Post # 1
Hi bees, a vendor etiquette question for you about makeup/hair artists.
I inquired at a big wedding makeup company about getting hair/makeup done at my wedding. I was quoted at a certain price for the services I wanted and “assigned” one of their contracted artists. The quote had “discounts” in it, which I assume I can only get through this company. It was still expensive and way over my budget though. I loved this artist’s portfolio, but also in looking her up on the internet, found that she has her own makeup business. I then contacted her via her own business’s email to ask about her services/rates. My question is, do you think this is OK to do? I’m sort of “going behind” that company’s back, but I haven’t signed anything with them or even told them I was going with them. Do you think the artist will be obligated to tell the company that she’s now booking someone for that date and so won’t be available? And maybe the company will see that it’s me? I just don’t want to burn any bridges. I want to hire this artist, but if she is cheaper on her own than with the company then of course I want to save money.
Thoughts? Also, do you think she’ll actually be cheaper on her own? Thanks all!
Post # 2
xtals: have a conversation with her. Ask if she’s contractually obligated to only work through the other company.
A conversation can’t hurt.
Post # 3
xtals: It’s business. Go for it. I contracted privately with the DOC my venue assigned to me for a larger package than what the venue offered. And got a damn good deal too.
Post # 4
xtals: Just talk to her. I did this with my DOC. My girl was the assistant that I would have gotten if I went through the company and was quoted more than double of what I paid when I just asked the assistant if she wanted to do it on her own. She was wonderful and obviously much cheaper.
Post # 5
Since you haven’t signed any agreements, the potential conflict of interest would be for the make-up artist, not for you.
If the MUA is contractually obligated to perform her services through the company for any contacts she makes through the company, then she ethically would have to decline your request to work with her outside of that process. However, as prior posters noted, there is no harm in discussing this with her to assess the situation.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies!! I just heard back from her, and she is not contractually bound and I would save $130 by working independently with her!!! Thanks for all the advice, this is definitely a tip worth passing along.
Post # 8
xtals: Totally reasonable for you to contact her. You’re a consumer, and smart one at that, so you’re entitled to shop around. If you book her through her company, and she is contractually obligated to inform the other big company that she isn’t available on said date, it is her responsibility to do so, not yours.<br /><br />EDIT: Way to go on your deal through her! Good for you. 🙂