Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you based? What areas do you cover?
I am based mainly in Edinburgh, but also cover St Andrews, Dundee and the surrounds. I am delighted to travel and am happy to take bookings for destination weddings both within the UK and abroad.
I am fully mobile so am free to travel to your preparation destination, whether it be your home or at the venue itself.
Are you trained?
Yes, I have completed certified training courses in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Manchester specialising in traditional English bridal makeup and hair and also Asian bridal makeup, enabling me to meet any bridal requests you may have. I also specialise in wedding hair.
How far in advance should I book my date?
The typical booking timeframe is 6-8 months prior to your event, but 9-18 months in advance is very common too. Don't worry though, it's never too late to book either, so there just may be an opening in my books for you or I can always make a recommendation.
Can you stay for the service? Can you stay for the whole day into the evening?
I do offer this service so please mention this at the time of booking so I can quote for it. I am happy to stay just till the end of the service or into the afternoon/evening if required. Price will depend on the number of extra hours required for me to stay. This is a very popular for guests who love the opportunity to receive hair and makeup touch ups, especially in an often windy, rainy Scotland, or provide a hair and makeup service for their guests during the reception!
How do I secure my booking with you?
Services are booked on a first come, first reserve basis. In order to reserve your date, I require a signed agreement and a £50 retainer. Once both the signed agreement and retainer are received, your date will be reserved.
Inquiries do not reserve your date, and due to demand, I am often unable to inform brides when other inquiries are made about their date.
When should I book my pre-wedding trial?
The best time to book your pre-wedding trial is approximately 2 – 8 months before your Wedding.
Trials take place in either my parents hair and beauty salon in Newport-on-Tay on a Monday or Tuesday or in my studio room in Edinburgh. If possible it's best to try and book your trial during the week days, as most Saturdays and Sundays we aren’t available during wedding season.
Other members of the wedding party are also very welcome book a trial.
Further trials are welcomed if you would like to trial a variety of different looks.
Can I have a pre-wedding trial before booking?
Yes. I want you to be 100% sure on your decision to book. Please keep in mind though that I cannot hold an event date without a deposit and a signed contract.
How long will my beauty services take on the day of my wedding?
The Bride is allotted 60 minutes per service and the Bridal Party and Family are allotted 45 - 60 minutes per service, unless an exceptionally intricate look is requested. To determine a timelime I will gauge the timings of the services requested, the time you need to be ready by and count backwards.
What brands do you use?
I have undertaken specialist bridal courses to ensure flash photography friendly, long-lasting looks that flatter your individual bridal style. The brands I use are all tried and tested professional brands ranging from Tempu, Viseart, RCMA, Le Mac Pro, Louise Young etc. I ensure to carry products to cater for every skin colour and type.
Can I use my own makeup?
I carry a full stocked professional kit but for special requests I can use your own foundation, concealer, mascara and lipstick colour.
It is recommended to have a top up lipstick for your big day, lipstick can also be a nice gift for your bridesmaids.
I have sensitive skin and I am worried about what products might work?
There are certain products that work better for sensitive skin, although it can be a case of trial and error, as what works for some might not for others. If you have found a particular product that works well for your skin condition I am happy to use it.
Do you do airbrush foundation?
Airbrush foundation is a service I offer. It is not suitable for every skin type, but I will be happy to advise you on this on consultation in person.
What if I don't know what I want or don't like what you do?
I suggest you look through lots of magazines/Pintrest etc. and select styles that you like I can then go through these with you and say whether they're realistic or suitable for you. Alternatively, if you haven't seen anything you like, I can suggest styles and together we can achieve a look you're happy with! If you don't like a hairstyle or your make-up you MUST say. I won't be offended and will be more than happy to try other looks and stay with you until you are comfortable with the results.
Do you only do makeup and hair for weddings?
My services are available for all of your makeup and hair needs – from engagements and weddings to special events such as proms, anniversaries, and holiday parties, boudoir or maternity shoots, family or high school senior pictures, print/commercial work, all types of photography, personal makeup lessons, and everyday makeup.
What touch-up products will I need to carry with me on my wedding day?
Make sure your bridesmaids carry a small handbag with the following items included: eyeliner, lipstick/gloss/lip liner, concealer and powder. The rest of your make-up should stay on if you have applied professional products and used them correctly. For you hair it is a good idea to have a mini hair spray and some hair grips.
What happens if you can’t make it on the day?
This is very unlikely to happen and would only occur under extreme circumstances. If this did occur I would endeavor to find an alternative reputable stylist, artist or salon to cater for your requirements and refund any monies for the wedding day.
FAQ’s are a helpful guidance only. Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings.