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