Post # 1
I’m doing my consultation/trial this weekend for both hair and makeup and was wondering if I’m supposed to tip them? And if so, how much? The consultation itself is $130 and I’m driving to meet them at their home studio. So confused and I definitely don’t want to be rude!
Thanks in advance for any help!
Post # 3
Wow this is such a good question, I wish I knew how to answer it! I will definitely be watching to see how people answer. I wouldn’t I have thought of this until I got to the appointment-awkward!
Post # 4
I would tip – if only because I’d want them to be really motivated for the actual wedding!! I’m sure they’d do a good job anyway, but tipping is a good way to lock that in.
I’m planning on tipping 20% on the overall cost of my hair & makeup services, so I’d just tip 20% on that. I have it all built in though, I’m not sure how she’ll do the actual payment.
Post # 5
No… I didn’t tip at the trial and we didn’t tip on the wedding day either as she owns her own business. I researched etiquette on this and you don’t have to tip if it’s mobile and / or they own thier own business.
Post # 6
Thanks for the replies ladies! But such varied answers! Anyone else??
Post # 7
If they own the business, no I do not tip.
Post # 8
Yes, you absolutely tip on every personal service, trials and all. It doesn’t matter if they own their own business! It’s very rude not to tip.
Post # 9
I go to her for my hair normally, and I tip her then. I actually had my trial last night and didn’t tip her. I apologized because I couldn’t afford it, and she said most people don’t tip anyway.
Post # 11
My hair trial was $45 and she did not own the biz, so I did tip her 20%.
Post # 12
@nativedesires: You always tip a hairstylist and makeup artist, it is no different than when you go to a salon to get your hair done. Like another bee said, even if they do own their business it is incredibly rude and tacky to not tip and makes you look very cheap and trashy.
Post # 13
I was wondering this too. My makeup artist/hair stylist is so expensive to start I feel like they include tip in their price.
Post # 14
I did….in fact I paid her for my wedding day and her tip for that day at the same time. My hair lady was also a wedding planner (although not my wedding planner as I couldn’t afford one). She understood that brides get stressed on their wedding day and the last thing I should have to worry about is paying vendors last minute. She encouraged me to pay in advance so that I could just show up and get gorgeous as she said she encouraged all her brides to do. I even tipped her in advance. I am glad I did because things got way hectic that day and looking back, I had no cash on me that morning. Adding going to the bank while running around town with a million things to do would have been the worst idea ever and caused more stress. If you like how your hair trial turns out and want to book the artist see if you can make a similar arrangement right there. You won’t regret it.
Post # 15
By The Way, just like any service, 15 to 20 percent is standard. Although a $130 trial sounds a little steep. Hope she’s worth it. Good luck and post pics after your bridification!!!
Post # 16
The reasoning behind ‘tips’ is that the acronym stands for ‘to insure prompt service.’ If you’re not happy with the result, don’t tip but be aware that if you don’t, your experience on the day of your wedding may not be everthing you’ve dreamed of.
I’m not sure where some bees got the idea that if someone is self-employed they don’t get a tip, because every hairstylist and make-up artist I know works on a part commission basis. If you don’t have enough money to tip, or think that the prices are so high that the tip must be included, you need to find someone a little less expensive. You shouldn’t try to drive a sports car if you can’t afford to put gas in the tank…. get a cheaper car that you CAN put gas into.