Arguably one of the most important components of wedding planning is the aesthetic. In particular, the aesthetic as it applies to you. Which is why during the process of planning the wedding, it is imperative to hire a professional make-up artist so that you know the task is being handled by an experienced person. There have been many horror stories of brides using one of their siblings or friends to do the make-up for their wedding, only to be completely devastated upon witnessing the results are not nearly up to their expectations. While you may save a decent chunk of change by using an amateur or yourself, you will be getting what you pay for. If you have the budget space, and are looking for a good make-up artist, you are in luck, as Grand Rapids is ripe with fantastic make-up artists. If you follow the guide offered below, this phase should be a cinch.
The first step is to ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they have any recommendations, in particular, anyone who has been married recently, or has been involved in a wedding to some extent. It may be beneficial to ask the venue coordinator of the reception hall you booked for their referrals, they should have a list of preferred vendors they have built a rapport with over the years. It is also a very good idea to go to your local mall, and go to a department store like Sears, Lord and Taylor's, Macy's, or Bloomingdale's. It may help to cross reference these candidates on the internet via online wedding directories or guide websites. These websites provide users a source of information on wedding vendors including details on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! Call or ask each potential make-up artist up, and ask them if they are available on the date of your wedding.
The second step after scheduling interviews with each available candidate is to prepare some questions and your vision to share with them. Ask them how experienced they are in their field, and how many weddings they provide their services to on a yearly average. Ask to see pictures of past clients, and if possible, in-progress shots. For every interview, you should have them run a demonstration on you. You want to be open with each candidate, you want to be able to determine if they will mesh with your expectations. It may help to schedule a trial with the candidates that really strike you as legitimate contenders. Perhaps you have a big company dinner or gala coming up that you want to turn heads at? This would be a good time to test one of the make-up artists to see if they are even capable of handling your wedding. One of the biggest complaints that bride's have with professional make-up artists is sometimes they are a bit too heavy-handed. This trial run should be a good indicator if this candidate is up to scratch. Before the end of each interview, you will want to discuss the costs of the services, and obtain a sample invoice from each candidate so you can do some side-by-side comparisons.
Take some time to deliberate, perhaps ask your partner or parents what they think of the job done by each potential artist. Once you have done a couple trial runs with the candidates, and have determined which ones will provide you the most bang for your buck, you should write up a contract, and place a deposit with the candidate. Make sure you have a backup plan in case of emergency, but it is not likely, however, no emergencies are “likely” so just be thorough. With regard to being diligent, you should be blown away by the masterpiece the make-up artist crafts your face into. Congratulations!