In today’s Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Skylar Caitlin of Chancey Charm Houston is chatting with on-location wedding hair and makeup artist, Analisa Hastings. When Analisa was just seven, her sisters taught her how to braid. She didn’t know it then, but it was just the beginning of her love for hair, makeup and the beauty industry. Six years later, she vowed to start her own beauty business when she grew up. She’s now living her dream helping others feel and look their most beautiful on the most important day of their lives. She’s sharing more on how she got her start in the industry, wedding planning tips + more. Cheers, friends!
– The Chancey Charm Team
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Vendor Highlight | Analisa Hastings
What’s your area of expertise?
Wedding Hair & Makeup
First job you ever landed
My very first job was working for a taxi company in NYC. I worked in the reservations department.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
I’ve always loved doing hair and makeup and didn’t realize how I could make the dream of doing styling and makeup a reality. I started contracting for a hair and makeup company in Houston in 2011 and just fell in love with the wedding industry. I just love the positivity that surrounds brides. It’s refreshing in a world where people tend to forget about all the many things we’ve been blessed with.
Photo: Ellen Ashton Photography
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
Discounts typically produce discount brides. Not always, but most of the time when I’m trying to fill my book, if I offer a discount to a bride, she will typically be one of the hardest and most time consuming brides I’ve had. It usually costs more than not filling that date in the first place.
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Sitting on the couch with my baby napping on my chest and drinking a cup of coffee!
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
It takes time! It takes time to grow a successful business and a good reputation. It does not happen overnight and you need to work hard to get to where you want to be.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
If you find a vendor you like, book them, don’t wait. Brides that wait to book vendors they like often end up not being able to book their first or even second choice because those are the more sought after vendors and they book up months if not years in advance.
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Some words you live by
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Best tip for balancing work + home life
Set aside time for work and make a list of things to accomplish during that time and then set work aside when that time has passed. I’m always working to figure this out better and balance home and work so that I can be 100% on each end and not just 50/50.
Best moment of your career
The best moments are when I have brides who’s faces just light up when I give them that mirror to look and see. What I saw when they walked in the room with no hair and makeup, they are able to see that beauty and it is the best feeling in the world to have given that joy to them!
Pizza and popcorn – I would eat these two things every day if I could!
Your favorite Instagram account
@beyondtheponytail – I love all the amazing artists they feature. It’s inspirational to me!
Photo: Ellen Ashton Photography
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Sunrise and sunset – I think it’s one of God’s most beautiful paintings that He recreates each day!
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why
Par-tay – I say go big or go home! But really, I just love the idea of having absolutely everyone you know surrounding you in love on one of the most important days of your life!
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Book a venue and photographer!