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
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Wedding Trends

Alyssa Hoffman Events2015 has already been an incredible year for the wedding world. Brides are diving into their individuality and really pushing for their unique styles to shine through to each guest at their wedding. This makes wedding trends exciting, because there really aren’t any rules! Before we share some of our favorite 2015 styles however, we wanted to make note that “the color experts at Pantone… named Marsala — a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red’ — the color of the year for 2015. ” (bridalguide.com) So here is your challenge! How can you incorporate the versatile Marsala into your wedding plans? Check out our brides below and notice the subtle hints of marsala, or imagine where they could be.

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The Organic Bride- one of my personal favorites is the organic bride. This bride tends to be softer in her color choices- using lots of off whites, muted greens and other neutrals. This bride generally will emphasize her florals and fill her wedding with greenery. (psst- there’s a little marsala peaking through in her flower crown)

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The Royal Bride- this 2015 bride takes a new twist on sophistication and class. We have found that our brides that lean more toward the “high class” look are also loving the trendy florals and table scapes. This leaves us with a lovely combination of royal colors (ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blues) and often outdoor organics. (Check out the marsala in her bouquet!)

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Happy planning lovelies! And don’t forget to let your unique style shine through at your wedding! xo Heather

Camille + Steve – Real Seattle Wedding – The Cove at Normandy Park

Camille and Steve’s wedding day completely showcased who they are as a couple, it was clean, classic, modern and above all a party. All of the things they told me they were looking for at our initial consultation came to life. Designing this wedding and getting to know Camille and Steve was so much fun, it was something different then what we are used to but we loved every aspect of the design. The simple white and black wedding design looked so fresh, and modern against the natural backdrop of The Cove at Normandy Park.

A few of my favorite details form this wedding are the DIY wax paper backdrop from Style Me Pretty and the choice of black linens. We transitioned the backdrop from the ceremony to the reception in order to create a unique installation that hung above the tables and acted as a chandelier of sorts. The Black linens and chairs from Grand Event Rentals really allowed the venue to have a grounded feel with all of the light colored brick, wood floors, and white floral selections by Bash and Bloom. Check out the rest of the details and let us know what you think!

Vendors

Design and Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company

Venue: The Cove at Normandy Park

Photographer: Dana Pleasant Photography 

Florist: Bash and Bloom

Cheesecake: Cheesecake Factory

Bartending + Service: Invisible Hostess

DJ/Emcee: Gen X Pro

Transportation: Amy’s Limo

Do you really need a videographer!?

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One of the most recent trending topics in the wedding industry is the importance (or lack there of) of a wedding videographer. In fact I find myself having this discussion with most of my brides, so I figured it’s time for this topic to be addressed! So let’s be real- the debate comes down to money. Is a videographer worth my money? Why do I need a videographer when I already spent so much on a photographer? Don’t photographers and videographers basically capture the same moments? Well, the fact is there isn’t a black or white answer- I can only share from my own experiences. So here it is- a videographer is completely different from a photographer, and let me tell you why. Yes photographers and videographers may capture some of the same visual moments- but a photographer will never capture the inflection in your grooms voice as he says his vows. A photographer will never capture the humor in your best mans speech or the sway of your first dance. There are indescribable moments that happen during the beautiful whirlwind of your wedding day, that will inevitably be lost forever without a video clip to take you back to that exact moment time and time again. Now you might argue that your parents had their wedding ceremony filmed and they haven’t pulled their dusty VCR out in 20 years….I know this is the case for my parents. But this is exactly why the new trend is to get a wedding highlight film, because while you may never take the time to watch the full 4 hours of footage that encompass the entirety of your wedding ceremony/reception experience, I can almost guarantee that you will find countless moments to watch and re-watch a highlight film. This type of video is one that ranges anywhere from 5-15 minutes and will capture literally just the “highlights” of your day- the getting ready process, the first look, the walk down the aisle, your first kiss as husband and wife, the first dance and the toasts, etc. It is essentially 5-15 minutes of your favorite memories from the best day of your life. Who wouldn’t want that??? So now is the moment that I extend a huge shout out to our go-to videographer as wedding planners. This guy knows his stuff, and I have never had a bride regret her decision to spend the extra money to have him beautifully tie up her gorgeous wedding with a bow, and hand it back to her in 5 minutes of visual heaven. Let me introduce you to Denver Nathan Visuals, a Seattle based videographer who has traveled all over the west coast perfecting his skill and making brides dreams come true. Check him out at denvernathan.com or follow the link to his Vimeo attached below. Seriously do it. What are you waiting for?

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XOXO,

Heather Miller | Associate Planner + Assistant 

 

 

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

Wedding Dress Spot Light

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Happy Thursday! I’m super excited to debut a new blog feature here at the Alyssa Hoffman Events blog- wedding dresses!! The dress can set the tone for your whole wedding so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the first things brides go after.

The first dress I decided to feature is the stunner you got a peek of at our fall-inspired shoot. It’s one of those dresses that none of us were so sure about on the hanger but once our model put it on we all knew it was perfect.

It’s from the Blush by Hayley Page line and described as, “White strapless fit to flare brocade bridal gown with peplum tier at join line, beaded trim at natural waist and chapel train.”

I would describe it as a versatile dress that pairs well with an art deco inspired wedding or as we did, a fall wedding. I love the color palette we paired with it.

The brocade texture of the dress pairs well with the richnavy, burgundy, orange and green in the linens and florals but really softens the look so it doesn’t have too much of a heavy feeling.

What do you think? Would you wear this dress?

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XOXO,

Lindsay | Associate Planner