Wedding Planning: Should You Be Your Own Stylist?


If you're getting married, you need to decide whether you'll hire a makeup artist and hair stylist for the big day, or whether you'll go the DIY route. Hiring a professional takes all of the pressure off, but it also doesn't come cheap. And while you may be happy having your best friend provide her services, wedding hair and makeup often requires a little more know-how than the average person has. There isn't a right or wrong decision, of course, but to help you decide, I've come up with some pros and cons.

If you go with a professional: The biggest benefit, of course, is the expertise a professional offers. A hair stylist can create elaborate updos and straight-off-the-runway styles for you and your wedding party. A makeup artist will be able to choose flattering colors that will photograph well; this is a huge benefit, since what looks good in person may not necessarily appear the same in photographs. With both hair and makeup, going with a professional should minimize stress on the big day. The largest drawback, naturally, is the cost. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars for wedding-day services, and if your bridesmaids are included, the price could easily go past $1,000.

For the pros and cons of doing it on your own, read more.

If you do it yourself: The big perk, of course, is the money you'll save by having a friend help out with your look; if you're on a very tight budget, this is a great opportunity to save some cash. If you feel comfortable with your hair and makeup skills, have at it. Just be sure to do a few run-throughs before the big day, and photograph the results to see if you need to tweak anything. If you're not a makeup expert but still want to take the DIY route, consider making an appointment at a department store for a few pointers.

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