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Creating a Stress-Free Wedding Morning // From a Hairstylist Perspective

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

If you're a bride, then of course you want the morning of your wedding to be smooth sailing and as stress-free as possible. Here are some things that can help you create an enjoyable environment for everyone!


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1. CREATE A TIMELINE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER, THEN PLAN MORNING DETAILS

Creating a timeline with your photographer will help make sure all of your photo expectations are met. After the ceremony time is decided, you and your groom will need to decide if you would like to do a first look or not. One of the perks of doing a first look is being able to bring the entire wedding party together for photos before the ceremony, as opposed to after. If you and your groom do not do a first look then the time that you need to be done with hair and makeup can be a little closer to the ceremony. Still leaving enough time for a few bridesmaid and finishing touches photos. Finally, when a time is chosen for you to get into your dress, your hair and makeup artists can then help you decide what the best time will be for you and your bridal party to start getting ready. It is best not to assume how much time your artists will need. Always have a conversation about how much time they require per client. If your hair and makeup artist feels stressed on the morning of your wedding, it's inevitable that you are going to feel that too. Plus, you are paying for their expertise and by giving them an appropriate amount of time, you will be happier with the results.


2. BE ON TIME

After all of the meticulous planning you have done for your big day, the last thing you want is for everything to get pushed back. Showing up late is extremely disrespectful to your hair and makeup artist. It creates unwanted stress and pressure on the artists to complete all of the looks in a shorter amount of time than what was agreed on. Many hair stylists and makeup artists, including myself, charge a fee for time spent waiting around for a client to show up. Your hair and makeup artists time is precious too and is not meant to be spent waiting around for clients to show up.


3. DO NOT SHOW UP WITH WET HAIR

Unless your hairstylist has told you that it is okay to show up with wet hair, do not do it! I personally do not bring a hair dryer with me to weddings because I am there to style dry hair. So make sure this is something you and your hair stylist are on the same page about.


4. DO NOT SHOW UP WITH GREASY HAIR

Though other stylist may feel differently, I prefer day 1 or day 2 hair. The last thing I want to have to style is 3, 4, 5+ day old greasy hair. I believe there is a HUGE misunderstanding about working with "dirty hair". To me, dirty hair is leftover product from the day before that can help your curls stick the next day when they are re-curled. Greasy hair does not style better and does not hold curl. If you want your hairstyle to last, non-greasy hair is the way to go! It is much easier to dirty the hair with products than to try to make it appear clean.


5. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

Please communicate with your bridesmaids! Make sure they know what time to arrive. The "start to get ready" time should not be the same as the arrival time. Everyone, or at least the first few clients, should arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than the agreed "start to get ready" time. Make sure they know to have clean, dry hair. I like to encourage my clients to send a group text earlier in the wedding week to anyone receiving services and remind them of these things that will make the morning of your special day seamless.


Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Alex


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