Wedding F.A.Q.

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The Booking Process

+ How early should I book makeup + hair services?

It's best to book your wedding day services as soon as possible as our wedding day services tend to book out 7-13 months in advance.

Our peak dates fall between the months of April to October and often book out first and fast, specifically dates in August and September. These dates can book out up to 18 months in advance.

+ How do I book Sarah Elizabeth Artistry?

We require a 50%, non-refundable retainer to hold your wedding date exclusively along with a signed contract. The retainer is applied towards the total of your services with the balance due Thirty (30) days before the wedding day. Dates are booked on a first come, first served basis and we do NOT hold dates on inquiry alone.

+ Do you have a minimum to book?

Due to the high demand for our on location services, coupled with the fact that we book only one wedding per artist, per day; during peak wedding season (April - October) all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays have a minimum of $600 to book a wedding date with priortiy service between the hours of 6am and 3pm.

+ I'm a one person show, can I still book you?

We do offer a "Bride Only" Package that offers addtional services and amenities to the Bride that is subject to availability. Please contact us and specifiy your interest in a Bride Only option.

Preview Services + Questions

+ What is a Preview Service?

The preview, a separate service from your day-of services, is the beginning of your wedding makeup + hair experience with us. During your preview, we will take the time to have your initial consultation and talk about what you want to see on your wedding day for your look as well as review any inspiration photos you have collected and talk about your personal style. After the initial consultation, we get down to business and we design a custom look just for you. While this time is all about you, we do welcome a member of your family or wedding party to join you. After the preview session we take notes and create a face chart with all the products we used and follow up with you within 24 hours to see how the makeup/Hair held up and what (if any) changes you would like to make.

Preview services are booked separately once a wedding day booking has been completed. Wedding Preview services are billed at a rate of $100/hour.

+ When should I book my Preview Service?

We typically suggest doing your preview 4 to 6 weeks prior to the wedding. Often we suggest booking your Preview the morning of a dress fitting so you can see the entire look put together from head to toe. Special arrangements can be made on tighter time frames when possible or for out-of-town clients.

+ Where is my Preview Service Held?

We offer preview services in our home studio during the week (Monday - Thursday). Occasionally appointments may be available on the weekend during the off-season (November – March). Weekend appointments during prime wedding season are not available due to our commitment to other weddings/events taking place on those days. If the studio location is not an option, travel fees may apply if the preview takes place outside of the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Wedding Services Information

+ What is the timing for each service?

For each makeup, hair or grooming service, I spend up to; an hour with the Bride, 30 minutes with the Groom and 45 minutes with each member of the Wedding Party. Custom additions such as hair extension placement and styling will add additional time to each appointment.

+ How do I schedule enough time the morning of the wedding?

Never fear, this is one of our specialties. It can be a bit of a surprise to the Wedding Party when creating a schedule for the day of to make sure there is enough time for everything before the ceremony. If you know when your ceremony will be, we can create a timeline for you! we always build in a buffer into the timeline for any emergencies that may arise. We also coordinate with your photographer and wedding planner to ensure we are all on the same page and there are no last minute surprises and you and your Wedding Party can enjoy the day, relaxed and stress free!

+ Do you bring on additional artists to handle the wedding party?

We bring on other high-caliber artists only to accommodate larger parties or to meet a very tight timeline (i.e. large party of 8+ all needing to be done in 2-3 hours.) These artists have all been vetted by Sarah Elizabeth and work under the same standards she does. If the client desires specific party members to be done by Sarah personally, we are happy to accommodate requests when creating the schedule.

+ Do you provides services for LGBTQ weddings?

Yes! We truly enjoy working with ALL couples celebrating their love. If you are planning either a more traditional ceremony or something completely unique, we have you covered. Due to the varying needs surrounding LGBTQ weddings, please reach out to me for an accurate quote on services for the two of you and your wedding party.

+ Will my makeup and hair stay looking fresh if you're not there?

We only use high-quality makeup products for your application that have been tested and vetted by us to hold up to all kinds of wedding-day torture. We use primers and setting sprays to ensure your makeup stays put. We do however suggest that the Bride and each member of the Wedding Party have a lipstick or lip gloss to reapply throughout the night as well as blotting papers (instead of powder) to fight any traces of shine. These things are included in an optional Touch-Up kit available for purchase that can be added to your invoice, or We can make recommendations at your preview of the best products to purchase.

