Post # 1
I have received great deals on almost everything for my wedding. I haven’t posted the amount anywhere else yet, but here it is. My entire wedding, including everything, was just under $4200. It is for 50 people on right on the lake – beautiful location! I know we got a steal.
Anyway, one area I can’t see to be frugal about is my hair and make-up. Maybe I’m being selfish, or crazy, but I really want to look amazing on my wedding day. I want to look back at the pictures and be really happy with them and know I looked my best.
Having said that, my hair and make-up is going to cost $425 (including trials) + a $70 travel fee for the make-up artist and hair stylist to come to my house. They are also going to do my mom’s hair and make-up for a slightly better rate ($175).
I’m going to use the trial day for my engagement photos so it doesn’t go to “waste.” My make-up artist is a famous actress/model who is certified and has her own business. I just really feel strongly that you get what you pay for. I’ve seen awful pictures where the bride looks washed out and her make-up/hair didn’t last through the night.
So am I crazy to spend a good chunk of my wedding budget on myself?! Is anyone else spending this much? I’m feeling guilty 🙁
Post # 3
Honestly, if you’ve booked everyhting you need to book, and you aren’t “robbing” money from elsewhere regarding the wedding/reception, then do it! You only get married once.
I’m not planning on getting my hair/make up done, because I’m really picky and I like the way that I do my make up + hair. But I’m probably going to spend about $200 just on make up products for my wedding. The foundation alone is costing me $50 + tax
Thank god I have all the eyeshadows I’ll need, otherwise I’d probably spend closer to $300 haha..
If you have the money to spare, then do it.
Post # 4
I didn’t vote because it doesn’t matter how much we all spent. If you feel confident in her skills and you can afford the $500, then so be it.
Actually, $425 including trials and travel isn’t bad at all. I paid $300 for the day-of (hair and MU) and my trial was $145 (hair and MU). It just sounds better because it’s split up into two totals.
Post # 5
Hell no. My day of hair and makeup is like $70.
However, a) it depends on where you live, and b) if you can afford it without pulling money from elsewhere, I think you should go for it. If it’s what you want, then you might as well–it’s your wedding!
Post # 6
My day of Hair and Makeup (Airbrush) was $85. The trials totaled $50. So all in all $135. It does depend on your area but that is a LOT of money!
Post # 7
I voted no because I wouldn’t, but if it really depends on regional prices and your budget. If you like the work and can afford it go for it.
Personally I’m doing my own makeup becuase I cannot stand how other people do it (even artists that are supposed to be great). So just hair to pay for.
Post # 8
Thanks, ladies. Those are some really helpful insights. I guess if there is one day to splurge on myself, my wedding day is it. I really wanted a high profile make-up artist who has worked on celebrities, and that’s exactly what I found…I guess I just need to suck it up and pay the price for her work.
I’m insecure about how I look, so I think having my make-up done by a true professional will help me deal with all the pictures being taken of me…And I do want really nice pictures to look back on. I told my FI I was scared it wouldn’t fit into our budget, and he suggested we just cut back on a few dinners out to cover the cost. Sounds reasonable 🙂
Post # 10
Where I live, which is the Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitian area, the price for hair starts areound $150 and the same thing for hair. So for the combo you are looking at around a base price of $300. I think it is crazy.
Post # 11
Considering I’m getting 2 dresses, 2 pairs of shoes, jewelry, and pro hair and makeup (from my regular stylist, who also styles for the runway) for just under $500 … it seems like an awful lot to me!
But, I can’t tell you how to spend your money. If you’ve got it, and all it’ll take is a “couple” dinners to make room, then you’re probably not going to regret it.
I am wondering why a “famous” actress would need to supplement her income with makeup and hair application, but that’s neither here nor there.
Post # 12
@jmarvellous: I don’t mean A-list famous. Her name is Brittany Gray, she’s a TV actress and model who does the make-up for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She started her own make-up company for whatever reason. You’re lucky that your regular stylist is giving you a deal. I don’t have that option. It is so challenging to find a reliable make-up artist (who is certified)…At least that’s been my experience so far.
Post # 13
I don’t think that’s crazy at all. Of course you want to look your best! My price will probably be similar when you count the trial in there too. I think it’s worth it.
Post # 14
@BoxerLady: I say if it’s worth it go for it. My wedding is in Miami which everything is always three times more expensive in Miami and my make up/hair is $180.00 that’s a discounted price and the trials are $130.00. The way I see it is you get what you pay for.
Post # 15
@BoxerLady: Sorry if I came off as judgy! I really meant it that being able to afford it and really, really wanting it will mean it’s not a huge deal to you in the long run. If you’re going to regret going with anyone else, definitely do it!
My stylist actually did my makeup (and assisted on my hair) the one and only time I was in a (charity) fashion show, so I know she can handle a heat-ready, photo-ready look; I’m also not bothering with a trial.
Most people with her credentials will charge more (and heck, if I didn’t live 1/2 a mile from the salon and had to ask her to travel, she’d be charging ME a lot more).
Post # 16
go for it. mine cost more than that plus i had to pay airfare, two nights hotel accommodation, and all meals for the make up artist and the hair stylist. my reasoning then was- we were paying so much money for video and photos that i felt i should splurge on mostly what they would be shooting at all day- my face! i understand make up is make up is make up, and there’s really only so much that can be done to one’s face. but i also paid for the confidence that i got knowing that the “best” people were working on me. and i guess that showed in the videos and pictures. so go for it!