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If You Think Itís Expensive Hiring A Professional Bridal Stylist, Wait Till You Hire An Amateur!

5th August 2018

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When planning for your wedding every bride wants to save as much money as possibleIt’s so expensive to get married, even on a budget!...

As a bride, you need to be super savvy to save as much money as possible in the run up to your big day.... You will undoubtedly try and save money in any area you can. There is one area, however, that you really don’t want to skimp on the cost... Your bridal styling, which will quite possibly the most important hair and make up of your life and I’m going to tell you why...

You dream of the most perfect wedding day, wearing your beautiful (and probably very expensive) wedding dress, getting married at the perfect venue and hopefully, after your wedding receiving the most beautiful photographs to treasure forever! Photographs that will have captured all those special moments for you to lovingly look back on! BUT Imagine If you are not happy with your styling on the day?! You will not only be left disappointed on your wedding day, you will reflect on your bridal hair and make up and look at the pictures thinking you weren’t actually happy with the way you looked then or now! This will possibly taint your pictures forever. You might read this and think I am 'laying it on thick' and I guess I could agree with you there, but I only speak the truth. I have had many SOS call from brides being let down last minute by their bridal make up and hair artists and I have also had some very distressed phone calls from upset brides after terrible trials. 

IF YOU PICK THE WRONG MAKE UP AND HAIR ARTIST THE WEDDING PHOTOS ARE RUINED FOREVER! 

I know what you are thinking......that’s a bit dramatic?!! BUT If you are prepared to run the risk after reading this blog then you are a braver woman than me! I have been to many weddings where I have provided only one service, either make up OR hair and I’ve left in horror because the other artist has made an absolute hash of either the hair or make up.  No bride deserves anything less than perfect for their big day and that's the bottom line. I ’d also just like to point out at this stage too there is only so much your photographer can edit.

Don’t believe me? Ask your photographer, your hair and make up being expertly done is essential if you want the BEST WEDDING PHOTOS.

LETS  NOT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.... HOW  YOU FEEL ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK IS THE ONE THING AS A BRIDE YOU CARE ABOUT MOST, SECOND TO MARRYING THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE!

Just like you want a dress that fits you perfectly, you want hair and make up that makes you look and feel like a million dollars! I am going to be totally honest with you.... You aren’t going to get celebrity styling on a budget and that is the harsh truth! Buy budget and you are likely to get make up that won’t last, that will be poorly done... Just think badly blended make up, foundation colour matching that will more than likely leave a lot to be desired... and don’t even get me started on what can go wrong with hair.....

 

SO HOW DO THE PROFESSIONALS WORK OUT OUR BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKE UP  PRICING AND WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?! 

I personally have been doing make up and hair for 15 years, this experience, of course, is reflected in my prices. It is also worth me mentioning in case you haven’t realised, at the studio our services are premium and for what we offer you, we are actually priced very competitively within the industry. We have seen artists that aren’t as experienced or established as we are priced a lot higher! Equally though there is no denying that there is obviously a possibility you will find someone cheaper who is still good, but it is more difficult for sure. 

We have become experts in bridal hair and make up styling. You are paying me and my staff for our expertise, knowledge and experience. It’s really quite simple. I pass all my experience and knowledge on to my assistants and lead artists. They all recieve regular training and are constantly under review, making sure they adhere to very high standards.

YOU MAY NOT ACTUALLY REALISE YOU ARE PAYING FOR MORE THAN JUST MAKE UP...

Firstly, we value our time. The time we spend with you in the studio, on the phone or via email. This time has of course been factored into our bridal service costs. Then there are the products we use, most of which are premium, this all needs to be factored into our costs too. Finally, the ability to manage your expectations. This, believe it or not, is one thing that is almost more important than being the best make up artist. Without this skill things just won't run smoothly! The relationship between the artist and the client would just break down... I truly understand what you need on your wedding day, how to manage your expectations and how to adapt to the different emotions you experience, not only on the run-up to your wedding but also on your big day. Every bride is different and as a professional, you need to be totally adaptable to meet the needs of each bridal client. I am sad to say these are not skills every hair or make up artist possess because this often comes only after years upon years in the industry or in some cases its something some artists will never understand. The focus of course first and foremost should be on the styling, but it is very important not to forget the people behind the face!

SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH MAKE UP OR HAIR ARTIST TO BOOK FOR YOUR BIG DAY? 

Now this one is pretty simple... do the maths, but let’s not get this confused, this doesn’t mean look for the cheapest service going! Never shop around for anything based on price. Work out what you need and work back from there!... Anything wedding should be about product vs cost. It’s no use buying cheap and then it not being what you want... You have to look at the value for money aspect rather than the saving. That's my biggest piece of advice!

FIRSTLY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THE BEST WAY OF FINDING YOUR BRIDAL ARTIST....

Finding someone you trust to give you an honest and genuine recommendation is much better than reading on an artist’s website what they have to say about themselves, it will undoubtedly be biased and it can in some cases be misleading. So, do you know anyone that looked amazing on their big day? Who did they use? Get stalking their recommendations and have a snoop at their websites and social media accounts! 

 

SECONDLY, REAL TESTIMONIALS AND REVIEWS ARE ESSENTIAL!

Facebook is a great place to find these. We have about 150 reviews on our Facebook, all 5 Star! These reviews give our clients a clear indication of what kind of service we offer! As mentioned previously, get stalking! Follow your prospective bridal artist on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, whatever social media platforms they use. Check out their website to get a feel for the type of service they offer. As an artist, social media, in particular, is a great way of showcasing your work. We constantly update our Instagram and Facebook with our bridal work, tagging out brides as we go! 

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT BUYING CHEAP #REALTALK

If you buy cheap, you are more than likely going to buy twice. Think about it... you book a cheap trial to SAVE MONEY... you have your trial and it’s a complete flop, now you need to book trial number 2 with another artist. MORE MONEY! You have completely defeated the point of trying to save money in the first place.... no?! 

 

QUESTIONS NOT TO ASK YOU HAIR AND MAKE UP STYLIST...

Q- I have a large bridal party wanting both make up and hair can you do a discount?

For me the simple answer is no. You can’t expect your bridal hair and make up artist to take on more work, in some cases bring along addition help and to spend more time working for less money. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work this way. Ok, so I appreciate this may sound a little harsh, of course, you can ask the question, but me personally I value my time and skill so I won’t be offering a discount like that.

 

Q- Why are you so expensive? 

I say not to ask this question because it is so subjective and all relative to budget. This question can come across rude, it could insinuate you think the artist is overpriced. You could simply ask ‘can you explain to me how you work out your pricing?’... my advice is to just find a cheaper artist if you are unhappy with the prices, there is no need to let someone know they are 'expensive'... I don't go into Tesco and tell them they are not as cheap as Aldi, I just shop at Aldi.

 

To finish this blog I did think I could tell you some horror stories, but I won’t! Just do your homework, get recommendations, trust the experts and finally get realistic with your budget. 

 

If you do need any help or advice then although we offer a premium service, we do give that away for free!...

We are always here to help you, whether you are going to book with us or not! We are very passionate about our bridal work and helping brides at a time that is very special time to them. It is more than just a job to us, we are here to take care of you, make you feel good and look gorgeous! I hope you found my straight talking useful and not too scary. You should now have a clear idea of what to expect from your bridal stylist and why we set our prices the way we do.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

Suexanna xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Testimonials

I recently did a Smokey Eye masterclass at Make My Day and it was the best money I have spent in a long time. Suzeanna was lovely and friendly, very talented and very knowledgeable. The lesson moved at a good pace and although we were all there for various reasons, I think the whole class learnt a lot. We were able to ask lots of questions and I have gained more confidence and a new found love of make up. I will be going on a big make up spending spree soon and practising the techniques we learnt. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone and I will be looking out for more courses that Suzeanna will be doing.

Jane Dashwood

Absolutely fab... amazing make up..amazing person just truly amazing overall... you definitely made my day!!

Becca Timlin

Thank you so much for my beautiful hair and make up on my wedding day, you made me feel and look wonderful!! You're so lovely, and helped me feel really relaxed :) definitely recommend you to anyone, you were really accommodating, kind and generous!! Thank you xx

Tasha Westgate

I did the smoky eye master class with Suezanne today, followed by a shellac manicure. She is fantastic! The master class was invaluable, I learned so many new things about how to do beautiful make up. The manicure was also lovely. Suezanne is so friendly, and the salon is very welcoming! Highly recommended xxx

Abby Cally

I have never met a nicer girl, she made me feel welcome and I left feeling a million dollars. The conversation was flowing and is totally open to whatever style you are into. Such a talented and lovely person. Hoping to have more events to attend so that I can come back to get styled up again. You truly did 'make my day' thank you!!!

