Your wedding day hair and make-up should add up to be the look of all looks but sometimes, finding the perfect stylist for you can be a little tricky. We recently caught up with bridal styling virtuoso Jenn Edwards to talk about her top tips for finding the best artists, what a bridesmaid should always carry in her handbag and why you should never outdo the bride.
How many weddings do you attend a year?
In all honesty, I’ve lost count this year, but I can tell you that in August we had 11 weddings in just one week! We only ever attend one wedding per day but we’re a big team, so we’re often spread across 2-3 weddings across the country on any one given day.
What’s hot for this year’s brides?
A ‘Two piece’ i.e. separates instead of a dress. Floral crowns and bouquets made from dried flowers. Pastel hair Colours and soft waves. Freckles. Matt lip colours. Full and defined brows. I can’t wait to see what next year brings but I’m also hoping that many of these trends stay around for a while ’cause we’re crushing hard on all of the above.
What’s not? Is there anything brides should avoid?
Can we do a whole separate feature on this please GoHen? Where do I begin…
Avoid getting too hung up on details and don’t ‘overcook’ your look. I can’t tell you how many times we watch a bride getting into the most stunning of dresses, with perfect hair and makeup to compliment it, and then she adds a veil, headpiece, a necklace, a bracelet and earrings, and suddenly the whole look is just way too fussy. I mean, if you’re happy with how you look and feel confident, then that’s all that matters, but don’t go out and buy one of everything just because you feel it’s necessary because it really isn’t.
You could choose just one piece of jewellery but find yourself a fancy perfume. That perfume will then be your ‘wedding day perfume’ forever. Mine’s Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb. 10 years later and it’s not as exclusive as it was back then but the scent always brings back happy memories of a special day.
What’s the most common mistake you hear about brides making with their wedding style choices?
Hmmm…. I think I just covered this one but I’ll give you a little tip instead. If you are considering wearing a veil and a headpiece, book your trial well in advance of your wedding day and see if your hairstylist has sample pieces that you can try before you go out and spend money on them. In many cases, our brides have come for their trial only to discover that the headpiece they’ve blown a tonne of money on doesn’t work with their desired hairstyle.
What are your top three tips for finding the right hair and makeup stylist?
– Research! Facebook and Instagram are a good starting place to view good examples of an artists/stylists work. Always be sure to study an artists portfolio and their back catalogue of real brides.
– Price is a very good indication as to the quality of the products in an artist’s kit and their level of experience and skill. Depending on location you can expect to pay between £90-£150 for makeup alone (bride only) excluding the trial. Good hair and makeup artists get booked up very quickly. It’s unlikely you’ll find them at wedding fairs and highly unlikely they’ll be offering discounts or special offers.
– Ask for recommendations from your other wedding suppliers. Your photographer will have worked with plenty and will be happy to recommend the good ones.
You must have been around lots of weddings, what is the best wedding day advice for brides?
It’s a good idea to work out a rough hair and makeup timetable especially if you have a large bridal party. Your artist/stylist should be happy to do it for you. Never put yourself last. It’s such a bad idea for so many reasons.
What should every bridesmaid have in her handbag on the day?
Tissues, lipstick for top-ups, hairpins, and a selfie stick (of course!)
Any tips for bridesmaid hair?
Don’t outdo the Bride!
What’s the most original idea you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
This is the hardest question to answer. I remember seeing a wedding cake made from different tiers of cheese and decorated with figs for the first time and I was in complete awe. Now I’ve seen it a million times. It’s the personal touches, and the characters we meet, that stick in my mind like the 92-year-old Grandma that was chief bridesmaid.
What’s the worst/funniest thing you’ve seen at a wedding?
The bride’s Dad sat in the hot tub drinking Champagne literally a few feet away from where the hair and makeup were in full swing. He stood up to pose for the wedding photographer and… Oh the horror! The poor photographer didn’t know what to do as we watched in disbelief.
Spending all day looking and talking about weddings sounds like a dream, so what’s the best part about your job?
That part when our bride looks in the mirror and then hugs us. That’s what it’s all about!
You can tell us, we won’t tell a soul, honest… What’s the worst song you’ve heard played for the first dance/walking down the aisle/other?
I had Phil Collins ‘Groovy Kind of Love’. And I’m only telling you this because you’ve promised not to tell a soul!
Any final parting words of bridal wisdom?
Don’t lose focus on what the day is about.