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Bridal Trial Guide…with Nicole Drège

Bridal hair and makeup trials are one of the most important pre-wedding jobs. You want to create that “wow” factor and feel totally comfortable at the same time. This is no easy task. Your trial is a must as it’s your chance to try out ideas and get acquainted with your Stylist before your big day.

We just love Nicole’s approach to bridal trials. Based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Nicole is an expert bridal hair and makeup Artist and Educator. Her experience in fashion and commercial styling means she has a keen eye for detail and perfection when getting her brides camera-ready. Check out her work at


Are you after a high end, elegant look? Want to capture your natural beauty? Is your style modern yet timeless? This is Nicole’s area of expertise.

4 elements of the perfect trial:

Nicole includes each of these steps in your trial, leaving you with complete confidence in your chosen bridal look. No matter who you book with, following this guide will help you make the most of it.

1 - Consultation

Getting to know your Stylist will put you at ease before your wedding day. Show them any ideas you have and draw on their professional knowledge. Discussing your options will help you to pull out the key features of your look and create an action plan.

2 - Expert Advice

This is the time to ask questions! What are the latest bridal trends? Should I use hair extensions? Which lashes are best for me? The more you ask now, the better, so there are no surprises on the day.

3 - Styling

Here’s where your plans are put into practice. You may try more than one style or perhaps a second look for your evening reception.

Tips: Remember to bring your veil and hair accessories so you can assess your finished look. And schedule your trial during the day so you can see your hair and makeup in daylight – artificial light can be deceiving!

4 - Photo Session

Lots of brides are opting for professional pre-wedding photo sessions, ranging from boudoir shoots to candid photography, capturing the bride’s journey. Whether you decide to hire a photographer, or take some snaps with your phone, be sure to take photos of your trial. Study the images with your Stylist so you can make any necessary adjustments.

Now you’re all set. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your Stylist and notify them of any possible changes to your wedding day look. Depending on when you had your first trial, you may be required to have a re-cap session to make sure you’re still on track. This is something you can discuss with your Stylist.

Happy Wedding Day! x


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