red lip, go for it! If you always wear a winged liner and feel lost without it, let’s do it! Just be you.

I hope this advice helps you in one way or another. If you need some more advice from my wedding morning experiences, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hayley x

Photography Credits:

Cover Image – Nicole Amy Visuals, 2nd Image – Chris Clayton Photography, 3rd Image – Margotphotofilm, 4th Image – Jen Millard Photography, 5th Image – Camera Hannah (Hannah Millard)

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