When Should I Have My Hair and Makeup Trials?

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
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One of the first times you get to see how things will really look on your wedding day is during your hair and makeup trials. Sure, you'll have time to tweak and adjust, but you'll also walk out of the salon looking like, well, a bride! As with many other details for your wedding, timing your trial correctly is key. So when should you get it on the calendar? Our experts have some advice that should help you figure it out.

There are a few things you need to do before you book your hair and makeup trials. The first is to have a date and a venue. Seems obvious, right? Knowing when and where you'll be getting married can impact the styles you're considering, whether it's on the beach in the heat of summer or in a ballroom in winter. You should also have selected your wedding dress and begun to shop for accessories, from headpieces and a veil to your earrings and necklace. Knowing the style of your dress will also influence how formal or relaxed your hair and makeup styles will be, and the accessories can play into whether you're wearing your hair up or down, looking for curls or a braid, or going soft or dramatic with your makeup.

Most hair and makeup artists recommend doing your trials a few months before the wedding, but not much farther in advance. You'll want enough details planned so you can make an informed decision about what you want and what you do and don't like, but should also leave time to do a second trial if necessary.

If you can, arrange to have your hair and makeup trials the same day you're taking your engagement pictures, or the afternoon before a wedding-related event like an engagement party or shower. This way you'll have something fun to do with your makeup and hair done, and will have a chance to get input from your trusted friends and family members if you need it. Worried about wandering around with an updo and crystals in your hair? When you're booking your appointment, ask your stylist if they can schedule a little extra time to take your style out and make it more appropriate for where you'll be headed. And of course, if possible, have your makeup and hair trials on the same day to see how they'll look together!

See more: 8 Hair Pros to Follow on Instagram for Wedding Hair Ideas

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