Bride to be… Wedding hair & make-up advice…

Kirsty Woolnough, wedding hair stylist and beauty expert, tells us what you need to consider when researching, booking and trialling your hair and beauty professional, before your wedding day.


Before researching it’s always best to set a budget. This will give you an indication of what you can, and can’t afford. When looking into prices make sure you know what is included.

Will they come to venue, or will they visit you at your home? Will they stay until the end of the day, or will they provide the service and then leave. I personally like to stay until the bride is happy for me to leave. Usually I lend a hand doing up dresses, helping with garters and pining on pinholes, but that’s all part of my service when I’m with you!

Previous Work

When choosing a stylist you should view as much of their previous work as possible, be it on a website or a social media page! In most cases you can view testimonials from previous brides, which can give you more confidence in your choice. I always encourage brides to not only message me, but to have a good old fashion telephone conversation or face-to-face meeting.

With this you can gage someone’s personality to see if you have a rapport with the stylist (as lets face it, this person could become a huge part of your wedding day and memories!)

The Trial

If you’re happy to, then go ahead and book a trial. I always suggest, if and where possible, have your trial on the same day as your dress fitting, this way you can see the full look before your day.

You may like to even incorporate a trial photo from your chosen photographer (something I have done with Charlotte James Photography & Events). Not only does doing this give you more confidence, it also provides a special gift and memory! Another great time to have your trial is the day of your hen do, at least you get use of your make-up for an occasion. I’m always happy to change a hairstyle for the evening (so that no one sees the actual wedding hair).

When having your hair or make up trial, always take along your accessories be it your veil, tiara, headpiece or pins! If you own, or consider using clip in extensions to make your hair fuller or thicker, make sure you take them too.


Some brides prefer using fresh flowers in their hair, so ensure you discuss this with your florist as they will know what is best to use, as you don’t want to end up with wilted flowers in your hair! Most florists can make hairpins with fresh flowers. A personal favourite of mine in hair is ‘Baby’s-Breathe’ also known as gypsophila.


When choosing your hairstyle and make-up, there are few things to consider and discuss, your face shape, your personality and the theme of your wedding. Most importantly, (and maybe surprisingly) the neckline of your dress plays the biggest part for your hairstyle match! Some high necklines will look too heavy with hair down, this is why I would suggest hair up! The very popular strapless dress can be softened with flowing hair down or half up – half down. A one-shoulder dress looks great with hair styled on the opposite side giving a more balanced look. If you have a lace dress or a dress with a lot of back detail this needs showing off, hair up!

Stay posted for my pre-wedding day tips in next months edition!