Bridal hair and makeup…why is it more expensive?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

amstudent1: it’s kind of up to you. they tend to take more time with bridal looks because brides are more picky. usually there’s a specific vision for brides whereas for a regular up do, it’s enough to be directionally correct vs. perfect. 

Think of it as Banana Republic Vs. old navy. BR is usually for work looks. There’s a higher standard than casual looks which old navy has on lock. 

bridal hair is $100. I’m seriously thinking of doing my own but FI says no Because if I screw it up, I’ll be mad and our photos are meant to be precious. Just something to think of!

Post # 4
1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Brides are generally a lot more picky and stressed out, plus the hair and makeup needs to last and look good all day and night. It also may be somewhat more ornate.

Personally I just got a standard updo from a salon and it worked fine. But if you are deadset on a certain look and are going to nitpick every little thing, then I think it would be worth it to spring for the bridal updo.

Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve had pro makeup and I’ve gone through the bridal stuff now.  I can tell you that bridal is a lot more involved than any other hair or makeup appointment I’ve sat through.   The makeup is designed to not go anywhere where and other pro makeup is just good quality makeup applied nicely.  My bridal makeup spent more time on foundation that I’ve ever had before –  making the condoring perfect ect. My updo was more elaborate and complex – it was insane removing it.   Even my wedding nails took forever and were amazing and by far the best set ever from that salon  – no one wants to be the one that *^$@ed up a bride’s day so they take extra care.

Post # 6
105 posts
Blushing bee

1) As PP mentioned, there are much more expectations about bridal hair and make-up;

2) Bridal look need to hold on for longer hours than usual prom or other occasion hairdo and make-up, and be picture perfect. It takes more time for hairdresser and make-up artist to carry out.

If you do your make-up on a regular basis and have good supply of foundations, shadows etc., you can do it yourself – but keeping in mind that your make-up needs to be bullet-proof for a whole day and checking first how it will look in photos.

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

amstudent1:  As pps said it takes waaaay more work. With the bridesmaids and such they spend less time than on the bride. They also cannot afford to do a bad job because it is a huge advertisement for their buisness – brides are photographed a lot and are in front of way more people. Everything also needs to last for many hours (I am getting my hair done at 9 a.m., probably will take an hour and a half then I get married at 3 and by the time all the traditions are done and we can party it is just after 9 p.m., so it really has to last around 12 hours – that is a looong time) and photograph well.  Also, brides are stressed out about looking their best. A salon can stand to lose or gain a lot of business by doing a really great or mediocer job.

Post # 8
705 posts
Busy bee

I do wedding updos and pretty much what people said above is right on. It costs more because usually we end up traveling so that costs more more.  my brides always cost more then the bridesmaids because I usually take an hour and a half on bride to make sure every hair is perfect. With the bridal party you want them to look amazing also but, it’s the brides day. When I do the trials I change a “normal” updo price but the day of a wedding has a lot more factors so it ends up costing more. Anything wedding is always more then normal. Lol. 

Post # 9
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


amstudent1:  prices overall might have changed since your prom, so yes, prices have gone up.  but you don’t need to pay more than today’s standard rate.


makeup and hair people were recommended to me who do makeup and hair for people when they go to events.  i was charged $50 for makeup and $60 for hair. i loved the results and would hire them again if i needed to. i live just outside a major metro area.


Post # 10
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

amstudent1:  Because, to put it plainly, brides are a pain in the ass! 😉

I’m a hair stylist also, and while I no longer do event styling, there is no question that I’d charge more for a bride than I would for prom. Everything has to be absolutely perfect for the bride, and they often take more appointment time because the bride asks to change this, tweak that, curl this, pin that.

Also, I’m not sure how long ago it was that you went to prom, but an updo at my salon for any event starts at $65. If you are the bride, then yes, it is often more.

Post # 11
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

They typically spend longer on the bride to really perfect it, get it exactly how you want, and set it.  I had my hair half up and my bridesmaids all had updos.  They started after me and were all done before me.  

Post # 12
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

amstudent1:  Oh yeah! Agree with all the PPs. Bridal hair and makeup has more emphasis. The brides typically do have a vision for their day on how they would like to look. If you’re game for anything, then I would not mention bridal.

For hair I will not mention bridal. As long as it looks better than what I can do, I’m happy. As for makeup… Oh I’ll need a special effects pro to help, haha. I have a lot to cover up and keep covered for the entire day, I want to make sure makeup looks perfect for the photos.

Post # 14
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

amstudent1:  I wondered this too haha. My FI and I recently had a convo about it. I figured it was because the process was more in depth to last the whole day. Good to know that’s actually the reason.

Post # 15
82 posts
Worker bee

amstudent1:  Ugh I feel you girl.  I just got a quote from a friend of a friend who does amazing work and it blew me out of the water $450.00 for bridal hair and makeup (including Trial) and $175.00 for my bridesmaids.  Nearly died.  Now I’m trying to figure out if its worth the splurge to get quality work.

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