Wedding Day Information

Getting Ready Room

When you're choosing your room to get ready in, please consider how many people will be in the room at one time.  You, your mom, mother in law, step moms, all of your bridesmaids, flower girls, their parents, however many artists are coming from Nancy Caroline Bridal Beauty (plus all of our makeup, hair tools, and chairs), photographer and assistant, videographer and assistant, wedding planner and assistant, and anyone else I missed.  Yes, ALL of these people will be there at the same time.  Now with that said, if you feel like your hotel suite might be too small, check with your hotel if they have meeting or banquet rooms for wedding day getting ready.  Some hotels will just give you the room, others for a small fee.  They usually set the room up with mirrors, both hair and makeup chairs, and they tend to have better lighting than the hotel rooms.  They usually set you up with coffee and water as well.  Having this additional space is also nice because your room now stays tidy, house keeping can clean your bridal suite, and when the photographer arrives they don't need to straighten up the room to take photos of your dress, details, you and your party.  

Hotel suites we love for the ample light, and space for large bridal parties:

NYC - New York Palace Hotel

Philadelphia - Hotel Monaco 

If you're getting ready at a house, typically the kitchen or dining room are the best.  Having a large table to set all of our makeup and tools on is helpful.  

Hair Preparation

Everyone who is getting an updo, half updo, or just curls should should have clean and 100% dry hair. This is very important as we don't allow time for blow drying.  The hair should also be blown smooth but not flat ironed (doesn't have to be a perfect blowdry, just no wave on the part, front and back hairline).   If you have a fringe, please style them to your liking before your scheduled updo time.   If anyone arrives with wet hair and it needs to be dried before styling, an additional fee of $50 will be applied if time permits.  If your hair is chin length or shorter and you’re only having a blow dry, then your hair should be clean and damp.

Payment

We prefer cash or Venmo but we also accept all major credit cards.  We no longer accept checks.  Final payment is due one week before your wedding day.  

Schedule

We will make the day-of schedule for you.  We recommend having your entire party arrive at the time we arrive.  The day goes much smoother that way since we tend to run ahead of schedule and this way we're not waiting for anyone who might be late.  If members of your bridal party are late, and you want their hair and makeup completed, this could make YOU late. 

We will need the final count no later than two months before your wedding.  If you're having a different company for hair or makeup and they've made a schedule, please email it to us so we can coordinate.  Once we send you the schedule, please make sure all the information is correct and the schedule works for you and your party.  If any changes are needed, please email Nancy with ALL changes within a week of receiving the original schedule.  Please make sure all changes are sent at once since the schedule takes us a lot of time to make, and update.  Thank you.  

Preparation

We will need one chair per artist and 1 waist high table per 2 artists.  For each makeup artist booked we would like a high chair, and for each hair stylist booked we will need one regular height chair with a low back.  If you're unsure that your room has the right chairs/tables, feel free to call, text, or email Nancy with any questions.  We usually make due when we arrive and if necessary, we call to the front desk for what we need (if at a hotel/venue).

Dress Steaming

Please do all steaming the day before the wedding at the latest.  The steam in the air can make the makeup run and the hair to frizz.

Day-of Schedule Changes

Any services that weren't reserved ahead will be done at the end of the schedule if time allows.  The payment for those services is cash only due to the artist at the time of service.  

Skin and Lip Prep

It's very normal in the week leading up to your wedding to get a pimple.  The best thing you can do is leave it alone!!!!!!  Don't pop it, and don't use any medication on it.  A big red pimple is easier to cover with makeup than a popped, dried up pimple is.  The most you should do to it is warm compresses, stopping those 2 days before the wedding.  Keep your skin and lips well hydrated.  Drink lots of water and moisturize day and night.  If your lips tend to get chapped, I recommend the "In the Buff Bundle" from Fresh.  Get it here!  Remember, all new skin routines should be started at least 6 months before your wedding.

Illnesses

If any member of the party has an eye infection on the wedding day, the makeup artist will not be able to perform makeup services on that individual.  If any member of the party is ill the makeup artist has the right to refuse service to that individual.  If any member of the party has a cold sore, the makeup artist will only be able to use airbrush foundation and WILL NOT apply any lipstick to the individual.  If the bride is ill, has an eye infection, or cold sore, the bride would need to supply all makeup to be used on her face as well as makeup brushes.  If the bride has a cold sore the makeup artist will only be able to use airbrush foundation and the bride will need to apply the lipstick herself.  

Removing the waterproof makeup and lashes

We use all waterproof makeup because we know tears happen on your wedding day.  We're now using the new tube technology mascara that is not only waterproof but sweat proof.  To remove the mascara, first wash your face with soap and water.  Soap breaks down the tube mascara.  I recommend Philosophy Purity since it is a makeup remover and wash in one.  Get it here! Then to remove the lashes and other waterproof makeup, either use a waterproof makeup remover,  MAC has a great one, or just use jojoba oil.   Get the Mac remover here!  You can get jojoba oil at trader joe's.