(Closed) Tips on hiring hair/makeup vendors?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I haven’t officially hired somebody, but I did have one very bad hair and makeup trial, looking back on it, there were definitely some red flags. First of all, they were bad about responding to emails, took on average at least 3 days, sometimes up to 1 week!  The new person I booked with responds right away, sent me a confirmation of everything with a description of what will be done and hair and makeup and who will be doing it.  There were a lot of details to look at: What do they charge for you, vs for bridesmaids, MOB, etc,  are there any promotions based on number of people, ask what time they are starting for X number of people, I had  a wedding where they started at 8AM and everybody was exhausted, my current stylist gave me an option to add an assistant for $50 an hour to speed things up.

warning, the first place I went to had really good reviews on the wedding websites, as far as I can tell, the girl who I had the trial with must be a new hire, I didn’t see her name anywhere in the reviews, maybe request somebody with more experience?  I think as a whole, look for somebody who sounds open to your ideas, has good supplies, and behaves professionally.

Meanwhile, I haven’t officially booked, so can’t say for sure, good luck!

Post # 3
8816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


Sheeners:  i found my hair and makeup person through recommendations from friends.  both work out of their home and travel to locations.

the hair person charged me $100 to travel and was $60/person, m/u person charged $50/person and no travel free. 

hair trial was $30 and i went to her, m/u trial was $50 and she came to me.

i was very happy with both people.

Post # 4
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I found my hair and makeup person on the Venue’s recommended vendor list. Then I talked in person with her and reviewed her portfolio online. I told her what all I wanted and she walked me through skin care, etc. and gave me a very reasonable price, broken down by person (so if someone opted out, that comes off the contract). Just like any vendor, I recommend at least meeting any person before you hire – and possibly before you do a trial that costs anything. 

Post # 5
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Sheeners:  Ask the stylists you talk to if they would be willing to put the $$ you pay towards the trial run towards the wedding.  When I do weddings, that is what I do.  You pay an amount for the trial and if you decide to book me, the money goes toward the total amount.  If you decide not to book with me, it covers the travel/kit fee, ect 🙂 The hair/makeup artist I’m hiring for us did the same.  Also, definitely check out reviews on places like weddingwire, weddingchannel, ect.  Or…if you find someone another way, ask for referrals so that you can speak with someone that has worked with them before.  Also, speak with them on the phone…it is a good way to see how you connect with them without meeting in person.  You might be fine with someone over the internet, but get on the phone and not be as comfortable.  Unfortunately, without meeting them face to face there is only so much you do.  Maybe you can schedule meets up to view their portfolios?  That would give you an opportunity to meet up and see how well you intereact with them without actually paying for the trial run for each and every person. Another idea is to talk with your coordinator, chances are you will have a list of a few stylists she has worked with and can reccomend 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 10
857 posts
Busy bee

Go with your gut. If you are unsure about anything, ask.


We found a girl on kijiji (similar to craigslist) She runs her own business, and makes her own rates. So they were alot better than salon rates. She was always fast at responding which was a good sign to me, and had a contract for view to me within a day. Proof of professionalism. 


Ask friends if they know any hair stylists that work out of their home!

Post # 11
28 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am getting married next month and i had hired someone a while back. I agree with some posts above. be leary of people that dont respond within a few days. if they are professional and want to make you feel comfortable with your decision and take their business seriously, they will follow up with you. Make sure when you have a trial, that they send you all of the pictures from the trial. Especially if you paid for the trial. Make sure that you also have all contact information for the individuals that will be coming the day of your wedding to perform your services. 

I had a very uncomfortable experience after hiring someone and it turns out i am about to fire her a month before my wedding and hire someone i found to be more reliable and better communication. Unfortunately i lost alot of money with the first contract, but you cant put a price on loving your hair and makeup the day of because all of the pictures and your entire look makes the day and its all you will have in the end. 

so it may be costly to do trials and be sure you are 150% comfortable with who you hire, but in the end you will be comfortable, happy and love your pictures! 


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