How Can I Make Sure the Hair and Makeup Artists Get Paid?

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
make sure hair and makeup artists get paid

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It's a sweet gesture for your VIPs and makes a great bridesmaid gift, and offering hair and makeup to other wedding guests could be greatly appreciated. However, that doesn't mean you're on the hook for the costs! Whether you're booking a salon for the day and want other guests to take advantage of the services, or your hair stylist has a few assistants who could help out, it's a fun way to spend the morning surrounded by people you love. But if you're guests requested the services themselves (AKA you're not giving it as a gift) so you're expecting them to cover their own costs, making sure everyone gets paid can be a hassle! Here are a few tips for making this a little less complicated.

Begin by making sure everyone knows whether or not they have to pay for their services, and have the stylists create a list of exactly what each person's services will cost. Encourage them to include a 20 percent tip in each person's total, to eliminate any confusion on your wedding day. Now, armed with that information, make sure it gets shared with any guests who have appointments! Send out a master list that includes appointment times, what services were booked, and the total fee, as well as how everyone should pay (usually cash or checks work best in this situation).

You might also want the stylists to outline how costs would be affected by changed services. How much would it cost to add false eyelashes to makeup application, or to swap soft waves for an updo? This way whoever is collecting the money can quickly add on additional fees.

See more: 8 Steps to Amazing Wedding-Day Hair

When your wedding day arrives, have guests pay as they arrive at the salon or in your suite — before their services start. Consider it part of the check-in process, and put a bridesmaid or your wedding planner in charge of letting the stylists know who has arrived and collecting the money. Be sure to have change on-hand ($5s and $1s will be most useful). This will ensure that the hair and makeup artists get paid, and that you're not trying to track people down when you really should be putting on your wedding gown.

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