Bridal Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I book my wedding date, for makeup and hair services?
Weddings can be booked up to a year in advance, and no later than 3 months to ensure your date. However, if you are in a pinch, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
When should I book for my makeup and hair Trial?
Trial Runs should be booked 4-6 weeks in advance. We recommend booking your trial on a special day, so that you can show off your beautiful look. Many brides will book it on the day of their bridal shower, engagement shoot or bachelorette party.
How should I prepare my hair and skin for the Trial?
The bride’s hair should be clean and completely dry (washed the night before) in order to have the hair set properly. Brides should moisturize their skin prior to the Trial Run; this will enable the makeup to go on smoother and last longer. Please do not wax your brows or receive a facial closer than 5 days prior to the event, but if you need one prior to that week, we offer waxing and mini facials in our boutique! We even have special bridal packages that include facials and waxing, just ask!
How long does a Trial Run last?
The bride should give herself an average of 2 hours to ensure she receives exactly what she is looking for.
What is involved in a Trial Run?
We take wedding Trial Runs very seriously. The bride will discuss different looks and the details of her wedding with the artists and will receive a complete makeup and hair service in one of our beautiful bridal suites located in Costa Mesa or La Jolla, with complimentary champagne.
Please bring your veil and headpiece if you have purchased it. If not, we have plenty for you to look at and try on. Sometimes brides will schedule trials for their mom or Maid of Honor, we have enough space to do two people in the suite at the same time, but if not, they are free to hang out and watch.
Besides bringing in my headpiece and veil to the Trial Run, do I need anything else?
We recommend that the bride to bring in photos of makeup and hair ideas for the wedding day.
How do I choose the right artist?
After speaking with you on the phone about your desired wedding look, we pair you with the artist that best suits your needs. You are welcome to view their work on Instagram, using the following format #vanitybellefirstname.
Will the artist at my trial be the same artist for my wedding day?
Absolutely! The purpose of your trial is to tryout looks with the artist that will be assigned to you for your wedding day. The day your trial is booked, we place a tentative hold on that artist for your wedding date. However, keep in mind, if we don’t receive your deposit and contract shortly after your trial, we will need to open up the artists availability for that date.
What if I have short hair and want it to look longer, what can I do?
We recommend purchasing clip-in extensions to bring with you to the trial so that the artist can show you how they would look with your bridal style. If you are unsure, that’s ok, your hair artist will discuss with you at your trial and make some recommendations. We can style both clip-in extensions or any type of permanent extensions ie. bead, sewn-in, etc. as long as it is real hair.
Do you offer in-home services for my wedding day makeup and hair?
Yes! We have the largest team of freelance makeup and hair stylists that strictly specialize in doing in-home services all over Southern California and beyond. The Trial Run can also be done in the comfort of the bride’s home, for an additional charge depending on location.
How do I book bridal services?
All of our bridal service bookings are treated with a little extra TLC. Please contact our Bridal Director directly at 949-650-2355 or you can feel free to email us through this site, please see our contact page for more information. We do our best to respond within 24 hours.
Why should I hire a Vanity Belle’s bridal team for my big day?
First of all, hiring a professional hair and makeup company that you can rely on will give you the peace of mind on your wedding day. We hear too many sad stories about individual freelance artists falling through. We guarantee that this won’t happen. You will sign a contract that ensures you are locked in for your big day.
Secondly, our artists are all professionally trained in bridal beauty. We know what looks good on camera and what will last through sweat and tears.
Lastly, you won’t find a more fun team to hang out with on your big day. We are friendly, humble and respectful to all of our clients. We love weddings and have a blast being a part of the experience!
Why is the bride’s hair & makeup more expensive than the bridal party?
For starters, more time and attention is spent with the bride from the very first day of contact, up until the day of the wedding. From phone calls, emails, contracts, and creating day-of schedules to the extra time spent getting the bride ready on her big day, placing her veil, additional touch-up time, and spending extra time on her hair & makeup, our focus is always on her. Since the the bride is the main client, as it’s her wedding day, all of this is included in her price. Since it’s a group the others are less, which if the bride is paying for them too—it saves her money. If we charged the same for bridesmaids that we have to charge the bride — the likely wouldn’t have their hair or makeup done. We have to earn a certain amount for blocking out the time it takes too. Our costs are all our own–time, education/skills, products, mileage and general costs of running a business. That’s why we have to charge what may seem a higher rate in general.
Is there a Deposit required to book my Wedding?
Yes, a $200 deposit is required to secure your chosen artists for your big day.
How long will my makeup and hair take on the wedding day?
We typically spend a total of 2 hours on the bride for hair & makeup. Bridesmaids will take about 45 minutes each, unless someone has abnormally long or thick hair. We prefer to do the bride last, or second to last so that she is the most fresh and camera ready.
How should I prepare for my wedding day hair and makeup?
Have everyone in the bridal party arrive with clean, dry hair and clean moisturized skin compatible for fresh makeup. If you have SPF in your moisturizer, we recommend avoiding anything over 15 SPF to avoid the “white face” look in photos. Exfoliate your lips so that your lipstick will stick, and whiten those pearly white teeth so that your smile stands out in photos. On the day of, wear a robe or button down shirt so that your hair will stay in place, and sit back, relax, and enjoy the pampering before you walk down the aisle.