Did you pay for cake tasting and make up trials?

posted 8 months ago in Traditions
Post # 31
7759 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Cake tasting was free from the bigger bakeries. The smaller setups had a tasting fee, so we didn’t pursue those. 

Post # 32
7275 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

trinibride0417 :  Sort of and yes…

My cakes were made by my cousin but we wanted to get ideas for the second cake (husband picked carrot for his choice) so I went to the fancy cupcake place up the street and ordered a dozen with different cakes/toppings/fillings and then me, my aunt, and two cousins taste tested them all. It was glorious. lol

I paid for my hair/makeup trial. I think that’s pretty standard.

I also paid for my catering tasting, but then the cost of that was taken off the final total (it was just $15 each I think and they didn’t charge in the first place for my vegetarian friend who came with me). I’m pretty sure that’s how it usually works with cake tasting for traditional bakeries. 

Post # 33
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i paid for hair trial, did my own makeup.  I did tastings at 2 places one was free (went with them), other charged $25-30 goo but not as into our vision


Post # 34
6254 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

hair and makeup trial was between 130 and 175 for both (don’t remember exact $)

we ordered cakes from a local bakery (not wedding cakes) so we just went and bought 4 slices in the flavors that sounded most appealing and brought them as dessert to a dinner with the in laws. thats free in my books as we would have had to bring something no matter what.

Post # 35
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Makeup trial was $75, hair $75.

Cake tastings we looked into were $20-40 depending on what they gave you. We wound up just skipping the traditional wedding cake bakeries and doing a cupcake shop we already knew we liked. 

Post # 36
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I paid a total of $190 for hair and make trails (1 did 2) I did not love the first one so did it again and sooooo thankful i did and did not just convince myself the first was fine.

We did not pay for the cake tasting for the bakery we went with.  Some in my area do charge $20-40 for the tasting and then if you book with them they take it off if not you just wasted money. 

Post # 37
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

My wedding is in the Caribbean so I’ve converted these prices from ECD to USD. The hair trial is $75-$125 (depending on the style) and the day of hair is $125-$200. The makeup trial is $75 and the day of is $150. We aren’t doing a cake tasting, we’re going into it blind sealed

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Post # 38
28 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

My daughter is a makeup artist.  She does a package for her brides if they book for their wedding.  Basically, if someone books with her, the “package” includes the consultation, trial, and the day of makeup because she does a skin test etc before to make sure the bride isn’t going to have any reactions to the makeup etc.  So, she builds the cost of the consult, trial, and staying with the bride as long as needed into her price because she won’t do a wedding without a trial.  She doesn’t want to take the chance of doing something on the day of the wedding that the bride doesn’t like or use a product to cause an allergic reaction on such a big day.  I don’t know all her package prices, but my recommendation is to make sure the makeup artist does a trial.  Also, check the credentials of the person doing your makeup. Cheaper doesn’t mean better.  Someone at a beauty counter does not have to have training in makeup techniques/skin sensitivity/proper hygiene. They COULD, but they are usually trained in selling makeup; they are not paid to study makeup.  Also, just because someone puts a couple “tutorials” on Youtube does not mean he/she is legit. I have seen my daughter watch the videos and talk about how unsanitary some of those people who post videos are. For example, watch out if they dip their clean brush directly into the makeup instead of a palette with only your makeup on it.  Once that brush touches your face and then she/he puts the brush back into the bottle, the entire bottle is contaminated–even if the brush was clean because if someone has a skin disease, he or she has just exposed it to the entire bottle. That’s just one thing I have learned from watching my daughter critique some practices she saw online.  I hope that helps. 🙂 

Post # 39
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Hair trial was included in the price of my bridal hair, which is $125. Makeup trial will be $75 and day of makeup will be $85. My caterer is doing our cake and cupcakes for the guests and she just added a very small fee to trying out different cupcake flavor combinations to our menu tasting fee. We paid $87 to try four different main proteins, grilled vegetables, a few sides and 5 cupcake combinations. 

I think that it will really depend on where you are looking and who you end up booking. Good luck! 

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