Week 21: Hair + Makeup

Do these things this week
Decide if you want professional hair and makeup
Find hair and makeup artists
Meet with your top 2 reception music choices
Select reception music and sign contract
Discuss bridesmaid accessories


If you plan on getting your hair and makeup professionally done on your wedding day, you know the drill. Find a stylist or stylists whose work reflects what you’re looking for and schedule a trial run to see how things click. When you’ve found the one for you, review the contract to make sure it includes the information below.

  • Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
  • What: everything they’ll be providing (bridal hair, bridesmaid hair, bridal makeup, bridesmaid makeup)
  • Where: the location of your events
  • When: dates and times of service
  • How much: cost per service
  • Receipt: the deposit paid, the balance due and due dates
  • Uh oh: cancellation policies and emergencies

Once both you and your stylist(s) have signed the contract, file it with your additional contracts so that you can easily access it before your wedding day.


If getting your hair or makeup done is out of the budget, but you still want a professional look, you have plenty of time to learn how to do it yourself.

We love Kate of The Small Things tutorials as well as Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Most department stores or makeup boutiques are happy to give free tutorials and makeovers to customers who are considering dropping a little dough at the end of the session. Call ahead to make an appointment and let them know that you’re looking for a simple look to apply to your wedding day. We like MAC and Bare Escentuals.

While you’re there, don’t be afraid to ask your makeup artist to work slowly so you can ask questions along the way. Be upfront about what kinds of products you’re actually planning on using. Her job is to sell you stuff you like, but if you already know that you’re not going to spend $100 on creams and wrinkle reducers, skip it and stick to the basics that you will use.

Overall it’s a great way to learn how to do your makeup yourself while still looking like it was done by a pro, and whatever you do spend on the initial makeup purchase will last far beyond your wedding day.

The same goes for doing your own hair. Bobs, wavy ponytails, and braids are easy enough to do yourself, especially with a little practice at home. With the right accessories, no one will know you did it yourself!


If you’re going with a different band or DJ for your reception than for your ceremony, meet with your top choices and sign the contract this week. Refer back to week 22 for a list of what you should look for in the entertainment contract.