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Advice from a Bridal Artist: Wedding Day Preparation Tips & Tricks

Updated: Feb 6


Wedding days are often quite hectic, and it's your beauty professional's job to keep everything on track, so you and your party make it to your ceremony on time, without having to sacrifice precious time with your loved ones, as well as your photographer. Read on for tips and tricks to help your beauty professional avoid the risk of running late, but to also keep the morning as fun, calming and relaxed as possible.


Photo by Dyanna LaMora

First things first


It’s very important that, as services are being provided, the person in the chair remain relaxed and undistracted. This is your time to relax and be pampered, and limiting distractions not only helps your artist do their job, but maximizes your experience as well.


  • Time Saving Tip 1 : Pre-plan. Be sure to pre-plan ordering any breakfast/lunch, as well as coffee time and showering schedule if needed etc. This is especially important for larger groups and those who have earlier appointments.

  • Time Saving Tip 2 : Delegate. The bride should aim to delegate in advance wherever possible, so she's able to sit, relax, and enjoy the morning. Make sure to have all your details (veil, jewelry, and any other details you want your photographer to shoot) ready in one place prior to sitting down for services. All bridal party members should have any hair accessories, extensions, and inspiration photos with them when sitting down for their appointment.

  • Time Saving Tip 3 : Ask in advance. Lets be real, anyone with with excessively long/thick hair, skin conditions, etc know their needs are "out of the ordinary". Anyone with concerns regarding their services, including special requests such as extensions, crème contour, etc, should notify the artist in advance, as all of these situations could potentially require additional time, and/or incur additional cost. My artists will legit refuse a request for a specific service if they feel it would jeopardize the overall schedule, so if you have any questions or special needs, definitely bring them up to your artist in advance!

  • Time Saving Tip 4 : Sit back and relax! No seriously, try to avoid being distracted while in the chair. Cell phone use, eating (unless during hair services and the artist is okay with it), and excessive sidebar conversations tend to be distracting and/or lead to a lot of back and forth with the head and face that not only make the artists job more difficult, but can cause things to run behind.


This is your time to relax and be pampered, and limiting distractions not only helps your artist do their job, but maximizes your experience as well.


Photo by Dyanna LaMora

Makeup Service Prep

  • Always arrive with your face clean of any makeup, and be mindful to avoid any items over SPF 15-20. Moisturizers are best if applied at least 1 hour prior, to allow the skin time to absorb and cut back on oil production.

  • Avoid any aggressive facial treatments or procedures before your session --- While I fully support/encourage regular facials, peels, and microneedling etc, aggressive treatments or products that are too active may result in uneven skin tone, texture and/or dryness that will interfere with your makeup’s performance and appearance. Typically, it'll take about 10-14 days for skin to get back to its optimum texture after any sort of facial treatment for an even, beautiful makeup application.

  • Do not have your brows waxed less than three days prior to the wedding. If you have your brows shaped regularly, having your them done for the big day is highly recommended!! If it's not your aesthetic, that's totally fine, but if you do plan on having them done, definitely do not have them waxed or shaped the day of, or day before, the wedding. It is best to have them done about three days before your appointment, so your skin is without any residual redness or irritation, and in the best possible condition for your makeup application.

  • I highly encourage inspiration photos. From Instagram to Pinterest, we have the luxury of having access to seemingly endless inspiration, and even if the look can't be exactly replicated on you, it helps your artist understand your vision, your aesthetic, and your overall vibe. They also minimize the consultation time, and, as long as expectations are realistic, I say bring on the photos!


Tip: Try to pull some inspiration from your artist's portfolio or instagram --- this not only shows that you appreciate their work, but ensures it's a style that fits their aesthetic.

Photo by Dyanna LaMora

Hair Service Prep

  • To clean, or not to clean? Every stylist is different, but in my opinion, hair is best clean and completely dry, unless the client and I have previously discussed otherwise. For thick and/or curly hair types, it is often best to wash hair and blowout the hair a day or two before the wedding to avoid any timing setbacks the morning of the big day.

