How to Coordinate Wedding Hair and Makeup

Preparing for your wedding day can be stressful, as there is a lot of preparation involved. First, you must plan the wedding date, then find a venue, book the photographer, invitations, cake, and the list goes on. In addition to planning your big day you must stay within a budget. Then, what about you? You also need plan your hair and your makeup. Do you do it yourself or should you hire a professional? The last thing you need, leading up to your wedding day, is to be stressed and unsure about looking fabulous in your wedding dress. Here are some simple tips to help you coordinate your wedding hair and make-up services in Washington, DC.

Know Your Style

Before booking a makeup artist and hair stylist, you should know your wedding style for yourself and for your bridesmaids. Keep in mind your wedding dress and the colors of your wedding. From there be inspired by looking in magazines and Pinterest for make-up and hairstyle ideas.

Hiring Your Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist

Hiring a professional makeup artist and hair stylist is a great idea, especially if you can find an individual who can provide both services. This is simply one less thing to worry about the day of your wedding. If you decide to hire a professional, find one who has experience working with brides. A makeup artist’s portfolio will give you a sense of her style and whether it would be a good fit for you. A professional will have expertise in camouflaging acne, scars, or other skin concerns. Bear in mind the make-up artist and hair stylist are not you, so it is very important to communicate your expectations of what you want and what you don’t want. Schedule a consultation and a trial run with the professional.

Get to Know Your Provider

Carla Pressley, mobile wedding hair and makeup artists in Washington, DC, is happy to talk to you about your concerns and answer any questions you may have. If you plan to do any photo sessions before the wedding, try to coordinate this with her. This will give you the chance to know each other better before your wedding day.

Plan Carefully

Once you have found your stylist it is important to consider who is part of your entourage and then decide who is getting their hair and make-up done first and then last. Create a schedule to show how much time the makeup artist and hair stylist must spend on the bride and the bridesmaids. Using a timetable, you can strategically assign the sequence of the hair and make-up.

Coordinate with the Photographer

Most photographers don’t need extra instructions to arrive on time. However, if your supplier strictly charges by the hour, then tell them to come an hour before the makeup artist and hair stylist gets your make up done. They'll have plenty of time to shoot and photograph those detailed and stylistic prepping-up shots. It also makes for a more natural and authentic photography set-up.

Payment and Contract

Some makeup artist and hair stylist require at least a percentage of the service paid prior to the day of the wedding event. Also, don’t forget to put everything in writing. A detailed contract is important, so you know what to expect. Have any more questions, please contact Carla Pressley at