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Hair and Makeup Artist for Your Scottish Elopement?

May 17, 2024

Should You Hire a Hair and Makeup Artist for Your Scottish Elopement?

Deciding whether to hire a hair and makeup artist for your elopement is an important consideration. Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, and looking and feeling your best can be an essential part of the experience. Here, we’ll explore the pros and cons of having a hair and makeup artist for your Scottish elopement, helping you make an informed decision that suits your style and preferences.

Pros of Hiring a Hair and Makeup Artist

Feeling Special

Picture-Perfect Photos

  1. Elevate the Occasion: Even though an elopement is typically more intimate than a traditional wedding, having a professional hair and makeup artist can elevate the occasion, making it feel as special and significant as a larger ceremony.
  2. Pampering Experience: Your wedding day should be all about you. A hair and makeup artist provides a pampering experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy being taken care of on your big day.
  3. Less stuff to carry: If eloping in Scotland from abroad, you won’t have to bring all your hair and make up stuff – which leaves more room for other things in your suitcase. (Like presents for your elopement photographers. Hint)
  1. Professional Finish: A professional makeup artist knows how to enhance your natural beauty and ensure your makeup looks flawless both in person and in photos. This can be particularly important for your wedding pictures, which you’ll cherish for years to come.
  2. Weather-Proofing: Scottish weather can be unpredictable. A professional hairstylist can create a look that is more likely to withstand the elements, and a makeup artist can use products that help your makeup stay put, even in less-than-ideal conditions.

Confidence Boost

  1. Boost Your Confidence: Knowing you look your best can significantly boost your confidence. This added assurance can help you feel more comfortable and radiant, ensuring you enjoy every moment of your elopement day.
  2. Expert Advice: A hair and makeup artist can offer expert advice on styles that will suit your face shape, dress, and overall wedding theme, helping you achieve a cohesive and stunning look.

Cons of Hiring a Hair and Makeup Artist

Flexibility and Simplicity

  1. Greater Flexibility: Without the need to coordinate with a hair and makeup artist, you have more flexibility in your schedule. This can be particularly useful if your elopement involves travel to remote locations or if you want a more spontaneous experience.
  2. Simpler Logistics: Having fewer suppliers involved in your elopement can simplify the planning process. This means less coordination and fewer potential complications, making for a smoother, stress-free day.

Weather Concerns

  1. Weather Woes: Scotland’s weather is famously unpredictable. If the weather turns bad, particularly in terms of wind or rain, professionally styled hair may not hold up as well as you’d like. In such cases, opting for a simpler, natural style that you can easily manage yourself might be more practical.
  2. Natural Beauty: Some of our brides prefer a more natural look that reflects their everyday style. If this resonates with you, skipping the professional services and doing your own hair and makeup can feel more authentic and comfortable. (We LOVE this look. Just saying!)

Making the Decision

Ultimately, whether or not to hire a hair and makeup artist for your elopement comes down to personal preference and the type of experience you want to create. Here are a few tips to help you decide:

Consider Your Vision

Think about the overall vision you have for your elopement. If you’re imagining a day that’s laid-back and spontaneous, you might prefer to do your own hair and makeup. However, if you envision a day where you feel completely pampered and picture-perfect, a professional can help achieve that look.

Reflect on Your Comfort Level

Consider how comfortable you are with doing your own hair and makeup. If you enjoy the process and feel confident in your skills, you might not need a professional. On the other hand, if the idea of doing your own hair and makeup adds stress, hiring a pro can alleviate that worry. From a personal point of view, on our wedding day I (Jodie) hated how my make up looked and I felt uncomfortable all day and don’t like some of the photos because of it.

Weigh the Logistics

Think about the logistics of your day. If you’re eloping in a remote location, coordinating with a hair and makeup artist might be more challenging. In such cases, simplifying your plans might be the best route. In saying that, we have worked with make up artists who will travel all over so it is gonna be possible. There is also a couple of mobile make up artists that work out of their converted camper van which could be an option.

Think About the Weather

Remember the Scottish weather. If you’re concerned about how your hair and makeup will hold up in wind, rain, or humidity, discuss these concerns with potential hair and makeup artists. They can often recommend styles and products that will be more resilient in variable conditions.

Deciding whether to hire a hair and makeup artist for your Scottish elopement is a personal choice that depends on your vision, comfort level, and logistical considerations. At The Elopement Company we’re here to support you in creating a day that feels perfect for you, whether that means a pampering session with a professional artist or a more relaxed, DIY approach.

And one last thing….

Hair and make up isn’t just for the brides. We’ve had lots of guys also have their hair and make up done. Reasons we like this…. It looks damn cool in the photos and why shouldn’t the boys look just as good?

Whatever you choose, your elopement will be a beautiful and unforgettable celebration of your love.

Make up artist in this post – Leanne Fraser Wedding Hair and Make Up

Photos by The Sassenachs – Elopement Photographers in Scotland