Why You Should Hire A Makeup Artist

Continuing with the Do You Need A… series that started with Do You Need A First Look, we’re going to continue with Do You Need A Makeup Artist.
One of the things brides seem to wonder is whether or not they should hire a professional makeup artist. While we understand that it may not be in everyone’s budget, or something that you’re kind of on the fence about, we thought we’d feature one make artist’s opinion. And she was very willing to answer the questions I sent her way. Take it away Erin!
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0014Why should brides hire a professional?
When it comes to wedding Hair & Makeup you should ALWAYS hire a professional!!!  I hear all the time..”My friend is going to do it”  Ladies, unless your friend is a professional or well trained artist, you are making a mistake.  Friends back out, you can’t tell them you hate their work and do it over.  Friends do not have the experience in long-lasting wedding day makeup and the curve balls that get thrown into a wedding day.  Brides spend thousands of dollars on a gorgeous gown but are not willing to spend a few hundred on their face!! THEIR FACE!!!  Of all things to skimp on, please don’t let it be your face. A professional knows the delicate balance between wedding day makeup and camera ready makeup.  (Trust me there is a big difference between everyday, night, camera, going out, and wedding day hair and makeup.)
What can you expect out of a professional makeup artist?
A professional knows how to schedule your day so you do not run 1-2 hours late.  They have the access to assistants so your entire bridal party can benefit from beautiful H&M, and not be left to their own scattered styles.  I schedule everyone on the “45’s” meaning each service, Hair takes 45 minutes, Makeup takes 45 minutes.  My Brides get usually 1 hour 45 or 2 depending on style and I like to give them some extra love.  This allows a little wiggle room for everyone just in case ladies get stuck in traffic, are on the phone with a lost bridal party member, hung over and running late 🙂 or in case someone decided last minute they would like a service.  This happens all the time!
Are makeup trials that necessary?
I highly recommend a trial pre-wedding.  This is not a requirement but if you have the budget, incredibly valuable.  This gives you the opportunity to meet with your artist and determine a multitude of important factors.   Do you like the artist and will they be a good fit with your style and personality?  Your wedding day should be fun, joyous, calm, and a time to spend those few hours enjoying your family and friends leading up to your big very busy, moments.  If your artist is rude, arrogant, does not understand you and your vision, this will do none but create an awkward and uncomfortable environment.
k53The Trial will also give you the opportunity to see if the style you have in mind is truly the right style for your hair and skin.  Many many brides come in with Pinterest pictures of gorgeous looks but when they get that look, the jaw dropping vision is not what they had in mind at all and looks terrible on them personally.  Let’s be real…Kim K is a stunner, but not necessarily the look you may want on your vintage or bohemian wedding, not to mention… she wears a ton ton ton ton ton of makeup with lots of additions to her hair and face. Photoshoots and magazine covers are styled and set to the perfect moment, your wedding will not be sitting in one place in front of a camera with a H&M artist touching you up every 3 minutes for the perfect shot.  You need to move, dance, hug, kiss, and all around look “real” while still pulling off that gorgeous “natural” glow. Lastly this trial will give you and your artist a step ahead on wedding day.  We can prep to your exact needs, know if you had any allergic reactions, positive or negative preferences, and adjust our products to your specific wishes.  Wedding day goes smoother and faster with a trial.
What should brides do ahead of time to get themselves ready?
I always advise a daily moisturizer routine prior to wedding for as long you can.  Facials are wonderful a week prior, no less than a week in case you have a reaction.  No chemical peels, crazy out of ordinary waxing, cutting, or plumping the week of the wedding.  Do all of these at least a week out to 00026make sure you know the outcome and like the results. Drink lots of water the week of the wedding, and please please please do not go overboard on the alcohol the night before the wedding!  I know you want to live it up, family and friends are there, it is so exciting all the planning is done, wedding is here…But..what you get when you drink too much is dehydrated and ashy..yes  GREY.  That will ruin everything we have worked up to and force us to change our products in order to color correct your face.  You just don’t look like that glowing beautiful bride that you would have if you could have just stayed in moderation.
In conclusion 🙂  Brides need to realize they are hiring a “professional” this is our business, not just someone who has some makeup and hair products and likes to do it here and there.  We pay taxes, rent on our spaces, buy tons of products, take classes to continue to excel in our craft,  spend money on advertising, pay our assistants, babysitters so we can work, spend hours replying to your emails, creating schedules, prepping for your event, etc.  I can not stress enough it is not “just makeup” its our business and our passion.  This is why we cost what we do!!! Don’t want to spend the money? NO problem, go to a counter or get someone just starting out I completely understand you need to stay within a budget. Remember this is your wedding day, these pictures will be in your house, parents house, FB, instagram FOREVER, wouldn’t you want the best possible H&M you could get?  You don’t need to break the bank, but understand it should cost money this is your face and hair we are talking about, everyone will be looking at it including you.
Check out our blog post on wedding hair trends!

