The doors open. All heads turn, all eyes are on you. This is your big day, the one you've been dreaming about for years. You look your best and you've never felt as beautiful as you do at this very moment...but, hold on a second! In your daydream your hair looks great and your stylist has brought out the best in you; then why don't you feel that way now?
One of the most important tasks before your wedding day is having a hair and makeup trial (as we posted on the planning countdown). Although the hair and makeup trial may seem a bit trivial in comparison to seating charts, writing vows, and getting rid of those last few pounds before your last fitting, it is one of the most important things that you will have to do before your wedding. Trust your stylist, communicate with her and work through your ideas ahead of time!
Here are a few tips for your hair and makeup trial to be a total success:
1. Plan it 2-3 months before your wedding, and, if at all possible, on the same day as your second-to-last fitting. You will be able to see the end result come together, and you will still have plenty of time to make remedies if you don't like the look of the low bun with your veil, for example.
2. Communicate your vision with the stylist. Bring photos of hairstyles you like, your dress, your bouquet and a few snapshots of you at other events. This will help the stylist to get a clear understanding of your style, your wedding-day look and what makes you feel most beautiful.
3. Don't go straight home after the trial to wash your face and hair. On your wedding day, you will be dancing, crying, sweating and doing any number of odd activities (jumping for pics, for example), so you need to be sure that your hair will stay in place and your makeup won't run at the first sign of perspiration. Be sure to jam-pack your day with plenty of activities after your trial...
4. Choose a style that brings out your best features and makes you feel beautiful. Did you love that updo you wore to your senior prom? There's no reason not to have the same updo on your wedding day, with a few touches to update the look.
5. Be realistic when you experiment with hairstyles and makeup. Don't go blonde for your wedding if your fiancé fell in love with your natural, stunning black hair - you may not like the end result and he may not like it either!
6. Trust your stylist. Share your concerns and fears with her. She is a pro at this and has surely had her fair share of Brides; she can help and guide you - reassure you - and will be able to share her knowledge with you. Take advantage of her years of experience and let her help you to look your best, which is, after all, what she's getting paid to do...