The Q: Help! I'm starting to plan my wedding in New York and cannot find a reasonably priced hair and makeup salon/person. There are 7 bridesmaids, plus myself, the two mothers and possibly our brothers' girlfriends. I don't want to spend $2,000 on hair and makeup, but I can't seem to find any place cheaper.
I need advice and guidance! Where's a good place to search? And what do you think is a realistic cost per person that I'm looking at? Thank you thank you thank you!
The A: This is one of those posts where I feel like I'm going to tell you stuff you don't want to hear... but I'm going to also try to be helpful, so take this with a grain of salt.
You CAN do this for less than $2,000, as long as you are willing to GO TO the hair and makeup vs. the hair and makeup COMING TO YOU. At the same time, don't just go to ANYBODY, because this is your hair and make up.
By my calculations, if you go to visit the ladies at My Hair and Make Up at their lovely salon in Chelsea, you can take care of your entire party for about $1700! They are officially the hair and make up for events for many of my friends and family.... which is a strong personal recommendation. And they've worked with MANY of my clients and done a bang out job. For more money, they ladies will come to you. As a planner, that does take the edge off the day, but understandably, not worth stressing yourself out over financially. Here is a wedding they did with us a while back.
The numbers get a little tighter, but still workable, at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. The lovely salon is a great environment for getting together with your maids and make up and hair are around $80 a pop ($160 total) for maids and moms.
However, (and here's where I start telling you things you might not want to hear) my big question is why you feel that you need to cover hair and make up for all of your maids? I think it's SUCH a LOVELY gesture, but I think that if it's a matter of both things, maybe you ask them to all come with blow outs or buns and cover their make up. Or, see if they are open to having your person do their hair so you can all get ready together and then cover their make up. I am not trying to put more obligation on your 'maids, but if you are watching your budget, hair for 7 ladies is $560. That's potentially flowers on 2 tables, or one limo or your calligraphy on your envelopes and escort cards.