What is Included in That Cost?
Brides that want Instagram worthy pictures on their big day know that it takes careful planning and research to achieve that look. Below are several beauty services that brides turn to when they want to achieve that perfect bridal look, with hair and makeup being the most popular by far. You should look into booking your selected professional up to one year before your wedding day. Also, don't forget that you should add in a 15-25 percent tip to many of these services which will also bring up the total cost.
Skin Care: Having glowing, flawless skin should be one of the first things you think of when planning your beauty regimen. Set up a visit with your dermatologist months before your wedding, as some treatments to take care of acne or wrinkles may take up to several months to work.
Laser Hair Removal/Waxing: Depending on your budget, you can either go the more expensive route with laser hair removal for $200-$350 per session (with a six session recommended minimum) or you can do waxing instead, which is more affordable. Waxing establishments will charge more for herb-based wax of better quality as it minimizes the occurrences of ingrown hair and skin irritation sometimes associated with the waxing process.
Local waxing salons and day spas can charge between $50 to $75 for full legs, $30 to $50 for half-legs, $20 to $45 for arms, $15 to $25 for underarms, $10 to $20 for brows, $10 to $20 for lips and chins, $25 to $40 for bikini area, and $50 to $80 for Brazilian wax service
High end spas in resorts and larger hotels can charge between $70 to $85 for full legs, $45 to $60 for half-legs, $30 to $55 for arms, $25 to $35 for underarms, $15 to $25 for brows, $15 to $25 for lips and chins, $35 to $50 for bikini area, and $60 to $100 for Brazilian
Hair Stylist: Like other wedding beauty services, it depends on where you live, what you need done, supply and demand for that stylist's services, whether you need the stylist at your location or at the salon, and if you also need your bridal party's hair done. If you would like it done at your location, the stylist may require a minimum number of people. Prices can go from $50 for a bridal up do at a salon to $300 or more for the most in demand stylists in urban areas.
Makeup Artist: Many of the factors that will affect your final cost for a bridal makeup professional are identical to those for your hair stylist. You can choose between having your makeup applied via an airbrush or traditionally applied with a brush or sponge or even the fingertips. While traditional makeup is more versatile, airbrush makeup is much longer lasting and will not require touch ups throughout the night. The cost for airbrush makeup can be expected to be around 20-40% more expensive.
Manicurist/Pedicurist: Mani-Pedi session costs can vary depending on the type of establishment performing the service. French tips and specialty painted nails can be expected to cost between 10-30% extra.
Small or local nail salons nationwide can charge anywhere between $10 to $35 for manicures and pedicures, up to $40 for acrylic nails.
Mid-range salons and spas nationwide charge between $20-$60 for manicures and pedicures, and up to $50 for acrylic nails.
Higher end resort spas can charge up to $100 for manicures, $150 for pedicures, and around $100 for acrylic nails.
Facials: While all facials will take roughly an hour, the price you pay for that perfect glow is a reflection of the specific techniques being used by your esthetician to apply the various products and cleansers to your face. More experienced estheticians and upscale spas at high end spas will also charge more for the service. Depending on all these factors, brides can expect to pay anywhere between $50 for a facial at their local spa to $500 for a famous esthetician to perform the service at the most exclusive spa in major cities.
Key Points to remember:
In 2019, brides can expect to pay an average of $147, for their wedding hair and makeup, which is around 0.5% of a couple's total budget
How much a bride pays for wedding related beauty services is determined by what services are needed, where she is located, the level of talent and experience of the professional being hired, the level of establishment being visited, and supply and demand factors.
Beauty services needed by brides in addition to wedding hair and makeup can include hair removal services such as waxing, manicures and pedicures, and facials.