Post # 1
My usual hair stylist is meeting me at my wedding venue to do my hair. The wedding ceremony is at 5:30 but the venue is over 1 hour away from her, so that will really cut into her work day, if she even goes to work at all. It’s on a Saturday and that’s probably her busiest day of the week. I told her I would compensate her for gas and tip her well. I just don’t know what “well” would be to her. She is coloring and cutting weeks before the wedding so she will just be curling my hair and assisting with the tiara and veil on the day of the wedding.
What do you think would be a nice tip? It doesn’t matter how much she’s charging for my hair; I want to compensate her for her time. She is also a guest and I told her she can bring a guest as well (which she is). That means I will also be feeding her and her guest and providing free drinks. Her boyfriend lives in the area so she doesn’t have to pay for a hotel.
I was thinking of giving her like $500 but that seems like so much and we are already over budget. However, anything less seems unfair. What do you think would be fair? I have no idea how many clients she usually has on a typical Saturday. I’m assuming not that many or she would have declined. I told her I would find a salon in the area of my venue if that was something she couldn’t do and she insisted.
Post # 3
I’m curious (and it might not make a difference in your mind) if she’s a friend that you would have invited to your wedding if you weren’t using her as your hair dresser?
If she would be coming, and taking time off work even if you were going to use a local hair dresser, I think that makes a difference. Whether she’s coming as a friend who’s going to do your hair, or a hair dresser that you’ve extended an invite to dinner to.
Post # 4
@BridetoBe101610: How much is she charging for your hair?
I would probably give her $75-$100 for travel and time, plus whatever she is charging you. Then I would give a tip. So I am thinking no more than $250.
Post # 5
Wow. I honestly would just tip her your usual amount, maybe a little more since she’s driving to meet you. But if you’re feeding her, a guest, and giving them free drinks, I think she’d be happy with just that! $500 would be an INSANE tip and while you probably would make her day, I don’t think she’d feel right taking such a huge tip from a bride ona budget 🙂
Post # 6
I agree with @chantelleylace. You are making it very enjoyable for her by setting her up with everything like that. If you want to give her a really good tip then give her half of what you pay for her to do your hair. So if you pay $100 for hair then give her $50.
Post # 7
How much would just the cut cost and how long does it take. I would take that time how many cuts she would be loosing on that day plus tips.