Post # 1
We are having a destination wedding and when we were there in February to make final arrangements and meet with vendors I had a hair trial that went horribly and was basically a joke! So when we were getting our engagement pictures taken my photog mantioned a lady that he works with for hair and makeup and asked if I wanted her to contact me. I said yes and we have been exchanging emails for a few weeks.
She is very nice and professional and does really great work. I asked for her prices and was shocked as they were way more than I expected and have planned to pay. Here they are:
Bride hair and makeup: $300
Bridesmaid hair only: $150 or $175/hour with a 5 hour minimum (I have 6 BMs)
I wrote her back and said thank you very much for your time but that is way beyond what we have budgeted to spend. She wrote back and asked if half the quoted amount would work. That would make it:
Bride hair and makeup: $150
Bridesmaid hair only: $75
Now, I am willing to pay $150 for a quality hair and makeup job, but I just cannot see paying $100 for her to travel when it isn’t that far away. Also, I’m not sure I could ask my girls to pony up $75 for an up-do (I wish I could pay it for them, but not in the budget). If we were in Chicago, I could totally see this being a reasonable price, but we are getting married in a small beach town in N. Carolina.
I have talked to a few other people in the area that could do a trial with me when we get there a few days before the wedding, but what if I don’t like them either? And having your hair done right on your wedding is a pretty big deal to me!
Are these prices reasonable? Should I have her come and do my hair and find someone else to do the other girl’s hair (or would that be incredibly rude)? Or should I ask her for another quote for the BMs? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I have to say that it would *definitely* be a red flag for me if she was so quick to cut down her prices by that much — that means she knows she was overcharging. (Hello, wedding markup!)
Post # 4
Ohhhh, good point! I didn’t even think of that!
Post # 5
Do your BMs even want to have their hair done? I have super curly hair and I NEVER have it done because every stylist who has ever touched it turned me into a frizz ball.
If your maids just want to do their own hair (mine did), then you don’t have to worry about them.
Post # 6
Thanks Rosy, but yes, they all have told me they would like their hair done. I guess the reason I am concerned about their price so much is all but 1 will be spending money to travel and stay in a hotel besides the other BM "duties" of buying a dress and coming to showers etc. I have a BM that is still in college and another who always complains about money. I just want to make it reasonable for them.
Post # 7
I don’t think having a different person do your hair vs. your BMs is a big deal. I would expect that the bride would want a more expensive person, and think it considerate if she helped me find a less expensive option. And how far is the travel…$100 isn’t crazy if it’s like an hour or two (that’s time she might otherwise be doing other people’s hair).
That said, it’s weird that she *halved* so quickly. But if you’re okay with what will essentially be $250 for you alone, go for it. Otherwise tell her what you can afford, and see what she says. I agree that it’s nice not to have to risk a last minute hair trial with someone you don’t know. Of course, can you get the local people to send you photos in advance?
Post # 8
I don’t remember what the exact cost was, but my hairstylist charged me by the mile for travel. That seems like a fair way to do it.
Post # 9
I am paying for half of my BMs hair and make up. The MU artist and stylist are traveling to us…prices below. I live in LA, land of the overpriced, and I consider her prices on the high side. I think you should get a couple quotes in Chicago and subtract 10-20% off the top for NC. Are there very few professional stylists in NC? If so, she may know she has no real competition and doesnt need to price competively. I bet that she is not booked solid for weeks on end, or else she wouldnt have negotiated down her rate so quickly. I bet the recession is affecting her like everyone else. I have used the recession to negoatiate pricing with most of my vendors…
- Hair (not an updo) – $45-$50 each
- Bride – $100 (including trial)
- BMs – $60 each (no lashes)
- motheres – $50 (no lashes)
Both my MU artist and stylist recently moved to GA. Since I signed the contract with them living in MI, there is no charge for travel. But I just wouldnt pay for travel in general…you can go to the MAC counter at Nordstroms and get your make up done for $35 (the minimum purchase I think). You are paying a premium for this service because she is coming to you. Why would I pay the premium and for her travel. Heck no!! Get multiple quotes. Google model mayhem and seach for MU artists in your area.
Post # 10
can’t you find a local place that isn’t so expensive? Maybe this is average where you live, but not for me. it just seems like an awful lot of money to me. I bet she is good but that she’s just as good as some other people. I think it’s very strange that she was willing to give you a quote then chop it in HALF! If mY FSIL wasn’t a hairstylist, I’d have gone to a local hair school. The one near me is VERY good and I’m always very impressed. They are $25 for an updo. They do makeup, too, but I found a makeup artist to do faces for $25. Try craigslist, women often post skills there. Call around and price them. Tell them you need to beat X price. People want your business, and stuff like this is negotiable.
Post # 11
I was the MOH for my BF’s wedding last weekend. We drove to the salon so no travel was required but I did pay $72 for my hair. I actually chose to do my own makeup to keep costs down for me but I am confident of my makeup skills. The other bridesmaid paid $72 for the hair and $50 for the makeup. I think the bride paid in total $230 + for her hair and makeup with false lashes.
So to me the new quote seems to be more reasonable and what I will probably pay for mine when my wedding arrives.
Post # 12
I think her brides price is average. However $150 for a BM Hair only seems a bit high.
It does seem weird to me that she dropped her quote in half…. if those were her set prices, why would she just drop them?? just a bit weird. Or maybe since she may know you are not from in town she figures she can try to get away with higher prices.
Well I would either use her just for your hair and makeup and try to book your BM’s at a salon. OR:
Is their a Chicago hair and makeup artist that would be willing to travel for your wedding hair and makeup? Possibly for the same price as the original quote? Then at least you know the person and can get a trial done early enough to know what your getting into…
Post # 13
wow, she quoted you NYC prices.
I am having my hair done free care of a friend who works at John Barrett at Bergdorf and Goodman on 5th Avenue-he offered!(normal is $250 with tax and tip $290)
My neighborhood salon is only $80 for an updo and $30 for make-up; hair and blowdry special is $60 discount price (believe me I bargained my little heart out; this is a good price for New York) I’m payin gfor hair and MU for my sis/MOH; an updo only for my junior BM/niece (she doesnt need caked on make-up) and only a blowdry and makeup for my mom, so total of $240 for my entire bridal party including me-Free; not bad! especially in NYC
and that’s for the Upper East Side in NYC one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city; I asked asked for bargains; if you truly want to save you will find a way, trust me, I recommend you don’t overspend if you don’t have to. I am an extremely frugal person, and trim where I can.
She is definitely overcharging you (it’s far more than NYC! unless you go to super upscale boutiques, even more expensive than fifth avenue!!!), ask around or tell her you’ll get back to her you are looking around with other hair stylists–she will come down; trust your gut if it’s expensive it is!!