Post # 1
I have been looking for an affordable hair & makeup artists in the Westchester county in NY, and I haven’t been able to find anyone below $3-400 for bridal services.
My ceremony starts at 11:30AM, and I need to be at my venue by 9:30-10AM for photos…. Which means I need to be at the salon around 6AM with my maid of honor to be done by 9:30AM-ish and rive to the venue (I canno get it done at the venue since it won’t be open at 6AM).
The lowest I found so far is $390 for bride’s hair & makeup ($195 per service) and $170 for the maid of honor ($85 per service). Most places charge $200-300 for opening the salon early on top of that too.
I only have two people…do I just need to suck it up and pay $5-600 for the two of us??
Post # 3
Holy smokes, you do not need to pay that! What have you tried to do so far? Are all of the salons saying no to the early call time and/or jacking the price up because it’s so early??
Post # 4
@chic_and_fabulous: I have tried calling 5-7 salons, in Westchester and also in NYC. They all have given me some crazy numbers (such as $250 for bridal trial run, $550 for bridal hair & makeup, $250 for bridesmaid hair & makeup + traveling fee).
Traveling fee seems to average around $300, and one salon that does open earlier told me $100 per hour that it has to open early (so they usually open at 9AM, I asked for 7AM opening, which is $200 extra).
The cheapest one I found that I gave in my original post is “cheaper” because that one person gave me an off-season discount (my wedding is in January).
Post # 5
@Redholix: Could you post a craigslist casting call for freelance MUA and hairstylists? Like the ones that are used for photoshoots and such? And then you could ask to see their portfolio. I know there’s so many MUAs in NYC that don’t have a salon.
Does your photographer perhaps have any they know and/or recommend?