How do I book A & A Bridal Services:?
A wedding day is not considered booked until a retainer fee of 25% of your total services balance has been received and a contract signed. If you would like to secure your bridal services with A & A Bridal Hair and Makeup, please submit an inquiry via the contact page. The non-refundable retainer fee is required to hold and secure your wedding date and time slot. The retainer fee is deducted from your final balance. Bride and Bridal parties balances are due the Monday before the wedding date.
Are you able to accommodate large bridal parties?
Yes! We have a team of artists to accommodate large bridal parties. For bookings of 5+, additional artists may come depending on time allotted for beauty services. For larger bridal parties where 4 or more artists are needed, there will be additional travel fees.
Do you have a minimum booking policy?
Yes, during peak season(March-June & September-November) there is a minimum of 3 people for each service whether it is on location or in our studio. The rest of the year - for on-location wedding services(either in Fresno or up to 1 hour from our location) there is a minimum booking of 3 people for each service. For on-location wedding services over an hour away, there is a minimum booking of 5 people for each service. Weddings in off season with only 1 to 2 people needing services, are completed at our studio in Clovis, CA.
How long will it take to get everyone ready on the wedding day?
The Bride is allotted approximately 2hrs to 2 1/2 hrs total for makeup and hair services. Please allow up 45 minutes to 1 hour for each service for Bridesmaids, Mothers and other Attendants.
Is there a travel fee?
The travel fee for all bookings outside of Fresno, CA is based on mileage or time it takes to get there. Rates are roughly around $0.75 per mile, with the exception of time it takes to get to there. Base initial travel fee is for 1-2 artists needed, if more than 2 artists are needed for your event, multiple travel fees will be required.
Within Fresno/Clovis - $25
No travel fee for weddings in Fresno/Clovis with bookings for 3+ ladies for each service
All other cities are charged travel fee based on mileage or time it takes to get there. Please submit inquiry for travel fee questions. Minimum services of 3-5 people required for on location services .
Parking fees, Park entrance fees, tolls and gratuities are not included. Any parking fees incurred will be an additional charge.
What brands of makeup do you use and how long will my makeup last?
We carry high end brands of makeup including Makeup Forever, MAC Cosmetics, Becca, Urban Decay, Benefit Cosmetics, and Too Faced Cosmetics. We have a variety of professional products to accommodate all skin types and skin tones.
We are constantly told by brides and bridal parties that their makeup lasted the ENTIRE night! We use quality products that have been proven to last through sweat and tears.
What is the difference between traditional makeup and airbrush makeup?
Traditional makeup is the use of liquid or cream foundation, applied with either a makeup brush or sponge. Liquid and cream foundations tend to have a little more coverage, depending on which products are used and how much is used. We use quality foundations that are water resistant and will last all day.
Airbrush makeup is a process where foundation is put into an airbrush gun and sprayed in micro dots onto the skin. We use Temptu professional airbrush makeup that is a semi-matte formula that delivers the most natural, skin-like finish. It is transfer and water-resistant and buildable coverage, sheer, medium or full. Airbrush makeup lasts through heat and tears(always remember to blot tears or sweat, never rub)!
Is a Trial necessary?
Your trial is where you discuss how you want to look on your wedding day and meet your Hair and Makeup Artists. At your trial appointment we will review ideas for your hair and makeup for the day, choose colors for makeup, application of full makeup and trial of your desired hair style. This service is optional and normally for brides only, but occasionally for mother of the brides also. Please allow up to 2 and 1/2 hours for trials with hair and makeup.
The wedding day can be very busy when getting ready. For hair and makeup to run smoothly, bridal trials are highly recommended. Trials give the artist an opportunity to get to know you and what you want, or what you don't want. We want you to be able to relax and enjoy your time getting ready for your big day, not worrying if the hair and makeup is going to turn out great or not!
How far in advance should I book a Trial?
We suggest booking your trial one to three months before your wedding. A&A Artists are generally booked 4-12 months in advance, so we suggest securing your wedding date as soon as possible. Most brides secure their wedding date well before their trial to ensure their wedding date is held. One to three months before your wedding day allows the artists to see your current hair and skin, so they can let you know if the hairstyle you request will work with your hair and/or suggest any advice for your skin care needs. Trials can be held before the bride has paid the booking fee and secured wedding date, however there is no guarantee that the wedding date will still be available.
Should I book my Trial for my engagement photos or bridal shower?
We do not suggest doing your wedding hair and makeup trial on the day of your engagement photoshoot. The trial is to try out the full wedding look, so that on the day of the wedding, everything runs a lot smoother and you know what to expect. It is a time to discuss what you like and do not like, make suggestions based on your hair and skin, and test out the desired look. Engagement photo hair and makeup is generally more relaxed and a bit more like you look on a regular basis. You don't want the exact same makeup in both sets of photos do you? We do suggest planning your trial on a day you have somewhere to go, like when you have your dress fitting, a night out with the girls, or even your bridal shower.
Where and what days do you offer trials?
Trials are held at our private studio in Clovis, CA. We offer trial sessions on week days. If you live out of town and only available on weekend days, we can accommodate on some Sundays.