  • Use minimal product after washing, and avoid flat ironing/curling hair the day of - Day two curls/product is fine. Note: If you use any Argan oil or deep conditioning products, it's best not to use them at least one wash prior to the wedding. They tend to leave a build up on the hair, weighing it down and causing it to become limp - which will hinder select styling options and cause curls to fall faster.

  • No collars, please! I know cute matching jammies are all the rage right now, but collars are the main culprit for destroying hairstyles prematurely. Try to wear a silky robe or really wide neck top for your services to preserve your hair, and transition safely into your dress.

  • Again, I highly encourage inspiration photos. From Instagram to Pinterest, we have the luxury of having access to seemingly endless inspiration, and even if the look can't be exactly replicated on you, it helps your artist understand your vision, your aesthetic, and your overall vibe. They also minimize the consultation time, and, as long as expectations are realistic, I say bring on the photos!


Photo by Dyanna LaMora

Additional Things to Consider


Okay, you're hip to some insider tips for your hair and makeup appointment, and it feels like you've thought of everything --- could there really be more? The answer is yes, always.


  • Avoid strap indents/marks on your chest/back by wearing a strapless bra, or even no bra at all. Same goes for sock marks, for those wearing anything that may expose the ankle!

  • Don’t forget your body! Remember to exfoliate in the days leading up to the wedding, and moisturize your body well on the day of, particularly hands, feet, knees and elbows since they are often in images.

  • Allow your beauty to shine from the inside out - drinking ample water will help promote a healthy glow to the skin, while limiting sugar and salt at least one week prior to the wedding, and cutting dairy intake completely at least two weeks prior to the wedding, will help keep breakouts and bloating to a minimum.

  • Allergy sufferers, be sure to take something for them in the morning when you get up (non-drowsy of course) and if you wear contacts, a back up pair of disposables is always good to have just in case due to irritation and/or dust, dirt, pollen, sand etc. that can often get blown around while out doing pictures throughout the day.

  • Know your limits. I totally get it, the rehearsal dinner is intoxicatingly fun - literally. Alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to stay hydrated, and try to get enough sleep/rest, as these are often the main culprit behind puffy eyes and dark circles!

  • Trouble sleeping? Try taking a small dose of Melatonin (or even Benadryl!) around dinner time, with food, and by the time bedtime rolls around, you'll be fighting to stay awake! You will definitely want to give yourself eight hours to sleep it off, but you'll sleep sound throughout the night, and wake up looking and feeling well rested, without being too dozed.


So now you're basically a professional/ideal client for your hair and makeup artist, and have all of the tools you need to ensure the morning of your/your friend's big day is as fun, relaxing, and stress-free as possible.






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Caitlyn


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Caitlyn Meyer is a wedding makeup and hair artist located in Baltimore, Maryland. Caitlyn Meyer provides on location makeup and hair services throughout the Maryland local area, including, Annapolis, Havre de Grace, Ocean City, Westminster, Frederick, Frederick County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Caitlyn Meyer is a professional wedding makeup and hair artist that has been part of the DMV wedding industry for 9 years. She specializes in all bridal beauty, including South Asian weddings, and even engagement hair and makeup. Caitlyn Meyer is pleased to travel for all domestic destinations, and has provided bridal hair and makeup services for brides in Los Angeles & San Fransisco California, Chicago Illinois, the Outer Banks, and Vermont. Caitlyn Meyer has traveled the globe for her clients, servicing brides for their destination weddings in Sweden, Spain, and the Faroe Islands. Caitlyn Meyer is available for all international destination bridal hair and makeup, including Iceland, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and more. Celebrity makeup artist, cruelty free makeup artist, traveling makeup artist, luxury bridal hair and makeup, international bridal hair and makeup artist, destination bridal hair and makeup artist, Eva Longoria makeup artist, vintage glam hair and makeup artist.

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