Getting ready in salon vs. hotel…what's your experience?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

curious as well…

Post # 4
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


I got my hair and make up done at the salon.

For three girls (me, MOH and bridesmaid) it took 2.5 hours for professional hair and make up for all of us.  We had two girls at the salon working with us……

I was not stressed out at all….. The salon actually opened a little early for us and we were the only people in the salon for awhile.  I gave myself a 45 minute window between when I thought the hair/makeup would be done and when I needed to be back at the hotel to meet the photographer…….

We actually finished early at the salon so we had more time to relax before getting dressed and ready for photos……



Post # 5
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@jgtexas22:  Yeah, I’m not sure about this one.  I only have 2 girls so I thin if we went to a salon and got worked on all at once, it would give us more down time before my 1:00 ceremony.  I’m interested to see other people’s replies, though. 

Post # 6
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I haven’t decided what I’m doing, but with my sister’s wedding we had our hair and makeup done at a nearby salon (maybe 10-15 minute drive) and then got dressed at the venue.  There was only 1 hairstylist and 1 makeup artist for 5 people and we did go a little later than expected.  I’d say if you go that route just make sure it’s easy enough to get from place to place and give yourself a cushion of time.

Post # 7
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jgtexas22:  Well I can’t tell you my experience bc I’m not married yet, BUT I will tell you we are having hair and makeup come to us. We are gonna stay in a hotel around the corner from the venue and all my BM’s, MOB, MOH, and FG will be there. The majority of us are having both services done. 

From the the beginning I knew I wanted the beauty team to come to us. That way we can drink champagne, listen to whatever music we want, and not have anyone around that doesn’t have something to do with the wedding. I also didn’t want to deal with people getting lost to/from the venue or salon, or driving after drinking some champagne, or traffic. To me it seems like a much more relaxed experience to have everything come to me. 

Post # 8
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@jgtexas22:  Hair and makeup came to us, in our hotel on the wedding day.

Full hair/makeup for me and my good friend and 2 makeup only for my mother and aunt.  NO WAY would I have done it any other way.  We had the quiet privacy of our bridal suite and the full attention of our hair/makeup artist.  It was so relaxing and lovely.  I wouldn’t change that experience for anything.  It made a huge difference to my stress levels on the day.  To just wake up at the hotel and have them come to us was so great.

Post # 9
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’m going to the salon with all my girls. It’s the salon I regularly go to and I’ve seen many bridal parties there and they have a great time. It’s about 10 min from our hotel/reception venue, 15 min from my Apartment. I’m not worried.

Post # 10
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@jgtexas22:  I had my hair & makeup, 2 BM’s hair, my SIL & flower girl hair done at the salon. Not only was it cheaper, our hotel didn’t have suites so there was no “good” place for getting ready photos if we had done it there.

We had 3 girls working on us, one who did my hair & makeup, one who did my BM’s and one who did my SIL & FG.

Our salon was 15 minutes from the hotel, took us about 1.5 hours to get everything done. We got everything done at 11 because we did photos beforehand and were meeting at 1:30 for the girls to get me in my dress (our ceremony was also 4:30).

I also wasn’t stressed at all, we ordered lunch while at the salon from a place across the street which was nice too.

If you schedule yourself and your girls though, make sure there is more than one stylist working on you all or else the time may go later than you expect. (whether it’s at the salon, or at your hotel).

Post # 11
7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@jgtexas22:  I did hair at the salon and MUA and getting dressed at the ceremony site.  I padded everything by 30 minutes (hair by 30 minutes, MUA by 30 minutes, getting dressed) – and I wasn’t stressed about time (and needed the extra time).


I think as long as you budget for extra time, you’ll be ok.  Meaning – if hair is going to take an hour, plan on 1.5 hours.  If you need to go to another salon for your make up, add a half hour to the time it will take plus transport time.


ETA:  the other thing you’d need to think about it what you plan to do while the BM and Mom’s are getting made up (depending on how many stylists you are working with) – I’ve been a bridesmaid where we all got our hair done at a salon and had different people working on us (so we were pretty much done at the same time, with the exception of the bride needing more tiem) – and I’ve also been a BM where there was one hair stylist working and everyone took turns.  If it’s just one stylist, I’d perfer to do it at the hotel where I can veg and relax (while the others are getting ready).







Post # 12
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jgtexas22:  As a makeup artist, it is very popular to have us go to wherever the bride is getting ready.  This is convienent for the bride and her bridal party because there is no additional travel time needed, it allows everyone to relax and be comfortable and get ready at the same place.  When my friend got married, we went to a salon and ended up getting done late because one of the stylists was behind on her previous appointment…it was my friend, her mom, and me…and we ended up 45 min late because of the stylist.  I’m having my makeup artist/hair sylist come to my hotel as well. 

Post # 13
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jgtexas22:  I will tell you that we had them come to us at the ceremony site and it was so stress free. We were all where we needed to be in the morning, so I did not have to worry about anything. And because we did not have to travel, I was able to have an extra couple hours to just relax with my lovely ladies. It cost an extra $150 but it was so well worth it.

Post # 14
3646 posts
Sugar bee

I was in a wedding recently, and there was a $800 travel fee, for the hair and make-up crew. They had to drive a half hour and into a major city. It was convenient, but worth the price ????

Post # 15
4959 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jgtexas22:  I am curious about other’s responses as well. At first, I really wanted the make up and hair people to come to us at the hotel/my dads house. However, my hair stylist brought up a few good points. In a salon, they have everything there. They don’t need to pack it up/ potentially forget something and they have easy access to whatever they need. Also, in a hotel, they need to find certain spots in the room w/access to plugs and that can be difficult at times. The salon is just more convenient for them it seems. Especially because I have 7 bridesmaids, me, step mom, FMIL and FAIL (future aunt in law, lol) getting their stuff done!

My MUA is actually a good friend of my hair stylist (I’ve been going to her for years) so she is traveling to the salon that my stylist owns. It is about 10 mintues from the hotel and 10 minutes from the venue. If possible, I am going to see if we can get dressed at the bridal suite at the venue as we are doing pictures beforehand. For us, they have it all starting at 8:00 to be ready by 2:00 (Only 1 MUA, 3 hair stylists). 

Post # 16
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been in weddings where we’ve done both and I always prefer when they come to us. You can have breakfast, drink mimosa’s, be comfortable while you wait for your turn, and you cut out the fiasco that is getting everyone to the salon and back. And when we do go to the salon, we take our stuff with us, then go to the venue and dress there, not back to the hotel.

Either way can work if planned right really, that’s just my preference.

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