No, I’m not Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, or Britney Spears. In fact I’ve never worn make-up except for that time when… well… no one wants to read about that.
A few weeks ago, Energi Gal (EG) started the following e-mail chain from work:
EG: Is $1400 too much to spend on hair and make-up for the bridal party?
LM: Did you add 86 more people to bridal party that you aren’t telling me about?
EG: No, this just for me and 4 bridesmaids and the trial consultation.
LM: Ummm, yeah I’d say that’s way too much for make-up. I think you could hire the Today show crew for cheaper. I’d hit those wedding websites.
EG: It is not the make up that is pricey, it is the nails. The make is $35.00 a piece for the bridemaids and $75.00 for me (bride markup).
LM: So the nails are around $1100?
EG: $75 a person
LM: I think I need to see how this all breaks down. It doesn’t seem to add up near $1400. I fail to see how you are going to get $1400 of value out of it. We could get the really nice mattress. Something seems insane.
I should probably change my name from Lazy Man to Sarcastic Man.Â I really can be that sarcastic.Â Looking over our other wedding expenses, everything else is pretty fairly priced for what you get (in my opinion).Â I’m really at a loss as to what the answer here is.Â On one hand, I feel it should be the bridesmaid’s expense – it’s make-up for them.Â On the other hand, they already have a lot of expenses.
The obvious plan is to find a way to cut these costs. Energi Gal has taken to those wedding forums and the consensus is that make-up, hair, nails, etc. just cost that.Â There were no tips forthcoming.Â We did find that by going to a college salon we can save money on the nails – especially because we left the word “wedding” out (it seems to trigger a 25% mark-up minimum).Â I’m currently pushing the idea of Energi Gal finding someone that she can contract out for the day to do it.Â Perhaps there’s a chance I can barter some website skills in return.
Once again, I ask the readers for advice or ideas.Â Any way to cut these costs further would be appreciated.Â Perhaps I just need to be convinced of the value of one day of make-up.