Post # 1
Just got a quote to get my hair and makeup done by my regular hairstylist (of a year) and her close friend that works with her and shares the same salon room. I see and speak with both of them every time I go to get my hair done. We have talked about my wedding before, ideas and yada yada. Now, the salon is about 30 miles from my venue location (I live about 3 miles from my venue).
Well, I booked another hair appointment, and a hair/makeup trial. I told them that I will be paying for my hair and makeup as well as the same for my mother.
I received the following text reply:
We can arrive at 7:30 to your venue. Our wedding prices are as follows:
Brides makeup – $85
Mothers makeup – $65
(both include lashes and airbrush makeup)
Brides updo – $65
Mothers updo – $55
– onsite fee individually of $50 to travel to you
So I am playing an extra $100 in travel fees, when (if I did my calculations correctly) it should only cost them $20 (for both of them, both ways) in fuel for travel.
WTF? Do I tip on top of this? I feel like these fees are A LOT.
Post # 3
I would tip 20% on the services provided. So $54..
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I don’t think those rates are bad. Yes you should tip her.
Post # 5
The $50 is a convince charge. It seems high, but thier prices are actually over all not unreasable. The IRS millage rate is $0.565 per mile. Do that as 60 miles round trip and the price is $33.90. While that sounds like a lot less than what the millage is, you are also paying them for the appointments that both of them can not have at thier typical place of business. Most people who are given millage are given it on top of their normal sallary.
That said, it looks like they own thier own business (?) You do not need to tip someone who owns thier own buisness. If they don’t own their own business, I would still tip them.
Post # 6
I think you should respond and ask her for a break down in the 50.00 fee because you are calculating much more in the cost of gas plus a say, 10% convenience/travel fee for putting mileage on their cars etc. They are also asking too much IMO if they are expecting 50 bucks per person if they are carpooling a wopping 30 minutes. Thats just insane.
Then you still need to tip on their regular rates as you usually would.
Post # 7
@distressddamsel: The fees don’t sound exhorbitant to me.
Don’t forget that it’s not just the gas and vehicle wear and tear that you are paying for in travel fees. They are also using their time to travel both ways- time that could have been spent at the salon making money doing other clients.
Post # 8
They don’t seem bad to me. My salon has a $50 traveling fee. My stylist lives 5 minutes from my house (instead of the 35 minutes it would take to get to the salon), and will be coming straight to my house from home and they’re still charging the traveling fee.
Post # 9
Not to mention, how much is it worth to YOU not to have to go to their salon that morning? Saves you the time, hassle, traffic, etc. Might be worth the $100 (probably would be to me)
Post # 10
@distressddamsel: Well your make up is actually a really good price…I paid $150 for bridal makeup and lashes but that included travel. I am pretty sure your price does not include a built in tip so yes it is customary to tip 20% for services! Also you are paying for their travel time don’t forget time is money$$
Post # 11
I think the fee sounds reasonable. You have to consider that gas mileage is not the only consideration here. A 60 minute round trip commute (plus set up time at the venue) means less other customers they can see that day.
Post # 12
That’s way less than I’m paying and I live in the middle of nowhere where everything is cheap!
I would tip her. You are getting a wonderful deal.
Post # 13
It’s not just fuel to travel – it’s time and missed opportunities (other appointments they could have made during that time)
It’s really not so bad, those prices.
You don’t need to tip on the travel fees, since they included them seperatley. If they had just integrated the travel fee with their quotes for each person’s hair then yes, you’d need to tip on it. But they didn’t, so you don’t.
Post # 14
I would definitely still tip the 20%! The travel fees seem pretty high, but the actual cost of the hair/make-up is REALLY reasonable!
Post # 15
I agree with everyone else that those prices are pretty good. Yes, of course you still need to tip.
Post # 16
@distressddamsel: I don’t think they are asking too much. Not only is the $50 to cover travel costs, but by travelling to your wedding venue, they won’t be able to take as many clients that day.