(Closed) Disappointed – Hair and Makeup is too expensive

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
40 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

For just the updo, I would say that’s pretty expensive. If you’re planning on getting your hair and make up done, maybe you can trying booking an appointment for an updo and make application without mentioning that it’s a wedding.There’s usually a difference in pricing between bridal versus non-bridal services, so you could try shopping around for “regular up-do” rather than “bridal up-do.”  Also, if you’ve been looking under “bridal up-dos,” the $250 price may include the trial so that might be something to ask them…

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

you could try putting an add in the local craigslist for people willing to come to you to do your hair. Ask to see pictures of their work.  I bet you can get a good price with someone who has experience.

Post # 5
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yes – that seems way too much.  I wouldn’t pay more than $100 for an updo.  Are you telling them it’s a bridal updo?  Perhaps if you just ask for an updo, you’ll be quoted a lower price.  Bridal prices are always WAY more.

Post # 6
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

are you going to a salon or is the stylist coming to you.  If the stylist is coming to your hotel, $250 sounds reasonable.  the $250 probably includes some type of travel fee.  if you had a bunch of BMs or parents getting their hair done, the travel fee would probably be spread over several people.

Post # 7
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ask for discounts when you check them out. For just hair, $250.00 does seem a little high, even with a presession. I just booked my hair and makeup and it includes an unlimited presession for both hair and makeup, travel to me, and the day of. With discounts, I am paying $283.50, so if I were you, I would shop around.

Post # 10
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One thing I looked into for both the hair and makeup was schools.  Hair/beauty schools will often have students who do updos and makeup for much, much cheaper and still have instructor guidance. 

I do like what you’ve done in your DIY trial though.

Post # 11
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

That seems really steep.  I think I spent $100 for hair and make up on the day and $45 for my trial.

Post # 12
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Try to negotiate with the vendors.  My wedding is only happening because I negotiate a lot of prices!!! I just got my makeup discounted 50%, all you have to do is ask.  Tell the vendors their prices are to high.  You have a December wedding.  That is supposed to be off peak, though I seem to disagree.  A lot of makeup/hair people were booked for my date.  But if they are open they might be willing to do it cheaper since some work that day is better than no work.

Post # 13
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow that’s expensive! My updo was $60 I think.

Post # 15
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You’re getting married in Savannah?  I bet it’s beautiful there in December!  It’s totally frustrating to be priced out of services for a wedding.  The good news is the salon that quoted you that price is probably upscale and fancy.  I’m not an expert on these things but I’m positive you can find a professional that will do it cheaper in Savannah.  doing a quick google search found me this lady: http://www.savannahweddinghair.com/.  and here’s a directory of other salons in the area that you can call: http://www.somethingbluesavannah.com/directories/health-and-beauty.php

I hope this helps!

Post # 16
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I suggest going in to a place and telling them what you have to spend.  A lot of places would rather get your business at a lower price than lose your business all together.  For example, the lady I regularly go to for facials normally charges $500 for bridal makeup (plus Maid/Matron of Honor and MOB.)  I told her what I was able to spend and she cut her price in half for me.  

Do you go to anyone regularly to do your hair?  Those are the people that don’t want to risk losing your business all together and will likely cut you a break for your wedding.

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