Ok so this is my first posting of a blog and I wondered for a while what I could write about that could give you a little more insight into my work, why I love my job and just how rewarding it can be.
After a slow start to the year for wedding bookings in comparison to previous years, I was discovering that people were wanting cheaper deals and I was often losing out to perhaps new artists that were just starting out (I've been there so know everyone has to start somewhere) or others who were totally cutting themselves short. Now I know I love my job but at the same time, I work long hours (in between juggling a family) just like everyone else and I need to pay the bills. So it was with great frustration that I found myself questioning my work/job earlier in the year.
True to form however, wedding season kicked in and so did the fulfilment of my diary and it was my trial for a lovely bride that I did a few weeks back that made me realise why I did not lower my prices nor did I lose faith and give up everything I have worked for and love doing!
Some months ago, I chatted to a lovely girl who was to marry in July this year. We talked about the styling she required, all things makeup and most of all that I was free to be part of her amazingly special day! She confirmed that she would love to work with me and we proceeded with the booking. After forwarding all the relevant booking forms and terms and conditions, I was saddened to receive a message that she was still looking around and was trying to source a "cheaper" artist.
I released the date in my diary with the confidence and hope I guess that it would be filled again.
Last month, I received a very heart felt message from the same bride asking if I was still available?? After a bit of juggling about, I rearranged my appointments to accommodate the bride and we set a date for her trial. I travelled over to her house, meaning she did not have to worry about getting to me and at a time that suited us both. During the trial, it became apparent that she had already had a trial that was a much cheaper option than myself. Whilst I do not know who/what the other stylist/company was, nor do I wish to talk badly of others work, but I was utterly shocked to discover the service she had received and the lack of the effort put into this bride over something that was clearly very important to her. No time had been spent discovering the correct style she wanted, it was clearly a case of completing the trial as quick as possible and she was almost forced into just accepting what they had done. Her words were at the time that she thought "this was the norm" and that perhaps you are not meant to be blown away by wedding hair/makeup! This makes me really sad and frustrated, of course you are meant to feel amazing and special on what will be the most important day of your life!
My bride was clearly hoping for something to wow her during her trial now she had invested money into my service. Now whilst this made me a little nervous, in my heart of hearts I knew instantly the style she required and what would and would not suit her. Through chatting and getting to know my client, I was able to build up a relationship straight away and through this I discovered what she liked and didn't like. I was able to make recommendations based on my knowledge and experience. I had even sourced a lipstick for her after discussing and sending images for a certain colour.
In the end, my client was that happy with all 3 styles I had created, we spent more time deciding which one to go with.
During the trial, my client said a statement that has stuck with me and I will remember forever more:
"So this is why you should book a professional artist for your wedding".
In that instance, I was reminded why I do my job and that not only do I provide a service for hair and makeup but more of a package that enables me to fit in with your requirements/styling and be an asset to your wedding day and not someone you dread who might be in a rush that day!
I may not be the cheapest but I am far from being the most expensive. But I urge brides to do your research and find the artist that suits you - look at their work and see if their styling suits what you are looking for. Check their reviews and see what people are saying about them. Remember, the cheapest option is not always the best one, you may end up spending even more in the long run!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!