FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I make an enquiry or booking?
Please fill out an enquiry form on my contact page, giving as much detail as you’re able, ie date, time, venue and number of people. I’ll check availability and get back to you within 48 hours if possible. Alternatively for a fast response, please ring me on 07970 025 648 and I’ll return your call if I’m busy.
If you’d like to book, and I’ve confirmed I’m free, a £60 non returnable ‘hold the date’ is required by bank transfer to secure your date (deducted from final balance due).
How soon can I book?
I usually take bookings up to a year in advance, please get in touch with me if you know your date, even if its more than a year even, or even if you’d like more information or an informal chat.
Do I need a trial and if so when should I have it?
Yes – this is your chance to see your ideas come to life – bring some printed off pictures for inspiration, but remember, the vision in your mind may not translate to reality. A bit like buying a wedding dress, you may end up with something different to what you envisaged. Be open minded. Many ‘pinterest’ and ‘instagram’ pics have hair extensions/added hair/padding (which can be done) but try and choose a style with a hair type and colour similar to yourself, especially if you want a more ‘natural’ look.
On occasions where a bride makes a late booking or lives abroad, we can correspond and I’m able to work without a trial by exchanging photos and ideas but I would allow some extra time on the wedding day.
I suggest booking approximately 3-4 months before your wedding date, but preferably not later than 6 weeks away. Some brides like to have an early trial, then another one closer to the wedding, but of course it’s entirely up to you. It’s best to book this around 2-3 months beforehand, but in high season a little earlier to allow for the fact that I’ll be busy with weddings.
Do bridesmaids need a trial?
Trials can also be carried out for bridesmaids or other members of the bridal party, but its not absolutely necessary. Sometimes just one bridesmaid will have the trial if others are having the same.
How long does a trial usually take?
Please allow at least two hours for a hair trial, three hours for hair and make up. Photographs and notes are taken for future reference, but of course minor amendments can be made on the day. If you wish for any reason to have a second trial, this will be charged at an hourly rate.
Can I bring other people to my trial?
Yes, of course, but I suggest ideally no more than one other person at your own trial so it can be a relaxing experience and the focus is on you. Any more than this can be distracting for both yourself and the stylist and I wouldn’t recommend. Many people choose to come on their own which is also completely fine.
Bridesmaids/mums can have a same day trial, or sometimes they choose to have them on another day.
What days are trials held on?
Trials are held on weekdays, generally Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays, between the hours of 9.30 am and 4.30 pm due to having the best natural light and due to weekend wedding bookings.
Where do I come for the trial?
Trials to be held at: 26 Eveleigh Avenue, Bath, BA1 7DH.
Drive up the hill towards Bailbrook House Hotel, turn left before the hotel towards the houses and turn left again into a cul de sac, park anywhere on the left or tight to the left of my car which is in no 26.
How many styles will I be able to try during the trial?
The trial should allow time to try approximately two styles, if unsure if you want hair up or down we will try a down style first then turn this into an up style. Tweaks can be made to personalise more, but after two styles, the hair can become unworkable due to previous styling and products so it may be best to book another trial if you feel you need another.
Do I need to prepare my hair or face for the trial? When do I wash my hair, do I wear make up?
I’ll send you a trial fact sheet before you come for your trial so you can come prepared properly but generally hair dry, clean and styled as usual (not straightened) and face make up free.
Do I need to bring anything to my trial like hair accessories, veil or own make up?
All this info is in the trial fact sheet I’ll send you, but I often suggest you don’t buy hair accessories/veils until after your hair trial so you can make sure they will work with the look you choose.
Do you use hair extensions?
This will completely depend on your hair type and length, and what style you’re looking for, but yes they can often enhance and help you create your dream wedding hair. You’ll need to supply your own (real hair) for hair trial and the big day. I’m happy to advise where you can get these and how many you need to buy and also keep a small range for you to try at trial if necessary.
Do you offer discounts for larger weddings?
I charge what I believe is fair for somebody with my experience and training. I understand costs can add up, however larger wedding parties are harder to manage with timings etc. I will bring an assistant to ensure everyone’s ready on time and avoid such early morning starts, so this will be more relaxing and enjoyable for you (further costs may apply).
Can I have a trial before confirming my wedding day hair and/or make up?
Yes of course you can, but sadly I can’t put the date in my diary until I’ve received the hold the date fee, due to having a number of enquiries, so I would suggest booking a trial within a month of your enquiry so you don’t miss out on the date.
Why does bridal hair and make up cost more than special occasion hair and make up?
There are much higher expectations for bridal hair and make up and wedding mornings are high octane and can sometimes be stressful. Bridal looks are bespoke, luxurious, take years of expensive training and have been created between client and hair and make up professionals before the event. They will need to hold for much longer than average, prep takes longer and will be put through hugs, kisses, wind, rain, dancing, and occasionally trampolines and zipwires!
The majority of the cost comes from the pre wedding support around the clock leading up to the big day. It’s not unheard of for me to be answering messages from around 7 in the morning up to midnight, I often give advice on a number of things wedding related as I’ve become a bit of a ‘wedding expert’. It’s all part of the package but of course is a very different scenario to a quick night out updo or make up.
Will you travel to my venue or home on the day?
Yes, I can travel to you and regularly visit hotels, Airbnb and so on. Travel costs apply over 10 miles from BA1 7DH. I’m also happy to travel to destination weddings, please chat to me to discuss.
How long will it take on the day?
Once you’ve had your trial, we can go through all the details, it depends what you and your bridal party are having done of course. We’ll sit down and make a schedule and can fit this around make up artists etc. As a very rough guide, I allow 1.5 hours total for the bride and approx 45-50 minutes for bridesmaids and other party members. I generally stay until the end and I’m a dab hand helping with getting dressed or anything else that might need doing.