Post # 1
I’m trying to create my wedding budget and I’m pretty clueless in terms of how much to set aside for wedding day hair and makeup. I live in Philadelphia, will likely be getting married on a Saturday, and don’t really have a preference as to whether or not a stylist comes to me or I go to a salon. I know that’s sort of vague, but does anyone have any ideas as to what the average cost of hair and makeup should be? Also, should I be paying for these services for my bridesmaids?
Post # 3
I think while it’s not required to pay for your bridesmaids, it’s a very nice thing to do (IMO, something I did b/c I *felt* it was necessary seeing as how I was asking them to stand for me and I didn’t want to be a financial burden). What about a hair salon school? That’s like $25 a pop and they do great work! We did our makeup at a Clinique counter and everybody bought some makeup and tipped the lady but we didn’t pay $50 a face or anything. I think updos are average about $60-70 and makeup is easily about $50. My SIL is a stylist and starts out at $45 though so it DOES vary. If you don’t pay for your ladies, at least make sure you don’t pick a place that is super expensive
Post # 4
In NJ you won’t get a stylist to your house for under $100 i’m sure there are exceptions. As for makeup unfortunatly it’s about the same. If you go to a salon for it, hair is about $65 depending on what you have done.
I am lucky i used to work as a hair stylist. My good friend works for a business called model brides. They start at $195 for the bride. She’s gifting hair for myself and my 2 bridesmaids and my mom, for free. I will tip of course.
As for makeup I had 2 trials one would come to my house and was $75 and totally sucked. Another I had to travel and was $55 not too bad but logistically I couldn’t hit the salon that morning. I choose to go to Sephora with my bridesmaid, I bought makeup for all of us and spent about $300. We will share some and have some for ourselves. So just keep in mind it can really add up.
I made the makeup their present. I asked if that’s ok and they both liked the idea. Depending on the size of your wedding party, feel your group out. Maybe you could use it as the gift for them as well.
Just please do a trial first. I hated my makeup and I was so happy to find that out before the wedding. Good Luck keep us posted!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
I haven’t researched it much yet but my friend got married last year a spent a couple hundred for hair and makeup. That included day of and 1 trial.
Post # 6
I’m also getting married in Philly. I did a lot of research and found that the price range varied between $50 per person per service all the way up to $250+. I was fortunate to find an awesome make up artist who is charging $50 per person (both bride and bridesmaids) and a hairstylist who is charging $75 for my hair and $50 for the bridesmaids. Both will travel to Center City for on-site services, and the fees include travel but not parking.
Post # 7
My suggestion is ask around to people who have gotten their hair or make-up done before. It doesn’t have to be for their wedding; maybe they were in someone else’s or for their prom previously etc. As for bridal party, I think if you are making them get it done at a specific place you should offer to pay for it. I was in a wedding and it was our gift (which I was more than happy with). I think if they agree to the cost or if you let them have the option of doing it themselves/having it done somewhere cheaper/subsidize some of the cost, those are fine options too! I just know money was tight for me when I was in a wedding before and I would have been upset if I was forced to pay x amount I couldn’t afford (after paying for a dress, a hotel room, multiple train rides for showers and the rehearsal etc. . .)