Bournemouth Bridal Hair and Makeup

Hi, my name is Mel Tilsed and I am an award winning mobile bridal and special occasion hairstylist and make up artist.
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Make-Up Artists
Pre-Wedding Trial
Mobile Services
Tattoo Cover-Up Make-Up
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Group Bookings
On the Day Services
Hair Dressing
Full Description
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. Winning makeup artist and bridal hairstylist of the year in Dorset 2017 and 2018 I have gone on to be a judge for the Business wedding Awards in 2020 and again this year, I'm also a finalist in the Salon Awards for Bridal Stylist of the year. I never sit still and enjoy learning how to create new hairstyles and new makeup looks and using new products and techniques, its what keeps my business exciting and modern too, yet either classic or glam, every look is tailored to you and your requirements. You will find my prices are very reasonable as I just want everyone to be able to afford to look beautiful on their special day. If you would like to chat more please don't hesitate to get in touch xx


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Happy couple married in October
November 2019
The best hair and make up
Mel was friendly and so helpful. Ensuring that we all felt at ease ag our trials and on the morning of the wedding. We had a great morning laughing lots and we all looked and felt so beautiful.
Happy couple married in November
January 2019
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 was after and managed to create a look that made me feel beautiful without taking me out of my comfort zone. The sticking power of both my hair and makeup was also amazing despite the wind and rain on the day. Would highly recommend and I will definitely be booking Mel again in future for special occasions!
Sammy & Jack Mundy
Happy couple married in November
January 2019
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 higher than I can Mel
Cathie Wilkinson
Happy couple married in October
January 2019
Perfect day
Mel did an awesome job, from the trial to the actual day. Friendly and professional throughout. Mel listened to what I wanted and she did not disappoint. I wouldn't class myself as a natural beauty but on my wedding day I felt like a model and felt beautiful inside and out. Mel also gave assistance to my matron of honour with my dress. Would and have recommended Mel to any bride.
The Smiths
Happy couple married in March
January 2019
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 is so professional and makes you feel at ease immediately. You will be in safe and expert hands. Be rest assured this lady will go the extra mile! I think the picture speaks for itself as to the final product but bare in mind my hair is very thin and was fairly short.
Bex Robertson
Happy couple married in July
January 2019
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 calmed my nerves completely. No idea is too big or too small for mel. She is very talented and knowledgeable.She is absolutely great and will only reccomend her to brides!
Location & Contact Details


Poole, Dorset, England

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

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

Accreditations (3)

Nars Pro Artist
Macpro Artist Accredited
Charlotte Tilbury Pro Artist

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 Benefits

Bridebook Discount5%
Bridebook Special OfferI only offer a small discount as I keep my prices low all year round