Erin is a Freelance Hair & Makeup Artist residing and working in the Seattle/Bellevue Area.  Erin has been doing weddings for 14 years, and traveled all over the country doing Hair & Makeup.   Although Weddings are her passion, she also works a great deal in video, print and TV.  Since moving to Seattle from NYC 5 years ago, she is honored as having received Weddingwires Bride Choice awards the past 5 years.

“Every bride is unique and special, their hair and makeup should be the same” -Erin Hunt
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Thanks Erin!
Hope this helped all of you in some way!
-Lindsay

Welcome Heather! Meet Alyssa Hoffman Event’s Newest Assistant + Associate Planner!

We are so excited to welcome Heather to our team! She is bubbly, outgoing and full of life! We cannot wait to see what she brings to our weddings with all of her fun and creative ideas.

Alyssa Hoffman Events - Meet Heather

HEATHER’S FAVORITE THINGS:

I am madly in love with my husband Denver and our life together. We are surrounded by incredibly supportive family and friends, and we are forever grateful for that. I am passionate about creating, and I have a serious kick for health and fitness. The early morning is my favorite time of the day and I will always choose sweet over sour. Always.

WHY IS HEATHER A WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNER?
I have always been deeply involved in the intricacies of life and cannot seem to get enough of the joy that comes from a fuller wedding day and or special event. After planning my own wedding I knew that this was an industry that would allow me to help others experience that kind of joy, and I cannot think of a better way to spend my days then to do just that.

WHAT MAKES HEATHER QUALIFIED TO BE YOUR PLANNER?
I received my BA in Psychology, while simultaneously being the event coordinator for my university in Orange County, California. After falling in love with planning university events, I shifted my Psychology degree so that my emphasis was geared on the Industrial Organizational (IO) spectrum. Studying IO taught me the importance of creating a room to feel a specific way depending on what you hope to accomplish- which is why I love planning weddings. Each bride has a unique desire to feel a certain way on her special day as well as create an atmosphere for her guests to feel a certain way. I simply love having the opportunity to make that desire a reality.

WHAT IS HEATHER’S FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PLANNER?
My absolute favorite part of any event is the finished product. The look on a clients face when they see their venue for the first time and all of the pieces coming into place is unbeatable. I love seeing eyes light up as each layer of the event unfolds, and the intricate detail of months of planning come to life.

Becca + Poppe – Rosehill Community Center – Real Seattle Wedding

About Becca and Poppe’s Wedding Day:

Becca and Poppe were so fun to work with, as you can tell they did not want your typical wedding. Becca wanted bright red and purples with hints of their favorite sport, Baseball. They wanted the day to be simple and about having fun with their family and friends, they certainly achieved that! From singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”and playing musical chairs to having their close friends and family prepare an amazing assortment of pies and desserts and Poppe’s home brew as their beverage of choice there was no question who’s wedding we were at. As always we were honored to be a part of their special day!

Vendors
Venue: Rose Hill Community Center
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman (booked under the mentorship of another planning company)
Photography: A Beautiful Day Photography with Lion Lady Photography
Live Music/Emcee: Kitt Bender
​Desserts: Family and Friends
Florals: Pikes Place Market
Catering: Christie’s Catering
Rentals: Sweet Buffet Lady
Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison

Melissa + Pedro Laurel Creek Manor Wedding – Real Seattle Weddings

Melissa and Pedro’s Wedding was a beautiful mix of personal details, their love of their Puerto Rican culture and pure wedding beauty. From the photos and articles from their Grandparents weddings to the sweet childhood photos of Melissa and Pedro down the aisle there was no doubt who’s wedding you were at. The entire day was sprinkled with details and traditions from the Puerto Rican culture, from music and dancing to tasty streets and funny signs that did not allow you to forget what kind of party you were at. The peach and pinks of the ceremony flowers by Geneva Floral Designs were the perfect compliment to the stunning outdoor ceremony space of Laurel Creek Manor. This wedding was such a joy to be a part of, I am honored to have gotten to know such a sweet and loving couple.

Melissa + Pedro’s Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Laurel Creek Manor
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Alyssa Hoffman (booked while under the mentorship of another planning company)
Florist: Geneva Floral Designs
Catering: Act 3 Catering
Photography: Rainy Day Photography
Videography: Piece by Piece Films
DJ/Emcee: Gen X Pro
Cake/Cupcakes: Pinkabella Cupcakes
Hair:Lauren
Makeup: Tiffany Angelic Artistry

Fall Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot

Here’s a little sneak peek into a fall-themed shoot we did recently. We started out shooting in Meghan Klein’s gorgeous space in downtown Seattle (right in the heart of Pioneer Square!) Alyssa came up with the original concept and brought Bash & Bloom in to complete her vision with florals. The bouquet that Eleanor from Bash & Bloom came up with is amazing! It was super loose, and organic, it completed the look perfectly.


