Bournemouth Bridal Hair and Makeup
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Hi, my name is Mel Tilsed and I am an award winning mobile bridal and special occasion hairstylist and make up artist.
Pricing & Costs
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Products and Services
On the Day Services
Tattoo Cover-Up Make-Up
I specialise in providing a relaxed, affordable and professional service to make the start of the most exciting day of your life memorable! I use a selection of top professional cosmetic products to create your desired look and believe it is imperative to listen to you and find out what you would like, what make up you usually wear, or how you wear your hair and I love to find out all about what you have planned for the day, down to flowers, dress and colour themes so that I can help you make your dreams a reality. This is your wedding and I want it to be everything you ever dreamed of! I also cater for Vegan brides or bridesmaids, I hold a lot of Vegan brushes and top professional cosmetics too. I offer a FREE pre wedding consultation with myself to chat about your wedding and your ideas if you would like to meet me before you book me too. A non refundable deposit is requested to hold your booking date and this also covers your trial and is deducted from your total invoice. Trials are done in my studio in my garden and I come to you on the day. After winning Make Up Artist of the Year 2017 for the Dorset Wedding Suppliers Awards and having my work published twice this year in Bride Magazines I have just topped the year off by winning Wedding Hairstylist of the Year 2018 for the Dorset Wedding Suppliers Awards. Its been an amazing and exciting couple of years and I'm so proud of my achievements. Even though I have won these awards I will not be putting my prices up for 2019 and will be having a PRICE FREEZE! I just want everyone to be able to afford to look beautiful on their special day. If you would like to book me please don't hesitate to get in touch xx
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Mel Tilsed
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Married in July 2017
Happy alternative bride
I had a particular look in mind and Mel brought it to life! I was so nervous in the morning and for the longest time it was just me and her, it was very chill and she cal...
Married in November 2018
Wonderful Hair & Makeup Artist!
Mel did an absolutely brilliant job doing the hair and makeup for myself, my maid of honour and my 3 year old flower girl for my wedding. She really listened to what I wa...
Married in July 2015
Cant recommed this lovely lady enough, not only is she lovely she will make you feel and look a million dollars. I had an art deco inspired wedding and my make-up fitted ...
Married in March 2018
Miracle worker and all with a lot of laughter
This woman worked miracles and did it all with calm and laughter. Such a wonderful person to have around on the morning of your wedding and for trials and planning. She i...
Lianne & Matthew
Married in October 2016
My wedding hair and Make up
Mel was amazing, my hair and makeup was perfect, she listened to what I wanted and I loved how I looked. Mel also helped me with my dress as no one else knew how to lace ...
Sammy & Jack Mundy
Married in November 2018
Our magical wedding day
Mel is truly heaven sent, not only did I have beautiful hair and make up from her but she goes above any beyond for you on your wedding day, I cannot recommend anyone any...
Hotel Mirimar Bournemouth
17th February 2019
Come along to the Hotel Mirimar in Bournemouth to meet me and some other great suppliers and plan your wedding
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (1)
Accreditations / Associations (1)
Macpro Artist Accredited
Industry Awards (2)
Dorset Wedding Suplliers Awards - Wedding Hairstylist of the Year 2018
Dorset Wedding Suppliers Awards - Wedding Make Up Artist of the Year 2017
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What is your most memorable wedding?
I don't really have any favourite weddings, I love my job so much that each wedding is personal to each bride and I love being a part of their special day.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Bespoke, personal, individual, professional and relaxed
What about your business are you most proud of?
Winning Dorset Wedding Suppliers Awards for hair and make up 2 years in a row!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Book your hair and make up artist early! So many brides leave it until the last minute but I have bookings up to 2 years in advance, when you have found someone you want to use book them immediately
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A groom hade made his bride to be a book of all their memories together since they had first met and looking forward to their married life, I just thought it was the sweetest thing i'd ever seen
Describe your typical process with a couple.
After an initial enquiry, some people just want to book me and pay a deposit and others want to meet me, its completely up to the individual. After the deposit is paid, I ask the bride to send me over images of hairstyles or make up they are thinking of and I start to create them a mood board of ideas for their trial. Not everyone knows what they would like and that's fine as I can help them on their trial. Trials are done about 2 months before the wedding, so the hair length is about the same as it would be on the wedding date.
What do you love most about your job?
That each bride is individual and wants something different for their big day, my job is always different and keeps me on my toes
What is your No. 1 beauty tip for a bride?
Drink lots of water! 2 litres a day if you can ...this really helps to rehydrate your skin and will keep you fit and healthy too
How do you keep the bride feeling calm on her wedding day?
I don't get stressed, so as long as I stay relaxed I find the bride does too
What advice would you give to brides to stay looking great throughout their wedding day?
Take a lipstick that we use at your trial to top up on the day, other than that your hair and make up will last all day and night
Bridebook Special OfferI only offer a small discount as I keep my prices low all year round