Post # 1
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but my wedding to Jim is not my first marriage. So I have been trying to make this wedding as different from the other two as possible. (Yes, I’ve been married twice…Jim has never been married.)
Anyway, when I got married before, I did my own makeup and hair. I did a lot of DIY, including my own flowers, and I got married in my home state with friends and family around. This time, I’m eloping, just me and Jim, going out of state, and only did a couple of DIY projects, and I’m having fresh flowers.
So I thought I would have my hair and makeup done on the day of the wedding. It’s a destination wedding, so I can’t do a trial. But as it turns out, I can have my hair and makeup done either. I’ll be doing my own, because I cannot afford to spend $250 just for my hair to be done, and I’m crushed.
Is $250 for an updo a lot of money, or is that standard? If it’s not standard, then I’ll check with a few more salons in the Savannah area.
Post # 3
For just the updo, I would say that’s pretty expensive. If you’re planning on getting your hair and make up done, maybe you can trying booking an appointment for an updo and make application without mentioning that it’s a wedding.There’s usually a difference in pricing between bridal versus non-bridal services, so you could try shopping around for “regular up-do” rather than “bridal up-do.” Also, if you’ve been looking under “bridal up-dos,” the $250 price may include the trial so that might be something to ask them…
Post # 4
you could try putting an add in the local craigslist for people willing to come to you to do your hair. Ask to see pictures of their work. I bet you can get a good price with someone who has experience.
Post # 5
Yes – that seems way too much. I wouldn’t pay more than $100 for an updo. Are you telling them it’s a bridal updo? Perhaps if you just ask for an updo, you’ll be quoted a lower price. Bridal prices are always WAY more.
Post # 6
are you going to a salon or is the stylist coming to you. If the stylist is coming to your hotel, $250 sounds reasonable. the $250 probably includes some type of travel fee. if you had a bunch of BMs or parents getting their hair done, the travel fee would probably be spread over several people.
Post # 7
Ask for discounts when you check them out. For just hair, $250.00 does seem a little high, even with a presession. I just booked my hair and makeup and it includes an unlimited presession for both hair and makeup, travel to me, and the day of. With discounts, I am paying $283.50, so if I were you, I would shop around.
Post # 8
@dimabri: The price quoted did NOT include a trial, because they had the trial priced out separately, and they didn’t even mention makeup in the price. It was $25 cheaper for shorter hair, but my hair is below my sholders and I’m not cutting it for a $25 discount. I’m going to shop around and not mention it’s bridal. That’s a good idea.
@lefeymw: I don’t know how many people from Savannah would be willing to respond to a Craigslist ad for a bride from Michigan. They’re so picky about the whole “local” thing on Craigslist. Plus, I’d be worried about hiring someone not affiliated with a salon. I’d be SOL if they didn’t show up. But I am going to check around a bit more.
@oracle: I thought it was awfully high for an updo also. It only take me about 10 minutes to do it myself. I’m in the wrong business if they’re making $250 for maybe 20 minutes of work!
@FutureMrsMorgan: I believe that was them coming to the B&B, which is less than 5 miles from their salon. I told them that we’re eloping and it would only be my hair and makeup, because we don’t have any attendants.
@noritake22: I already told them that I couldn’t afford them, and they must have just accepted that, because they didn’t write back and offer any discounts. The ceremony, including a bouquet, bouttonneire, cake, officient, champagne toast, two nights stay, and turn down service on our wedding night with rose petals and chocolate covered strawberries is $1,099. The photographer is $500. I just cannot justify $250 for my hair…my gown was only $500!!!
Thank you everyone! I’m going to check with some other salons and see what kind of quotes I get. I only wrote to one place, so it will be worth it to check out a few others. If you have any suggestions for places to check in Savannah GA, please share them!!!
Post # 9
Okay… Since I was really disappointed about not being able to hire that salon to do my hair and makeup, I tried my makeup and hair again… Here’s what I did on my own. What do you think?
Post # 10
One thing I looked into for both the hair and makeup was schools. Hair/beauty schools will often have students who do updos and makeup for much, much cheaper and still have instructor guidance.
I do like what you’ve done in your DIY trial though.
Post # 11
That seems really steep. I think I spent $100 for hair and make up on the day and $45 for my trial.
Post # 12
Try to negotiate with the vendors. My wedding is only happening because I negotiate a lot of prices!!! I just got my makeup discounted 50%, all you have to do is ask. Tell the vendors their prices are to high. You have a December wedding. That is supposed to be off peak, though I seem to disagree. A lot of makeup/hair people were booked for my date. But if they are open they might be willing to do it cheaper since some work that day is better than no work.
Post # 13
Wow that’s expensive! My updo was $60 I think.
Post # 14
@soonerpsych: Thank you. Did you have any luck with going to schools? I’ve never used them before.
@SapphireSun: That was kind of what I was expecting the quote to be. I couldn’t believe it when I first read the quote. I had to read it twice to make sure I read it correctly.
@megan215: I’m going to do that. I really was surprised by the quote. I totally did not expect it, so it took me off guard. I know I thought things would be less expensive in December, but I’m finding that there isn’t a huge discount on a lot of things. Our wedding date is a Wednesday, so we have been able to get some thing discounted simply because it’s in the middle of the week instead of a Saturday.
@Treasure43: Yeah… I was just about knocked over by the cost. $60 I could definitely handle.
Post # 15
You’re getting married in Savannah? I bet it’s beautiful there in December! It’s totally frustrating to be priced out of services for a wedding. The good news is the salon that quoted you that price is probably upscale and fancy. I’m not an expert on these things but I’m positive you can find a professional that will do it cheaper in Savannah. doing a quick google search found me this lady: http://www.savannahweddinghair.com/. and here’s a directory of other salons in the area that you can call: http://www.somethingbluesavannah.com/directories/health-and-beauty.php
I hope this helps!
Post # 16
I suggest going in to a place and telling them what you have to spend. A lot of places would rather get your business at a lower price than lose your business all together. For example, the lady I regularly go to for facials normally charges $500 for bridal makeup (plus MOH and MOB.) I told her what I was able to spend and she cut her price in half for me.
Do you go to anyone regularly to do your hair? Those are the people that don’t want to risk losing your business all together and will likely cut you a break for your wedding.