Post # 1
I am just wondering what is the tipping etiquette for Bridal Makeup services? I am covering the cost for myself, 6 Bridesmaids & 2 Mothers for everyone’s makeup for the day of the wedding. (I kind of regret it now, it is a very expensive cost- especially since I won’t go for a mediocre artist). Either way, I am using a Freelancer who has worked for MAC and now runs her own freelance business. She will be coming to a location nearby (Hotel) and doing everyone’s makeup. It is going to cost me approx. $750-800 total – maybe even a little more if her price does not include HST. I am going for a makeup trial in a few weeks for $70.
Am I supposed to tip at both the trial and the wedding day? If I am expected to tip on the bridal party makeup as well, I am going to be spending $1,000 or a little more for all of the makeup including trial + tips. YIKES!
What is the rule for makeup tipping?
Post # 2
I am in the same boat as you. I have 4 bridesmaids, 2 Moms, one maid of honor, and one bride (of course) that I’m paying for. Makeup services will cost me $625.00. I didn’t tip the MUA after the makeup trial, but will tip her 20% the day of.
Hope this helps and good luck!!!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
MrsMounty: She owns her own business, so no, you don’t need to tip her.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Actually, tipping is very customary for makeup and hair. It has nothing to do with them owning their own business. You should build 15-20% into your budget. But no, you don’t need to tip on trials.
Post # 5
Thanks this helps!!
Actually a 15-20% tip it’s only an extra $100-115 bucks for Her. I just compaired her rates with a few other quotes I received so she seems very very reasonable- she dropped the price for a party of 9 people. She is including her trial in the price of Bride’s makeup so that’s great, so in that case I definitely don’t mind tipping her 15-20%.
Post # 6
MrsMounty: The Knot has a helpful tipping cheat sheet – http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/wedding-vendor-tipping-cheat-sheet.aspx however I wouldn’t consider it as “the rules” to follow. I wouldn’t bother with a tip for the make-up trial either.
Offbeatbride.com wrote, “Tipping is a gratuity which means that you are showing you are grateful for something, so think “above and beyond,” especially when it comes to the<br />vendors who are not in the food and beverage service category. It doesn’t matter if the vendor is the owner, self-employed, or a staff member. If your DJ, photographer, videographer or any other vendor has not only met but exceeded your expectations and made your life and/or wedding easier and/or better and/or happier, then by all means tip if you feel so inclined.”
My MUA is someone that I know from childhood and does bridal make up on the weekends on top of her full-time job. I will most likely be tipping her 15-20%.
Post # 7
What if the MUA charges HST on top of their rates?? To me that is not necessary for someone who freelances?
I have seen some MUA with flat rates and some say “HST extra”
Post # 8
Reason I’m asking is I know of/have heard of freelance MUA who don’t claim on their taxes their proper income.. Very easy to hose your customers and pay less taxes because you only deal with cash for the most part, don’t give proper invoices etc. but still charge HST ? Doesn’t seem fair