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ALL TOPICS | Beauty Questions

Q: What kind of space do I need for hair & Makeup? What else do I need to provide on the wedding morning?

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This is a question you definitely want to ask your individual artists, but the fact that you’re clicking on this question that you even care tells me you are the exact types of brides that we like to work with. So thank you. Thank you from whoever your artist is. I love that you’re already thinking about this. Some of the things that we ask our brides to keep in mind are to make sure to have plenty of table space for the makeup artists. Coffee tables don’t necessarily work because it’s really hard on our backs to keep reaching down. I mean, if you think about how many times we’re grabbing for products, that would mean we’d be reaching down like, 50 to 60 times throughout the day. So they need to be counter height. Our team, we bring our own chairs and our own makeup lights, so really that table space is key. And then also something to think about for both hair and makeup is just ample space. I think a lot of times our brides don’t think about how many people are actually going to be in the room, so just allowing extra space and access to outlets. And then another thing to think about is to provide an area that’s away from exit or walkways, because that can be a little tricky. And then here is my little pro tip for you. I highly recommend choosing someone who is going to be responsible for answering the door. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to step away to let somebody into the room, because we’re polite people and we’re going to serve. So if there’s a need, we’re going to meet it. But it really can interrupt the flow of the hair and makeup for the big day.

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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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