Post # 1
Hi hive! I naturally want to have a contract from every vendor that we hire, simply to cover both me/FI and the vendor, so we’re all on the same page. The hair/makeup person I’ve found seems to be a bit on the flakey/not too professional side of things. I don’t really mind because her prices are great since I’ll be paying her outside of her salon (since her salon isn’t open on our wedding day, she’s just going to do me and my BMs freelance, not through the salon). However, she’s been too flakey to get me any sort of contract and I get the feeling that she’s never done a contract for any freelance work she’s done.
Is this normal? Don’t hair/makeup artists still require/provide contracts, or is a contract for this service uncommon?
Perhaps worse, I’m getting a bit nervous about her reliability for our wedding day. She’s not great at getting back to me by e-mail (I e-mailed her 3 weeks ago with a question, and haven’t heard back), so I’m starting to wonder if I should look elsewhere (and, sadly, commit to paying much more).
Any thoughts/advice on this topic? Thanks!
Post # 4
Contract for makeup? Why would you need that? As long as you have a practice run though I don’t see why you would need a contract. Just do a practice and if you don’t like it in the practice, then she can re-do it until you find something you like. Contract sounds a bit much just for makeup.
Post # 5
Personally, I want a written contract for everything.
I am going through my regular salon, who requires a contract (and a deposit), so I know the situation is a little bit different since she’s doing your hair/makeup freelance…but I would still want a contract, myself.
Could you contact the salon and ask what their general policy is – and if they require a contract generally, could you both sign the one the salon usually uses?
There’s always the (small) chance your e mail didn’t get through to her inbox – I would call her before deciding what to do. Hope this helps.
Post # 6
Personally, if she can’t reply to an email after 3 weeks and you are able to find someone else, I would go with someone else. The extra cost, IMO, would be worth the peace of mind.
Definately call her first and I would give her the benefit of the doubt that she has little experience with freelance contracts but you need to be clear about when, where and what the services will be for your day.
Post # 7
Thanks for the help! I think I’ll e-mail her once more with a friendly check-in to see what’s going on, and if I don’t hear back soon, I’ll have to put together a plan B.
Post # 8
I think the unreliability is more concerning than not having a contract. I don’t know who you’re looking at, but I’m also in the Boston area. I don’t have a contract for my hair & makeup team either. I have emails confirming the number of people, but no deposit placed. I think it’s similar to making an appt with a salon where they just write you in the books.
Post # 9
I agree that the unreliability is the concerning part. I booked my hair stylist, but she didn’t require a deposit or contract… just have email correspondence… I thought it was odd at first too, but have gotten used to it.
Post # 10
I like the ideas of contracts. It makes everything valid and you know where everyone stands and what each party will being responsible for. If she can’t commit to a contract that would spook me a bit, but not as much as her inability to respond to emails. I would start looking for another girl that is more responsive and will supply a contract. If you find someone you like and they don’t have a contract you could always make one up. Nothing crazy it would just have to state the prices, the services offered and who will receive the services, and the time frame for the services along with any details about canceling the services. Good luck and go with your gut!!!
Post # 11
It’s perfectly ok to ask your artist for a contract. As a makeup artist I always set one up to cover both parties involved.. most importantly peace of mind.
Post # 12
I have a contract for my salon, but I can’t say that they stick to it. Recently, I was getting my hair cut, and the bride next to me who was getting her hair done was furious. As it turns out, they double booked her bridal party and another bridal party on the same day, she wasn’t happy that the person doing her hair wasn’t the same stylist who did the trial, and it wasn’t turning out how she wanted it. Poor girl!
Post # 13
An individual lady is doing my hair and makeup and she requires a contract. I wouldn’t see why you wouldn’t have one for such a big event…Can you draw up a contract yourself and ask her to sign?
Post # 14
I am a Freelance Make-up Artist & for my peace of mind as well as my clients I would require a written contract. You don’t want your time or money wasted if someone flakes out last minute. Even if you make a deposit for services its still good to have a written cotract.
Post # 15
@BostonBrideToBe:Do you remember the name of the salon or stylist?