Bridesmaid checklist – things to do before the big day

You’ve been given the wonderful job of being a bridesmaid to your lovely friend, but sometimes the pressure of organising events, having outfit fittings and generally being there for your bestie can take it’s toll.  So here is my simple guide to easing some of that stress, meaning you enjoy the run up to the big day along with performing your duties on the actual wedding x

1. Buy/try on your bridesmaid gown, shoes and accessories with plenty of time…

You should try and aim to buy/try on your bridesmaid gown within plenty of time before the wedding.  Not only does this minimise stress of everyone involved – it also allows time for adjustments if needed and if the bride changes her mind on style and colour.  A brilliant place to get gowns from is Maids to Measure

Do not leave it to the big day to stitch loose straps, or mend a broken zip that you knew wouldn’t work – both of which has happened during weddings I have been involved in.  Not only does this look terrible in photographs, it will also mean you are constantly worried about how your gown looks and not feel confident at all.

Be organised on this one!

2. Confirm with the bride your travel/hotel accommodation if required PLUS timings!

If you don’t know what time you need to arrive or be available for the bride, ask.  Check timings – what time do you need to be with her for breakfast, hair, makeup or even changed into your gown.  Which car are you riding in and do you need to stay with her, or book a local hotel.  Take the initiative and confirm what is going on, as the bride will have so many things to think about she may need a little push to sort the little details with you.

3. Decide whether you want hair and or makeup, and tell the bride.

This subject is always a little touchy with brides as they usually always want to pay for bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done, but financially this is not always possible (weddings are expensive!)  So really think about whether you want your hair and or makeup done, and if so are you willing to help pay for this?  Quite often I am involved in weddings where only one or two bridesmaids are having their hair and makeup done, and it makes the rest of the bridal group really regret their decision as they either don’t have the same products or can’t achieve the same professional finish.

If you do want either or both, then tell the bride in plenty of time and not a couple of days before the wedding.  That way, numbers and timings can be confirmed and any final bills paid in plenty of time.

4.  Don’t bring your hang-ups or personal problems to the bride on her wedding day.

This can sound really harsh but in practise I have seen so many bridesmaids verbally attack brides on their special day for not doing this, or not thinking to organise that.  Meaning that poor bride who has spent an enormous amount of money making it a special day for everyone, now feels like rubbish on her wedding day.  No one wants to see that.

Leave your hang-ups and personal problems at the door and be there for your friend.  It’s one day where you can just enjoy yourself and be with friends and family, so buck up and let your hair down!

5.  Make sure both the bride and yourself have a prosecco in hand for most of the morning x

Bridesmaids!

🌺 A gorgeous bridesmaid design for Rebecca’s girl gang for her Spring wedding at Chewton Glen.  Rebecca wanted her girlies to have soft peach cheeks, a pink lip and delicately shaded eyes – which is a perfect combination to subtly tie everything together.  This design also worked well in matching their soft blue/grey bridesmaids gowns from Maid to Measure x

Bridal hair training with Kasia Fortuna – The ‘Hair Queen’

Last week I had the most amazing experience, learning from one of the best hairstylist’s in the country – Kasia Fortuna.  Kasia has worked with some very famous names, including members of the Royal family.  It was such a treat being with her as she’s just such a positive person and really knows her stuff.  What’s more she was happy to share her knowledge – which can be a rare thing in this industry.  Throughout the week Kasia helped to hone my hair skills, and strengthen any weak spots I may have not spotted.  She showed me how to create some really stunning bridesmaid and bridal hairstyles, which I cannot wait to re-create for my clients.

I really had the best time.  Thank you so, so much Kasia! x

 

Bridesmaid makeup design – keeping it young and fresh

I love doing bridesmaids makeup – although I do have to say there is a tendency for bridesmaid’s to ask for a deeply smokey eye and big brows for their wedding look.  While I do love a big brow & smokey design this look will not suit every occasion, and in some circumstances, will clash dramatically with their outfits.  An alternative which I think works really well is a nice light brown eye – neatly lined with a pencil that has a slight sparkle to it.  This just subtly brings the eyes out, whilst not detracting from the bride’s own makeup design.  It seems to always work for younger bridesmaids, as it keeps their glowing youth whilst giving them a little something extra.

