The Wedding Complex- "Do you feel you must have the "best"

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
442 posts
Helper bee

@ddstobe2015:  Goodness that is ridiculous! I would never even consider paying that much for hair and make up! I generally don’t care one bit about “the best”. I’m a very frugal person and always try to get good quality for a lower price. I feel like even if I did have the money for “the best”, I wouldn’t like to spend it that way.

Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am a quality-oriented person. I would rather stay home and enjoy my own amazing cooking than go out to eat something mediocre. I would rather spend $200 for the perfect haircut than $50 for a so-so one. I would rather pay $150 for a good quality pair of shoes that will last for a few years than $20 on ones that will last for one season. My approach to things is that if I am going to do them, I am going to do them “right”. And “right,” for me, means doing/getting the best that I can for my money. My husband has a similar mindset, and we planned our wedding accordingly.

All that said, if make-up is done right, there isn’t a need for someone to stick around for touch-ups. The only thing that should need a touch-up is your lipstick, and surely any woman can touch-up her own darn lipstick. just make sure to ask someone to remind you to do it, because you will be way too distracted to remember for yourself. 🙂

Post # 6
6173 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i would say not worth it. 

i paid $75 for my makeup and $50 for my hair.  didn’t need touchups or fixes.  my photos are fabulous.

if there was a smudge or fix needed, it can always be edited in pictures (like a stray hair or something), but i didn’t notice any problems.


Post # 7
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The “best” and “most expensive” are not the same thing.  If the cheaper option works well for you and looks good than that IS the best option for you.

Post # 8
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am not a “the best” oriented person. Especially with my wedding. I found things that I was happy with and left it at that. Honeslty, if you liked the work that this girl did, why would you want to go with someone else? More expensive is not always better. You shouldn’t need to touch up your make-up except, maybe, lipstick, so I wouldn’t pay extra to have someone stay. Plus, I would have found it super annoying if someone tried to drag me away from my guests to touch up my eyeshadow or something like that.

I did my own makeup (which I bought for about $140) and had my cousin do my hair without any sort of trial. But my appearance wasn’t a high priority for me. My biggest priority was getting to invite all the guests that we wanted and getting to spend time with them. So I invested in a large guest list, a Welcome Dinner and Farewell Brunch, and a Day of Coordinator. That stuff was way more important than how I looked. But that’s me. And, that being said, my dad catered the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Brunch, and I hired a mid-priced DOC. It’s all a matter of priorities and budget. Everybody has different priotities and different budgets, and that’s okay. But it sounds like you’re happy with the services provided by the girl that did your e-party makeup, so it seems like a good way to go!

Post # 10
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Nope. If I love it, it’s the best for me. And that’s definitely good enough.

Post # 12
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ddstobe2015:  You look absolutely stunning. I love that shade of purple against your skin.

Post # 13
1180 posts
Bumble bee

@lovekiss:  +10

I’m willing to pay more money for higher quality on things/experiences that I deem important. 

It’s all about perceived value.  


I’m willing to pay more money for higher quality on things/experiences that I deem important. 

For some the $40 MUA was fine. For others the $800 MUA is more suitable. And let’s be honest, when it comes to makeup there’s a difference in quality of makeup used and the skill, artistry, and experience of the person putting it on. While the goal for me is to look SICKENING on my wedding day, I am not of that $800 MUA life. 🙂 But for those that are, more power to them. As lovekiss said, I’m going to get the absolute best quality I can afford.

Post # 14
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@lovekiss:  +1. First, I work out what I can afford. Then, I work out what my priorities are. Then, I look at the difference in price, and what extras, if any, I am getting for spending additional money. When it comes to hair and make-up, mediocre hair stylists and make-up artists in my area charge around $150 each (with a trial); so, around $300 total. Mine is costing around $550; so, $250 more. However, I felt she was worth the extra $250. If I’d gone with a $150 make-up artist I wouldn’t have gotten anything much better than I could do myself; so, for me, that would be money wasted.

With other wedding things it’s been a balancing act. We haven’t spend money for the sake of it, but where we ARE spending big bucks (eg photography), yes, we want the best we can realistically afford. Again, I’d rather pay $4000 and get amazing photos, than spend $2000 and look at the photos afterwards and think ‘I could have done as well myself’; and I did get that feelings from a lot of the cheaper photographers we looked at; none were really amazing or stood out.

Post # 15
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

$800 for makeup sounds crazy. I would question if she is really the best or people just assume that she’s something special because she charges so much. Apparently this is a real thing. Someone that works in marketing told me that they often advice companies to make a product more expensive so it seems more desireable/exclusive. Explains apple in a nutshell. 

If the makeup is done right, then you really shouldn’t need touching up. Mine lasted thought my 10 hour wedding and still looked pretty good, even after sweating on the dance floor. 

Post # 16
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My groom’s high school pal is a wedding make-up/hair professional. She was invited to our wedding plus we kicked in a RT plane ticket ( cheap) for the wedding weekend. I loaned her my car, too. She was thrilled to do my hair and make-up for the wedding, we had a blast together. Turned out perfectly. 

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