Questions for Stacy: Hair & Makeup Services for Bridesmaids

Question:

What is the protocol for providing hair and makeup services for my bridesmaids?  As much as I’d like to pamper my bridesmaids by providing both services, my budget does not currently allow for it.  Do you have any suggestions for a good compromise?

 Answer:

Good question.  It all depends on whether or not you have a specific look in mind for photographs, as well as what you think your bridesmaids’ needs will be.  If there is a more specific hairstyle you’d like each of your bridesmaids to have, it would be wise to hire a hairstylist to achieve that look.  In our experience, women feel more comfortable applying their own makeup while leaving the hairstyling to professionals.  You might suggest that your bridesmaids pay a visit to their favorite department store makeup counter prior to the wedding for some tips on achieving their ideal look for your wedding.  To save money on makeup artists, you could check to see if anyone within the bridal party feels comfortable applying eye makeup for the other bridesmaids, allowing each bridesmaid to take care of their own foundation and powder needs.

Another alternative to taking care of hair and makeup for all of your bridesmaids is to let them know you’ll take care of one of their services – either hair OR makeup.  This way, they can let the professionals take care of the one service with which they need the most help.  You could also give them the option to pay for the other service on their own.  This will allow all your bridesmaids to look and feel their best while standing beside you on your big day, without breaking your budget.
Cheers,
Stacy
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

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Questions for Stacy: Increasing the Guest Count

Question:

Hi Stacy.  My fiance’s family wants to invite more people than we have allotted in our budget.  What’s your suggestion for keeping the peace and staying on budget?

 Answer:

Compiling a guest list is one of the most challenging tasks that often kicks off the wedding planning process.  At this point, everything is fresh and exciting – but it’s important to establish clear communication from the very beginning.  In other words, if you’re going the traditional route in terms of the bride’s family paying for (the majority) of the fees surrounding the actual wedding day, you need to be clear about your maximum budget.  If your fiance’s family wants to invite more guests, you should ask them to pay the additional fees associated with increasing the head count.  In doing so, they ultimately make the decision as to whether or not the additional guests are added.  We have seen a lot of misinterpretation when it comes to this step: it’s easy for your fiance and his family to feel that you are limiting the number of people they invite, whereas you’re really doing everything in your power to keep the budget in line.  As long as everyone is clear about his or her boundaries and desires surrounding the wedding, you should be in good shape from the get go!

Cheers,
Stacy
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