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  • Writer's pictureSara Jackson

5 Reasons Why a Bridal Trial Run is a MUST!

You’ve likely had several vendor meetings to discuss and fine-tune details leading up to your big day! You’ve met with your coordinator over attendant numbers and seating, have explored bouquet options with your florist, and have tasted at least 10 different cake flavors at the local bakery. Don’t easily dismiss hair and makeup as being any less important! We’ve narrowed down the top 5 reasons why we highly recommend a trial run to each and every bride!


1. It gives you the chance to meet your artist!

A trial gives you the perfect chance to meet your artist, determine their skill level, and form a connection. Nothing is more important than establishing a level of trust and keeping communication open, honest, and clear. Your artist wants nothing more than to execute that perfect style for you and the only way they can do that is if you speak up! A professional artist will have the ability to separate their emotions from their work, and is therefore is unoffended when you suggest something be adjusted!

2. You have the opportunity to explore different style options!

Maybe searching Pinterest now has your head spinning and you’re torn between a down style and an updo. Your artist will have sufficient time to show you both options and give professional recommendations based off your dress. This is also a great time to try out hair pieces and veils! Allow yourself to be open to creativity and consider makeup looks you may have never done before such as winged liner, fluffy brows, or a bold lip. Nothing is off limits during a trial!

3. It will save you valuable time on your big day!

We all know how tight wedding day timelines – there is ZERO time for error and your artist wants to respect that! A trial run will ensure that you and your artist approach your wedding day with confidence, and that there are no surprises. It takes the work out of guessing and frivolously trying to achieve an undetermined style, thus saving you valuable time on wedding day!

4. You can test different makeup products to ensure there are no reactions!

Most professional makeup artists aim to use hypoallergenic products, however some people with sensitive skin or allergies may want to test out certain hair and makeup products. Your wedding day is definitely not the time to discover that you’re allergic to a cucumber ingredient in a skin prep product or can’t stand the smell of texture spray. If you are sensitive to any makeup product or hair spray, be sure to communicate that to your artist during the initial consultation.

5. You can test the longevity of the style!

“How long will the style last?” is probably the most common question we receive from brides. There are many factors to consider when answering this question, to which your stylist will identify during the trial. If you are someone with fine hair that doesn’t hold a curl, perhaps your stylist will recommend clip-in extensions and a tighter curl. If you are someone who is prone to oily skin, your stylist may choose a mattifying primer over something more hydrating or dewy. A trial will allow you to communicate your areas of concern to your artist, while also giving you the opportunity to wear the style all day long to see how it holds up! At the end of the day, you may need to update your artist on small changes or adjustments that need to be made on wedding day.


We believe that a trial run is an important aspect of the hair and makeup process that is oftentimes overlooked. If you ask us if it’s worth the extra expense, we will say you can’t put a price tag on peace of mind! Don’t enter into the most important day of your life without absolute confidence in your stylist’s ability to deliver you the hair and makeup of your dreams!

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