Ellyn Inshaw

Suezanna is an amazing makeup artist and hairstylist. She's made me feel amazing on a couple of occasions and I highly recommend her services x

Celia Christie

Absolutely blown away yet again by the endless talent of this lovely lady...you explain a vision in your head and Suezanna creates it! My mum looked and felt amazing on her wedding day as did my daughter and myself as her bridesmaids, thanks again Suezanna..I cannot recommend you highly enough xx

Steph Steele

Make My Day is a great place, full of personality like its owner Suezanna. Was there as part of a hen party and we all had a great time getting pampered, we were so well looked after. Such a cool place to hang out too! Highly recommend! Thank you!

Elodie Preston

Thank you very much for such a wonderful job on the wedding day, lovely lady with for sure magical skills! You made the bride and bridesmaids feel so special xx

Camesha Jo

I can not thank enough for yesterday's hair and make up for a wedding I went to. I could not have been happier with the results, such a lovely lovely person who made me feel so at ease X

Carolyn Brown

As a special occasion mua myself I approached Suzanna when she advertised her Smokey Eye Makeup workshop. I. Felt like i wanted to refresh and gain confidence in certain areas of my work and Suzanna welcomed me and made me feel at ease to come along to her workshop. At first impressions of walking into her studio I was made at ease straight away. Suzanna's studio is stylish and professional and her knowledge and skills shone through. I would definitely like to visit Make My Day again and treat myself to a special occassion makeup session and a workshop..

Hannah Hodgkiss

Suezanna did my make up for my friends wedding and I loved it, I had so many compliments on it too. Definitely recommend. Xx

Lisa Shield

Great creative to work with, created the exact look I was looking for for a recent photoshoot!

Skyla Round

I was a bridesmaid last weekend and I couldn't decide if I wanted my makeup done professionally or do it myself. Suezanna agreed to do my make up on such short notice. She was very friendly and easy to talk to. I was completely confident in what she was doing. I loved the make up that Suezanna used. My make up was applied around 10am and it was perfect all day, I didn't have to do any touch ups throughout the day. If ever I want my makeup doing professionally again I'll be sure to send Suezanna a message

Tanya Payne

Thank you so much Suezanna for doing mine, my bridesmaids and the mothers makeup for our wedding on 11th June 2016. You were amazing and even though a dog bit you the day before, you didn't let my girls or I down and we all looked fantastic! I believe my bridesmaids have even liked your page! Xxx

Siarrad Hunt

Suezanna is absolutely amazing at her job very professional friendly and welcoming. the salon is amazing you should be so proud of yourself well done xx

Natalie Bye

Suezanna gave myself and 3 friends a make up lesson. It was brilliant! Suezanna is friendly, professional and gave us so many hints and tips. We all have different skin tones and she carefully selected the right shades for our skin. Would highly recommend Suezanna and will definitely be booking up again!!

Claire Holton

I had a great experience with Make My Day. Suezanna was amazing. Lovely, friendly and listens to what you want and helps make it work! I had a mini nightmare with my wedding hair and we worked through the options on the day - nothing was too much trouble! Thank you

Ellie Birch

Massive thanks to suezanna for giving me princess hair for my little boys christening, it took the stress out of getting ready and I was able to relax while having a good gossip! Would definitely recommend.

Maddie Fell

Loved my make up lesson, Suezanna put me at ease and was happy to go over how to do something as many times as you need! She definitely has a way of making you feel at ease and it's like you've known her for years! Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to my next lesson xx

Vicki Horrey

I have only been twice to Suezanna but both times I have felt very comfortable when getting my treatments done and will defiantly be going back for any of my beauty needs. An incredible perfectionist in what she does

Laura Bradshaw

Suezanna did my make up for a Christmas party and I had so many compliments I lost count! She really put me at ease and did the make up to suit my dress and style. I can't recommend her enough! Thanks again xx

Verity Rule

My friends bought me a make up lesson as a birthday treat. The wonderful Suezanna was good fun and helped make us look truely fabulous with tips and tricks I had never tried before. Will definitely recommend and no doubt be back for more lessons or make overs.

