Post # 1
I’m wondering if any of you ladies signed a hair and make-up contract before your trial(s)? How did that turn out for you?
I would certainly prefer to do a trial first, but the soonest they could get me in was April, so I’m afraid someone else might take my date before me. On the other hand, I’m also afraid that if I don’t like it, I won’t really have time to find someone else. I’m going with a company, so I haven’t seen specific examples of this stylist/make-up person’s work. Thoughts?
Post # 3
I see your point in wanting to sign so they don’t book your date – I would only sign if you could cancel without any penalty or cancellation fees outside of a certain time period. Have you seen a copy of the contract?
Post # 4
i wouldn’t prefer signing contract before trial especially you don’t know how well it will turn out. For me, I rather pay a little bit more just to do the trial without locking in the date. But it also depends on how far out your wedding date is. I think makeup/hair is very important on your wedding day as everyone can see very easiy, so it has to look good.
Mine did require the contract first. However, the deposit was only $50 dollars which is far less than trial fee in my area (which goes from 100 – 150+). So I signed the contract figured I can walk away with the $50 after the trial considering it’s trial fee.
Post # 5
I had two hair trials and three makeup trials before I booked someone.The first trials were literally a disaster. I highly recommend doing a trial before signing anything and paying any type of deposit.
If you do sign a contract I would make sure there wasn’t any penalty for canceling should the trial not go well.
Post # 6
I had my makeup/hair trial and didn’t like it at all so I wouldn’t sign a contract before going.
Post # 7
@elizabeth2004: I did this – signed a contract and paid a deposit before doing a trial. Considering my wedding isn’t until next year, a trial would not be advisable since I can easily change my mind throughout the year. I’d rather do it close to my wedding date. Plus, I don’t want to spend a ton of money paying for trials to different artists. But I and my bridesmaids have looked at my makeup artist’s website/portfolio and I’m pretty happy with it so I went ahead and booked her. I’ve also looked at serveral reviews about her before making a final decision.
Post # 8
I did this too. Signed and paid the deposit at my first trial which I did 1 month out. My deposit was $150 and the total bill for hair/makeup was $220ish.
Post # 9
speaking as a hair dresser/make up artist that has often done weddings, the best way and most professional way in my opinion…is to sign a contract AFTER the trial. only after should you be able to make a decision and pay anything. what i would personally do with clients was have them come in for a trial which would be make up and up to 3 hair looks. after the client was happy and satisfied and decided to book their wedding with me, i would them tell them the total price for the service on the day of their wedding. this final price included hair, make up and gas money for traveling to the location. after that was established, there would then be a 50% deposit due and the date would be set. after all that information was determined a contract would be drawn up with location, prices, date and time. both parties would sign and state what the amount being deposited was.
to me, it seems otherwise stupid and some what pointless to sign a contract before you get to even see anything and decide. why sign a contract if the person ends up being HORRIBLE at what they are doing to you? that or they may have a big head and not even care about what they are doing and half ass it just because they know you are “committed.” you are then stuck and out of money. i understand every place does things differently and it may be hard to find the right fit for you, but this is YOUR day, YOU should be happy!!
Post # 10
@Dub D: <— Exactly what I did.