Reasonable or taking the micky?

I asked my hairdresser if she would come to do my hair (and that of bridal party) before my wedding. The salon is no where near where we are getting married but she said she would take the day off work and come and do it (and it would be a secret from her work).

I expected to to chat with her about prices but she emailed me prices last night and I almost feel of the sofa!

I dont expect her to do it for nothing, and I want to make it worth her while BUT I feel like she is really being a bit cheeky?

What do you think? I have 3 bridesmaids, 2 mums and grooms sister who want their hair putting up. All would need trials. It would be near enough £1,000!

Am i being unreasonable?

Practice Day -

Call out charge: £50.00

Brides Practise: £50.00

Bridesmaids Practise: £40.00 per person

Blowdrys: £20.00 per person

Wedding Day -

Call out charge: £100.00

Brides Hair: £65.00

Bridesmaids: £55.00 per person

Blowdrys: £20.00 per person

Bearing in mind she is still probably getting paid from her salon and the drive is about 10-15 miles. And the money would be cash!


  • LittleRed_10LittleRed_10 Posts: 1,453
    It does seem a little steep from the prices I've been looking at however being selfish I was only ever going to have a trial for me, to be honest though the prices are not cheeky for that many people
  • SheraleighdSheraleighd Posts: 1,336
    I have just had a similar experience whilst researching stylists for the day, I was quoted £425 for an updo trial & on the day JUST for me!

    What a joke!

    Where do these people get off?

    They justified it by saying that they'd be using their own products and that the fee would include fixing any hair accessories in place for me on the day image err isn't that what hair dressers do?

    I think a grand for hair is really steep even for that many people, I'd look elsewhere if I were you and also forgo trials for the rest of the bridal party to keep costs down.

  • monkey197monkey197 Posts: 254
    yeah i know it seems like a lot, but there are a lot of people, and seems similar prices to what i had seen. its because you want someone from a proper salon as well i think, mine would have been £70 call out and its not very far. the ones who do hair and make up and come to your house as standard are a bit cheaper from what i've seen. so unfortunately not that extortionate image x
  • mrslane2bmrslane2b Posts: 1,205
    Glad it's not just me!! I expected to shell out a few hundred but not double that! Think I will look elsewhere. Shame as I get on with my hairdresser but feel she was trying to take advantage when she could hve earned herself a good wad of cash on the side Now she probably won't earn any image
  • jefnurjefnur Posts: 359
    We paid £100 for trial and wedding day hair and £80 for bridesmaids trial & hair on the day so £340 for us all. No call out charge - but my parents house is just along the road from the salon so hairdresser was back at work by 1pm. I thought it was expensive but fairly reasonable considering she was there from 7.30am.
  • I wouldn't bother with trials for the bridesmaids. But unfortunately the other prices are in line with other places I've seen. My hairdresser has kindly offered to come to my house to do mine, BM and Mum's for £20 each, but I'm only having a blowdry and I have been his client for many years. The call out charges she's asking for are a bit steep, I'd try to negotiate that bit.
  • CrowLadyCrowLady Posts: 151
    Actually when you break it down like that it does'nt seem too steep, however, unless your BMs are having extremly complicated up do's, then a paratice isnt needed and PRACTICE blowdrys?! Thats not needed. Also I think the most worrying thing is shes planning to sneak off work to come to your home, this could all go horribly wrong.

    Also, is she planning to come alone? If so, thats alot of work for one person, which is why you would be paying a premium ( I Used to do bridal/hair up a few years ago). Maybe email her back and haggle, if shes doing it for cash and not through a salon I reckon theres room to barter image
  • cm_prcm_pr Posts: 339
    It's not taking the micky, it's in line with most prices I've seen and it's along the lines of what I'm paying for hair.
  • CorieLeighCorieLeigh Posts: 609
    Unfortunately I'd have to agree with some of the others, the prices seem about the same as what I've seen. But I'd definitely cut all the trials etc except for you.

    The only thing that seems a bit harsh is the fact that she's not going to work, and pocketing all the cash, and that's a lot for her to pocket. I think if I know she was doing that I'd want it cheaper.
  • DuddersDudders Posts: 1,659
    What is taking the Micky is that she wants to charge you the same as a person doing it officially with insurance and real overheads for cash in hand. Those prices are similar to many I looked at though.

    Where are you based? There are cheaper people out there that will do just as good a job, even with it being on the books. I paid £65 total for my hair and make up on the day and she came to me at my venue. She charged me £50 for a trial which she did at my home.
  • emsyjemsyj Posts: 3,807
    I won't comment on the prices as I am totally out of touch with what this stuff costs, but I will say that that is an awful lot of people for one person to style!!! Is she going to have help? Even if she only spends 30 minutes per person, she'll be there (with prep/setup etc) for 4 hours at least. If she's blowdrying everyone too then that's a whole day of work surely?? image
  • Bb5Bb5 Posts: 275
    My hair cost £50. Most of my BMS did their own hair, one had hers put up that was £35, i would rather do it myself then pay those prices, out of principle more than anything.
  • nats2013nats2013 Posts: 6,253
    i do think you need to see her timings for the morning....

