- Draw up a bridal contract and make sure you review all the terms with your bride before she signs it. Get a final headcount on signing and list all costs and fees.
- Require a trial run with the bride. Setting aside a time to try out looks ahead of time means nothing has to be re-done on the big day.
- Clearly post or list your rates and keep them consistent. Offering a different price for each bride based on the time required for a specific look creates unnecessary complications.
- Never stay for the wedding unless you have a personal relationship with the wedding party. Instead, offer to help create a touch-up kit.
- Bring along extra artists for parties larger than three. Given hair appointments, manicures, and other day-of appointments, it's best to avoid scheduling makeup services for longer than three hours.
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