I love my job, I really do and being able to be creative on a daily basis really makes my soul sing. On my own wedding day however, this could not be any further from reality!
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We are of course, talking hypothetically here, but I am asked an awful lot ‘would you do your own make up on your wedding day’?
The answer is a big hell NO!
- We all love a little Prosecco or an aperitif whilst we are getting ready (I know I do!), so why would you want to be holding a make up brush for yourself or your bridal party.
- The responsibility of applying eye liner with a slightly nervous hand or after that glass of Prosecco, not ideal.
- Passing the responsibility over to someone else on getting the make up look completely nailed.
- Spending weeks and months planning, thinking, constant thoughts of the wedding day. Passing it onto someone else, you can be immersed in the wedding morning celebrations, and for you not to be distracted with the anxiety of ‘will my make up go right’?
- Spending quality time with your family and close friends during the wedding morning preparations.
- Avoiding the distracted of making sure everyone else’s make up looks good. I know what I am like, I’m always helping others at the expense of my own quality getting ready time.
- Friends are helpful but essentially they would also like to get ready themselves rather than be around for any last minute tweaking before the ceremony. Unlike a hired professional, who I’m sure would be happy to stay until you leave.
- Having the time to enjoy the relaxation of having your make up applied and hair styled. Some of my brides, say this is the most relaxing thing ever!
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I’ll let you into a little story….
One thing that my sister and I massively regret following her wedding, is that I was her Wedding Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist and I was not the Sister/Maid of Honour for her.
No breakfast together (other than a croissant on the go), no clinking of glasses of fizz, no sharing stories and generally not really being able to enjoy each other’s company. I love my sister very much, she is my best friend and not doing those things still makes us both a little sad.
Of course, being the big sister, I wanted to do make up and hair for my Nic, making sure everyone was picture perfect for the day and to reassure her that everything was in hand. But I did not stop from 7.30am until 1.30pm until we left for the ceremony. Now, I love a timeline and everyone was ready, but I seemed to have only managed a short 20 minutes to do my own make up and hair. By spending time getting everyone else ready, I couldn’t be the Maid of Honour to help Nic with last minute things she had to organise, so she could relax and chill out and enjoy this lovely part of the day.
We left in a rush (which was pointless as we had bags of time) and when the ceremony began, emotion hit me! I then realised I was the Sister watching my ‘ickle sis get married and no longer in ‘work mode’. So yes, I sobbed like a small toddler in front of over 100 wedding guests…not one of my finest moments (thank goodness for waterproof mascara). Of course, the show went on and I still recall this embarrassing moment to all of my brides if the nerves are kicking in and a few happy tears are shed (my advice is to let it out!).
Well, I think you would agree that we should all be the girl sat with a glass of fizz in her hand, on her ‘lily pad’ absorbing every little bit of the wedding morning, spending time with family and friends and not worrying if more blush is needed and will the hair stay in place.
So in a nutshell, no, I wouldn’t do my own Make-Up and Hair on my own Wedding Day and neither should you.
Until next time!