Something which I have as my own personal ethos as a makeup artist is I will NEVER cover freckles up.  There are 2 reasons for this.  1)  Your freckles are apart of you and should be celebrated like everything else about who you are.  To cover them should be a criminal offence as freckles are super cute!  2)  Covering up freckles using foundation can result in the skin looking over-done and the foundation looking milky over them, so I vow never to do it!

Book your bridal tribe in for your wedding day by sending me an email to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

Loose bridesmaid curls – a simple and pretty style

Throughout this Spring season I am finding that more bridesmaids (and brides for that matter) are favouring a more loose, beachy tousled style for the big day.  And I for one LOVE this design.  It’s relatively simple to achieve, a little time consuming, but the pay off is so worth it.  This sort of style does suit lighter hair as the layers are easy to distinguish and the waves are a lot more visible.  What’s also great about this look is that is it then very easy to put up into a half up half down twist – that way adding a comb or flowers is easy and very effective x

Contact me to book in for your hair trial at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk

Young bridesmaid makeup looks…

This gorgeous bridesmaid was part of bride Sian’s wedding party last week and is a testament to how much fun it can be getting young adults involved in the morning’s preparation.  Patiently waiting her turn to be in the makeup chair she was very excited to have her makeup professionally applied and to, most importantly, feel a part of the festivities.  I love designing young bridesmaid looks as they often love pretty pinks, a bit of glitter and a pamper!

If you’re having young bridesmaids in your bridal party, then I highly recommend including them in hair and makeup – not just because you’ll all look gorgeous together, but it’s just really nice to include the young ones in a very exciting day x

Hayley and her glam wedding at The Elvetham Hotel

Yesterday was Hayley’s wedding and what a beautifully sunny day it turned out to be!  Hayley and her beau were preparing to get hitched at one of my favourite wedding venues The Elvetham Hotel – where I seem to be living at the moment!!  Hayley was sooo excited and such a happy bride that I had a job to pin her to the makeup chair, but I think she was actually happy for a bit of calm after organising everything first thing!

Hayley wanted her bridal makeup to be classic, timeless and flawless.  Opting for an expertly blended pink and peach toned eye – Hayley wanted to add a daring bold statement lip using MAC’s lipstick in Ruby Woo for a bit of Hollywood glamour.  Keeping her whole look generally soft and blended meant that the bold lip could be added without overpowering the look.  Hayley also wanted her bridesmaids design to be kept soft and light using mauves and shimmer through the eye with a pink lip in Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk x

Young bridesmaid makeup design…

This gorgeous bridesmaid was part of bride Sian’s wedding party last week and is a testament to how much fun it can be getting young adults involved in the morning’s preparation.  Patiently waiting her turn to be in the makeup chair she was very excited to have her makeup professionally applied and to, most importantly, feel a part of the festivities.  I love designing young bridesmaid looks as they often love pretty pinks, a bit of glitter and a pamper!

If you’re having young bridesmaids in your bridal party, then I highly recommend including them in hair and makeup – not just because you’ll all look gorgeous together, but it’s just really nice to include the young ones in a very exciting day x

Bridesmaid makeup designs…

It’s always lovely when I see the whole bridal party having fun in the morning.  Getting their hair styled and makeup applied, and really celebrating together those last few girlie moments before the festivities really kick off!  It brings back all those secret planning chats at the back of the class, discussing what wedding dress you’re going to wear or what flowers you want – even though you’re just 14!  So I always adore coming up with designs for the bridesmaids.

I like to design something similar to their gowns, as I know how much effort it takes to pull a colour scheme together so I want to work with that.  It’s also good to keep the makeup almost identical to each other to get a more unified look, where the eye isn’t constantly distracted by the different combinations of colour in photographs x

Photography Matt Lee Photography

B r i d e s m a i d // L o v e

Oh I do love designing a bridesmaid look for a wedding! This gorgeous gal is part of Sian’s supportive girl gang for her wedding today in Beaulieu – with everyone getting ready at the lovely The Crown Manor House Hotel in Lyndhurst x

Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Hair Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser | Flower The Wild Fox