Post # 1
So I got a quote from a family friend who is a hair and make-up artist. He will be coming to our hotel suite with an assistant. For hair and make-up he is charging $200 for myself (because I’m the bride) and $100 for each of my bridesmaids. Does this seem like a reasonable price? I kind of feel like the “bride” fee is a bit high maybe?
Also, how many of you paid for your bridal party to get their hair and make-up done? I have told them many times that they can style themselves however they’d like and I trust them. They paid for their dresses and I bought their shoes and accessories.
Post # 3
Honestly, I’ve never understood the surcharge for being a bride. The only “extra” work involved seems to be placing the veil, which is just not that complicated.
For the bridesmaids, the rule is that you don’t have to pay for hair and make-up if you don’t insist that they get it. In our case, we had someone coming to do hair and make-up for the two brides. I asked our Maid/Matron of Honor whether she wanted us to make her and appointment at the same time. She said she could take care of it herself, so we didn’t push.
As for whether the cost is reasonable, you’d have to look at what other vendors in your local area would charge. My wife and I found people on Craigslist to do ours. For the ceremony in Massachusetts, it was $50 pp, and for the reception in DC, it was $60 pp. However, I know we were pretty much at the low end, both places.
Post # 4
It doesn’t sound extremely unreasonable to me… Where I’m from for a bridesmaid, makeup alone costs around $40 and an updo is around $50-60. It does kinda suck that they charge more for the bride.. but I think sometimes they justify it by saying they put a little more time and effort into the bride’s hair and makeup than the bridesmaids (but not enough to double the price!). I’ve heard from several other brides that it’s sometimes worth your time to ask if the price is negotiable (especially in this economy). Request that they drop the bride fee and charge you the same as they would for a bridesmaid. The worst that can happen is they can turn you down… But I think you might be pleasantly surprised with their response.
Post # 5
I know several of my friends have insisted on having their look completely re-done on the day of the wedding. Like, the stylist will finish, the bride doesn’t like it, and the stylist starts over. In fact, one friend even told me, “If you don’t like it, make sure they re-do it or you’ll regret it.”
I assume brides are more expensive because they’re making room for that high maintanence side of things. 🙂
That said, he’s a friend, so is this his discounted rates or what!?
Post # 6
Thanks for your opinions ladies. Honestly, it kind of seems outrageous to DOUBLE the price for the bride. But I do think that $100 for hair AND make-up for BMs is a great price. If it were any other vendor I wouldn’t hesitate to try and ask to bring the price down but since it’s a family friend that I don’t personally know (he’s on FI’s side of the family) I feel kind of weird. But I don’t feel like it’s a “family friend” discount either! =)
Post # 7
I agree- it doesn’t seem like much of a “family friend” discount either!!
I got a pretty expensive quote today for my hair and make up too– although not as expensive as yours, but close.
Post # 8
Whoa… here in Northern Virginia, the costs are more like $200 for hair and $200 for makeup for the bride, or more! That includes a trial, though.
Post # 9
@rolling berry: We live in the DC area, too. We were just quite determined about finding an affordable option. With two brides needing to get hair and make-up in two different cities (once for the ceremony in MA, and once for the at-home reception in DC), we had to be. Paying $1,600 for just hair and make-up was not going to work!
Post # 10
Not at all… for our hair lady it is $35 for hair and $45 for up-do and then the makeup lady is charging between $45, $50, or $60 for eyes/lips/cheeks, full face, and full face with eyelashes. If he is charging you $100 for both hair and makeup then that is about what we will be paying also.
I am letting my Bridesmaid or Best Man pay for their own hair and makeup and letting them decide what if anything they want it done… some want it all, some want just hair, some want just makeup!
*I paid for their shoes, dress, and jewelry.
Post # 11
This seems silly to pay that much for hair/makeup. Seriously. But this may be because I am having a friend and family member do both hair and makeup for the entire wedding party, for free. IDK. It seems a bit over the top to me. And depending on what you are wanting for you hair and what time the ceremony actually is you may want to consider doing your own hair. As one of the other Bee’s stated most of the time the ladies are unhappy with the results from a proffesional and that is simply because you are accustomed to your own look. No one knows how you like your make up or your hair better than you do. I am only having my friend and Aunt do the hair and make up because 1. they asked if they could do it for me and 2. they both know what I usually look like and will not go over the top. Plus my wedding is at 6 pm so if there is anything I do not like I can simply wash it off and re-do it. But my suggestion to you if you do go with him ask him if he can do a trial run at least on you, make sure you like his style. And if at all possible find exact pictures of what your looking for and attempt this look on yourself first. Just like clothing, although you may like it in the magizine or on the hanger you may hate it on yourself.
Post # 12
I got my hair and makeup done for Epics in Los Angeles for $150 (and I had to go to their salon), so I believe that your prices are pretty good. Also, since it’s on location – I think it’s a pretty good deal! These are the reasonable prices for SoCal, on location, for both hair and makeup.
If you want to compare, I used Kelly Zhang’s hair and makeup artists – they are based in Pasadena.