Post # 1
I need help. I’m having a small wedding, and have been looking for people to do my hair only (not having bridesmaids, going to do my own makeup). The cheapest quote (by far) that I’ve gotten for someone to come to the venue and do my hair is $275 (including trial).
Our wedding is in another state, and in a somewhat secluded area, so there’s not much nearby, and I don’t want to drive 30 minutes each way on my wedding day in an unfamiliar area to go to a salon.
I want to wear my hair down and fairly simple. Honestly, I really just want a nice blow dry. It seems crazy for me to pay over $300 (with tip) for someone to come blowdry my hair. I don’t have any family or friends that could do this for me, but I’m pretty good at handling my own hair.
So, what do you think? Shell out the money and get it done by a pro, or do it myself (with lots of practicing in advance)? For reference, my wedding dress cost $370!
I’d appreciate some advice. Did anyone else DIY? What was your experience?
Post # 3
If you like how it looks when you do it, just DYI. That’s a ton of money for a simple blow out. Just start now with “trials” to make sure you know exactly what you’re going to do.
Post # 4
Could you get it done the day before and then just give it a touch up day of with a straightener or curling iron?
Post # 5
I think it would be helpful to see some photos of how it looks when you style it in the style you would want to wear on your wedding day.
Post # 6
I would just do some hair trials on yourself and see how you like them. If it doesn’t seem to work then I’d go with a pro. But if you can get the look you want, DIY.
Post # 7
I was going to say have a pro do it before I read your post, but at that price for a blow out, I would vote DIY. Are you sure you have exhausted your options for a stylist nearby?
Post # 8
@Bearimbolo: Interesting- I hadn’t thought of that! Thanks for the idea!
@BlondeMissMolly: I’m going to look again and see if I missed anything, but I wasn’t thrilled with the super close options.
Post # 9
I’m hiring a pro because I want an updo and I’m useless at that. But for you it really sounds like DIY is best.
Post # 10
@Pinkmoon: I would not even pretend I could do an updo- I can barely make a bun out of my hair!
@Bearimbolo: You really got me thinking with your comment about doing something the night before.
It made me realize we’ll be staying in a larger city (45 min from the venue) the night before the wedding and then driving to the venue the day of the wedding. I’m now thinking of getting my hair done at a salon the morning of the wedding in the larger city before we drive to the venue. That way I don’t incur all the travel fees, but I still get a pro blow-out. It will also give me the option of doing a half up style in case it’s super windy out on the day of.
I’ve seen bridal packages for ~100-130 (including trial) in salons, which is still a lot, but approaching a more reasonable level.
What do you think of the new plan?
Post # 11
@SleepyBee99: sounds like a good plan, if you aren’t comfortable with DIY. If what you want is pretty simple, maybe not mention it is for your wedding? Because prices seem to skyrocket when you add bridal anything
Post # 12
@SleepyBee99: I got my hair done for around $60 (salon right next to my venue), however, it would’ve cost me more to DIY my hair since I don’t even own a hair brush. By the time I purchased the brush, curling iron, hair dryer, pins/clips and hair spray/gel, it would’ve cost me more than just going to the salon. If I already had the equipment, I don’t think I would’ve gone to a professional. I did DIY my make-up though (cheaper to purchase the items than hire a pro).
Post # 13
I’d also normally always recommend getting a pro to do it (especially since I can’t do my own hair to save my life) but if all you want is just a blowout…I wouldn’t pay that much. Your new plan sounds food, although $100+ still seems like a lot for a blowout. But weddings are when people are prepared to spend a lot more than usual for things, so why not? 🙂
Post # 14
@SleepyBee99: what city will you be staying in? A lot of cities have blow dry chains (like dry bar for example) and you could get a blow out for probably $50 or less if that’s what you want. Attaching “bridal” to it allows them to charge you way higher prices. I would just get a blow out and not call it bridal so as to save money.
Post # 15
@SleepyBee99: your new plan was exactly what I was going to address. Depending on the time of the ceremony, some places would open early for you to get your hair done.
Post # 16
@Bearimbolo: +1 for the suggestion! Also SleepyBee99 – have you thought about checking out youtube? There are so many people on there, from professional to every day gals like us, who can give you some amazing ideas and also walk you thru the process of the style step by step. Good luck!