Post # 1
I need some advice on this. We are getting married in March in Venice, just the two of us. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to find makeup artists and florists there. I found one makeup artist who also does flowers, which would be nice because she could come the morning of and bring the bouquet. She has a really lovely portfolio, and has even done editorial shoots for major makeup companies and magazines in Europe. However, she does not do airbrush makeup.. just regular foundation but she says that is her specialty. I wear makeup everyday but my look is pretty natural. I have pale green eyes/ light skin and dark hair and it’s hard for me to do my eyes anything but natural without looking dragish, maybe because they are light. I was really hoping to do something a little more dramatic for my wedding day with colored lips and fake lashes. Her rates are $300 for makeup and $300 for bouquet (250 euro for each).. we can afford it..
I’m just wondering is this a lot? Am I better off going to a counter here and buying the makeup to do myself and getting simple peonies sent to the hotel for a fraction of the price? My dress was only $800 to give some perspective. We do have a professional photographer taking photos.
Here’s some pics of her work.. let me know your thoughts and if her prices seem normal or high. I need to make a decision fairly soon!
This topic was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by lionessa.
Post # 2
lionessa: Nope, I wouldn’t.
Post # 3
Daisy_Mae: I’m starting to feel uncomfortable with the cost, especially the bouquet seems very high but I don’t think I could book her for one service without the other. I’m looking at the model’s pic and thinking “wow she looks gorgeous” but she’s also a model. I’m almost never happy with professional makeup counters doing my makeup so I wonder if I would be disappointed with her makeup? I wouldn’t have any makeup trial- just sending her inspiration pics beforehand. At least if I went to a makeup counter here, I would have a few months to perfect the look and I would be comfortable with the end result.
Post # 4
Extremely high for what I’m seeing in the pictures ! I would just do my own and practice a ton before hand and watch tutorials online! 🙂
Post # 5
I would! If I eloped I would have saved a ton of money, so paying $600 for flowers and makeup for one of the most special days of my life would be worth it to me.
Post # 6
ltj14: I think I can order professional flowers for less than that. Aren’t most bouquets closer to $100-$150? Our hotel said the concierge could arrange that, although I imagine I couldn’t go into as much detail as I could with this woman. I would probably specify peonies or a single flower I love.
If I don’t splurge on makeup, we will probably get a couples massage in the morning of our elopement at a spa in our hotel.
Post # 7
lionessa: It depends how many and what type of flowers you want in your bouquet! Mine cost $300! It is totally up to you. Couples massage would be nice too 🙂
The makeup is what seems more overpriced IMO. I had a professional MUA come to my venue and do airbrush and fake eyelashes for $95. But in your situation I’d probably still do it.
Post # 8
lionessa: I don’t think you can really ask if we think it is too much because most people are going to respond that it is too much especially by American standards.
I think you need to find out if it is a good rate for Venice. Different markets equal different prices. Venice is an expensive place so it may very well be the going rate. You also have to factor in other things as well. Do you speak Italian? If not is this one of the only vendors thst do? Is that worth paying more for?
Post # 9
lionessa: Nope. I didn’t elope but we did a simple JOP wedding, and I wasn’t wearing make up and we didn’t have flowers. Saved us a ton, but then again that’s why we had a JOP wedding, we just didn’t want to spend the money and we honestly couldn’t afford it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: December 2014 - Maui
I agree with j_jaye. Whether or not that cost is too much depends on what is normally charged where you are getting married. I can tell you that I live in Japan, and a hair stylist/MUA here costs average around $600 and a bouquet costs around $250. I’m American and almost everything here is expensive to me, but there is no point comparing prices to prices back home because it’s usually not even possible to get things at such low prices here. I am assuming you are American since most people on this site seem to be, but I think you just need to assume the prices will be more than what you might pay in America.
Also whether you should pay that much depends on your priorities. I am also eloping, but to Maui. I’m paying a lot for my hair/makeup as well, but I am crap at those things so having a professional do my hair and makeup so that I am confident and look nice in pictures is important to me. I can’t have a trial so I chose someone with very good reviews, even though she is more expensive. However, flowers aren’t so important, so I’m just sticking with what I get through the elopement package.
Post # 11
Absolutely not. Why spend almost the cost of your dress on flowers and makeup for an elopement? Can’t you just buy a bouquet from a store or florist? You should be able to get a simple bouquet of roses for very little.
Our flowers cost $225 and my makeup was complimentary when we eloped. The artist didn’t do the best job. I realized that I got what I paid for and our pictures were still gorgeous.
For our vow renewal, I am spending $1000 on flowers and $120 for my make up. We are having 35 guests and our reception will be in a luxury hotel. Our flowers are fake to save money.
Post # 12
I would, for sure. An elopement is just as special (if not more so!) than a big wedding, and why shouldn’t you get to look and feel amazing?
I think that $300 for the flowers and $300 for the make-up is reasonable.
I semi-eloped (5 guests) and went all out for make-up and hair and don’t regret it a bit!
Post # 13
I would pay for professional makeup, because personally I couldn’t match it no matter how long I practiced. I would also buy a bouquet, but probably for less than $300.
Post # 14
I eloped in Europe too and got my own flowers and did my own hair and makeup. I regret doing my own flowers and my own hair. I liked my own make up, as I am very particular about my make up. I wouldn’t go with her prices though, they are REALLY steep (even for europe!).
Post # 15
I’m in Australia and my bouquet is $225 and my make-up (including trial ) is $175. These are competitive rates where I am getting married – no special flowers etc. So I don’t consider the prices you have been quoted to be outrageous. It all depends on your priorities…I am really looking forward to having my make-up done by a professional. It will likely be the only time in my life that I pay someone to do this. $175 for a lifetime’s worth of professional makeup doesn’t seem so bad to me! It’s a treat. My bouquet is my only professional flower spend. I’m doing supermarket flowers for the tables, so again, when I average out my flower spend it’s not so bad.