Frequently Asked Questions
Minimum Number of Services
Is there a minimum number of services required for a wedding or event appointment with a team artist?
It depends on the time of year. From May 1st - November 1st, we require a 3 service minimum per team artist/stylist for an appointment. For the rest of the year, we do offer Bride Only services. Lead artist Nika requires a 3 service minimum year round.
Group & Day Rates
If you end up having a larger group seeking 7 or more beauty services, our Flat Rate options might work better for you. Our bridal team 5-hour option for $850 is the most popular, and includes any makeup, temporary eyelash, or hair services (with select artists) requested, as well as the bride's services and her touch-up kit. Makeup applications and hair services generally take 30-45 minutes per person, so this rate includes a maximum of 8 services, and additional hours, artists, and/or stylists can be booked to accommodate larger parties or touch-up services.
The Fine Print
Please be conservative in the number of services you request for your Bridal Services Contract-- it is way easier to just add needed services as we get closer to your date, vs. over committing early on, and end up paying for more services than you actually need. Please note that your retainer payment is due with your signed contract, and the final payment is due 30 days before your event date. If your bridal party members are paying for their services, they would need to make arrangements in advance to reimburse you.
Do you offer trial appointments?
Absolutely! If you're looking for book a trial, we recommend scheduling a "preview appointment" at least 3-6+ months of so before the event. 3 months works best for those brides who've already completed a contract, while 6 months or more is ideal for those brides who'd like to try the services before committing.
What's the best day for the appointment and how much time should I allot?
We generally schedule all preview appointment for Sundays at our studio space in the Damen/Hubbard area. Our preview appointments are 90 min per service, with the goal of showing your a few options.
Do I really need to do a preview appointment?
This is especially tricky for out of town or admittedly very low maintenance brides and clients. A preview appointment just gives you a great idea of what you'll look like on the day of the event, if you like more of less makeup in general, and how it will feel and last throughout the night. Think of it as a tasting menu-- you get to sample different ideas, and then make any edits before the big day.
If I schedule a preview appointment, will you automatically hold my appointment date?
Please note that we only will hold a wedding appointment date for the 24 hours following your preview appointment.
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Parking & Travel Fees
Do you travel for on-location services?
We generally travel within Chicago and the near suburbs, so let us know if you'll need any services outside of that area. All parking/taxi fees and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the bride. We do need to know your general appointment time at the time of your appointment booking.
Who pays for parking?
The client is responsible for all parking/taxi fees for the event. You can let us know of any special arrangements you have, otherwise all parking and taxi costs are to be paid at the time of service or charge to the credit card on file.
What are your travel fees?
Our bridal teams travel fee starts at $75 for appointments 15 miles or more from 60622. Nika's travel fee starts at $125.
Do you work with destination events and weddings?
We love destination weddings! The logistics for these events can be more complex, so please email us with your info and details, and we'll work with you to set up the best appointment. In addition to our destination travel fees, we require airfare and accommodations to be provided for the event. Depending on the location, there may be additional fees for accommodations, transportation costs, and a $350+ per day of travel fee per artist.