Alright girls, can we have some real talk today? Good. I like to do real talk in ALL of my blog posts because if you’re not doing real talk, then what’s the point right? EXACTLY! (Like how I’m answering these questions for you? Muhaha)
Anyway. I already wrote passionately about the importance of creating and sticking to a wedding budget, but I want to talk about it a little bit more because it’s SUPER important. So many brides are so concerned with the dress and décor items (omg, I need to get this gown no matter the cost! Omg, I need to book this venue today!) that they ignore a super important part of the equation; making sure that those items fit into the budget.
This is no different when it comes to your wedding day beauty costs. Wedding hair and makeup should be a fun and stress-free experience, once you know what style you like and how much of your budget you’re willing to spend. The style is totally up to you, but knowing what is a “normal” price to pay can be tricky. It’s not like you’ve considered this cost before and wedding hair and makeup costs vary quite a bit. Like everything if you want a good quality service you will generally pay a decent price. But what is a “normal” price to pay for these services in The Maritimes? Don’t worry friend, I’ve got you. I’ve gathered the average hair and makeup costs you can expect to pay in The Maritimes to look and stay fabulous on your special day.
Average Wedding Hair Costs
We’ve come along way from traditional wedding day hair and makeup and now anything goes. Recently we’ve seen lots of natural wedding hair styles, braids and simple chignons or whimsical waves but what you go for is ultimately up to you.
The bride’s hair is more expensive but maybe not for the reason you think. If you’re looking to get your ladies’ hair done, expect bridesmaids, moms, and other loved-ones hair to be priced at about half what your hair costs. This isn’t one of those situations where they are simply adding random bridal markup, this is because the stylist is going to spend more time and care on your hair. The stylist wants to make it as perfect as they can for you and is going to invest time making sure you are emotionally taken care of. Not feeling your hair? They are going to change it, start over, or do whatever it takes to make you happy.
The following is a quick guide of what you can expect to pay for a variety of styles in The Maritimes:
• Trial: $45-$75
• Styling on the day: $55-$100
• Bridesmaids hair: $50-75
• Mother of the bride: $35-45
• Routine cut & color before the wedding $110+ (best to stick with your regular hairdresser for this)
Lastly don’t forget to budget for your groom! A day-of-wedding hot shave or treatment is getting more and more popular.
Makeup & Beauty Costs On Your Wedding Day
Your makeup artist will generally spend an hour on your bridal makeup, even if you’re going for a super natural look.
I’ve broken down the average bridal makeup costs below:
• Your Makeup Trial: $45-$75
• Bridesmaid Makeup Trial (generally carried out at the same time as the bride): $30-$45
• Makeup for you: $45-$100
• Bridesmaid Makeup: $45-$60. If you have a large number of bridesmaids, makeup artists may offer a discounted rate.
• Makeup for your mom/mother-in-law: $35-$55
• Manicure: $35-$55
• Extras: eyelash tint ($25)/ eyelash extensions ($150 for full set, $60 for fill)
If you need your stylist to come to you (early morning wedding, remote wedding, you’d just prefer it that way) expect to pay as much as double their normal in salon price, plus mileage for the stylist. The travel fee will vary depending how far away you are located. You can expect to pay approximately $.50/km outside of the area they are based, while others charge for travel time. Some makeup artists and hairstylists will have a minimum spend in order to justify a call out, so it’s always best to ask to be sure.
When it comes to wedding hair and makeup costs vary greatly. My most important advice when it comes to hiring a hair/makeup stylist is this: the amount you spend on a stylist should never make you feel uncomfortable. You will be able to find stylists at almost every price point, so if an amount you’re quoted doesn’t work for you, keep looking.
Did you hire a hair/makeup stylist? If so, how much did you pay? Share below to add to the conversation and help a future bride out.