- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 1996
I’ve received a number of private messages inquiring about Katie Cordery’s hair and makeup services here in Seattle, and asking me to send photos. I thought it might be more efficient and useful for me to just post a thread.
Katie Cordery runs a one-woman mini-salon in the basement of her home in Wallingford. She does cuts, color, and of course on-site hair styling and makeup for weddings. My assessment: her work is absolutely top-notch and I recommend her without reservation. (And I can be picky when it comes to stylists).
- Bridal hair updo (including trial): $100
- Bridesmaid/mom updo: $35/person
- Makeup (for bride, maids, moms, anyone, and includes free trial for bride): $20
- Travel fee: None. Katie will come to you for free. False eyelashes are also free.
Why Katie’s awesome: Super-flexible (she’ll come to you, she’s available for your engagement photo hair/makeup too, you don’t have to work with a crammed salon schedule to find time with her), relaxed and wholly dedicated to you (she’ll spend all morning getting everything just right, no sense of her needing to rush off to another wedding, you get to know her personally/she gets to know you before the wedding instead of dealing with whoever happens to be on staff that day like you do in some salons), and of course fantastic prices and beautiful, professional work.
Why Katie’s less awesome: She’s only one person and has no assistant, so it isn’t possible for her to do updos and makeup for the entire bridal party + moms. I had to book Salon Maison to do makeup for my maids. Salon Maison also did a gorgeous job, but their prices are higher and I definitely felt like we were just one appointment during a busy day for them – whereas with Katie, I almost felt like she was just another one of my friends relaxing and laughing the day away with us.
Salon Maison prices:
- Makeup: $55/person
- Travel fee: $20 (to Woodinville)
These photos are all from my wedding; please email Katie ([email protected]) for other samples of her work. Most of these are cropped/zoomed to display the hair and makeup, so please don’t judge my (wonderful) photographers if some of the images have strange composition or are out of focus. All images Gash Photography.
My bridesmaid on the left asked Katie to do a 1940s-style sideswept updo. Katie provided the hairclip.
(The second-to-last photo pose was my bridesmaid’s idea… don’t ask. 🙂 We had fun.)
A couple of you asked how I’d compare Katie to Swink Style Bar. They both do gorgeous work! The first time I had my hair done at Swink, I loved it so much that I booked them six months in advance to do my hair again on New Year’s Eve. Katie’s prices are lower, but the main reason why I chose her was that I had a bridal apartment in my venue to get ready in – so I was certain I wanted an onsite stylist. I wanted the calm of being in our own space to get ready, instead of a busy salon. Swink is definitely faster, though, so if you don’t mind going to them, and you have a tight timeline and need hair and makeup done quickly, they’re your better bet. It just comes down to what you need as far as timing and travel on your wedding day.
Feel free to ask more questions in the comments or PM me.