That is entirely up to you. Most Brides like at least 1 maid to have a trial so she can see the look they will have in contrast to her’s. sometimes maids have issues with their skin or hair and are happy to have the trial so they will also not be stressed on the day due to some bad experience they may have had in the past. Most Brides and maids have their trials and then go out for a night out to show it off…..

Generally, it takes 90 mins to 2 hour’s
The hair & make-up will take longer on trial day, because we are going through the selection process and trying several different looks.
It’s important also to realize that at the end of the trial your hair and make up may not look perfect as there has been some “playing around” but the hairdresser and make up artist have had time to work with your hair and skin and will know what they need to do to make it perfect on the day

A ” Consultation” is the most essential part of the trial.
“What is the color scheme of the bridal party?” is probably one of the most important questions, also”What do you wear, in terms of make-up, on a daily basis?” though the girl in the magazine may have a “smokey look” that does not necessarily mean it will suit you….we will offer our thought’s on this to you, then it is your choice if you wish to proceed with it.
At Total Bride’s we believe make-up is very personal, because of this we need to know where you are coming from with your choice of colors etc.
Our stylists will also discuss options to help look after your skin to give it that ‘glow’ so you can look your best on the wedding day
We then chat about your hair.
We encourage our brides to bring in pictures of styles that they like. Whether it be from magazines, or the internet, pictures can give our stylist an idea of where you are coming from, how you envision you will look on your day If you can’t find something you like, then we have a book of hair styles (our portfolio’s) that you can go through to get some ideas.
If we don’t think a style will suit your hair type, or hold all day on the wedding day, we will let you know, as every Bride wants her hair to last. We can also recommend what you can do to help it along.
Our stylist will also recommend color’s, treatment’s to enhance your hair for the day.
We strongly recommend buying your headpiece AFTER the trial, it is much better to pick the hair
style and find a headpiece to suit rather than having to find a hairstyle to suit a headpiece. There are so many options and we have lot’s here to show you.

We then begin a full make-over –
From foundation matching, to contouring, to selecting eye shadow colours, to curling and styling.
When we are done, you critique the work and we keep changing it until you are completely satisfied. We document all the product used and take pictures. This way for your wedding day, we know what to deliver and you know exactly what to expect. It’s very important to be upfront and let us know if there is something you don’t like as we cannot know unless you tell us. Sometimes it’s only a matter of changing the lippy or making the hair a bit less curly for example.
We can change anything, but better that you change your mind before the wedding day, than to look back with regrets.

Please note….* Please be on time or even early for your appointment. We are By Appointment Only and we will not run someone else’s appointment behind because you are late, it is unfair on everybody. There is also a charge of $25.00 per service if 24 hours cancellation is not given. We are not a salon and only come to the studio for each booking.

We have tried and tested make up over the years….some Brides have even told us the make up was still on the next day….how’s that for longevity?

Of course, we will use any make-up you like. However, we can not guarantee how it will
Photograph, nor it’s longevity on the day As long as you understand that, we are happy to work with any products you bring in.

We are like most other wedding vendors in that we get booked a year, sometimes more in advance so the sooner you book the better. Then you can trial at your leisure, probably 8 to 12 weeks before the wedding is a good time. If you want to trial on a Saturday then you will need to book far in advance

Many of our brides come from out of state or from other countries. This makes it quite impossible to do a trial. Our photos on the site speak for themselves and anyone booking can feel confident that we will make them look as good.
In this case, you need to contact us either by e-mail or by phone. We can discuss the services you are interested in and you can send us a deposit so you know you are safely booked for your hair & make up

We are able to come to the location of your choice. Whether it is, hotel or your own house, we will transform any space into a salon. We can accommodate your entire bridal party, including flower girls, the Bridal party and relatives. All we need is a table. good lighting and a cuppa !

This is a very simple answer: Stress! On your wedding day there is so much happening that the last thing you want to worry about is fighting traffic to go get your hair done in one place, and your make-up in another. Furthermore, we specialize in working with brides and wedding parties. We customize each look to the client’s liking, but we are also experts in how the make-up and hair should be done to get the best results in the photos. By far the most popular comment made by the brides we work with is: “Thank goodness I don’t have to be out on the road on my wedding day!”

When a client pays a deposit, it is per person. The hairdresser and make up artist are then booked for that date and time. If one of the Bridal party decides at a later stage they have changed their mind, then they do not get a refund as that time has been booked out for the stylist and other work passed by. Also the money cannot be deferred onto the total bill as that time still need’s to be covered.

Our price list is on the price list of this website

Unfortunatley we do not allow children at the trial. It is an adult environment with Brides who are very anxious already about what to expect and we want them to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible, yourself also, and this is hard to achieve when a child is looking for your attention. They get bored easily and as the studio has glass cabinets and also hot implements it is hard to keep them occupied.

It’s never too early if you have chosen the person you want. It only takes 1 other Bride to take your place. At Total Brides we have weddings booked up to and over 2 years in advance and in the Bridal Industry that is quite normal. If you miss out on your favorite you will always regret it as the next choice is your second choice and you could so easily have had your first …..
don’t delay….

Please note:
The person who does your trial will be the person on the wedding day,
however :
No-one can see into the future and accidents, deaths etc can happen, these circumstances are out of all our control. In this event another stylist is called in to do your wedding. All Total Brides hair & make up stylists have been trained together and work with each other regularly so they will be given your paperwork with all your trial details on it and photos taken at the trial so they can re-create the look you had at your trial. Given the on-location demands, we are all skilled at duplicating each other’s work.
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