Booking & Things to Know

The first step to booking with our company: 
Fill out a bridal party chart with our booking manager Ann! 

It is important to send this chart back to Ann quickly. Our wedding dates are first come first serve. 

The bridal party chart will be used for the creation of a contract and a transmittal form. 

The second step to the booking process is to book a trial. Trials are recommended 1-4 months prior to your wedding date. We book off 1 hour for hair and 1 hour for makeup. Please remember to arrive with a clean face and no product in your hair. We ask the same request for all bridal party members the day of the wedding.


It is typical for 90% of brides to have 1-3 trials. If you do decide you would like a second trial, to try a new look we charge a small fee of $35.


Once your trial is completed you will follow up with our booking manager to provide a finish time for the big day! Our professional team will pick a start time for you a week before the wedding. The Monday before the big day you will receive a transmittal sheet with a start time and the end time that you provided.

We do not create a customized schedule. We provide the start time and make sure to be completed by the requested end time. We assign the appropriate staff to meet your needs. We are proficient in helping you have a smooth and delightful bridal day experience.   

Here are a few great tips to ensure that your day operates super smooth:

Make sure all party members arrive at the given start time.

Communicate to all party members to arrive with a clean face and no product in hair. 

Make sure each party member has at least 1-2 inspiration photo looks to show to our staff on hand. 

Last but not least, make sure to have fun! 


Also, friendly reminder. The default email that you communicate with is not Owner Andrea. You are communicating with our booking manager. If you have any direct questions for the owner please feel free to request her direct email.


Congratulations and don’t forget to have fun! 

Balance

Define the boundary between business & Motherhood 

When you can completely separate these two, you foster the efficiency of running both effectively. Do not jumble them up. When you’re tuned into work, exclusively commit yourself to the set number of hours needed and then you can switch. Then when you’re at home, challenge yourself to disconnect from your business. Luckily, My husband and I were able to find a Nanny that is able to help at both our home and my business a few nights a week. 

Be aware of self-care.
Taking a break and going for a walk with Isabelle does me a lot of good. I make sure I take several smaller meal breaks in a day instead of a couple of big meal breaks. Also, I stop occasionally to stretch and do a little dance (Isabelle and I do a lot of dancing) or jog in place. The trick is to give myself a chance to get some blood flowing, change my perspective and have little indulgences to look forward to. This keeps my mind fresh, light and positive. Nothing makes someone more cranky than being hungry, stressed and left with little space to breathe. A night out with friends is always great too. 

Utilize your off hours 
In our “off hours,” my husband and I divide family/house tasks up so we can get some decompression time (Christian LOVES cleaning). Or perhaps he’ll spend time with Isabelle on a Saturday so I can work. He’s very supportive of my need for a break here and there. I try and do the same for him.

IN CONCLUSION
I’ve found that planning for a healthy business is essential, but planning for healthy family life is even more essential. Without proper planning, I feel like life runs me rather than me running my life. You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing, whether it’s creating a product or offering a service. You’ve got to believe 100 percent in it because if you don’t, you’re not going to make it through the stressful times.
Finally, I think being a mother has made me a better businesswoman. I can multi-task like nobody’s business. 

Motherhood & Balancing Two Beauty Businesses

Balancing motherhood with marriage and a professional business career is challenging regardless of the circumstances. Majority of Mothers are working mothers, but those who have their own business have an extra challenge in juggling their business and their family life because when you own a business, work does not finish at 5 pm.

When I started my bridal business ten years ago, the practice was my baby. We service over 300 wedding a year, offering bridal hair and makeup. I spend most of my time there, nurturing and caring for it, and I enjoy every bit of it. Over the years, I opened another business, a blowout bar. My new business is loaded into a massive college city (New Haven) where Yale is located. We’re the only blowout bar in New Haven at the moment. But when my daughter Isabelle came along, she was my new baby, and because as women, we have this innate longing to be and care for our baby and family. 

So, how, then, do I go about being an attentive parent while still balancing my work life? I’m sharing my top tricks and tips Monday. Stay tuned and check back!