Additional Costs and Things You Should Know
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and completely forget about some additional fees that can pop up when working with beauty professionals. To save you any headache, below are some of the most common costs you’ll see on your bill and some additional questions that we frequently get from our Epic Elopement couples:
Travel Fees: If you’re requesting for your makeup artist and hair stylist to travel to your ceremony location or bridal suite you may have to pay a travel fee, especially if they live in a different city or state. If they will need to book additional travel accommodations, you can expect to cover the costs of their flight, rental cars and hotels. Most local beauty professionals will charge a minimal, if any, travel fee to a nearby location (on average ~$15-30).
Makeup Extras: Be sure to read through your makeup artist’s proposal carefully as some may charge additional fees for false lashes, lash extensions, touch-up kits, airbrush makeup and more.
Hairstyling Extras: Most stylists will tell you to come to your appointment with clean, dry hair. If you arrive with wet hair, they may charge a fee to blow dry and style as it will take up more time. Also, if you plan to wear extensions on your wedding day, your stylist may charge a fee for extension styling and application. You can also expect to pay more for any additional styles, if you plan to have more than one on the day.
Hair and Makeup Trials: More often than not, wedding trials are not included in standard pricing and will be an additional fee for each trial. Some of the additional makeup and hair fees listed above can also apply to trials, so be sure to clarify in advance. On average, most wedding hair trials are around $100-$125 and wedding makeup trials can range between $75-$125.
Time of Day: If you need to start wedding hair and makeup early for a sunrise ceremony, your beauty pros may charge a fee. Similarly, if they have to stay later than their normal hours you may also incur a fee. Be sure to talk through the timeline of your day with them to ensure there’s enough time for travel and they won’t be rushing to finish your hair and makeup.
How much should I tip my wedding makeup artists and hair stylist? Most brides will tip their beauty professionals between 15 and 20 percent of the final total. If your bridal party will also be requiring the services of your makeup artist and hair stylist, they can expect to tip around the same amount per person. Be sure to read through your contract ahead of time, as sometimes the tip is already included in the quoted pricing.
Does the bride pay for the bridal party’s hair and makeup? The short answer is: it’s entirely up to you! Traditional weddings call for the bride to pick up the costs for any beauty services or requirements of the bridesmaids. But nowadays, bridesmaids have covered their own beauty costs or split the cost with the bride. Take a look at your budget to determine if it’s something you can and want to do, then talk to the rest of your bridal party members to get their thoughts before booking.
Does wedding hair or makeup come first? This is primarily dependent on the hairstyle that you choose for your wedding day. If you’re planning on a hairstyle that requires a decent amount of prep time, you may start hair first and have makeup applied in-between. Once you’ve landed on a style, chat with your stylist to see what they recommend based on the amount of time that you have available.
How long does it take for both wedding hair and makeup? We’d recommend budgeting around two hours for wedding hair and an hour for wedding makeup. Your hair stylist and makeup artist will be able to give you more specific time estimates once you’ve landed on final styles.