- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
Hi Bees, I just need your advice for on what I should do about my hair stylist.
My wedding planner talked me into using her preferred hair/makeup stylist for my wedding. She is located over an hour away from us. She would come to our hotel that morning and do all of our hair and makeup there. Well my wedding planner is paying for my hair and make-up day of the wedding as a gift to me. Which is nice but she orginally quoted me $75 each for bridesmaid and mothers to get their hair and makeup done.
I got a quote in the mail for me, 3 bridesmaids, and my mom. Of over $600 to get our hair and makeup done. Before tip. I thought that was really excessive. My hair and makeup $165, mom & bridesmaids $95 each and my trial $85. What I do not understand is why mine is much more expensive than mom’s and bridesmaids? And why it is $20 more each than I was orginally told. Well since I paid for two of my bridesmaid’s dresses I could not afford to get their hair/makeup done as well. I don’t mind if they do it themselves. So I contacted this lady to see if it would be a better price if I just had hair done for mom and one bridesmaid and hair and makeup for me. I think she is even charging a traveling fee.
She proptly replied explaining that only three people getting hair done and one for makeup does not meet the minimum requirement for to send a stylist out on the weekend. My wedding planner did orignally tell me that they would come out for only one person if the other girls didn’t want to get their hair done. I asked her if we did hair and makeup for all three of us instead if it would meet the requirement and she said yes. The quote is still over $400 for us on day of wedding and hair trial. I will hopefully still be getting my wedding planner to pay for my hair and makeup day of so that will take some off the bill. So I agreed to use her for the wedding and sent her a $50 deposit to hold the date.
This leads me to the current problem. I still needed to schedule my hair and makeup trial. I really wanted to do it on the day of my bridal shower so my hair and makeup would be done really nice. Also because any other day I could go I have other responsibilities such as school and or work so I would pretty much be wasting $100+ to look really nice to just go to either of those places because I wouldn’t be able to even go on a date with finace afterwards, seeing as every night I am either at work til 10pm or I have a workout class at the college that I cannot afford to have anymore absences in. So this makes the only day I was able to do it was the day of my shower. Also I am not sure if they expect me to drive over an hour to get to them to do the trial or if they are willing to come to me?
The hair lady informed me that they are not available on the day of my shower 3/23 and that I need to schedule for another time during the week! This ticks me off because I do not see how she cannot have one opening on that day with over 3 weeks notice. Also it is not just her doing all the clients she has a staff of stylists that work for her.
Anymore I do not feel like I even want to deal with this lady, she is expensive, and I feel like she is unavailable to you unless your spending a lot of money. If I went with a local salon for these services I wouldn’t have any problems with getting an appointment on the day I want with ample notice, and it would cost less, and I wouldn’t have any problems with making sure I meet a minimum number of people for hair and makeup. The only con is I would have to actually drive to the salon on the day of my wedding, not a big deal.
The only problem is I signed a contract and sent her $50 to hold the date so I am not sure if I can get out of it so easy. What do you ladies think I should do? I feel like I was pushed by my wedding planner to use her because she thinks she is the best. Do you think this stylist is being a bit unreasonable with her availability and required minimums?
Thanks for the advice.