The short answer is as soon as possible. Wedding suppliers get booked up 1 – 2 years in advance, and hair and makeup artists are no exception. I would recommend securing your booking at least 12 – 18 months in advance of your wedding date, especially if you are getting married during peak wedding season (May – October).

I do have some times during the year where I can accommodate short notice bookings so please do get in touch to check availability.

A trial gives us the opportunity to try out different looks with the aim of finding the one you want for your wedding day. It also allows me to make sure the products I use are suitable for you, if not we will find out following your trial and not on your wedding day which leaves me enough time to make amendments. 

Another benefit of having a trial is that you get to meet me and see if we get on, the morning of a wedding can be busy and intense and you want people around you that you get on with and who make you feel at ease. 

Saying that, I do of course understand that a trial is not always possible, for instance I have brides who do not live locally or even in the UK and so a trial just isn’t feasible. We can work around this so please do get in touch if you would like to book but a trial just wouldn’t be possible for you so that we can discuss.

Between 6 – 9 weeks before your wedding day. This lowers the likelihood of your style and tastes changing between the trial and your wedding day.

It also allows enough time for you to implement any suggestions I make to get your hair and skin in the best possible condition ahead of your big day.

Hair OR makeup trials will last approx. 2 hours

Hair and makeup trials will last between 3 and 4 hours.

Trials take place on Fridays at my home studio however I can travel to you, for the standard fee of 45p per mile, if it is more convenient.

Trials for the bridal party aren’t necessary however they can be booked for those who are nervous about having their hair or makeup done.

Unfortunately I cannot guarantee I will personally be the one to replicate the hair and / or makeup on the day as this will depend on timings and the schedule. 

Yes, of course! Many of my brides come to their trials with their Mum, a sister or friend / bridesmaid for moral support, as a lot of people are nervous about having their hair and /or makeup done. All I ask is that you let me know in advance and that you only bring 1 person along with you as I unfortunately do not have the space to accommodate any more.

I’m afraid I no longer off makeup lessons but if this is something you are interested in please do get in touch and I will put you in touch with an associate who does. 

I use makeup and hair products from a variety of cruelty free & vegan brands. My kit has been carefully curated with products and brands I trust and know work. I also use products from across the pricing spectrum as more expensive doesn’t always equal better quality or longevity. More information on this can be found here.

It is absolutely fine to use your own makeup if this would make you feel more comfortable. When you come for your trial we will just need to check that your products photograph well, do not cause flashback, look beautiful in person and will last all day.

Please do note that no discount will be given and that my prices will remain the same whether using your own products or my professional kit.

This depends on your requirements for the day and this is something we will discuss in more detail once I know exactly what you want and need. As a rule of thumb if there are more than 3 people for hair and /or makeup services I will bring along one or two more artist/ stylists to assist with the bridal party and I will always take care of the bride.

This does depend on a few different factors which will be discussed at your trial. However, I allow 1 hour for the Bride (per service) and 45 minutes per member of the bridal party (per service). I will generally arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to the agreed start time and ensure everyone is good to go by the agreed ready time. This will then allow enough time for everyone to get into their dresses, have photos taken and for have a few minutes to gather yourself before leaving for your ceremony. 

Yes, I will stay until you leave for your ceremony. I do this so that I can provide any last minute lipstick touch ups, and assist with anything else if needed. If you would like full touch ups later in the day or a makeup change for the evening please do get in touch and I will provide you with a quote for this service.

If you would rather I didn’t stick around then that’s cool too, just let me know – I won’t take it personally!

If you have an allergy to specific products or ingredients please let me know in advance of your trial so that I can ensure I have the correct products to suit you. This includes latex, gluten, nuts, wheat etc.

All travel is charged at 45p per mile from OX13 5FX, both to and from your getting ready location.

If possible I avoid moving between venues during the morning of the wedding as this adds extra pack down, travel and set up time. If this is unavoidable there may be an additional charge.

If your prep venue is over 1.5 hours from OX13 5FX and / or requires a start time earlier than 6:30am, overnight accommodation will be required. This will be discussed with you at the quotation stage of your enquiry. 

If we are holding your trial at a location other than that of OX13 5FX then the same travel charges will apply. 

All I ask for is £150 deposit within 5 days of your invoice to secure your date in the diary. Your deposit will then be deducted from the remaining balance. Payment of the remaining balance will be due no later than 28 days prior to the actual date of your booking.

Trials must be paid on the day of the trial by cash or card or in advance by bank transfer or PayPal if preferred.