Please excuse me for being naive and lame…

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

I can’t help with the flower questions as we skipped the whole corsage/boutineer thing and only had bouquets for me & my bridesmaid.  But as far as hair & makeup, yes that length of time seems normal to me. 5 minutes to do your own makeup and hair is quite impressive. 🙂  I guess it also depends on what she’s doing…curls, an updo, etc?  Airbrush makeup?  And yes I would tip 20% on top of whatever the total comes out to. But i will say i’ve never heard of this charge being “per hour”… seems like she could then work as fast or as slow as she wanted to get paid how much she wants.

Post # 3
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m forgoing florals for everyone except for the bridal party. For your hair and makeup, 15-20% tip is the norm, I think. 

Post # 4
860 posts
Busy bee

heatherfeather61317 :  Youre making this more complicated than it needs to be. If the flowers are going to be inexpensive and your SIL dosent mind the extras I would make everyone one. 


Post # 5
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

For flowers, we gave boutonnieres to the groom, groomsmen (x3), my dad and DH’s Brother-In-Law (who was also  our MC for the reception). We gave corsages to my mum, my Mother-In-Law, my step mum and DH’s sisters (x2). We decided not to do bouts from the ring bearers, as we thought they were likely to get crushed (one of them fell asleep in the car on the way there, so they would have). In your situation, I would probably get bouts for your brothers and Future Father-In-Law, and corsages for your mum’s as they are all immediate family. I would probably also include step parents and FFIL’s girlfriend just to keep the peace, but if you really don’t want to get them one you can probably do without (it should be an all or none thing in my opinion – either they all get flowers or none of them do). Some people also do flowers for grandparents but we decided not to and they weren’t expecting them.

As for hair and makeup, I live in Australia and we don’t tip here – sorry I can’t help you with that. But my wedding day hair and makeup probably took about an hour and a half combined. If you’re having an updo, I can definitely see it taking longer. My stylist would do a bit of the style, stop to look at it and would redo it if it wasn’t perfect. Same with my makeup artist.

Post # 7
9536 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

heatherfeather61317 :  i’m confused–who is going to make these bouts and corsages if you’re just picking up flowers from the market the day of?

Your makeup artists is slow. My MUA took 45 minutes.  (Though our trial run took about 1.5 hours.) That said, $250 or so for wedding makeup is normal, at least in most cities.  Yes, you tip her.

Post # 9
253 posts
Helper bee

Since I had fun with my trial run on the flowers, I’m going all Oprah with the bouts and corsages. “You get to wear flowers! You get to wear flowers! Everyone gets to wear flowers!” (Okay, not quite) 

My dad and his lady friend


My brother (my dude of honour) and his lady friend aka my likely future SIL

Groom’s brother (BM)

The hostess of the wedding (aka groom’s boss, it’s at her home)

Groom’s niece who is our musician

The officiant

Post # 10
3868 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Flowers – it’s up to you. No one ‘has’ to have them. The basic scenario is for the couple and bridal party to have them, i.e. bouquets for BMs and bride and boutonierres for Groomsmen and groom. You can just do that and everyone will think it’s lovely. You can do more if you like, it’s totally up to you and your SIL.  Dunno about tipping, I live in Australia. The hair professionals I tried out did take a ridiculously long time. I ended up having my friend do it and she took half the time and it was much nicer! Go figure. 

Post # 11
1219 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Corsages for the women are not really a thing in the uk so we didn’t worry about that. We had bouquets for the bride and Maid/Matron of Honor (I didn’t have other bridesmaids) then the groom, 2 dad’s, 2 best men and my Brother-In-Law had boutonnières. They were all dressed the same even though my Brother-In-Law didn’t have a role – it’s was just to include him. My flower girl (3years old) had a kind of ball of flowers on a ribbon loop because we thought they was too young for a bouquet. 

Post # 12
452 posts
Helper bee

Corsages: my friend did farmer’s market flowers as well, so the live flowers were only for bouquets and some vases along the aisle. Friends also harvested wildflowers from a friend’s farm for the tables and decor.
Their boutonnieres were made from lace, burlap, and dried/artificial flowers. We did the same for my wedding: real flowers for bouquets and for the mothers/grandmothers, artificial for the men. It saved 80+ just by cutting out the men’s boutonnieres!

Tipping: To my understanding, you are not expected to tip if the person owns their own service. If I hired someone from Cost Cutters to come do my hair, I would tip them because they’re only getting a (presumably) small percentage from what I pay. However, if this person does ‘freelance’ hair and makeup, taking home the full $100/hour, there’s no requirement to tip. You may still want to, but it shouldn’t be expected.

Post # 13
452 posts
Helper bee

Oh, and our groomsmen didn’t wear suits either. We just pinned their flowers straight to their dress shirts. 🙂 

Post # 15
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

My best friend is doing my makeup (she does it for a living) and she said she needs 2 hours for that alone (she’s not doing my hair) so I think that amount of time is pretty standard

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