To give the shoot a fall feel, Alyssa decided on deep blue linens which complemented the rich hues of the flowers beautifully. How fun are the colored linens?! Meghan took a ton of photos – we can’t wait to see the detail shots. She was balancing on chairs, ladders, fire escapes – wherever she needed to get the perfect shot.

Our “bride” was gorgeous, the dress was simple brocade with kind of a peplum look and an art-deco detail at the waist. The grasses and flowers Eleanor used coupled with the linens and the brocade definitely gave it a fall feel all of us were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the whole look.

My favorite picture of the night came when Alyssa literally had to help catch the bride as she came in from the fire escape.

After the indoor shots, we headed outside to take photos in the city. Unfortunately my phone died but we’ll be sharing the pro photos when we get them from Meghan. We’re all so, so excited about this shoot!

P.S. Follow Alyssa Hoffman Events on Instagram for other behind the scenes photos.

Kristi and Tim – Real Weddings

Kristi and Tim’s wedding was a wedding day so filled with love and support from every single guest. When Alyssa Hoffman Events showed up at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building in Tacoma Wa for set up there were 15 plus individuals who were contributing in a unique way to make sure that Kristi’s wedding day vision came to life. The maid of honors mother was arranging florals, picked from her own garden while her husband engineered a way to hang bistro lights over the dance floor. The bridal party worked hand in hand with a majority of the wedding guests to create a flashmob for the bride and groom to footloose. It was an honor to be a part of this team that contributed to making Kristi and Tim’s wedding day perfect, there was no detail forgotten.

Day of Wedding Coordination – Alyssa Hoffman Events 

Photography – Blue Rose Photography 

Ceremony Florals – Bloomed Out

DJ/Emcee – Wave Link 

Catering – The Vault Catering 

Cupcakes – Hello Cupcake

Venue – Pierce County Environmental Services Building 

Snohomish Wedding Tour – Vintage Garden Party

We had so much fun this year teaming with an awesome group of vendors to create a Vintage Garden Party at Maroni Meadows for the Snohomish Wedding Tour! Our goal was to have our guests feel as though they were walking into an old european garden party. I feel like we achieved this! What do you think!?

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the 2014 Snohomish Wedding tour check it out along with other great vendors at MySnohomishWedding.com

Thank you to all of the participating vendors:

Flowers: Skyriver Events

Design, Concept and Styling: Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination

Photography: Heather Mayer Photography

Catering: Maverick Catering 

Vintage Rentals: Vintage Ambiance

Rentals: Grand Event Rentals

Cakes: I’ll Have What She’s Having

Bar Service: Pour Girls and Some Guys

DJ/Emcee: A Sounds Unlimited

Venue: Maroni Meadows

Carleton Farm Styled Shoot

Carleton Farm is an amazing venue, we recently got a team together to help them showcase their new Wedding and Event barn. Check out these beautiful photos from Heather Mayer Photography and let us know what you think!

Florals: Flowers By Shamay

Design & Styling: Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination 

Model: Katie Moore

Bridal Gown: Laineemeg Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Vanita Sloan Makeup Artistry

Display Cake: Tallent House Fine Eats and Other Sweets

Rentals: AA Party Rentals & Grand Event Rentals

 

 

 

Understand Your Wedding Style : Part 2 Sub-Styles

Last post we talked about your overall wedding style and how regardless of wanting a “theme” you need to have an overall concept or style to fully develop the look of your wedding. A lot of brides struggle with seeing the bigger picture when they overly focus on the descriptive words such as “formal” or “elegant”. These descriptions are great because they allow you and your planner to understand a direction to move in, however these are what I call sub-styles and the problem lies in the fact that these words do not define the look you want but the feel that you want for the day.

Some examples of sub-styles are:

Romantic: You want your guests to walk awaywanting to be in love more than they were before.

Elegant: You want your guests to leave feeling more graceful and sophisticated then when they arrived.

Whimsical: You want your guest to leave feeling playful and excited.

Ethereal: To me this means you want your guest to leave feeling as if they stepped out of a dream where everything was light, simple, and natural.

Simple: You wantyour guests to feel as though the day was easy going, not over the top or as if you tried too  hard.

Formal: When a bride and groom want a formal wedding you want your guests in gowns and tuxedos; you want them to feel as though they are attending a red carpet event.

Casual: You want your guests to feel at home, they can come dressed as they please but in this instance it is typically about the party not as much the décor and the formalities.

