When I got married back in 2018, I had just graduated college and we were in the peak of Pinterest. I understand the idea of saving money and doing things DIY. That being said, having gone through this whole wedding process as well as having captured dozens of weddings, I thought it might be helpful to break things down. This is the first sub-series where I’m going to talk about where to save and where to splurge. As always, this is completely subjective. Today, I want to talk about Hair and Makeup.
Full disclosure, I didn’t hire anybody for my hair & makeup. I wore my natural curls with a flower crown and did my own makeup. I’ve always loved makeup and I think I did an okay job. But if I were to do it all again, I would definitely find the money to hire people this time.
Why should you hire somebody/a team for Hair and Makeup?
Just as any other part of your wedding, professionals will take that stress off of you and help make your day and elegant and perfect as possible. Professional hair stylists are trained to work with you and your hair to create a style that looks beautiful AND lasts all day. Even through the partying. The same goes for a professional MUA. They understand the intricacies of different skin types and issues that might cause issues. They know how to create a beautiful look that lasts through all the happy tears and hugging.
I’m a low maintenance person. I don’t typically wear makeup.
I get it. Really, I do. I’ve have a number of brides that don’t typically wear makeup and were worried about feeling uncomfortable with professionals putting so much on that they didn’t look like themselves anymore. This is where hair and makeup trials come into play. They allow you to get to know your artist. They allow you to try out different techniques to find what you’re comfortable with. Most of all, they allow you to go into your wedding day feeling confident that you’ll be happy with the outcome.
My wedding party can’t afford hair & makeup and I can’t afford to cover their costs.
A lot of hair and makeup artists do require a minimum number of people to travel to you so that is something to consider. Sisters, mothers, even grandmothers sometimes get their hair and makeup done so that might help you meet that minimum. Sometimes, finding a location salon and going to them (instead of them traveling to you) can cut out those minimums and make things more feasible.
To be completely honest as a photographer, professional hair and makeup makes all the difference in your photos. Even natural, “barely there” makeup. Even simple curls. Professionals are just that…professional. Just like you’re hiring a professional photographer and a DJ, these people are artists and are the best at what they do. You can spend thousands on a photographer, but without professional HMUA, you might end up less than happy with the final outcome.
Overall, I 100% think that Hair & Makeup is a definite SPLURGE for your wedding day. There are always places to lower costs and cut corners but I don’t recommend that this is one of them.