Post # 1
I’m researching hairstylists, and I’m feeling a bit shell-shocked about the prices for the bridal party. I thought I had an idea of what the average would be for downtown Chicago, but it’s even more than what I expected. I’m open to having them go to a salon somewhere nearby (we’ll be getting ready downtown) but it’s really not any cheaper than getting someone to come to the hotel. Factoring in everything that the BMs are paying for, I feel bad about asking them to pay $75+ to get their hair done. I’ve already paid for a small portion of the dresses, and I’m also planning on paying for everyone to get their nails done the day before, and so I can’t really afford to contribute any more of my own money.
My concern also is that, for myself, I don’t want to make a decision solely based on price. I have long hair, and I’m really picky about what I want, so I’m fine with paying whatever I need to pay for someone that will do a good job. So- should I try and find someone more reasonable for the rest of my party and then get someone separately for myself? I’m not requiring anyone to get anything done, but when I polled my girls and the moms, almost everyone said they wanted to get their hair done so I feel sort of obligated to try and find something that’s not outrageous. I just wondered how any of you handled or are handling this situation. Were the people in your party fine with the prices- or did people pass because of the cost? Were you able to negotiate anything cheaper?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Try to find someone more reasonable but explain to your girls the prices too, and be clear you do not care whether or not they get their hair done, that it’s totally up to them. I asked my girls and they said they didn’t want to do it so I left it at that. Otherwise I might’ve tried to find someone cheaper for them.
Post # 4
I’m paying $190 for my hair and makeup. Bridesmaid or Best Man is $95 for hair and $75 for makeup
Post # 5
With this economy there has to be somebody willing to negotiate. Look on Craigs List. Lots of stylists are doing freelance work and that’s how I found my wedding stylist. You might be able to find somebody on facebook, too. I know a few salons that offer discounts on their facebooks pages.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
Have you talked to your regular stylist? They may be willing to come to you the day of, and bring some of their stylist friends with them. Only problem is that most times when a stylist comes to you, they are going to charge a little more than they would in a salon because they have to travel and bring their own products.
Post # 7
Gah. I’m paying $250 for my stylist to come to the hotel the day of. I have made it as clear as i can to my girls that they are by no means required or, even requested, to get their hair done. I figure- I see them all the time on nights out. They always look beautiful. They can handle themselves! 🙂
Post # 8
I’m having the same realization, dookie32! I now live out of state so all I’ve been able to do is internet research and the prices that keep coming up make me wish I had a hair stylist/makeup artist in my bridal party! 😉 There are a couple of the girls who will just do their own hair and makeup I think…so I will do the same, let them all know they aren’t expected to get their hair or makeup done.
Post # 9
I totally agree that the salon prices are way over the top! I am going with Aniko Salon & Spa in the South Loop because it seemed a LITTLE more reasonably priced than some of the other places I looked at downtown. But its still right there in the $75 range for an up-do for my bridesmaids. However, they did give the bridesmaids the option of doing a shampoo & style option where they can leave their hair down (and they’ll put in barrettes for your or whatever) for much less, around $40. In addition, if you pay in advance they’ll give you 10% off for any services, including spa services. So after much researching, we’ll all be making the trip to Aniko…. I did make it clear to my bridesmaids that they completely had the option of having their hair done by the salon or doing it themselves and I was fine either way. In the end 4 bridesmaids chose the cheaper shampoo & style option, one chose the more expensive up-do option, and one decided against having her hair done at the salon. I am having both my hair and makeup done at the salon and honestly, its costing an arm and a leg…I am doing the hair preview, but not the makeup preview, because of that. I hope its worth it!
Post # 10
I think as long as your girls know it’s not required, the most you can do is try and get the best price you can and leave it at that. As soon as you mention “wedding” most places double their prices.
Post # 11
We’re paying $45/BM for hair at a fancy salon where I get my hair done. I wouldn’t ask them to pay $75. If one of the BMs is good at styling, maybe she can do the girls’ hair?
Post # 12
Has anyone used a beauty salon, like the Aveda Institute? We’re thinking about this to keep the costs down. What do you think? Too risky?