Katy Morrison

As soon as I walked through the door in her stunning makeup studio, Suezanna instantly made me feel at home! She is such a wonderful, genuine & gorgeous lady that is incredible at her job! She made me and my bridesmaids feel like a million dollars! Trust me when I say, she really know what she's doing and take her advice. I can not recommend her enough!!

Laura Cheetham

I attended a make-up class here recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. A fabulous studio which I look forward to visiting again soon for another workshop or some beauty treatments. Suezanna was very professional, knowledgeable and easy to talk to, I would highly recommend her. I left feeling like I had learnt so much and it was money well spent. Thanks for a lovely time X

Emma Simmons

I love a trip to the Make My Day studio! Suzie is always really helpful and happy to help with any questions I may have! I look forward to my next visit

Katie Manning

Thank you so much for doing my lashes! They are fab and really natural. Cannot fault them. Will definitely be recommending

Heather O'Sullivan

What a amazing job was worried about my hair and was perfect and my girls xx

Sonia Jessica Masih

Got my nails done with Suezanna as my original place wasn't free and I needed to find somewhere else asap. Suzanne did a fantastic job with my shellac nails and we had a great laugh. I also love the salon with its vintage feel to it

Sara Bell

I've just had my wedding nails done by Suezanna and I couldn't be happier, I can't stop looking at them! Friendly and professional, I will definitely be coming back to get them done again, I'm a convert! Thank you.

Amy Smith

Got married last Sunday, 2 weeks before was let down by my make up artist.... Someone recommended Suezanna who agreed to do it at short notice with no make up trial I dont wear any make up, and hadn't liked my previous trial, so wasn't sure what to expect Well I was blown away with how Suezanna made me look...Had my make up done at 9.30 in the morning and when I went to bed at midnight, it still looked as good as when I 1st had it applied with not one touch up all day.. If I could have given 10 stars I would have...thank you soooo much

Siobhan Cashmore

Thank you for the amazing Bridemaid hair you did for myself and my 5 fellow bridesmaids . It was the best hair up do I have ever had it lasted all day ( even with high winds and rain). Would highly recommend you to anyone for their wedding or special event ! Xx

Hannah Jhutti

I was a bride last Saturday and Suezanna agreed to be my make up artist she did a fantastic job with my make up and some of bridesmaids had their make up done with her to they also looked wonderful. She provided us with wonderful service and she is so friendly and lovely to talk to I would recommend her to anyone. All the best with your future business suezanna thank you for everything my husband was gobsmacked xxxxx

Antonia Malin-Graham

Thanks Suzy for the amazing hair and make-up you did for me and my bridesmaids yesterday. Still all looking brilliant some 15 hours after application :-) And I didn't feel like I had too much make-up on either which was a worry that I had. Thank you so much for helping to keep everything chilled when we were getting ready too. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Jo Collins

Suezanne done my bridel make up and bridesmaids!! I was absolutely over the moon with the results of her talent!! I'm not one for make up but on my special day she made me feel 100 dollars!! I highly recommend her she's a very talented lady xxx

Emma Jane Pugh

What can I say!! Suezanna is amazing. I was a bit wary of having someone do my make up as haven't been happy with some makeovers in the past, however from the moment I saw what she had done for the trial I was completely in love with the look, and there was no way I would have used anyone else. On the big day, I was unfortunately really poorly. Suzi arrived to me being really ill, and was fantastic and supportive above and beyond her duties in what turned out to be a pretty traumatic morning! However, she still made me look so good that no one could tell I was poorly, so thank you for saving the day! You're amazing xxxxxx

Ruth Clea

Suezanna is a fab make up artist who at the last minute came to the rescue after we were let down by someone else. I was dubious about having my make up done as I've had bad experiences in the past but I loved what she did. Also amazing job on my hair! She listened to exactly what I wanted and sorted it!

