Anyone didn't/not planning on having a makeup & hair trial?

I am considering not having a trial, and just slightly nerveous about it. Anyone skipped it/or not planning to have one? what's your experience/opinion on it? Thanks.

p.s. I am using Sherrie Long
Posted on May 25, 2007 at 4:23 am
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I know a lot of the girls using Taylor Pham are considering not having a trial because of the cost.

For me, I didn't use Taylor (she was not available on my date) and I had 2 trials with 2 different people. The first trial was terrible. My FI (DH now) told me that I looked like a poodle. Not the words that you want to hear from the man you are marrying.

I think if it's not in your budget, then you should feel totally comfortable with the look you are getting and the makeup artist. I don't know of anyone who got trials for things like prom when we were young and those usually turned out fine.
Posted on May 25, 2007 at 4:50 am
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I'm toying with the idea of not having a trial. I'm using Taylor Pham and, like Rosy said, trial prices are $$$$$. Plus she only does trials one month before the wedding so even if I didn't like it... who would I choose to do my hair?

My friend Sophie said she went through two or three hair trials before she found someone she liked. I think she's a big supporter of trials to be on the safe side.
Posted on May 25, 2007 at 9:27 am
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I think it's a great idea to have a trial just for the peace of mind. Some hairstyles that you think look good on you might not work out as well as you hope. I think Sherrie Long's trial price is $175, which seems reasonable. Hope this helps!
Posted on May 25, 2007 at 9:43 am
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MUST HAVE A TRIAL!! I was just back in the Bay Area last week and I thought my search was over. I had selected a makeup artist who is quite reputable, had done my both my sisters' wedding makeup and a friend's recent wedding. I was for sure that she was the one, despite the $600 price that came along with it...make that $700 including the trial (make up only). After the trial, I realized that I was not getting my $600 worth of WOW factor. I was in a scramble to find another makeup artist as I only had a day and a half left. I frantically e-mailed and called makeup artists and went for TWO MORE TRIALS!! And I decided to go with Nam Vo who is absolutely fabulous and was so flexible as to fit me in to her schedule at 10pm the evening that I contacted her since I was leaving the next morning. So yes, I am a strong believer in trials. =)
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 6:20 pm
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I am just wondering, how does Taylor Pham get away with charging so much? I had a look at her website and to be honest, I wasn't THAT blown away by her work. Please don't get me wrong, I'm sure she's a great MUA.. but to be charging $1000 seems a little over the top :S
Posted on May 29, 2007 at 6:00 pm
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Taylor Pham is really expensive. I think basically there are so few "known" makeup people in the Bay Area to go around. I think the $1000+ is for the bride, plus four bridesmaids. So when you compare the total to other makeup people in the area it's about the same price.

Of course, it's all relative and depends on who you compare to. ;)
Posted on May 31, 2007 at 3:37 am
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If the person you are using is expensive, but has a list of real clients that you could contact to see if they were happy with her/him, then there is a reason they charge so much and are in alot of demand. On the other hand, sub-par artists will also charge an arm and a leg on occasion.

I would always do a trial, as you want to know what you are going to look like on the day of (and because i've had brides who were horrified from thier trial and sought out another artist.) Just my two cents :)

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Posted on July 10, 2007 at 11:56 am
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Wow, I can't believe Taylor Pham charges $1000 for bridal H/MU and $500 for a trial. Yikes! I am glad I had a DW in Hawaii 'cuz everything here seems to be more reasonable! =p

With that said, I DID have a hair/makeup trial a few days before the wedding because it was only $85 and I didn't want any surprises on the day of. I am sure if you show pictures of the hairdo & makeup that you want, most stylist can replicate it without having a real trial.
Posted on July 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm
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If you are extremely confident and really trust the artist's work, you can wing it without a trial. I booked Meredith from Stedman Artistry and the trial was included in the price ($375 for bride hair and makeup) a tad more reasonable then $1000 for hair and makeup!
Posted on July 16, 2007 at 11:08 am

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