Post # 1
Hair and make-up is a big expense for us. We have two brides, and our reception is three days after our wedding and in a different city, so the cost automatically gets quadrupled. I thought we were doing really well, having found a Boston person who would do hair and make-up for the two of us for $100, and a DC person who would do it (plus a free trial) for the two of us for $120.
However, I just learned that our Boston person (whom I booked back in April) no-showed TWICE on another bride. So now I’m trying to find a replacement, only a month before our wedding. And the lowest price I’ve found so far for the two of us would be $240–more than twice the original amount.
So now I’m trying to figure out whether to stick with our original person and just give her lots of reminders, or have a greatly increased cost with someone else. NOT what I wanted to be doing at this stage!
Post # 3
I know this probably isn’t what you want to hear, but I think I’d go with the more expensive artist. You KNOW that your current makeup artist has no-showed TWICE, is that a risk you’re willing to take on your wedding day to save $140 bucks? I realize $140 is a lot… I’m not trying to minimize that, its just that for me personally it would be a TOTAL waste of $100 “budgeted” dollars if the current artist doesn’t show up. See what I’m saying?
And its worth the peace of mind to have someone reliable. I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but have you looked on craigslist? Maybe you could find someone cheaper?
Post # 4
I agree. Spend a little more money and at least have the peace of mind that you have one less thing to worry about.
Post # 5
How important is hair and make up to you both? Could you get a friend or family member to act as back up in case she no shows. Since I don’t wear much make up on a regular basis I don’t feel like it is worth $140 when I could just ask a friend to step in if need be.
Post # 6
I agree that it’s a small price to pay for your sanity…Good Luck!
Post # 7
I agree, If make up is very important to you then I say go with the more expensive one for the less stress of know she will be there. Or better yet have you talked to the make-up artist about this and your concerns. See what she has to say. If you still don’t feel like she will be dependable, then go with your gut feeling.
Post # 8
If I were in your situation, I’d either try to find the money to book the more expensive (and reliable) MUA or I’d keep the person you’ve booked and try to come up with a back up option. Is there anyone else (friend, family, etc) who could possibly fill in in the event that your original MUA doesn’t show up? I’d hate to have you spend the extra money if you could have been happy with the original person, but I’d also hate for you and your fiancee to be stuck without someone to do your makeup on the day of the wedding.
Post # 9
Have you thought about posting an ad on Craigslist? I bet you could find a beauty student or something who is looking to pick up some work/experience.
Post # 10
DEFINITELY the fact that you both want to look flawless on your big day would lead me to paying for the more expensive (and more reliable!) MUA. I was disappointed with my hair and I did my makeup on my own. Stressful! Talk to your FI and ask her if she’s ok with splurging if it’s worth the peace of mind you’ll have the night before. Good luck!
Post # 11
i’d definitely spend the extra money or do a post on craigslist…
Post # 12
Ok, we’ve now posted on Craigs List. Wish us luck!
Post # 13
Good luck, 2dBride. Let us know what you hear!
Post # 14
I would rather spend the money on a private lesson for evening and wedding looks and on cosmetics then do it myself on my wedding day.
That way I could look good on my wedding day and for the rest of my life.
I’d like her to use my makeup as much as possible and supplement with her own. (I assume she would want to use a stronger blush than I would choose. Stronger blush is needed for the pics.)
If you do this, ask the instructor for the brands she recommends ahead of time. Then go to the dept store and try some on your face and eyelids.
Here’s why: Lots of MUAs love MAC. That stuff makes my face break out!
I’d hate it if I got a makeup lesson then bought products that wrecked my skin.