"As a wedding professional, I know that the way you look and feel as a bride will be one of the most important aspects of your wedding day and an experience that goes beyond the beauty process. It's important that you feel listened to and cared for when planning and designing your bridal look and that your wedding day is treated like the production it is - from the smallest gathering to the grandest affair. I designed our bridal beauty services to provide you and your party the same attention to detail I give when I'm on set for any photo or film project and the additional reassurance that you and your look will remain picture perfect for every captured moment."
- With Love, Amanda Merrell - Owner and Lead Artist
Bride Only Package - $800 *Available with Amanda Merrell only*
Bridal hair and makeup at your location plus 2 additional hours of touch ups and personal assistance during your photography. 5 hours total
Bride Hair - Day of styling - dry styling with choice of updo or down do - 1 hour
Bride Makeup - Day of styling - Luxury skin prep, airbrush foundation, and custom temporary lash extensions.
Bridal Concierge Service - Our Bridal Concierge Service is a luxury add on for your wedding day. Includes unlimited touch ups of hair and makeup, dress and veil repositioning, and some photo assistance. 2 hours included in the bride only package
A La Carte Bridal Services - 1 hour 15 minutes each
Bride Makeup $200 - Your wedding day makeup service begins with a relaxing mini facial, custom to your skin needs to help your artist achieve our signature "Effortlessly Perfected Skin" - The kind you get with regular 8 1/2 hours of sleep, 3 liters of water daily, and both sunrise & sunset yoga...an unachievable lifestyle unless you happen to run GOOP. Makeup service includes HD quality makeup with your choice of traditional OR airbrush foundation, and false lashes.
Bride Hair $200 - Your wedding day hair service starts with an application of the appropriate products for your hair type and a short, relaxing scalp massage to ensure product is distributed evenly throughout your hair prior to styling. The styling itself is for dry hair only with your choice of an updo or down-do with complimentary extension placement should you choose to add in additional volume or length to your look. (clip in only provided by client)
Each preview lasts approximately 90 minutes and are held at our studio in Sykesville MD by appointment only. Most brides book 12-18 months before their wedding date and choose to have their previews within 3 months of their wedding. Your attendants are welcome to book hair and makeup previews as well and it's becoming more and more common for the mother of the bride.
Makeup Previews $125 - Includes a thorough consultation of your skin type to determine the best skin prep and foundation to ensure a beautiful and long lasting look. We will review your inspiration photos and discuss how the chosen colors and shapes of the makeup will translate to best bring out your features. False lashes are included in your preview as well as airbrush foundation if you and your artist decide it's the right fit.
Hair Previews $125 - Includes a thorough consultation of your hair, how it normally behaves, what products you usually use, and what may be necessary to achieve your desired look. We will also review your inspiration photos and select different aspects from each to create something that's just for you.
If you chose to purchase clip in hair extensions prior to your preview, installation is included. I'm happy to recommend clip in extensions if you'd like advice.
Attendant Makeup $150 - Makeup service includes luxury skin prep customized to their individual skin type to provide a natural and long lasting finish. HD quality traditional foundation or airbrush makeup and false lashes included with attendant makeup application. *Attendants include all those wishing to receive makeup services over the age of 15
Attendant Hair $150 - Hair service includes mini scalp massage to ensure even distribution of product, dry hair styling only with choice of updo or down-do, and complimentary extension placement (clip in only provided by client) *Attendants include all those wishing to receive hair styling over the age of 9
Junior Bridesmaid Makeup $125 - Includes custom skin prep to target specific skin concerns for the youth client, HD quality traditional foundation application, simple eye look with 1-2 eyeshadows and soft eyeliner, mascara, blush, powder, and lips. *Age 9-14. Any requests for more complex makeup applications including graphic eyeliner, glamorous or social media inspired eye looks, false lashes, etc will fall under attendant makeup and will be charged as such. This decision will be the artist.
Flower Girls $90 - Age 5-9 - Choice of updo or princess curls. Complimentary glitter and gloss.*prior to school age we prefer not to use our hot tools around jumpy children for their safety but are happy to include them with our "fairy dust" once everyone else is completed
Men's Grooming $125 - Complexion smoothed and naturally perfected with choice of airbrush or traditional foundation. *must be at location or subject to additional travel fee
Tattoo or Body Coverage $200 & up - Seamlessly cover tattoos, birthmarks, body acne, or anything else you don't want showing up in photos with transfer proof airbrush makeup. Prices starting at $100
Bridal Concierge Service $175/hour - My Bridal Concierge Service is a luxury add on for your wedding day. Includes unlimited touch ups of hair and makeup, dress and veil repositioning, and some photo assistance.
Travel - My on location service includes travel to the Baltimore area, Washington DC, as well as all of Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Frederick Counties in Maryland . Additional travel will be calculated at $50 per hour of travel time outside of our standard travel area. Hotel reservations are required for bookings with more than 3 hours of travel one way or for start times before 6:00 am.