    on a per person basis i dont think its that expensive although i do wonder why it costs twice as much for her to come out for a practice than the real day but perhaps there is a good reason.... also, do your bridesmaids need a practice really?
  • tinainwidtinainwid Posts: 277
    If all your bridesmaids are having the same style why not cut costs and only have a trial on one bridesmaid.. maybe your MOH that way you,ll get to see if you like the style and save money.. I wouldnt bother with any other trials apart from your own and possibly MOH.
  • Mrs MaynesMrs Maynes Posts: 601
    I'm only going to have one bridesmaid have a trial. My hairdresser is charging £30 per hour so I'm not expecting it to cost more than £120!
  • AmandasaAmandasa Posts: 219
    I'm a hair and make up artist and am freelance. I would say her prices are about right (depending on her experience), however what I don't understand is the 'call out' charge? What's that all about? I have never charged this, the only additional fee I have is if the travel distance is more than 40 miles. I also wouldn't be talked into having trials for everyone else. If they want a trial they pay for themselves. I conduct mine with the bride but will happily meet and chat with others about their requirements all under the brides trial.

    Hope this helps

  • misswhite90misswhite90 Posts: 255
    I agree with everyone else about all the bridesmaids getting a trial - that would understandably bump the price up and timing is definitely not quite right.. My hairdresser is taking an hour for me and an hour for my mum on the day.. If I wanted bridesmaids then she said she would bring an additional personal with her..

    Is there a reason you want her? Personally I would look for someone who specifically travels or a hairdressers that will come to you? Call out charge on the day £100? What is that all about? I think that alone is very cheeky and she will make a fortune off of you - considering she is doing it cash in hand on the side but charging you top salon prices. But I am doing my wedding on a fairly low budget so would think that is shocking.. Comparison: my trial and on the day is £70 from the owner of my local haridresser - including "call out charge" and "blowdrying"
  • mrslane2bmrslane2b Posts: 1,205
    That is my point. The charges themselves arent bad but the ca out charge is what gets me. Plus the fact she is doing it on the side and charging top rate as if she was using salon prices.

    I might say to bms if they want a trial they can pay for it. Also think I am going to look around as the whole

    experience has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    She is saving up for a house so I though extra cash would suit her and it would suit me to use her. That was until I saw the amount she was expecting to pay!!
  • boobear45boobear45 Posts: 236
    hi there. Prices are about right but I agree with some of the other ladies - trials are not necessary for bridesmaids. They could perhaps be present at the trial so that the stylist can assess their hair type, length etc and see whether or not they need to grow their hair for the big day etc. Mums may be wearing hats etc and can be assessed as to whether their existing cut will suit the hat/fascinator. I see that your wedding location will be in the City of London. If this is where the stylist will have to come, and it is 15 miles away, that's the equivalent of over an hour's travel each way (or more if its Central London) - add that onto a day's work that you wouldn't be getting paid for in a salon and I can see how the costs mount up (though not totally sure of her method of pricing structure). She will not really be able to take all of her kit on public transport surely, so provisions for parking or a taxi will have to be paid (if the prep is being done there). So all in all - you will be paying the same amount for someone who specialises in wedding hair but who is not linked to a salon so its a toss up - do you want to risk losing a good relationship with your hairdresser or perhaps tone it down with less trials. I don't think hairdressers get paid by salons - I was under the impression that they "rent" their chair and that the clients that they have during the day is their wage - she would be losing out on work by taking a day off from the salon.
  • smophlewsmophlew Posts: 295
    I personally would not pay £1000 for hair and makeup but I am on a small budget. The quote I got for three bridesmaids, me and mother of bride was £320 and that included trial for bride, hair and makeup but also facial, eyebrows and nails. I'm from Plymouth though but probs no good to you. I would definitely shop around - just type different searches into google and see what you come up with - most mobile hairdressers will have websites. Look around local shop windows in our local newsagents people put up business cards. Maybe a local ads paper. You do have quite alot of people who will be needing hair and makeup why not ask them to pay a small fee towards it? if they wanted it done then they would pay for it themselves for a friend's wedding or whatever, wouldn't they?
  • janiejujujaniejuju Posts: 212
    The average salary for a hairdresser surely can't be more than £20- 25k a year? Therefore charging you £1000 for less than a days work is RIDICULOUS.

    Keep looking around, and update us when you find someone who is not going to rip you off. I think sometimes it isn't the price that's the problem, it's the pure fact you know you are being taken for a mug just because it's a wedding!
  • mrslane2bmrslane2b Posts: 1,205
    The average salary for a hairdresser surely can't be more than £20- 25k a year? Therefore charging you £1000 for less than a days work is RIDICULOUS.

    Keep looking around, and update us when you find someone who is not going to rip you off. I think sometimes it isn't the price that's the problem, it's the pure fact you know you are being taken for a mug just because it's a wedding!

  • pminxypminxy Posts: 320
    Blimey, for those of you who think this is about right, your hair dressers must be using diamond crusted combs, £1000 .... Never in a million years is that 'about right'.

    I would expect to pay £15 to £20 for a BM up do, and a little more for bridal if you are having more done. As for the call out charge, cheeky b**** is all I can say about that.

    I would def shop around and don't bother with bm practice, its not necessary I don't think.

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