Weddings are often the happiest, most anticipated day of one’s life. It’s a day of celebration, new beginnings and an event that deserves a lot of planning – beauty is included in the planning. While an overjoyed bride may not require much primping, professional hair and makeup is essential to put a bride at ease and create a look to remember. Experts have a way of working with brides to bring out inner beauty and make their dreams come to life. These DC stylists excel in wedding day hair and makeup.

Alina G. Karaman
(202) 257-2447

A local makeup artist and hair stylist, Alina Karaman is a talented beauty professional with tons of experience, including work with weddings and numerous publications. Pricing is available upon request and parties of three of more receive $15 off each makeup. Brides are expected to pay a 50-percent deposit prior to the wedding. Karaman has received nothing but rave reviews from previous brides, including five stars on popular wedding website Wedding Wire. Her exquisite portfolio is available online for viewing. Contact Karaman today and she guarantees to respond within 24 hours.

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Andre Chreky
1604 K St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-9393
www.andrechreky.comAndre and Serena Chreky opened their downtown salon in 2007. The Chrekys renovated a five-story historic townhouse just blocks from the White House. Andre Chreky has an in-house bridal team and services between 100 to 150 brides and bridal parties per year. Serena Chreky says the bridal team customizes each look, factoring individuals’ features. “We encourage brides to bring in photos from magazines to give their stylist and makeup artist an idea of the style they want to create. This is the launching point for the consultation and the stylist and makeup artist then give recommendations on what will and won’t work depending on face shape, hair type/texture, venue, etc. The goal is to create a cohesive style that is unique to the bride and compliments her in every way possible.” Wedding day hair styling at the salon is priced at $175 and makeup is $125 – off-site charges are higher.

Bogart Salon Advantage
1063 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6550

Bogart Salon has groomed the residents of DC for over three decades. There are five stylists at Bogart Salon who specialize in updos. The salon services 20 to 30 brides per year. Christoff Yates of Bogart recommends brides schedule a hair consultation after choosing their gown. “I would suggest making the appointment once the bride has decided on a dress. That way, the complete look can be discussed – usually about three to four months from the date. Depending on your stylists’ demand or time of year, you may have to adjust the time frame,” said Yates. The average bridal updo costs $85 for the trial and $95 for the day of. Bridal parties are priced on a necessary basis. Bogart stylists will travel to do onsite work for an additional charge.

Georgetown Bride
116 T St.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 445-1464

Georgetown Bride specializes in wedding day hair and makeup for both brides and bridal parties. Melissa Jones, founder of Georgetown Bride, says the team works closely with each client. “Some brides are very specific in what they are looking for while other brides are completely overwhelmed and intimidated by the process. Either way, our experts are ready to help in fine tuning it and finding what works best with their hair type, length, face shape, skin undertones, dress, veil, etc.” A trial, recommended within 90 days of the wedding due to factors that may change, is included to ensure the bride’s look is perfected. The Georgetown Bride staff happily travels to each venue, making everyone’s life easier. “We oftentimes hear that the pampering process in the comfort of one’s own home or bridal suite is not only calming but a great bonding time for the bridal party,” said Jones. The average price point for wedding hair and makeup is $1,500 for a medium-sized group. Visit the Georgetown Bride website to view galleries of beautiful up-dos and tasteful makeup.

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Paula R. Soler
(240) 687-7006
www.dcweddinghair.comWith over a decade of experience, hairstylist Soler decided to turn her passion into another career. She works at Salon 4 in Rockville, Maryland during the week and does weddings independently on the weekends. “I enjoy spending wedding days with all my brides. It’s such a happy event to share and see her look and feel so beautiful on her wedding day. I love knowing I took part in making that happen,” said Soler. Her services are so well known that she is usually completely booked during wedding season and suggests brides contact her six months in advance. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, most of Soler’s clients come from referrals – she has styled over 400 events. The average price point for bridal hair is $100 to $150 for the bride and $80 for each additional person. Soler says there are many aspects she considers when determining the appropriate look for a bride. “If the dress is simple I advise on a more detailed hairstyle. The more aberrant the dress, we may want to go more simple with the hairstyle. I always take the face shape into consideration,” said Soler.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at