Post # 1
Did you or would you book a makeup and hair artists without a contract, ie. a deposit only? What if i need fewer services on the day of than the next bride? Isn’t there always a slight cahnce they will cancel on me for a larger bridal party or another reason? All they have to do is refund my deposit money and I’ll be stuck late in the game looking for another hair and make up artist. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks for sharing your feedback and experiences.
Post # 3
I booked a makeup artist pursuant to a contract. To be honest, the contract isn’t really that big of a deal unless you try to pursue them legally sometime down the road. If you did sign a contract, it would likely say something along the lines of “if artist has to cancel, deposit will be refunded and artist will offer an alternative artist for the bride.” Also, if you give them a deposit and they take your money (or cash your check or whatever) that is evidence that they have entered into a contract for services with you. It doesn’t have to be in writing, but it’s definitely not a bad idea to have it in writing.
Post # 4
I personally wouldn’t (and won’t) book any wedding services without a written contract (but I work with contracts all day at work, so I’m a bit biased towards them!). My salon also required a contract for wedding day services.
My hair and makeup contract with my salon spelled out exactly who in my party was getting what the day of the wedding, which stylist would be doing my hair/makeup (wanted to make sure I got my regular stylist who really knows my hair/skin), and recorded my 50% deposit. It was a very simple, 1 page contract.
Like I said, I’ve signed contracts with all my vendors (photog, DJ, venue, catering), and would be vary of booking with a vendor who did not want to sign a contract.
Post # 5
I probably wouldn’t book anyone without a written contract. You might also want to check the specifics in the contract. Some places will specify that a particular MUA/hairstylist will be available on your wedding day to do the work. Others will simply provide SOMEONE, not necessarily the person with whom you do your trial. If it’s important to you that the specific person is there, make sure it’s in the contract.
Post # 6
I am a huge proponant of contracts, but I had a really hard time trying to find beauty professionals who would do a contract. In the end I went through THREE makeup artists and TWO hair dressers because they kept bailing on me. One took my deposit and skipped town. I hope you have better luck than I did!
Post # 7
I’m worried about the same thing, (vendors bailing on me) even though I have contracts with all of them. The thing is, it’s good to have a contract, but it’s not a promise set in stone that your vendor will actually do what the contract requires them to do. I think the risk is especially high with makeup/hair artists, because the amount of money they are being paid is low compared to the money involved in hiring a caterer or something. I’m also worried about my hair or makeup artist bailing because they find something more lucrative on the day I need their services. And what am I really going to do about it? Sue them for the $50 deposit that I gave them? It’s a tough situation, and I think that’s why getting good recommendations is important so at least you know they performed as expected for others. It might also be a good idea to keep a list of other makeup/hair artists you are interested in and their contact information in the unfortunate case that one bails.