Whether hair or makeup, doing a bridal trial is a key element of the wedding process. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had brides who choose not to do a trial and I give them a lot of credit for being so laid back. Personally, if I’m dropping a couple grand on pictures of me in a dress, I’m not taking any chances and I suggest you do the same. In addition to helping you pick the perfect stylist, it will also put your mind at ease for the big day. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your trial:


  1. Pictures! Pictures, pictures, pictures. And finally, pictures. It’s the absolute most important element for getting on the same page as your stylist. Bring as many as you want, whether it be a type of curl you like or the front of one style but the back of another.  Usually, they will be able to determine a similar thread tying all of your pictures together.  With that in mind, don’t bring every single picture of every style you’ve ever liked. You should have some idea narrowed down of what you’re looking for so you don’t waste the trial on an updo when you know deep down you want to wear it down.
  2. It’s all about trust. At the beginning of each trial, I make sure to let the bride know that there is a good chance she will not be walking out the door with the exact hairstyle she will have the day of. Sometimes it’s exactly what they want right off the bat, which is amazing, but usually we do the initial style and then there’s a lot of pulling and adjusting to figure out how to make it perfect for the wedding day. This can make it a little messy, so it’s more important that you have confidence in your stylist’s abilities than actually achieving your exact look. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for a follow up, where you email each other with your notes from the trial so you know that you are on the same page.
  3. We don’t have ESP. If you don’t like something, speak up! I can’t read your mind, so if you’re smiling and saying you love it, I’m going to assume you love it. I promise you it will not hurt my feelings if you want more volume, but it will if you don’t give me a chance to fix a mistake that I don’t know I’m making.
  4. Go with your gut. As much as it pains me to admit, sometimes it’s not a good fit. Every stylist has their specialty. I can knock a braid out of the park but ask me to do a slick bun and I’m going to sweat a little bit (and then kill it, obviously). Whether it be style, personality or you just have a feeling that it’s not right, if you don’t feel great with the decision to book, don’t do it. You have one day to get this right, don’t risk it unless you are completely confident in your choice.