Who should pay for beauty services?

Photography by Jenny  Ostenson Photography

So you just got engaged.  You are so excited to start planning your wedding, you have figured out your date, you have booked your venue.  You have your bridesmaids all figured out.  You have asked them in a cute proposal maybe a wine glass that says “Will you be my bridesmaid?”  They have said yes.  Everybody is excited to get their dresses, their shoes and their jewelry.  Six or seven months comes around and you are in the process of booking your beauty team for your wedding, your artist asks how many people are wanting makeup and hair services.  You panic you haven’t figured this part out yet.  Who pays for it?  Do you offer it to them?  Do you make everyone get services?  Don’t worry this blog post has got you covered.  Figuring out who pays for services can be tricky so here is a guide to help you through it.  


Photography by Jody Colman Photography

Do you have a specific look that you want your attendant’s to have?  If you and your attendant’s have agreed on using a specific look that matches their features and a specific hair style that works with their hair than payment should fall on the bride.  Having a cohesive look definitely works for certain parties but it definitely takes away the freedom for your attendants to choose.  It is only fair that if your attendant’s can’t choose their specific look than they shouldn’t have to pay.  

Do you want each person in your bridal party to get hair and makeup done?  If makeup and hair services are an important part of your wedding to you and you are wanting each person in your bridal party to get services than payment should fall on the bride.  If getting makeup and hair done is a non negotiable for your bridal party than you absolutely should support your girls and pay for the beauty services and think of it as a wedding expense.

Photography by Sarah Carlson Photography

Have you got them a bridal party gift? If you haven’t gotten them a bridal party gift than maybe consider gifting beauty services to them.  Your wedding day is an experience and who doesn’t love getting dolled up.  I have had many brides gift their bridal party beauty services and their bridal party is so appreciative.  

Does your bridal party meet your makeup artist’s minimum?  I have had brides who only pay for their mom and sister because that meets my minimum and then give their bridal party the option to choose makeup and hair services.  This is a great option if you have an indecisive bridal party who haven’t decided yet or you don’t care if your bridal party has different looks.


Photography by Chris Klass Photography

You want your bridal party to have an option of choosing what is best for them.  If you just want to make it optional for your bridal party than absolutely have your bridal party choose and pay for themselves.  This is great for a few reasons it will cut down beauty costs for you and your attendant’s will feel great and comfortable in their own skin.  


I hope that this blog post helped with any confusion on who pays for beauty services.  Remember this is just musings of a bridal beauty makeup artist.  There is no right or wrong answer here and you absolutely have to go with what works best for your budget and wedding.  


Love Blooms!!

Photography by Rebecca Anne Photography

I am so excited that today on my blog I get to feature my friend Katrina from Love Bloom Wedding and Events.  Katrina is seriously the sweetest person and so incredible.  We met a few years ago at a wedding vendor group meet up and she was just the nicest person.  When I tell you this woman is so hard working I mean it she is at all the wedding shows, she is a floral designer, an event planner and a venue owner.  She is a wife, momma of 2 kids and basically a super hero.  I have never met someone with her drive and it shows with all of her success.  She is the very definition of boss babe.  So here it goes.


Photography by Rebecca Anne Photography

1) Tell me a little bit about Love Blooms Wedding and Events?

Love Blooms offers the convenience of many vendors within one company.  We can virtually do it all.  We offer event design, full service coordination, wedding planning, custom floral to fit your budget and theme, chalkboard art, decor rentals and full installation setup and tear down.  Our goal is to help you achieve your every wedding dream while making the planning process stress free.  You can chose to hire us for all or just one!  Whatever your need we are here to help!


2) How is wedding planning different when you also are a florist?

The experience for our clients is a lot less stressful and everything is a lot more cohesive since we are able to design and coordinate the floral, decor, linens, and all other design elements. 


Photography by Amanda Llyod Photography

3) Do you feel you can cater more to your brides because of your knowledge about the wedding industry as a whole?

