Post # 1
I am looking to book my makeup/hair artist. I know my wedding is eleven months away, but this ladies work is awesome and I’m a planner. I do things long in advance.
I’ve contacted her and she’s been very helpful with everything. I just want to make sure that her contract seems reasonable, being that I have no experience with this type of thing.
“Bride will be the responsible party for the total fee of the purchased package (herself and her party) on the day of the event. A refund is not issued if the client (Bride) decides to cancel the reservation for any reasons. A retained of $50 is required to hold your date. Retainers are non-refundable. If for any reason VEndorName cannot perform this contract due to any cause, she will find another artist to take her place OR return all funds that have been collected. All rates are based on the information stated in this contract (date of event, number of party, traveling location). Times are always subject to change based on MakeupArtists schedule. If you must change any information already stated above or spoken, please consult with me as soon as possible. If you will be getting ready at a location where a parking fee is involved then I will require that to be taken care of in advance. You are consenting for your photograph to be used on websites and/or in print for any reason.”
Things that I wonder about:
1. What if my photographer doesn’t want to give consent to be used on website/or print? (In an email the MUA said not to worry about this as it wasn’t normally an issue.)
2. I find it odd that if she cant perform the service someone else will, but I won’t get to decide. Is this normal?
She has great reviews on weddingwire and I have some personal friends who have used her. What do you think?
Post # 4
Anybody wanna help me out here?
Post # 5
The thing that I didn’t like was it stating that the times are subject to change due to MUA’s schedule? Does that mean on the day of your wedding, the time she gets there is up to her? Ummm yea, I don’t like that. You set a time and you keep to it, I mean YOU have to keep on schedule and if she puts you on hers, there’s no reason for her to change it. I would ask about that because God forbid something comes up and she gets there late or wants to do it super early.
I also dont like the whole send someone else, either. That would make me nervous since you haven’t done a trial with her and I wouldnt want a random person doing my mu. I dont know if this is normal but I dont like it.
I would go over the contract with her and just tell her that you are a little nervous and just want to make sure you understand everything. Maybe you could with her in person to do it, just so you can meet her and get a feel for her before you sign anything. Ive not done this yet so I really cant give you anything to compare to, sorry!
Post # 6
I don’t like the contract. I would talk to her about the things that make you feel uncomfortable and ask her for senarios for her clauses in the contract. If you can hold off I would just wait and shop around for a different mua that has a contract that you feel better signing. I would also tell her that if she wants a picture of the makeup then she needs to either speak with your photographer or she can bring her own camera. Good luck!
Post # 7
problem#1: why is the deposit only $50 dollars? @[email protected] and not a percentage of the total service, like your other vendors might do?
problem#2: “Times are always subject to change based on MakeupArtists schedule.” Big red flag. the contract should clearly state the MUA would be here at THIS time. This clause seems unreasonable
problem#3: “If for any reason VEndorName cannot perform this contract due to any cause, she will find another artist to take her place OR return all funds that have been collected.” This is just badly worded for a contract……just make sure to ask her/or in an addendum to list the “any reason” she might have..like got hit by a car; blahblahblah. Without specifiying, it just makes problem#2 scarier….if she gets another job that pays more, will she ‘reschedule’ your wedding to fit her own schedule?
She is right to request your the ‘release’ (the rights to use your images to promote her business) or else she can’t do it; but she still has to obtain the permission of the photographer, so you can leave that up to her.
contracts are not set in stone and can to be negotiated. If you liked her work, liked the trial, TELL her that you would like these things rephrased in an addendum. You can be proactive about it and write one yourself that makes you comfortable. Your wedding date says sep.2011, so you have plenty of time to negotiate terms thta would make you feel comfortable.
Post # 8
I am a professional makeup artist and a fellow bride. I do contracts with my brides, and I find it VERY odd about the part “times are scheduled to change…” You are paying for a service, the time should be when you, when you say, not based on the MUA. Other than that part, everything else seems pretty standard for MAU.
Post # 9
The timing thing is odd. But I don’t think the photograph thing is – obviously she’d want to show samples of her work so this is probably pretty common.
I’d imagine that the “replacement MUA” clause is so that if there’s an emergency she’ll make an effort to find you someone else so you’re not left without a MUA.
But I’d change it to include “…she will find another make up artist dependant upon the bride’s approval to replace her, in the event that a suitable replacement can not be agreed upon by both parties, VENDOR agrees to return all monies paid by the client.”
Post # 10
Thanks for all the help ladies! I am going to contact her to discuss the changes 🙂
Post # 11
I think the only weird thing is the timing – you should have a set time for your girls to arrive and for the MUA to arrive. The only reason I think it would be subject to change is if there is a wedding they are doing before yours and it runs late or they get stuck in traffic?
Post # 12
I’m a makeup artist and I do NOT agree with the contract.
She should not say that times are subject to change. That is basically her saying that it is okay if she is late, which it is NOT. Freelance or not, that is a job, and she needs to be there on time and stay for a pre-arranged amount of time. They honestly don’t sound like they have much experience at all, as the contract is incredibly amateur. Many people think they are good at makeup and therefor can be a makeup artist, and that just isn’t true. It is a very hectic and demanding job, and you need to be very professional, whereas this artist seems sloppy in her contract.
If I take a job for a wedding and the bride wants me there at 5PM, I get there at 4:30 and by 5PM I have all of my brushes and equipment out and ready so that my brushes start to touch her face at exactly 5PM. A client isn’t paying me to setup my tools, they are paying me to do their makeup. So time should never ever be an issue. Based on that alone, I wouldn’t hire this person.
In terms of photographs, she is either very nieve to think that the photographer would allow her to use the photo (though most photographers give you copyright releases now so that would be up to you) or she does what most artists do and will be bringing along her own camera to take a photo of you to stick in her portfolio.
Post # 13
If it were me I would also make her change the part about switching out to someone else. I’m paying her for HER services and while I COMPLETELY understand that things happen that no one has control over I expect to have a MUA of the same experience level replace her if she can’t keep her obligation to me. I don’t want her replacing her service with an intern or student who doesn’t know what they’re doing and if the time is available I’d like to be part of the process of choosing someone.
Post # 14
Disagree with the above poster that a $50 deposit is weird. I personally prefer set amounts as opposed to percentages, which are changeable, unless the percentage is less!
However, you do need to firm up the language about time and a replacement. Make sure part of her “performance” under the contract is arriving at a certain time. Also, make sure that returning any funds collected includes the retainer! As it is drafted, the retainer is both nonrefundable and subject to refund..yuck.
Post # 15
@rplatzer: of course the less you pay for the deposit the better for your wallet, but I still respectfully disagree from a business standpoint; the less liable you hold the vendor, (not just a makeup artist or stylist…) the more likely they will flake out on you! Not as if they SHOULD, ethically! It’s ‘weird’ as in it’s not a sound business practice, just like the terms of the contract. If the vendor charges the same deposit amount for everyone, how is that changeable?
Here is an example, based on the terms of this contract shared. If the vendor isn’t liable, not even monetarily, and say it’s a $500 dollar job, and she only takes $50, if there were a HUGE monetary incentive, like……..a $800 dollar job, what stops her from implementing this clause “If for any reason VEndorName cannot perform this contract due to any cause, she will find another artist to take her place OR return all funds that have been collected.”
ALL the vendor loses is returning a $50 dollars deposit and gain $750.
Post # 16
@Skyla–I wasn’t disagreeing about the amount of the deposit. That’s a totally valid point. I just prefer a set amount to percentages, which is what I thought you were talking about.