Post # 1
Today the salon lady got angry with me today when I asked why a french twist for prom costs $65 and a french twist for a bride costs $150. I wasn’t rude, just trying to… understand. Does she not get asked this – ever?
The website listed $65.. and did not list wedding packages. I was expecting closer to $65-$80 mark.. not more than double the cost.
I think I’m going to ‘have a banquet for work to go to where I’m receiving a prestigious award for my new patent on the helicopter’ on the same day that I happen to get married.
Has anyone used trickery for their hair or makeup appointments?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
LOL Yeah, it is a bit of highway robbery. I am using a hair and make-up team that comes to me, so paying alot was a given. When I talked to my regular stylist (who used to do weddings on the side) she said that the extra charge is because they spend more time on the up-do getting everything just right because brides tend to be the most picky customers. I see some logic in it, but I still think that anything with the word “wedding” in it is automatically marked up at least 20% above typical market prices.
Post # 4
@ssparban:yeah, you definitely should. or tell her you’re going out to dinner with your BF and think he’s proposing. 😉
wow. that is so ridiculous. it actually makes me really mad. I would find another salon that lists their prices online, and don’t even mention it’s for your wedding.
Post # 5
I didn’t use trickery but agree that most prices are absolutely outrageous! So, I found a makeup artist on Craig’s List in the area who operated by word-of-mouth and has done it for a long time. She charges $35 and $10 additional for lash application, and she also will travel to you and includes a trial for free. Plus, the deposit was $25…so even if she turns out to be horrible (which I doubt), I’ll find out during the trial and only lose that money. At that point I’d do my makeup myself.
And my FI’s aunt is a hairdresser and worked at a salon, so two ladies are helping her do hair for about $40 a pop…even for me!
It takes some extra searching normally but there are some ways around the high prices. And I have no problem with the vague description of the event for which you’ll be getting your hair done
Post # 6
I have learned never say wedding to anyone! Florists, hair people (unless they know you), make up people, ANYONE! They hear wedding and the cost skyrockets!
Post # 7
I am not saying all vendors do not hike prices up when they hear wedding. Either way, your vendors are providing you a service that lasts all day and happens once (hopefully). For makeup there are certain techniques you have to do to ensure your photographes look perfect. I am sorry, being deceitful or flat out lying is wrong and extremely disrespectful. If the price is to high find someone else or do what everyone else does and negotiate. A decent vendor wouldn’t make you feel bad about asking for a lower price. I am flexible and work with every client. Sorry to be rude about this but its just really wrong.
Post # 8
@MarylandWeddingMakeup: Luckily I found a vendor that 1) wasn’t rude on the phone and 2) didn’t jack up their special ocassion hair by more than double for a ‘bride’. I was just really turned off by the rudeness of some vendors, they make me want to lie!
I’m honestly surprised by how many rude vendors there are in the wedding industry. I guess there is enough brides that they eventually find their business..
When I started researching my wedding, my coworkers gave me their list of research from their experiences with all the good, bad, and ugly comments next to them. A ‘rude vendor’ on her list did not get a chance from me!
My results: Hair and make up for the bridesmaids are at $115, and for the bride $155 (with fake lashes applied).
Post # 9
Everything is more expensive for a wedding. its such a rip sometimes. But it is what it is. If you can find a way around paying more than double for the hairstyle you want do it. you gotta do what you gotta do!! 🙂
Post # 10
@ssparban: It’s sad isn’t. Vendors need to realize that they are working for you! lol A simple kind conversation on the phone shouldnt be hard. Bad vendors create doubt in good ones by default and its sad. I hope that you did find a good deal, I think your prices listed look great. 🙂
Post # 11
@ssparban: Thats outrageous, I do hair and we charge Brides around 65 for whatever they want, I would definetly go to another salon thats too much money , they do that thinking you don’t have another option thats terrible.
I would just call around to different salons and ask for prices and say up front your on a budget, they will respect that and you will find the right stylist.