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Do I really need a Bridal Trial??

Posted on 6 February, 2019 at 3:00

Wedding days are so precious and so important, you have been dreaming of your special day for months, if not years!!


Would you book your wedding venue without going and taking a look at it first??


Would you walk into a dress shop, show the assistant a picture of the dress you want and walk out with said dress having not tried it on??


It’s the same for your hair and/or make-up! I don’t know about you, but I knew exactly what dress I wanted for my wedding day. I didn’t want anything too big, I wanted something simple without layers and layers of fabric, no train, and I most certainly DID NOT want anything strapless!! I tried on the dress I was adamant I wanted for my wedding day…and it looked awful on me! What did I end up with?? Everything I thought wouldn’t suit me!!


I personally think it’s the same for hair and make-up, it’s not a case of ‘if you have this dress this hairstyle will work’, and we need to factor in so many details. How do you usually wear your hair? How do you usually wear your make-up? Do you have any insecurities you prefer to hide? Do you have any allergies to products? What is the colour theme for your wedding day? What is the back of your dress like? And so many more, but the most important factor…do you still look and feel like you?


A bride needs to be the best possible polished version of herself on her Wedding Day. You don’t want to look back at your pictures and ask yourself ‘what on earth was I thinking?’


I always strongly recommend a bride has a trial session. Bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party are completely your own decision, but in my eyes a Brides trial is vital! She also needs to know she feels comfortable within the company of her hair stylist/make-up artist.


I had one lady at a recent wedding fayre tell me she wouldn’t want a trial, she knows exactly what she wants; she told me it was just my way of making more money from her! My trial sessions cost less than on the Wedding Day, but if you factor in the timings, it actually should be more!! On a Wedding Day I allow around 2 hours for hair and make-up for the bride, a trial for both services, in most cases, takes around 3-4 hours! During this time we create your desired style, make any changes needed, and try things you wouldn’t usually consider, to see if they work for you.


Quite often a bride will contact me after her trial and ask for more or less height or volume in her hair, or a darker smoky eye, or a thicker set of lashes. This isn’t because she didn’t like what we done at the trial, it’s because she as looked at the pictures and decided she can pull off that little bit more to add to the ‘wow factor’. The majority of the time it’s the brides that want the ‘fresh no makeup’ look, but then realise that having a set of lashes can still look natural, while enhancing their eyes. The right lashes will not make you look fake! Or they tried lashes and didn’t feel comfortable, so decided they just want mascara on the day. There is no wrong or right way to have your hair and make-up for your wedding day; it’s all about what works for you.


These are changes you cannot make at the very last minute just before you walk down the aisle.


Your trial is for you, so you can feel confident in the lead up to your wedding day. At the same time, your trial is for me, so that I can help you overcome any worries or concerns, whether it is in the build up to your wedding day, or in the morning. My job is to keep you calm and chilled, while creating the perfect look for your special moment!


Keep your eyes peeled for my blog on ‘What to expect at your bridal trial’


Love and best wishes 

Sharon xxx


I offer my clients a first class service for both hair and make-up, I am happy to travel to Kent, Essex, London, Surrey, Sussex and further. Hair and make-up has always been a passion of mine and I take great care and pride in everything I do. Using the highest quality products and 12 years of knowledge and experience to leave you feeling fabulous and flawless!


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Sharon is a hair stylist and make-up artist offering her experience and expertise across Kent, Essex, London, Sussex and Surrey. Sharon specialises in Bridal, using the highest quality products including High Definition Airbrush foundation

A special thank you to Mykey Day Photography for the gorgrous images

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