Since I started Love Blooms eight years ago I have seen and worked with many different aesthetics, budgets, visions, and ethnicity’s, so through all my experiences I am able to cater to each client and their individual needs.  I also have a great understanding of all aspects of the wedding so I can step in and help wherever I am needed. 


4) What makes your venue space different then other spaces?

Our venue space is the only garden venue on the east side.  It is also very close to a popular Washington landmark, Snoqualmie Falls.  We also have long access hours so you are able to get ready in our gorgeous suits. 


Photography by Rebecca Jane Photography


5) What is your favorite part about wedding planning and floral design?

I love getting clients who have big dreams, don’t know how to execute their vision and don’t feel they have the budget enough to do so.  I take their wants and dreams and figure out a way to make it a reality for them.


Seriously Katrina is amazing at what she does.  To learn more about Love Blooms Wedding and Events click here.  To learn more about Katrina’s venue click here.  



When you want two getting ready Locations

Photography by Bonita Gabrielle Photography

This wedding season I have had a lot of bride who have asked about getting ready first at a house and then going to their venue to finish getting ready.  I want to talk about what this entails and the logistics that goes into doing this.  Every makeup artist is different some will allow to get ready at two locations and others do not.  Remember this blog is all about my business as a makeup artist and how I do things.  For me personally I am okay working at two locations within reason.  If you hire me as your make up artist I do not book things after your wedding mostly because after a wedding my brain is done and usually I am doing 6 or 7 people so I have to deep clean brushes before I can take another client.  So here are your musings of a bridal makeup artist and everything you need to know about having two different getting ready locations.


Photography by The Amburgey’s

1) The first thing you need to know is there is additional fees when you do this.  For me personally I charge my travel fee to get to your location.  This can be an extra $10.00 if your close or $80.00 if your venue is far away.  This is extra driving time for me and it does take additional time if your venue is far away so there will always be an additional fee.  Some makeup artists charge a flat fee if they have to change locations, others don’t offer it and some charge a mileage fee if you have a dream of having two locations talk to your beauty team to make sure you are both on the same page.


2) There is additional time that goes into me packing up, driving and unpacking my stuff.  There is a reason why I like to get to your location 15 minutes early and that is because it takes me 15 minutes to unpack my stuff and set it up.  It also takes me 15 minutes to repack my stuff.  So if you are deciding to choose 2 locations there will be 30 minutes plus drive time added to your time line.  


Photography by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

3) If you are wanting to change locations for just one person because you want to get ready there for pictures, you might want to think about a few things before you decide to do it.  Your wedding morning should be relaxing and when your makeup artist and hair stylist have a good flow going we start and finish appointments on time.  You have an opportunity to get ready with your girl friends and hang out and have a fun morning.  If you are the only one getting ready at your venue than you miss that connection of getting ready with them and hanging out, not only that your morning will feel rushed when we all have to pack up and move to a new location.  Also you still will be able to utilize your space while you all are getting dressed.  I know that the venues around here have gorgeous spaces but sometimes it is fun to get ready in one location and get dressed in another and we can usually finish earlier because we aren’t packing and repacking.


4) If you have a tight timeline already than it might be a good idea to stay at one location and get everybody ready.  The reason why is we are either going to have to start earlier to make sure that I have enough time to pack up and unpack.  You also have to take into consideration that there might be traffic, an accident or construction on the road and if you still have half the bridal party not ready and then we get stuck in an accident or something that bogs up the time we estimated to change locations than we will really run behind.  


Photography by Jenny Ostenson Photography

These are just some things to consider when thinking about changing locations.  Every makeup artist is different so you need to make sure that they are okay with changing locations, what their additional fees are and if they have done it before.  If a makeup artist hasn’t changed locations for a wedding I personally would stay in one spot there is more that goes into timeline preparation and making sure that you have plenty of buffer time to keep your wedding from running behind.  My hope for my blog is that it helps you prepare for anything that may come up in your wedding planning.  Have a happy Sunday!