Post # 1
I had been budgeting $150 for hair because my salon says updos are $125+, and I figured a little more for bridal (which is ‘by consultation’). It didn’t occur to me until today that the required trial would probably be at least $100 as well. As we get close to $300 for just hair at the salon (and realistically, probably more, I haven’t done my consultation yet), I’m thinking of having someone come to my hotel for hair and makeup. The going rate in my area (stupidly expensive Washington, DC) seems to be $500-$600 for hair and makeup on site including trials. I am having sticker shock. Is it worth it? How much did you pay? Can any DC-area brides recommend someone for hair and makeup? Finally, I found someone who will do on-site hair and makeup without a trial for $170 hair and $150 makeup. Do I really NEED to do the trial? Also, I don’t really like having my makeup done, because I don’t wear much normally and the few times I’ve had it done professionally I tend to think it looks overdone.
My wedding is not too large or formal, but I have hair that needs professional help and I definitely want it up and out of my way for the day. If I do it myself it will fall out and it won’t hold a curl. If I do my own makeup (knowing myself) I probably won’t do it heavy enough to show up in pictures – and you’ll probably be able to see the dark circles under my eyes. Advice please!
Post # 2
Yikes, those prices are crazy to me! I didn’t do a trial for hair or make up and I don’t have any regrets. We had professional hair and makeup artists come to my parents house where we got ready. My hair was free because some of my bridesmaids got theirs done, it was $50 a person/hair and make up was $30 each. I researched tons of places in my area and the highest was $75 for hair and $50 for make up, in STL suburbs. I’d go with the cheap option you found if you need professional hair/make up, but I’d also see if I had any bridesmaids or friends that would help just do an informal updo or make up.
Post # 3
dizzybee130: It depends on your personality, what you value, and what your budget will allow for. I am very particular about my hair and make-up, so I splurged. And it was so, so worth it.
Having the stylists and MUAs come on-site was honestly one of the best decisions I made. We had two stylists and two make-up artists for 7 people (myself, 4 bridesmaids, my mom, and mother-in-law). They came to our hotel suite and worked on everyone there. There was no driving around town, worrying about appointments running late, or worrying about my out-of-town bridesmaids getting lost. My husband and I did cover everyone’s hair and make-up, which was $85/person for make-up and $100/person for hair. My hair was $150 and make-up was $125; I also had trials of each for the same price. So yes, it came out to be rather pricey, especially with gratuity and on-site fee ($100 each for the stylist and MUA). But if I had to do it over, I’d do it that way every time, even if it meant sacrificing the money from something else like flowers or decor. Everyone was relaxed, having fun, drinking champagne, and just enjoying the day rather than being stressed and rushed.
Post # 4
omg thats insanely high!!!!!! I thought paying 30 for makeup as a bridesmaid was redic, I did mine myself but no one can draw my brows like i can haha!
Hair was 80 incl tip
Post # 5
dizzybee130: IMO paying to get your hair professionally done is worth it, especially if you have a lot of hair or picky hair that needs a stylist’s touch 🙂 I skipped the hair trial for mine for financial reasons, and while my hair looked nice, if I had had the option to reconsider the style, I probably would have. I would say only skip the trial if you have a really good picture of what you want your hair to look like, and you have shown it to the hair stylist and are confident in that person’s ability to replicate the picture.
For makeup though, the amount you spend for getting your makeup done could be put toward buying high-quality makeup yourself and practicing several times before the wedding. I practiced at home at least 5 times and took pictures to see what it looked like and it worked really well. Then after the wedding, I still had nice makeup to keep, which made the cost more worth it (still wearing the wedding lipstick!).
Post # 6
oh, also YouTube has a bunch of great makeup tips and videos for the do-it-yourselfer!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
If you pay someone to do it, I HIGHLY recommend a trial, that way you’ll have a chance to tell them if you feel like you’re over-done and they can get it right the day-of.
That being said, I don’t think the same needs to be done for your hair, so long as you have a strong idea of what you want, it’s simple enough to do that day-of.
I had my hair and makeup done professionally (by friends, since I used to be a wedding planner) and honestly, it was the best decision I made, I could have done it myself, but knowing I wouldn’t need to worry about it was such a relief when it actually came time to getting ready, I could just relax and enjoy the morning with my ladies.
Post # 8
I hated all my makeup trials and spent over 350 on makeup trials alone I thought It was absolutely necessary because I was bad and doing my own make up but I spent a little money at sephora and watched kandee Johnson on YouTube and I love my DIY makeup…. you should just give it a try. My DIY makeup is not too light for pics and I don’t look like a clown. my hair trial plus the updo is only 90 so I got lucky there
Post # 9
I didn’t pay nearly that much. For hair & makeup for 4 girls, and my trial I paid each artist $600 [$1200 total for 4 girls hair & makeup]
Post # 10
dizzybee130: The reason why they require a trial is because they want to make sure the headpiece and/or veil WILL stay on! I’ve heard stories of brides insisting on a specific updo that doesn’t have enough support to hang all the other hairpieces they want. Then they complain and bad mouth their hairdresser -_-
That said, if you just want curls and some hair pinned up, you probably don’t need to do a trial.