Post # 1
I just started my search for someone to do my hair and makeup for the big day. I am looking at prices because I may gift hair and makeup to my girls as well. Is anyone else shocked/surprised/annoyed that the bride’s makeup is twice the price of bridesmaids?
Post # 3
I never understood that either. Do they put more make up on a bride than a BM? Spend more time? I honestly don’t know.
After 2 unhappy make up trials I decided to do my own and feel it came out as good or better because I got exactly what I wanted, I mean I do it everyday and for the wedding I just went a little bolder.
I wish you good luck in the quest for an answer to this question.
Post # 4
The cynical side of me thinks it’s another wedding industry markup thing, but the practical me figures they probably spend more time on the bride, as there’s just so much more pressure to get it right.
Post # 5
@winerygirl: it is probably a mix of both.
Post # 6
@Ill Be Mrs B: I’ve been toying lately with doing it my own… I feel like if I spend the time, I do a really good job. Hey, Kate Middleton did her own, so pressure is already off me!
Post # 7
I think I’ll get my hair done professionally, because I’m horrible and trying to style my own hair. Makeup I feel like I can do myself and it will look good. I don’t typically wear much makeup anyway, so I don’t want my face to look too done up and not like myself.
Post # 8
Anything for a bride or a wedding will always be more expensive than the normal price.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I paid $400 total for my hair and make-up, and $170 each for the other ladies. But mine came with unlimited hair and make-up trials to get everything just right before the big day. Theirs were just day-of services. Considering that I ended up with 4 make-up trials, it was well worth the money. And I felt like a the most gorgeous woman alive. That feeling of confidence and beauty on my wedding day, In My Humble Opinion, was priceless.
Post # 10
I don’t think it’s weird that the bride’s is more expensive. That makeup application and hair styling is usually twice as long, has to be extra perfect, and the price should include a trial, which your bridesmaids won’t have.
Post # 11
Part of it may be that they can charge more for a bride, but I do think there are some real reasons for it. Besides that a bride’s price might include trials and extra products, they definitely spend more time on it. When I was a bridesmaid and the bride paid for all of our hair and make-up on location, they rushed through all of us first then spent a long time on her.
Also, part of it may be that they know they’ll get at least whatever they charge for a bride to cover travel expenses, time, etc. It’s not likely that someone will book hair or make-up for the bridesmaids and not the bride. You could think of it as “We charge X amount, plus Y amount per person after that” where X= bride price and Y= bridesmaid price.
Post # 12
That’s insane! My hair and makeup is only double the price because I am having a trial run the day before of both
Post # 13
I was at a BBQ the other night where this hairdresser was saying that they bump up the prices so much for brides because they cause the hairdresser/makeup artists so much hassle. I was sitting there thinking “how rude”!
Post # 14
I used to be a hairdresser and honestly most brides do take longer, its hard work, all the bridesmaids, mothers etc hassle you and give advice and comment on every move, not a single hair can be out of place and often parts of the style are done over and over until it is perfect. I would say that on average a brides hair takes twice as long as the bridesmaids, also if done with a team of hairdressers the bride always gets the best with more junior members doing the bridesmaids hair.
As for me, im doing my own, i was specialised in wedding hair ups and so watching someone else do an average job of my hair for my big day will just frustrate me.
Post # 15
@samanthajkellie: oh by the way, they were not being rude, it is true, obviously not off all brides, but in general, i have alot of friends who wont even do brides hair, i used to get paid alot to go to other salons to do the brides hair while they only did the bridesmaids because off the stress.
Post # 16
YES! This was super annoying to me, because my girl did a great job at my trial, but on the day of my wedding she was EXTREMELY rushed. Her salon scheduled her to do another brides hair 2 hours after mine at another location! They knew when I booked that I have extremely thick, long hair that would probably take a really long time. My hair turned out like horrible. I’m still a little upset about it 🙁
On the other hand, my BMs and both moms– who got their hair done at the same place– had different stylists who did a better job, took more time, and charged less.
The salon asked me to write them a review on Wedding Wire. I haven’t done it yet, because I’m still waiting to see if I calm down and view things differently (hasn’t happened yet).