+ What if I don't like my makeup?

Believe me I want you to love the look we create together for your wedding day, but I understand sometimes it’s hard to put that look into words. I ask that my clients work with me and communicate when they don’t like something so that I can fix it. It’s just makeup or hairspray! I can’t fix what I don’t know is wrong, and I want my client to walk away from our preview session (and their wedding day) beyond satisfied with their makeup and/or hair look. I will work to get it right and resolve any issues before you leave my chair.

+ What is Airbrush Makeup?

Airbrush foundation is a formula of makeup that comes in a wide variety of shades and finishes to match each and every skin tone. As pro artists, we can custom blend colors and finishes to achieve the perfect match to your skin. Airbrush foundation is different from other forms of foundation because it is sprayed via a very fine mist through an airbrush gun that is run off an air compressor. The key benefits of airbrush is that it looks like a natural and near flawless complexion, feels extremely lightweight and it photographs beautifully while still looking natural in person. Airbrush foundations are meant to withstand heat, humidity, tears and even sweat. It is transfer resistant (not transfer-proof!) and will avoid leaving stains on your dress or your groom.

Airbrush foundation is complementary to the Bride for her preview as well as on her wedding day along with her Wedding Party members on the day of.

+ Do you offer faux lashes?

We offer two different types of faux lashes for makeup services, strip lashes as well as individual lashes. Both are temporary applications (no longer than 24 hours.) Faux lashes are complementary to the Bride for her preview as well as on her wedding day as well as all Wedding Party members recieving other services. Members of the Wedding Party not recieveing services from Sarah Elizabeth Artistry can add faux lashes for an additional $15.

+ Do you offer Men's Services

We absolutely offer grooming services to our Clients at their request. Often this is skin correction and enhancement for camera and hair styling. We want everyone to look their best in photos that will last a lifetime. If this is a service you are interested in, or want more information about them, please note that on your inquiry.

+ What products are in your kits?

All of the makeup products we use are professional brands that were designed to photograph beautifully. Some specific makeup brands include: Make Up For Ever, Viseart, MAC, RCMA, TEMPTU and KETT. Some of the hair brands include Aquage, Schwarzkopf, Kenra, Redken and Oribe.

+ Will you use my own makeup on the wedding day?

We understand when a client has tried every mascara (or other product) under the sun and finally has found one that they love. Please note however that if you are asking us to use your products and they are not our "go-tos" for building a bulletproof bridal makeup, we cannot guarantee that your makeup will last the duration of the day and will not be held responsible for any failures in the makeup.

Due to liability and insurance issues, if you need us to use your products, we require brand new, unopened products provided on the day of your services.

We can work around allergies + sensitivities when they are disclosed up front and with enough lead time.

Travel

+ Do you travel beyond Minneapolis/St. Paul?

I absolutely do travel outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to locations in Minnesota (Duluth, Brainerd Lakes, Rochester, St. Cloud, etc.) as well as out of state weddings or even international destination locations.

Connect with us today to discuss a personalized quote based on your needs and location.

+ Do you charge travel/parking to go on location?

All travel fees are included for weddings in the immediate Twin Cities Metro Area. Additional travel fees may be incurred for weddings taking place outside the Metro Area such as Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, Mankato, Hastings and Hudson WI.

Parking fees may apply per location (Specifically Downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul Hotels).

All travel/parking fees are charged per artist arriving for the wedding party.

Pricing + Fees Questions

+ Are tips/gratuities included?

Gratuity is not included, but always appreciated.. An industry-standard 18% can be added to your invoice to avoid the hassle of handling cash/credit cards on the day of if you so desire.

+ What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check or major credit cards for all retainers and final balances. Day-of additions are paid by cash or credit card only. There is a $35 fee for any returned checks and if the retainer is paid by check, the date is not confirmed/held until the check has cleared my bank.

+ Are there any additional fees?

The only additional fee beyond services is a parking/travel fee. You will receive an invoice thirty (30) days before your wedding day showing you exactly what you are paying for.

Miscelaneous + Extras

I love to feature my past Brides, Grooms and Clients on my website either as examples of my work, or in a featured blog post. Once you've received your images from your photographer and picked out the ones you want to share with the world, please send them on to me and I will be happy to post them with credit to your photographer and any other vendor information you provide.