How much should I spend on wedding hair and makeup?

It’s your wedding day! So what better day to pamper yourself with some beauty services and by getting your hair and makeup done?

If you’re looking at getting your hair and makeup done for yourself, your bridesmaids, wedding squad, mother, future mother-in-law or otherwise, it’s good to know how much you can expect to spend.

Our 2019 Annual Wedding Report has taken a look at what past couples have done on their wedding day. This will give you a better idea of how much your wedding hair and makeup should cost and how you can tailor it to your big day.

The cost of wedding hair and makeup

The average wedding party is made up of between 7 and 10 members. When thinking about the average cost of hair and makeup this can be calculated anywhere from 3 to 5 people.

You can expect to spend around $740 on hair and makeup across Australia. This has gone up by 2% in the last year. However, this is a number that can fluctuate depending on how many people you have in your wedding party, and who is or isn’t paying for hair and makeup services.

Couples in New South Wales and Victoria can usually expect to pay a bit over the national average. The average amount spent on wedding hair and makeup in each state in 2019 is:

Victoria – $777

New South Wales – $861

Queensland – $653

South Australia – $542

Western Australia – $606

Australian Capital Territory – $479

Tasmania – $663

Northern Territory – $550

Who pays for what?

Similar to the question of who pays for the bridesmaid’s dresses, who pays for what when it comes to hair and makeup services is good to sort out before the big day.

Traditionally a bride and her bridal party will be the ones having their hair and makeup done together. However, grooms and groomsmen being pampered before the big day or two brides getting married with a larger bride squad are becoming more common. This means more fluctuating wedding parties and potential costs. At the end of the day, you should always do what is suited to you, your dream team and your budget.

Most couples will opt to split either the cost of the bridesmaid’s dresses or the cost of hair and makeup, rather than splitting both. Alternatively, if the wedding party needs to book accommodation somewhere the couple may pay for the whole shebang.

At the end of the day, chat to your wedding squad about costs and contributions to see what you’re comfortable with together.

Booking a hair and makeup trial

Most brides have a hair and makeup trial with their artist before the big day. Why not make sure you’re completely happy with your wedding day look on one of the most important days of your lives?

Despite this, we have seen an 8% decrease in brides booking in a trial since 2017. Make sure you don’t have a difficult look to recreate if you’re someone who is leaning against a trial.

Factor the cost of a hair and makeup trial into your budget if you are having one. This typically isn’t covered in the average costs above so it’s good to be prepared. A great way to get bang for your buck when having your trial is to organise something the night after you get done up. This could be anything from going out to dinner with friends to your own hens party!

What to look for in a good hair and makeup supplier

Now you’re ready to find your perfect hair and makeup artist it’s time to take a look at what you want in that person or people.

Reviews are the best way to get a sense of how a supplier has worked at a wedding before. They give you real feedback from real couples and can also help you with any other questions you might have leading up to the big day.

Brides in the past love it when a hair or makeup supplier has been available and happy to have multiple trials ahead of their day, to make sure they can get that look just right. Creating a look from an inspiration photo is also a bit plus. Take to Instagram, Pinterest, magazines and even other real weddings for inspiration.


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Providing educated advice without going against the wishes of the bride is also something that is favoured by brides from the other side. An experienced artist will be able to give you advice for what will suit you best based on what you already want for your day.

How to avoid potential disappointment

Keep an eye on red flags such as the artist not offering at trial before the day. Offering a hair and makeup trial shows that your artist is interested in making sure you’re happy with your day, even if you decide against a trial at the end of the day. This should be standard practise unless you’ve booked late and there simply isn’t enough time in the leadup to your nuptials.

Keep an eye out for artists who struggle to cater for different hair types or who ran out of time to do hair and makeup properly on previous wedding days. The best way to get around both of these is to properly prepare yourself. Chat to your hair and makeup artist about different hair types and skin types, as well as how many people you have getting ready on the day. That way they can allocate the proper amount of time to get you all ready.

Your hair and makeup artists is a professional. Take their advice when it comes to your wedding morning timeline because they have the best idea of how long everything should take. Consider hiring an additional artist if you are concerned about the time or have a particularly large wedding party.

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