Let's cut right to the chase: here are some of our most common FAQs, or scenarios that come up for wedding makeup & hair services:
Q: Are fake lashes included?
A: Yes! We include complimentary fake lashes for each adult makeup application.
Q: How far in advance should I book my wedding?
A: The sooner the better! If your wedding date is a Saturday during peak season (May-October) for Vermont/ New England, you'll want to reserve us 14-18 months in advance. The month's of June, September & October book the fastest.
Q: Do you have a minimum?
A: Yes we do! For any weekend date (Friday-Sunday), we have an on-location minimum of the bride + 4 adults. We do offer weekday elopement packages (Monday-Thursdays).
Q: I don't know my final headcount yet, can I still lock in your services?
A: Absolutely. I always suggest starting with our bride + 4 minimum and adding on as people in your wedding party confirm with you. You have up until one month prior to your wedding date to add services on (should the artist/ stylist be able to accommodate). Once the contract is signed, you cannot remove any services.
Q: Can one of my bridesmaids have you just do their eye makeup?
A: No. We don't offer any partial services- just full applications.
Q: When do I need a second artist or stylist?
A: This depends on the individual artist/ stylist and the timeline of your day. Generally speaking, after 10 services, we typically need a second artist or stylist. If your timeline is tight and you have 9 services, we would suggest a full team of 4 for your event. Anything over 12 services always needs 4 beauty professionals.
Q: Why is there an additional artist/ stylist fee?
A: This fee covers a few things: the extra admin time it takes to coordinate with 4 artists/ stylist, added taxes & higher processing fee's, plus the luxury of reserving our entire team for your event. If our team is fully booked, I also may have to outsource to other companies to find a suitable artist or stylist. This takes time!
Q; How does the travel fee work?
A: We charge $65 per hour of travel. So, if your event is exactly one hour away from our home base in Richmond, VT, it would be a $130 travel charge (2 hours total travel time). This is per artist/ stylist as we typically travel separately to events. This fee not only covers gas, but mileage/ wear and tear, maintenance like oil changes, our time spent driving, and packing/ unpacking all of our items.
Q: When should I book my trial run?
A: Your trial should ideally happen 1-4 months prior to your wedding date. This ensures you have your dress & other details more set in stone. It's hard to plan what you want for your look if you don't have any of those things yet. We can make exceptions for our out of state brides!
Q: Are trial runs required?
A: No. But, we do strongly encourage them to ensure your day-of services go off without a hitch. If you are unable to make an in-person trial work, I can offer Zoom trials to go over details & inspo photos with you.
Q: How do I reserve your for my wedding day?
A: A signed contract and 30% retainer will hold your date. Due to the high demand of the industry right now, we can't soft hold any dates.
Q: When is the remainder of my balance due?
A: On, or prior to your wedding day. Most prefer to pre-pay to avoid the hassle on their actual wedding morning.
Q: What is a normal amount to tip?
A: We typically see 20% gratuity for our wedding services. Tips are always appreciated, but never expected.
Q: What products/ brands do you use in your kit?
A: A wide variety! Each artist has luxe products from various beauty brands. Some include: Dior, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Makeup Forever, L'aneige, Hourglass, Kosas, Viseart, Makeup by Mario, Ben Nye, and more.
Q: Can I request a specific artist or stylist?
A: Yes! On your inquiry form, you can let me know who you want to work with. I can then let you know their availability- or you can check our Availability page.
Q: Do I have to book both makeup & hair services with your team?
A: No. You can book just makeup or just hair! We do find that coordinating the day-of timeline is much easier having just one beauty team, but it is not required.
Other questions? Let us know!
Hillary Fay, Vermont & SW FL Makeup Artist.