The Importance of Hair and Makeup Contracts

Contracts for hair and makeup, you say?

When thinking of hair and makeup services for your wedding, you probably wouldn’t think that you need to sign a contract. It’s just hair and makeup right? Well, yes, it is just hair and makeup – but when you are booking beauty services for a special event like your wedding, you need to make sure that everything is in order. And you make sure that things are in order by signing a contract with the person you’re booking services with. Contracts are an important detail in booking your wedding day beauty services. Let’s look at this a little deeper, shall we?


Beauty professionals are vendors too!

While hair and makeup is probably one of the funnest parts of the wedding day, its important to remember that hair and makeup artists are also vendors. Brides tend to only consider services like photography, flowers, catering, the DJ, etc. to be vendors, however, you’re also hiring a hair and/or makeup artist to provide a service on your wedding day. Your beauty professional is also part of your vendor team. When you book services with your other vendors, you will most likely sign a contract. The same should apply when you book hair and makeup services.


But, why do I need a contract for hair and makeup?

Any professional wedding vendor – including beauty professionals – should require that a contract is in place when working with a client. Contracts are used to lay out the vendor’s business policies. Your contract will list information about the event, like the date, time and location of the event. It will also give a detailed account of the type and number of services being provided. Payment, refund, and cancellation policies will also be detailed within the vendor’s contract. Basically, the contract is like your “go-to guide” for working with each other. It sets the standards of the working relationship. You know what is expected of you, and you can also know what you should be able to expect from your vendor.

A major problem, I’ve been seeing, however, is that many brides are booking not only hair and makeup services – but all services – without signing contracts. This is problematic for both the vendor and the client. For the vendor, not having a contract in place means that you are not being firm in your business policies and procedures. For vendors, when you don’t have a contract, you’re not protecting your business. Without a contract, you’re leaving yourself open for last minute cancellations, late payments, and a whole slew of other preventable issues. And when brides book with vendors who don’t use contracts, you run the risk of the vendor potentially not delivering services as promised.

When a contract is not in place, things can get real messy


If things do get messy…

Although vendors and clients alike want to have a great experience working together, sometimes, that’s just not the case. When things don’t work out – whether it be a personality issue, conflicting dates, change in plans of the wedding or some other issue – the working relationship must be dissolved. When a contract is in place, and signed by both parties, the way to go about that is clear. You follow the terms of the written agreement. And, while this is never the outcome hoped for, if either the vendor or the client decides to not abide by what is agreed upon in the contract, you do have legal rights.

Contracts are legally binding.


In my professional experience…

I would recommend to never, never, EVER pay a wedding vendor any amount of money without signing a contract. As a vendor, I’ve been dealt with clients not following through on the original number of services, late payments, and I’ve even had to file in small claims court. With a contract in place, my business has been protected. On the flip side, I’ve seen numerous vendors back out on the agreements made with clients because there was no contract in place. I’ve seen clients lose their hard earned money after giving it to a shady vendor who didn’t have enough integrity in their business to have a contract. It’s really a shame when things like this happen, but the fact of the matter is that they do. And that’s why a contract is a necessity.

Aside from liking a vendor’s work, or getting along with the vendor, the most important thing to look for when booking a vendor is that they actually run their business like a business and use a contract. It’s not just a piece of paper. Its a legally binding document that can protect you and the vendor, and it can keep you at ease knowing that all obligations will be upheld – and if not, there is legal recourse.

The moral of the story is to ALWAYS use vendors who use contracts.