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Preparing for the Dress Rehearsal

Thank you once again to my lovely friend, Emily Hudspeth, who is an expert at making brides (and others!) beautiful through hair and makeup. She is also super sweet! 

The trial run or, as I like to call it, the dress rehearsal, is a very important step in your planning process. You want to make sure that your stylist understands your vision. You want to go into your wedding day totally relaxed, knowing that you are confident in the decisions that you have made regarding hair and makeup. Most importantly, this time gives you an idea of how much time it will take and what it will look like 4,8, 12 hours after you have it done. This is your opportunity to remove the fear of the unknown.

This is the time to communicate with your stylist details of the over all theme and feel of your event. Create a inspiration board or a collection of photos to share. Pinterest.com is an excellent tool that you can use to organize this information.

What would you include in your inspiration board? I like to see photos of the bride’s dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers you have chosen, the location of the ceremony and reception and any other details that make it clear what the event will be like.

Emily has lots of tools to help you look amazing! Photo by Chris Owens Photo.

Find photos of hair or makeup concepts that you like. If you cannot find photos of styles that you love, showing examples of things that you do not love can sometimes be a great reference point. You may not love everything about every photo, but you can use them as a reference point to show what you like or do not like about each style.

Bring your accessories, including any hair clips or combs, and your veil. You may want to try on jewelry, like earrings or necklaces to see the whole look come together.

You have many options for how you will have your hair and makeup done on your wedding day. You can hire a professional, go to a salon or makeup counter, have a friend do it for you, or do it yourself. Regardless of which of these options that you choose, make sure to do a test run to see what the experience will be like. From there you can make any adjustments to the plan, but you will not get a “do over” if you wait until the day of the event to try it out.

When should you schedule this appointment? You have some options here too. You can schedule it to help you interview or choose your stylist to make sure you are a good fit. You could also schedule this with your final dress fitting or bridal portraits so you can see the entire look come together.

Be sure to stay tuned for more on hair and makeup. Coming soon… tips on preparing yourself for the big day.

Emily Hudspeth is an on location hair stylist and makeup artist specializing in events, photo shoots and more. Contact Emily for more information on booking an event.

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