It's not about the money, money, money! (according to Jesse J and her song Price Tag)
You’ve decided that you don’t have the necessary skills, relevant products or nerves needed to apply your own makeup or style your own hair and want to sit back and be pampered on your wedding day!
You’ve taken the plunge in hiring a professional to style your hair and apply your makeup - fabulous idea!
You'd like your bridesmaids enjoy the experience with you and look great in your wedding pictures too but perhaps you've done some sums and realise everything is adding up to wayyy more than you anticipated!
So.... how do you approach them to maybe, dare I say it…. contribute towards some of the wedding day costs?!
Weddings can really add up. For the beauty and styling side of things you've got not only the bridesmaids dresses, shoes, jewellery, flowers, accessories, hair as well as makeup, should the bride really be expected to pay for it all?
Here’s a couple of ideas you may wish to consider to get the wedding you really, really want!
A couple of ideas to consider....
One of the top things that brides sometimes ask for a contribution towards is hair and/or makeup.
The bride sends out a WhatsApp or Instagram message to gage the feedback which is met with a wall of silence.... eeeek!
Have you considered asking the bridesmaids for a contribution towards their dresses rather than their tresses?
This can be a great way for your maids to feel like they have received something tangible for their contribution which they can potentially wear again rather than paying for hair and makeup which only lasts the day!
This also can help act as a good contraception as your bridesmaids won’t want to buy a second dress if they do end up falling pregnant before your big day! (Believe us, we've heard about this scenario from previous brides on more than one occasion!)
A Payment Plan
Most suppliers will take a deposit and then ask for the remaining payment a few weeks or days before the wedding date. It’s worth familiarising yourself with the small print of your wedding suppliers' contracts and their payment terms and maybe asking if one or two of them offer a staggered payment plan so that you don’t have to pay the majority of companies all at the same time.
At Barnet and Boatrace we offer a staggered payment plan so that once you have paid your deposit you can spread the cost either in equal monthly payments or in 3 lump sums.
To find out more about a staggered payment plan and booking your dream hair and makeup with Barnet and Boatrace pick up the dog and bone and give Olga a call on 07787 566564.
5 of the Best Wedding Prep Venues (in the eyes of a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist!)
The wedding morning and bridal preparation is all part of the wedding day and there are lots of important things to consider!
With our 18 or so years of experience in the industry we have visited numerous wedding venues across Dorset and Hampshire applying bridal makeup and styling the hair for the whole of the wedding party and sometimes some of their guests too!
So here’s a quick run down of some of our top 5 favourite venues in Dorset and Hampshire to get the bridal preparation done!
Best for calmness and space!
Sopley Mill, Christchurch. A beautiful tranquil venue for the bride and her bridal party. Sopley Mill is surrounded by meadows with not another house in sight. The Avon suite is not just fab for getting brides ready - grooms can always choose to get ready here too!
It has plenty of natural day light with 3 dressing tables for getting ready at, 5 mirrors, as well as ample power points for our GHD’s, hairdryers and a fan!
Interesting fact: When The Mill was renovated they ensured that the toilet was big enough for the bride plus one to help her put on her wedding dress!
Best for nature lovers!
Marshwood Manor, Bridport. This magical woodland venue has a seperate private lodge exclusively for the bride and her bridal party to get ready in. It has lots of good natural lighting (even on a grey day) in the conservatory where we prefer to get the bridal party ready.
Too many people in one room can make a brides wedding morning feel hectic, hurried and exhausting. With plenty of space indoor and out there’s no chance of feeling like you’re getting on top of each other. Brides generally feel calm getting ready here as it’s in the forest so it feels serene being so close to nature. Plus there's no chance of feeling like you're missing out on any of the action of the day.
There is a fan, a full length mirror, as well as comfy sofas for the rest of the bridal party to kick back on whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly and the added bonus of keeping half an eye on what the boys are up to!
Best for Sea Views and back drop for that Wedding Dress pic!
The Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth. This 4 start seaside meets town centre venue with its fab art deco feel is a great location to get ready at. The bridal suite has a lovely light and airy feel to the room with a stunning 4 poster bed and gorgeous wallpaper - the perfect background for that hanging wedding dress shot.
Tea and coffee is also provided and breakfast can be brought to the room for a small supplement too so there’s no need to see any other guests until you’re ready. There is also a balcony with table and chairs fantastic view across Bournemouth seafront right through to The Purbecks and the Isle of Wight perfect for if you need a moment to gather your thoughts and breathe in some fresh Bournemouth sea air.
Best for privacy for big Wedding Parties!
Seaside Sizzle, Sandbanks This privately rented luxury accommodation is nestled right in the heart of Sandbanks perfectly situated for weddings at The Italian Villa in Canford Cliffs. With space to sleep 14 you won’t ever have to worry about having your nearest and dearest far from you.
There is a specially dedicated area with fantastic lighting as well as dressing tables and you can even bring in outside caterers to cook up a slap up meal for you the night before or even on the wedding morning for you and your bridesmaids to feast on before getting your hair and makeup done.
Best for luxury open plan living space!
Hotel Du Vin, Poole. When you walk into the impressive Thierry Lombard suite you are wowed with it's large open plan living space. It has a luxury King Size bed, 2 large TV screens as well as roll top baths for the perfect romantic evening if you're not traditional about spending the night before apart from your fiancé!
Not only does it have air conditioning it has a large balcony too with table and chairs which is where we recently got one of our brides ready to make the best use of the natural daylight.
So if you're still looking for your perfect venue to get ready at on the morning of your wedding, that's our top 5 for 2022 in Dorset and Hampshire.
Can you recommend another perfect venue for the bride and her bridal party to get ready at?
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