Hair and Makeup Advice for Destination Weddings

I’m getting married abroad – bridal hair and makeup help!

If you’re getting married abroad you have a couple of options for your bridal hair and makeup – they’re the same as getting married in the UK fundamentally. You can either pay a professional to help you with your hair and makeup or you can do it yourself.  When you’re planning a destination wedding of course you have two options in the professional category – you can either go for a local artist or you can fly over a UK artist.

Hire a professional or do your own bridal makeup?

As a professional I am obviously a bit biased and think you should probably hire a professional! Though I totally understand that this isn’t feasible for everyone.  If you are considering doing your own bridal hair and/or makeup I really recommend having a makeup lesson first. Not only will you learn some new tricks, techniques and how to do that elusive eyeliner you never quite managed! You’ll also learn what products would be best for a destination wedding where the weather may be much hotter (or colder) than the UK standard.  We can also do hair styling lessons and teach you how to create that perfect wave with GHD’s and create a beautiful style you can recreate yourself.

If you’re not sure you want to do your own hair and makeup we don’t blame you! Hiring a professional for your wedding morning is a real treat.  All you have to do is get up, have a shower and relax! Everything else is taken care of for you – and what better excuse than your wedding day to feel like a bit of a celebrity!

Hire a local hair and makeup artist of fly someone out?

So this often depends on your wedding destination – in Italy for example the cost of hair and makeup is generally far higher than it is in the UK so even including the cost of travel to fly someone over it often still works out cheaper.  For other locations the cost is sometimes more even or it is slightly more expensive to fly over an artist.  There are still pro’s to doing so however, for a start you can have a trial in the UK at a time that suits you and not a week before the wedding when you arrive at your destination.  Secondly you’ll speak the same language as your artist so you can clearly explain the look you want and if you don’t like something!

Do I need to change my makeup for a destination wedding?

So, do you remember last summer (2018) when it was like 10000000 degrees every day in the UK!? You’d put your makeup on, walk outside and sweat it all off?  Well. Yeah.  You do need to change up your makeup for a destination wedding!  We tend to use a lot drier products, more powders than creams etc as this doesn’t get slippy on the surface of your skin.  We’ve also got some serious setting sprays and other tricks up our sleeves (you didn’t think we were going to spill all our secrets did you?!)

Bordeaux – Destination Wedding Hair & Makeup

Bordeaux Wedding Hair & Makeup

At The Tori Harris Pro Team we love working on destination weddings – not only as a great excuse to travel to some truly stunning parts of the world but also because we often end up staying in apartments with other wedding suppliers.  For Maja and Alex’s wedding we shared an apartment with San (Sanshine Photography), suffice to say we’re now the best of friends and I want to work on every wedding with her – especially after seeing these amazing photos!!

Maja and Alex were also one of the very best couples to work with and literally this whole wedding and 26hours in Bordeaux reminded me why I absolutely adore working on weddings, with some of the very best people in the industry and some of the most wonderful and genuine couples.


Maja left this amazing feedback on google:

“Tori is amazing. Brides, look no further. Everything was amazing, from the trial in her boutique which was incredibly relaxed and fun, to the actual wedding day. Tori created the perfect look I was hoping for and made me feel like the best version of me on this special day! When you’re getting ready on that morning, and have all the excitement, nerves, and your friends and family around – with the hair and make up artist also being a part of this special time, what you want is someone who fits right in and adds to the atmosphere. Tori is exactly that – she makes you relaxed and feel pampered as you get ready to party. Really recommend Tori and her company!”

Venice Wedding Hair and Makeup

Last weekend Tori was in Venice for a destination wedding, bridal hair and makeup.  We absolutely love travelling for weddings as it’s such a great excuse to explore some beautiful cities and towns around the world! This was our first trip to Venice and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Offering some challenges that other cities don’t we had to pack particularly light for Venice as there was no direct transfer from the airport to the hotel.  In a city where your only option is the water bus (which gets very busy!) or on foot you definitely don’t want to be weighed down by a huge suitcase! We were fortunate enough to arrive the day before the wedding with a little time to explore this beautiful city!  While we wait for the official pics from the trip here’s a few from out Instagram Stories over the weekend.




French Destination Wedding Hair and Makeup

French Destination Wedding Hair and Makeup

Last September I jetted off to the sunny south of France with the wonderful team at Louise Perry Weddings for this stunning chateau wedding.  For this French destination wedding hair and makeup was by Tori and Chloe on the Pro Team.  Chloe a fluent French speaker helped us navigate the remote French countryside to find the beautiful chateau.

We absolutely adore this sleek, elegant and classic hair and makeup look our stunning bride Krisja went for.  From the engagement shoot and pre-wedding shoot right through to all three outfits for the wedding day Krisja was the epitome of elegance and sophistication on her wedding day.  A true princess living her French chateau dream! I think you’ll agree these are some pretty epic wedding photographs. You can see their wedding video on our destination wedding hair and makeup page.

These absolutely stunning images were taken by Cinzia Bruschini.

If you’d like to see more of our behind the scenes shots you can see those here.


French Chateau Destination Wedding

In September Tori & Chloe packed there bags and headed to a rather remote part of France with wedding planner Louise Perry Weddings and a fantastic team of suppliers for this incredible French Chateau wedding. Krisja was a bride living her fairytale for the weekend - I don't think there was one moment she wasn't grinning from ear to ear with an infectious smile.  I met Krisja on the Thursday for her hair and makeup trial - being New York based I hadn't actually met Krisja before we arrived she had simply trusted in Louise's recommendation of me.  After the trial Krisja had a pre-wedding shoot around the Chateau - some with and some without her now husband Keith. 

Krisja's wedding hair and makeup was inspired by Miranda Kerr - one of our top celebrity wedding makeup inspirations!

The pictures by Cinzia Bruschini are simply magical - I cannot wait to see more from the wedding day!

To see more information about hair and makeup for destination weddings please click the link. 

Perfect Moment Films shot this stunning wedding video from the day, it gives me goosebumps every time!