This year it has really become apparent just how much of an issue this topic is, so let me advise you on WHEN TO BOOK YOUR BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST.
January comes and an influx of bridal enquires come flooding through, everyone must think “lets get Christmas out the way then get down to wedding planning”.
However, this year I have turned more brides down than ever before and I started to wonder why? Why weren’t people more organised? Why were they leaving it til the last minute?
This led me to trawl the internet, wedding planning diaries and bridal magazines where I discovered that most of them recommend that you start to find and book your bridal makeup artist as little as 3 months before your big day….this is outrageous!
Unless you were getting married on a Tuesday in February or November I would definitely not leave booking an artist til 3 or even 6 months before.
This article in you & your wedding magazine recommends 12 months which is much more realistic, the more notice the better I’d say!!
The way I work is that I offer bridal exclusivity which means I only book one wedding per day, you have my undivided attention and I’m not dashing off to squeeze someone else in.
I’m also one person, not a team of people that are here, there and everywhere….you book Lucie Makeup Artist and that’s who is there to do your bridal makeup.
Many other freelance artists work the same way, so once a date has gone….IT’S GONE!!!
Lately I have received many enquiries from people that have been following my work on Instagram and love my style…however have left it too late and I am already booked.
If you are following an artist you love or have experienced before and want them to take care of you on your big day as soon as you know the date BOOK THEM!
I have even had 3 brides in the past that have enquired which dates I am free before deciding on their date….which I think is so funny but very, very cute.
I know being a makeup artist myself I am biased but it still amazes me how many people think “it’s just makeup” and it seems to slip to a last minute thought to organise, every single guest will see your face up close and on pictures forever and ever, your face will be on every single picture so I think it’s a pretty important part of the day.
You will have paid hundreds if not thousands for a photographer and dress, why would you not want your whole look captured on the biggest day of your life to be completed with beautiful, professionally applied makeup?
This is not about booking me it’s about booking the person you want and not having to resort to who’s left.
I’ve also been called up on the day and days before, where other artists have not shown up or cancelled so whoever you choose, choose wisely. (See choosing a bridal makeup artist post)
I know it sounds like I have a bee in my bonnet but I just want to make people aware, its awful when someone has there hopes set on booking you and you have to turn them down. Both myself and other artists are constantly putting on social media about our limited availability and the importance of booking in, we are not showing off or begging for customers we are genuinely trying to avoid disappointment.
So please if you are thinking of getting married, have just got engaged or know someone that has please get them to read this post.