Weddings

Exquisite Bridal Hair and Makeup needs an expert.

If there is one day in your life when you want things to be perfect - it’s on your special wedding day so don’t leave your hair and makeup to chance.

Mariessa Waddington has been creating amazingly beautiful wedding hair and makeup for over 25 years. Discerning brides and bridal parties quickly recognise the value of Mariessa’s national and international hairdressing and makeup experience.

With Mariessa you can be confident that you will receive the look you want, looking beautiful through the ceremony, wedding photo shoots, the reception and long into the night. On your wedding day there is so much to do so we know you will appreciate how Mariessa works creatively, efficiently and effectively.

Weddings are our specialty, with Mariessa and her team continuing to do the makeup and hair styling for all the models in the NZ Bridal Show in Christchurch since 2005.

Mariessa and her team undertake the full range of bridal party makeup including the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers of the bride and groom and other guests they have even waxed and spray tanned a few grooms too! We guarantee to have you ready on time and looking perfect for the photographer.

When you book with Mariessa, you will receive an exclusive service. If at the time of booking, Mariessa has been booked already, she will inform you of this and offer you a fully qualified and experienced member of her team to attend. Mariessa will organise all aspects, including the trial and overseeing preparations. All members of Mariessa’s team are experts in their field and fully trained by Mariessa so you can have every confidence in the service they provide.

Then on the big day, Mariessa and her team can travel to you to do your makeup so you can relax at your preparation venue and enjoy the whole experience. If desired, we can do your hair as well or we are happy to work in with your own hairdresser.

Bridal Hair

There is a lot to consider when choosing your wedding hair style - the current condition and length of your hair, the dress and type of look you are aiming for.

Mariessa can work with you and your bridesmaids to create wedding hairstyles that truly evoke the feeling of the day and the style you wish to portray.

See our Wedding Hair Gallery here.

Bridal Makeup


While wedding makeup needs to be more pronounced and long lasting than your everyday makeup, we also want to ensure that your makeup reflects your look - soft and natural, dramatic and bold - and yet still looks like the real you.

Mariessa also regularly participates in photographic shoots and editorial work so she is able to provide makeup artistry that will look amazing in your photographs and last the duration of your wedding and reception,

with only a few lipstick touch-ups required. Mariessa only uses leading professional makeup products but is happy to work with any products you especially like or work for you.

See our Wedding Makeup Gallery here.

Wedding Trial

A wedding hair and makeup trial is recommended at least 4 weeks before your wedding to ensure that Mariessa is able to achieve the look you desire and allows time to try out a few different looks and options.  Trials take place at the salon in Cashmere, Christchurch.

Please browse the Wedding Hair and Wedding Makeup galleries to see what Mariessa has been able to create for other brides and read the Wedding FAQs more some tips for your big day.

For more information on wedding hair and makeup or to make a booking, please contact Mariessa.