help help!!! i need some advice as how much to charge for a wedding.

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ok, so a good friend of mine showed my portfolio to her friend and she really likes what i do..and she wants to try me out for her wedding and maybe her brides maids..!! i need help as to how much to charge them??

 
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Check against local artists in your area.  You do NOT want to low ball other artists or sell yourself short.

 Usual rates in my area are $75-85 for a Trial (which normally takes more time than the actual day)

 and $125 for Bride and $75-85 per bridal party.  Flower girls are around $25.

 NO add-ons - build the price to include false lashes if your bride wants it.

 Total packages that include staying throughout the day usually run around $1200 in my area - Boston.

 This is the one industry that you just can't discount without hurting yourself and your skills.

 Good luck!

 
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I kind of disagree with the previous poster.  If you are just starting out in wedding makeup, your rates should be a little lower than those in the area who have been doing this for years.  You need to build a portfolio before you can charge the same rates.  I would look at the rates of those in the area and go maybe about 25% lower.

 
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Also take into account what kind of kit you have.  If you have a pro kit with high-end brands and great brushes, be sure not to low-ball your price.  It's a fine line, but since you already have a portfolio built you can consider yourself an artist and charge accordingly.  Also take into account if you will be staying all day for touch-ups.  If you use airbrush you can charge more (though I have never been a fan of airbrush for weddings.)  Doing wedding makeup is difficult and tough on the body, not to mention having to deal with nervous brides.  I would call around and get an idea what others are charging in your area.  That's the easiest way to get a good figure.  Good luck!

 
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If I didn't have wedding pictures already and wanted them to add to my portfolio to help get future work I would personally go a little cheaper just to get the experience and pictures. Keep in mind I don't do this professionally, but on other areas I've always sold a bit lower and had much more business.

 

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