When do I need a Trial Run?

Photography by Lux and Ember

Did you know that there is such a thing as a Galentine’s Day?  Yeah I didn’t either until I had one with some girlfriends yesterday and oh my gosh was it fun.  If you have never done it you totally should meet up for breakfast or lunch with your girlfriends and celebrate you guys.  Anyway back to business today we are talking about when to set up your trial run.  I think it is important to note that every artist has their own opinions about this and it has taken me a few years to perfect mine.  So let’s get to it.


Photography by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

My sweet spot for trial runs is one month before your wedding date.  It has been the best time for me to do trial runs with my brides and here are a few reasons why.

1) You are less stressed out!

Here is what I have found when a bride books her trial a month before her wedding versus one to two weeks before.  You are calmer and more willing to have fun.  You don’t have a million details running through your head, you aren’t worried about guests flying in or rehearsal dinners or last minute things you need to pick up.  You are still in your planning bubble.  It is a very fun experience for the both of us.

2) Your skin is at it’s best.

Because I meet with my brides for a consultation or I talk to them over the phone I am able to talk to them about their skin needs.  We do the consultation about 3 months before the wedding so you are able to start a good skin care regimen and get facials and by the time you see me for your trial run your skin is glowing.


Photography by Sara Carlson Photography

3) There is time to try new things or have time to communicate any changes.

We do a lot of trial runs a year I see between 30 and 40 brides a year.  Sometimes what we have in our head is not what actually looks good on our features my job is to be able to bring your vision to real life but also make it match your face and eye shape.  This requires a lot of communication and sometimes a second trial run and that is okay.  Doing your trial a month before I feel like gives you the power to say hey we have time let’s try something different and set up another trial run or hey I took some photos and on the day of I would like it to be this way.  If you only have a week and you are already stressed out you may feel like you are stuck with what you got at the trial run.

4) Doing the trial run closer to the wedding messes up with my timeline and payment schedule.

I am not going to lie I am a type A personality.  I have a very organized system and prefer to do things a certain way.  I like to meet or talk with my brides 3 to 4 months before the wedding, book your trial run 1 month before you wedding, talk about your timeline then, get your final timeline to you a month before the wedding and then send final invoice 2 weeks before the wedding, collect payment 1 week before with final confirmation.  I know it is super weird we all have our things I guess hahahaha.  I promise even though I am type A I am still super fun.


Photography by G Squared Photography

So there you have it.  These are my reasons for why I feel doing a trial run a month before the wedding is ideal.  Until next time here are your weekly musings from a Bonney Lake makeup artist.