Nov 12 2007

Our wedding: Hair and makeup


Having a great hairdo and makeup is important for a bride. She’s gotta look great for her groom, and don’t forget all of those pictures that will be taken!

I typically don’t wear much makeup, but that look just wouldn’t be right on my wedding day. I wanted to look great, but I knew my budget wouldn’t let me spend much on hair or makeup.

I mentioned to one of my friends (thanks, Rachel!) that I was considering going to get my hair done at a beauty school, since their rates for updos were affordable.

She told me that she has a friend who does hair very well. AND, said friend has a roommate that does makeup. Woo!

It turns out, they’re wonderful at it.

The hair stylist gave me a very excellent deal, including a trial hairdo and makeup application, and she did my hair on my wedding day AND the hair of my four bridesmaids.

As part of my gift to my bridesmaids, I paid for their hairdos.

What’s even cooler, is that she came to us. We all met in the church basement early in the morning on my wedding day, and she and her lovely assistants did our hair very quickly. It was really nice not having to drive to a salon.

And I’m glad I didn’t do my hair or makeup myself. For one, it would look terrible. And two, I was far too nervous and preoccupied to even try doing it myself. Leave it to the pros.

Some tips for getting lower-costing hair and makeup on your wedding day:

  • Ask around! Surely you have a friend who has a friend who’s neighbor does hair. Everyone does, whether you know it or not. You might find someone willing to do yours for a reasonable price.
  • Call the local beauty college and find out what they might charge, and if you can have a practice-run with the same stylist.
  • Call a moderate or high-end salon to get a price quote. Be polite, and then when you hang up, laugh at how much they wanted you to pay.
  • Always get a practice hairstyle. This way, your stylist won’t be rushed. She’ll see how your hair responds to the style, and be able to make adjustments as necessary. You’ll see how long the style holds, and you’ll have a sense for how long it will take to style.
  • For makeup, ask your hair stylist if she has any recommendations. Or maybe you have a cousin or friend who would love to help you out.

Pictured is me with my um…”little” sister. I was wearing flat shoes, she was wearing heels. But still, she’s a tiny bit taller than me. If you’re curious, I’m 5’10”.


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12 Responses to “Our wedding: Hair and makeup”

  1. Yay for cheap hair and makeup! I have a couple close friends that are hair dressers so I got my hair trial and hair for the big day free! (I did give them gift certificates as a thank you.) They also did my three bridesmaids for nothing! Another friend did my makeup. I was very blessed in that area!

  2. Thanks so much for dropping the note! So far our wedding budget is $2ooo and we’ve been sticking to it. Over half of this is for the reception. We are having a formal dinner with all of the nice linens and crystal and china so it costs a bit more than usual. My dress was $400 with alterations, and our church is decorated for Christmas very nicely, so we only have to add minimal decorations. My groom to be gets his tux for free through a deal from David’s Bridal, I printed my own invitations that only cost about $100 (and came out gorgeous I must say!), and postage came to about $100 (I used custom printed stamps with our pic on them). We have a bit left over for those last minute things, and I’m so pleased with how everything has turned out. The Lord has blessed so abundantly, even in giving us a beautiful home. It’s such a blessing to see God work!

  3. Lovely!

    I was fortunate enough to be in a wedding two weeks before my own wedding. A friend of the bride’s was a hairstylist and gave her a discounted rate, which her parents then paid (we brought tips). Anyway, I picked a style which I could also use for my own wedding–and then did it myself. Practiced a lot before, of course.

  4. Very Nice! You both look beautiful :) I was lucky enough to have my husband’s cousin (who went to beauty school) do my hair (and my bridesmaid’s) for my wedding. Free :)

  5. You are right, it is always a good idea to ask around. I had my hair done for years by a mom of 5 kids who was very qualified as a stylist and had owned her own salon before. She just happened to not want to work outside her home so I would go to her home. I could take my kiddos which was great and they played with her kiddos and she and I chatted while she did my hair (coloring and all) on her kitchen chair. Plus the price was much better than a salon!

  6. That’s a great suggestion. Do you mind sharing how much you were charged for five people total? I spoke with the fella who cut my hair at the beauty school, and he offered to do the bride’s and 4 bridemaids’ hair for $250 (he’ll come to us, and probably bring an assistant), and I wasn’t sure if that was really a deal.

  7. Hi Ms. Miniducky-In case someone wants to use the stylist I did, I don’t want to disclose the price I paid, in case the stylist wants to charge more. I want to eliminate that “But Kacie only had to pay…” protest :)

    If you absolutely wanna know, you can e-mail me at and I’ll tell ya.

    I don’t know if $250 for five women is a good deal. At $50 a piece, that’s not a deal in my area, but it might be a bargain in yours. I’d shop around some more to see what’s available.

    However, if he’s absolutely amazing and will bring an assistant and come to you, it might be worthwhile.

    In my hometown, $50/piece would get an up-do at a very nice salon.

    Oh, and one more thing I should mention–if you’re hiring someone to come to you, it might be a good idea to have them sign a simple contract. I had no problems at all, but it would be awful if my stylists were no-shows.

    It would be good to have a back-up plan just in case, ya know!

  8. Thanks for the advice, I’ll probably call around a little more to get a better idea of what we could get.

    I’ve emailed you!

  9. My friend – a bridesmaid – will be doing my makeup. She’s done it for formals and for my college senior portraits so I know that it will look good up close as well as in photos.

    You write that you paid for your bridesmaids’ updos as part of your gift to them. What else did the gift include? I am trying to think of ideas for bridesmaids’ and groomsmens’ gifts (different ones, of course). Suggestions are most welcome! Thanks!

  10. Thanks for the great tips. Weddings are so expensive, I love to save money when I can.

  11. my matron of honor did the makeup for me and my bridesmaids, and i paid to have all our hair done at the salon (as well as my mom’s). groom’s mom didn’t want hers done (she just wears it down and curled all the time). :)

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