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ALL TOPICS | Beauty Questions

Q: Should I have "day old or dirty hair" on my wedding day?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Please do hair artists everywhere a favor and show up with clean hair. I cannot tell you how many times a bridesmaid will roll in with day old or three day old or even five day old hair acting like they’re doing us a favor, when in fact we set instructions that we want clean hair. And here’s why we want clean hair, because we can dirty the hair up with our own products that we know how they will perform. Whereas when you show up with dirty old hair, we don’t know what we’re getting into. And oftentimes you have to spend a lot of time and grunt work kind of trying to get that day old hair out of your hair. There are only two exceptions to this. One is if you have textured hair, definitely talk to your hairstylist about how they want you to come to the appointment. Oftentimes they will have you come with your curls already set from the day before, how you like them. The second would be is if you had a professional blowout the night before as directed by your hairstylist. So always make sure you’re in good communication with your stylist. And please, please, bridesmaids, follow the directions, follow the instructions. You will make our lives so much easier.

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Q: Is there really a wedding mark up?

Do you feel like the industry charges more “because it’s a wedding” and they know it’s an emotional purchase?

Do companies think that they can charge more for weddings since the bride and groom may be willing to spend more on their dream wedding?

Hey wedding pros – is this higher price tag justified? Why? Do you charge more for your service if it is a wedding?

This is a taboo topic, whispered but not discussed… until now.

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2 comments

    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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