How Much Time Do We Need For The Day?

The golden question!
A good guide is 1 hour per person. While it generally doesn't take that long for each service, this includes the hair or makeup service ( so it would be 2 hrs per person for hair AND makeup) toilet breaks, snack breaks, brush cleaning and hygiene in between each person. It allows time for you to chat to your florist when they deliver your flowers, and be able to comfortably chat to those who may drop in and visit without feeling rushed.
Times may vary according to hair and makeup styles required. This is a guide only and you will be given starting and finishing times in your wedding day confirmation.

You will finish your hair and makeup 1.5 hours before you need to walk out the door for your ceremony. This allows time for you to have that glass of bubbly, some prep shots, get into your dress and calm the nerves before stepping out the door in your fabulous shoes! This 1.5hr time will also keep your photographer VERY happy that you will not be running late and that they can deliver the best prep photos to you as well. We all need to work as a team, even though you may not know it on the day!

What makeup brands do you use?

Short Answer: My kit evolves constantly as new and exciting products enter the market. My kit as of March 2020 is:

Foundations: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, NARS Sheer Glow, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless , MAC face and body, MAC Prolongwear concealers.

Skincare: Perricone MD, La Mer, Ella Bache, Bioderma

Colours & Pallets: Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Stila, Hourglass, MAC, Benefit, NARS, Chanel, HUDA,

Lashes: Helen Dowsley & Modelrock, Duo Lash glue.

Brushes: Makeup Weapons, MAC, Rae Morris, Makeup Forever , Modelrock beauty blender. All cleansed and sanitised in between each client for your health and safety. Washed after every bridal party.

Hair: Natalie Anne Haircare , Redken, Loreal, Showpony Extensions

Can you do both hair and makeup for my wedding?

I’m pleased to offer a hair styling service to complement your bridal makeup. Due to time restrictions we face on a wedding day, generally, no more than 3 people for hair and makeup can be catered for by myself. For more than 4 people or on a tight time schedule, you will need to secure a second artist, and I can help you find that perfect someone.

How far do you travel?

I can travel anywhere interstate or international with my kit. Being based in the Illawarra gives me very easy access to service the Southern Highlands, Bowral, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Nowra, Camden, Sutherland, Kiama, Gerringong and Wollongong. But I’m always up for an adventure so please get in touch to discuss where you need me to be. International and interstate weddings must be in conjunction with Gavin Cato Photography. We will work out a perfect package for you!

I live too far away and can’t get to you for a trial. Do I really need one?

While trials are recommend to give you a wonderful overall picture of what to expect on the day and to make sure you are happy with your look, rest assured that if circumstances don’t allow a trial to happen, that’s fine too. With my experience, we will make sure that we have a telephone or skype conversation, and chat about your requirements, and on the day allow that little bit of extra time to make sure we achieve the most beautiful outcome you are 100% happy with. For more information, refer to Trials & Consultations

I love your hair and makeup style but my bridal party is too big for you to do everyone! What are the options?

I can either offer you my bride only service where I will look after just you as the bride for your hair and makeup. Indulge in my signature pampering service to truly make you feel special on the day.

Alternatively, I can offer you my hair and makeup services alongside hair OR makeup for the rest of the bridal party, upto 4 other people.

What are your terms and conditions of booking?

Every business needs to have some T&C's to protect you the customer and myself as the business. I operate fairly under consumer law and fair trading. Please get in touch for an official quote to read over my booking terms and conditions. I promise you it isn't page upon page of legal jargon!

Why can't you fit in a bridal party but can do a bride only?

Every single weekend is taken up with weddings. I generally do approx 100 brides a year, so that's on average 2 every weekend. Plus trials mid week. Once I had kids, and they started school, I missed out a lot on their little lives and sacrificing sports, birthday parties and family gatherings.
Now I can offer a bride only service that reduces my time away from the family, yet still allows my brides to access my services. I can control the amount of time away from my family on the weekend and its a great balance. I'm sorry if you want all of your bridal party done by me, but the extremely early starts and late finishes often lead me being away the majority of the weekend. I hope you understand! :)