Post # 1
Spent the weekend comparing hair and makeup costs for me and my 4 bridesmaids. Nearly fell off my chair when they were at or over $1000. With spending that amount of money I thought it would be a no-brainer to meet with the stylist during a weeknight just to make sure we mesh and it will be a good fit (not to get any sort of hair or makeup done.. just to simply talk). However, I was shocked to find I would have to pay $195 for a “consultation”. Yes, that amount can be added toward my final bill if I book but I think it is crazy to not be able to talk with the stylist before I book when I will be spending that much money.
Am I expecting too much?? I’m so nervous to book and put down $500 as a deposit when I have never even met the stylist!
Post # 3
That sounds crazy! I’m around 500 for me, 4 BMs, 2 moms, and my aunt. Is that at a salon or on location? I found on location is almost double.
Post # 4
In South Florida, it is typically $65++ for hair and $55++ for makeup (bridal party). Brides are usually 100++ hair and 100++ makeup
Post # 5
I suppose this varies a lot by location but that sounds quite expensive. Around here it was about $250 for the bride’s hair and makeup (including trials), and the BM’s were around $100 total.
Post # 6
Oh yeah. My hair and make up is costing me ~800 for me, 2 bms and my mom not including tip. That didn’t count my trial, which cost another 200 bucks with tip.
Pretty ain’t cheap that’s for damn sure.
Post # 7
Mine will be $825 for airbrush makeup and hair for myself (trial, day of, and 1 wedding shoot), and hair and makeup for my 2 BMs the day of. Instead of doing one of her packages, she just let me do things by service, so $175 of the total was for the trial, another $175 for the wedding shoot.
Post # 8
Do you have a cosmetology school close to where you live? I know one close to me that has bridal packages for the bride, bridesmaids, mmob, etc at a pretty low cost. Also maybe try classified ads for stylists who are looking to make some money on the side.
Post # 9
Its got to depend on the location and throughout this whole process I’m convinced Minneapolis/St. Paul is the most expensive place to get married! Ughhh.
I’ve only been looking at on-site services for the convenience and it is approx 200 for bride hair, 200 for makeup, 70 for BM hair and 50 for BM makeup.
Back to my original question… is it wrong of me to expect a *free* meeting with the stylist prior to booking? Without having anything done.. just to make sure it is a good fit???
Post # 10
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
I am a make-up artist and an easy way to cut costs is going to a quality beauty school in your area and hiring someone. Students usually work for less because they are looking to build their resume and their portfolio. Also, a lot of times the school will let you sit in on a class so you get an idea of their work. Or you can go to a MAC store/macys/sephora and they do full face make-up. There is usually a minimum you have to purchase in items ($50 or 3 items usually), but its nice because the girls get to keep some items used. Most people will purchase powder, lip color, and the lashes to cover the requirement.
Post # 12
Well.. when I get my hair cut (I do this about 3x a year) it costs upwards of $150 with a deep conditioning treatment and a nice tip. I go to an expensive place, though and have a senior stylist. I think their wedding hairdos all start around $100. Really depends where you live and what type of salon you go to. I am not sure I’d want a beauty school doing my wedding. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories. If you’re doing the whole fancy wedding shebang, hair and makeup probably isn’t a good place to cheap out on IMO.
Post # 13
@futureAuD: To answer your original question, I wouldn’t book someone without talking to them first.
Post # 14
That price sounds about right. I was suprised that the consultation wasnt free also, but I gues when I think about it, it kind of makes sense. I mean, if they did free consultations and trials, they would probably be out a LOT of time, and not make a lot. People could just say they were getting married and meet for a trial for fun or take advantage for a special event or seomthing.
Post # 15
My hair was $75-100 and my makeup was $100. For BMs, hair was $55-65 and makeup was $80 for air brush.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
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