This month, we’ve spoken to our hair and make-up stylist, Salli-Anne, about her day-to-day life in the role – including her favourite parts of the job.
How did you get started in the wedding industry?
My journey as a hair and make-up artist began with an opportunity that was given to me by the TV presenters I was working with at the time. I already had an extensive background in the industry, but my career really kicked off when I was asked to create bridal make-up looks. This motivated me to develop further; so I decided to launch a professional, qualified and fully insured mobile bridal hair and make-up service across the counties of Dorset and Hampshire. I also catered for prom parties and special occasion makeovers to help make important live events that little bit more memorable.
What’s your favourite part of working in the wedding industry?
I love meeting all of my beautiful brides and gorgeous grooms, and having the privilege of playing a part in the most important and memorable day of their lives. It’s also lovely to be able to network and collaborate with other suppliers, and visit the beautiful venues I am involved with.
What do your customers say about you?
My customers tell me that I’m professional and always readily prepared with a range of beautiful make-up products. I take great enjoyment in having a good chat and a laugh with my customers, which they have said makes them feel at ease on the big day. My customers have also complimented me on the long-lasting properties of my products and looks; their hair styles and make-up looks last all day. I also make sure to communicate with my customers regularly, and have been recognised for my ability to listen to the particular needs and requests of each individual client.
To view our client testimonials in more detail, see here: www.christchurchbridalhairandmake-up.co.uk/testimonials
Do you have any predictions for 2019/20 trends?
I always feel as though the emergence of trends makes people feel as though they have to conform to others’ expectations. Trends are constantly changing, and these can be seen in many bridal magazines and across social media – but I believe that every bride has an individual style. My advice would be to choose something you’re comfortable with, as brides always want to be the best versions of themselves. Going too ‘out on a limb’ (i.e wearing false lashes for the first time) can make the bride feel self-conscious, which isn’t ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable day.
What makes you different from others in the industry?
By hiring an artist that offers both hair and make-up services, the bride doesn’t have to worry about booking and accommodating multiple suppliers. This can be more expensive, and can also take up more time and space on the big day. Having separate hair and make-up suppliers also means that you don’t get to see the full final look until the big day – which can be a concern, as many brides want to see how their desired look comes together beforehand.
My background has given me the opportunity to work with many different people from varying backgrounds, which has enabled me to adapt easily to individual needs. I’ve also gained lots of experience with hair pieces, which has helped brides to achieve the look that they’re dreaming of at a lower cost.
I work as a sole trader to ensure that I deliver a personalised service and a constant level of reliability and skill base. My background also enables me to work to quite tight time constraints if needs be. I’m never restricted to just small bridal parties, but I do like to ensure that I don’t over-commit as that’s not within anyone’s interest! I make sure to avoid taking multiple bookings in one day; if a bride books an appointment with me, I stay with them until they leave for the ceremony.
What has been your favourite wedding so far?
Every wedding is different – and variety is exactly what I like! I did have one bride who requested antlers in her hair; I enjoy working with quirky styles as well as traditional ones!
What tips would you give a couple when planning their wedding and booking suppliers?
I would advise couples to go by recommendations and testimonials, but also be sure to visit venues and wedding fayres. Take the time to meet and chat with suppliers and note down the ones you click with. It’s incredibly important to surround yourself with people who put you at ease on the big day – particularly hair and make-up, as it’s such a personal service. I would also emphasise that it’s wise to go with your gut feeling, and avoid being swayed by the opinions of others.
It’s also important to avoid cutting corners on your photography. This is a common mistake made by many brides, who do this to reduce costs. Photos will provide you with memories of the special day for a lifetime – so it’s worth investing in a good service. I would also tell brides to remember to ask for photographs during the preparations, as this is a really memorable time. It’s also important to book your suppliers as far in advance as you can, to avoid later disappointment.
On the day…
I always advise brides to disappear for ten minutes at some point during the day with their groom for some alone time. The day passes so quickly, and if you’re not careful, it’s all over before you’ve had chance to really capture the moment with your newlywed.
For the brides…
If you’ve chosen a strong lip colour, remember to suck your finger after any top-ups so that your lipstick doesn’t transfer to your teeth! And a top tip for the dress… once it’s on, you’ll need to remember to sit on the toilet backwards – believe me, it’s much easier!