Laura Morris

I didn't know Suezanna before I chose her to do my bridal hair and make up, we met on the off chance, and I'm so very glad we did. Being someone that doesn't usually wear any make up or have a particular style I was nervous about what to go for. Suezanna put me right at ease and guided me using her experience and knowledge. I was very surprised and pleased after my trial and booked Suezanna immediately. My experience with Suezanna on the big day way equally fantastic. She was early, professional and again put me at ease. The final results left me speechless! I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life! Thank you Suezanna! And I will most definitely be recommending make my day to any future brides.

Jennifer O'Donoghue

I attended the smokey eye masterclass, it was absolutely fab! Suezanna was so knowledgeable and patient, she went at a pace that we could all keep up with and spent time with each of us to give us pointers or tips. Suezanna put us all at ease as some of us were nervous about our abilities, she has a way of making people feel at ease and like you've known her for years - beautiful lady inside and out! Thank you so much! I can't wait for bridal makeup lesson later this month xx

Grace Foley

Thoroughly recommend. Spent 2 hours getting tips which were very helpful and another session having my make up done for an event - enjoyed both visits and looking forward to taking my daughter to have her make up done for her prom.

Nicola Enoch

I had a makeover by suezanna and she made me a princess. Wait a minute that is my name...

Princess Miriam Adams

Absolutely loved my spray tan for holiday! Suezanna was really professional and made me feel really comfortable. Colour was amazing would definitely use again and would recommend to anyone.

Sarah Donald

Very happy with my makeup and hair done for a black tie charity event. Felt at ease - would return and recommend highly.

Claire Nichol

Fantastic and so talented, great with children. Made us all look and feel amazing.

Penny Garner

Make up lesson by Suezanna at Make My Day fully recommend! I found Suezanna online and enquired for Make Up Manic Mandy's birthday girlie day. We all had a great experience from start to finish and learnt a lot of new techniques. Suezanna instantly made us all feel comfortable, she was easy going, professional and went the extra mile to make sure we all got everything we could from our tutorial. She kept in touch from the date of enquiry to make sure the lesson was tailored to exactly what we wanted from the experience and left with 5 very happy customers! Would definitely book with Suezanna again! Xx

Stephanie Mowat

Suezanna was lovely, I showed her pictures I'd collected during my trial and she worked her magic on what would suit me and my wedding theme. On the day she made me and my bridesmaids feel amazing going beyond my expectations! We had so many compliments, I would highly recommend Suezanna. She also worked wonders with my eyelashes!

Emma Sadula

Can't rate & thank sue enough for making my friends wedding day amazing from the start. She put us all at ease & when to great length to make sure the hair & make up was perfect for the big day! Highly recommended for any occasion, wether it be special or not x

Zoe Adams

Suezanna, thank you so much for the amazing hairstyles you created for my gorgeous bridesmaids on my wedding day! Each one was individual yet they all tied in with the same theme! They even withstood the wind and crazy dance floor dancing! Highly recommend!

Jenna Tester

The best Studio around!! Suezanna has put so much hard work into her studio to make it the best, it's so beautiful!! She is such a lovely person and her passion for hair & make up is incredible!! Xx

Bayleigh Gibbs

Booked in early Thursday Morning to have my hair put up by Suzanne for my friends wedding and she couldn't have been any nicer! She fixed my fascinator and put my hair up perfect! By the time the night time came round and my fascinator came out my hair was still perfectly in place! Will definitely be coming back xx

Christy Leigh Dubberley

Suzanna often does my hair and makeup for events, nights out, special occasions. Aside from her professionalism, she is creative and a master at her art. She knows what works and gets it right every time. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Helena Marston

Fantastic masterclass!... learnt so much, heaps more confidence, very friendly and welcoming... just what I needed.. can't wait for more!!... xxx

Heidi Scofield

Well yesterday I went to the beautiful makeup studio to have my Makeup trial.Really was nervous as never had anyone do my makeup before.Suezanna is such a lovely person and straight away made me feel at ease.While having it done.The end result was amazing just loved it was so natural just what I wanted.Carnt wait to go back for my hair trial so looking forward to my wedding day and have it all done again.Thankyou

Hayley Marie Carter-Forshaw

Suezanna is amazing at what she does as she makes you feel so welcome and relaxed. She is also a fantastic tutor during the masterclass where she will help you utilise what you already have in your make up bag, providing you witg invaluable skills and techniques!

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