Semi-formal: This is the most common sub-style that I hear and definitely the hardest to define. The best way I can is by telling you that your guests should come in cocktail or business attire, you want them to enjoy the party but still feel like they are getting a night out on the town.

Feminine: You want your day to feel light and lady-like. This is typically done through the use of pale colors, pearls, diamonds, ruffles, lace, bows etc.

Masculine: You want the day to have a rich depth to it. This is typically done through the use of darker colors, leather, wood, etc.

Again, there are so many sub-styles out there and these are just a handful of the ones that I hear most often.

It is important to pair your sub-style(s) properly with your overall style or theme in order to have a cohesive design, look and feel. It is rare you will see a traditional/casual wedding; however you can take whimsical and add it to just about any style, same with romantic, feminine, masculine, and elegant. You can also choose more than one sub-style to pair with your overall style/theme. For example say you want a romantic and feminine industrial wedding. You typically would not think of pairing these together however this is one of those instances where you choose a venue to represent your theme and then use your sub-styles to create the feel through your choice of linens and décor.

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Your sub-styles are going to help define you as a couple, if you are casual and laidback please don’t force a formal wedding because it is important to feel at home and comfortable on your wedding day. Your venue may or may not be your dream location that shows off your styles but when choosing the feel you want for the day you can manipulate how people view the venue so that they see what you want them to see. With that being said try not to book a classic ballroom and think your planner can work a miracle and turn it into a rustic casual event, it most likely will not turn out the way you want.

Good luck in your search for your personal sub-styles, and don’t forget it is ok to know your sub-styles before your overall style is chosen but both are equally important to make your wedding day design feel unique to you as a couple!

Keep your eyes open for our next post that will help you understand the details of your wedding day!

YourStay FabuLyss!

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425.218.7119

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Understanding your wedding style: Part 1

Finding a style of wedding that suits you is not always the easiest thing to do. I am going to walk you through the three layers of design for your wedding day; overall style or theme, the sub style, and the details.

When working with a couple I find that most have found their inspiration from Pinterest or bridal magazines and they should be just that, inspirations, a starting off point to help you create a unique wedding day about you. Just like no two people are the same, no two weddings should be the same. I have always believed that the biggest and most important compliment you can receive on your wedding day is that it is “so you”. That is what I am here to help you learn and understand so that you can find that balance of your inspiration images and your actual wedding day.

The overall Style/ Theme

There are so many styles out there that we could talk about, but just to list a few biggies we have:

 Rustic – This is the idea of having raw and unfinished materials for your décor.

Vintage – This a word simply used to describe things that are of a different time or era.

Classic – Something that has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.

Modern – Something that is current and of the now. Also associated with clean and simple design.

Industrial – Is associated with raw exposed materials (open pipes, metal, unfinished wood). Unlike rustic, industrial has a clean smooth feel to it.

Nautical – Lends itself to the idea of being near the water, sand, shells, blue and white stripes are all things typically associated with it.

Off Beat – The idea of the off beat style wedding is simply that the couple chooses to break the mold of anything done before, colored wedding dress, unique wedding location, etc.

Then you have the specific themes; tea party, Gatsby, 1950’s, just to name a few and of course the novelty themes but I am not going to get into those.

I am going to start this off by saying if you and your significant other naturally like a more traditional/ classic style don’t try to design a contemporary wedding. Just because you saw an image of a wedding that you fell in love with does not mean that it will suit you. It is a great thing to have an appreciation for all styles but I can assure you that if you try to completely break your style you will be pulling your hair because it will not feel natural.

If you are someone that wants to fuse and find a balance in two differing styles, I applaud you. Luckily in the world that we live in today this is something that is widely done and 99.9% of the time you will come out with a design that is 100% you. A few common and current combos are the modern-vintage weddings and classic-rustic weddings. But let me remind all of you that modern is not a style in it self, it is a word used to describe what is present and current, however it is also associated with clean, and simple design. So the idea of vintage-modern wedding is taking some old or antique items and strategically using them with things that are new to create a balance of old and new. If you are going to try this I urge you to do your research and find some items that are actually old or antiques, mason jars are not going to make your wedding feel vintage. A great way to achieve a classic-rustic wedding is by finding a rustic venue and using classic/timeless décor.

At the end of the day you must stay true to yourself. When I planned my own wedding I thought I wanted a contemporary/modern wedding and it turned into a classic and feminine day with a stunning rustic backdrop. If I had stayed with my instincts I would not have been in love with the final product. Do not let those around you, or what is popular, influence your choice. Be proud of who you are and what your style is!

Stay Fabulyss!

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Alyssa Hoffman | Owner – Planner – Designer

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!

425.218.7119

ah@alyssahoffmanevents.com

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