Wedding hair & make up, choosing your stylists and a timeline for when!


Friday, January 9

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Yesterday I had a lovely time with my January 24th bride while she was having her hair & make up trial. I spent about two hours with Jessica Shinyeda from The Face Lab and Cheryl Fisk from Zumo Hair Salon in Boulder as they transformed my bride into a stunning beauty! What is a hair & make-up trial you ask?

If you are a bride who is planning to have your hair & make up professionally done for your wedding, here are a few tips for when to plan to book stylists.

Some brides have a hair stylist that they see on a regular basis and sometimes their regular stylist will do bridal hair. However, frequently this is an area they don’t specialize in. So most brides are starting from scratch when finding hair stylists and makeup artists for their wedding day. At Calluna Events we recommend you start looking for hair & make up artists 4-6 months prior to your wedding if possible since many book up quickly. Here’s a quick timeline for when to do and schedule all things hair & make up!

  1. 4-6 months prior: Begin to look into hair & make up stylists for your wedding.
    If you want to grow your hair out for your wedding start now
  2. 4 months prior: book your hair & make up stylists
  3. 3 months prior: think about how you would like your hair & make up to look. Clip photos and ideas from magazines and online to bring with you to your trial run. Now is the time to experiment with coloring, highlights etc.
  4. 2 months prior: book hair & make up run throughs with your stylists. At this time talk through the day of scheduling with both artists (i.e., arrival time, start time, number of bridesmaids and mothers and length of time for each). Work backwards from when you want to be completely ready. Allow yourself enough time in the schedule and give yourself a buffer for getting into your dress.
  5. 6 weeks: decide on a hairstyle and make sure it will go with your veil, tiara and other accessories.
    Schedule a final hair cut.
  6. 4 weeks prior: attend your trial runs with your stylists. Bring examples of how you want your hair & make up to look as well as your veil and any accessories that you’d like in your hair.
  7. 2 weeks prior: Get a final cut & in applicable, color.

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