Assistant $25/hour - Assistants can be requested to help shorten the total service time. They will help with prepping skin for makeup, hair for styling, as well as ensuring the lead artist's work station is kept organized and sanitary. They may also help with final touch ups. All assistants are personally selected artists working as subcontractors with Amanda Merrell Beauty towards becoming lead artists in the near future and follow our strict sanitation and conduct guidelines.
Additional Artist $150 each - Additional artists can be requested to help shorten the total service time or if the number of services exceeds what can be completed by a single lead artist for each service (hair or makeup). They will perform full services, either hair or makeup, depending on what's needed. All additional artists are personally selected lead artists who spent a sufficient amount of time working as an assistant with Amanda Merrell Beauty and follow our strict sanitation and conduct guidelines.
Relocation Fees $200 - If we need to change locations during the contracted service time, a $200 relocation fee will be applied and an extra hour added to the contracted time. You will also be responsible for any travel related expenses (additional mileage, parking fees, and Tolls)
Sunrise Fee $50/hour - If you require services to begin prior to 8 am, a charge of $50 per hour for each artist will be added to your contract total.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I book your services, and will you hold my date?
We book 12-18 months in advance for the peak season's most popular dates (March through November). We book 2-4 weeks in advance for most weekday studio appointments. All dates are first come first served and no date is held without a signed contract and paid retainer.
What's your minimum/smallest package?
Our minimum is $800 per artist. You can meet this by booking either my Bride Only Package (available with Amanda or Shalva only) or by creating your own package with any combination of wedding day services. All studio sessions are separate and are not included in my wedding day service minimum.
What is your location/travel fee?
My wedding day service includes hair and makeup at your location in the Baltimore area, Washington DC, as well as all of Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Frederick Counties in Maryland . Additional travel will be calculated at $50 each way per hour of travel time outside of our standard travel area plus any additional tolls. Hotel reservations are required for bookings with more than 3 hours of travel one way or for start times before 6:00 am.
I'm having a small wedding, and I need service only for myself. Do you offer that?
We do have a bride only package available when booking the same artist for both hair and makeup. It is ideal for elopements and smaller bridal parties, and allows us to focus solely on you. If interested in booking for the bride only, please inquire about our bride only package.
How many services can you accommodate?
I've found in the past when I have a 10 hour day, nobody wants to go first despite our insistence that we will be doing touch ups and the products and techniques we're using are for the specific purpose to make everything last well beyond what you can expect from every day hair and makeup. With that being said, we try to keep our schedule at around 6 hours for your comfort and ours. Each artist works a little differently but in general can accommodate 6 total hair or makeup services on their own without an assistant or additional artist, For more than 6 contracted wedding day services an additional artist or assistant will be required and a reservation and scheduling fee will be added to your final balance as well as any applicable travel and transfer fees.
How much time will you need to complete my wedding day services?
We schedule each hair OR makeup service for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the artist you'll be working with. We will also need about 15 minutes for set up, and 15 minutes for finishing touches before dressing time. Once we have the number of people receiving services, we'll give you an estimated time frame for the day based on how many people you have receiving which services and the artist you'll be working with.
How will you schedule my services?
Your proposal will include a service time frame where you can expect your artists to be on location with you. A couple weeks out from your wedding Amanda will reach out to confirm the timing with you so she can create a detailed Wedding Day Beauty Prep Sheet. We don't find it beneficial for anyone to assign specific appointments for anyone except the bride and encourage you not to do this with your bridal party either. Some styles or makeup looks may take more or less time depending on the complexity and we all need to be flexible and keep things moving efficiently.
What’s the next step to secure my date?
50% of the contracted services is due with a signed service agreement to reserve your wedding date. Your remaining balance, including any additional hair or makeup services, and applicable travel, transfer and additional artist fees will be due in full one month prior to your wedding date.
How do you charge for destination weddings?
Any travel beyond 3 hours one way from the DC area will require hotel accommodations for the night before your wedding day in addition to the above travel rates. For bookings that require air travel, travel expenses, a day rate for any partial or full days away from our service area will be determined, and $125 per day per diem for meals and incidentals will be billed to the contracted client.
Can I schedule a trial or meeting with you at your studio before committing?
Of course! About 80% of our brides choose to book with us prior to their trial but you're welcome to schedule a trial prior to signing your contract. Please note that dates are not held without a signed contract and paid retainer - even if you have a trial scheduled. It's recommended that you reserve your date while it's available, and schedule your trial a couple months before your wedding day. Most of our brides like to coordinate their trial session about 3 months from their wedding date.
Do you mind if I work with my own hair stylist or makeup artist?
Not at all! We love teaming up with other bridal beauty pros. You're more than welcome to book us for makeup or hair only provided our minimum of $800 is met.
My ladies and I need to be ready early. Is there an additional charge for your time?
For services that begin before 8 am there is a $50 fee for each artist per hour added to your final invoice.
What if my ladies and/or I are running late?
In the event that your services start later than the arrival and set up time that we have agreed upon and I have scheduled us for, there will be a fee of $25 per 15 minutes assessed. A person’s late arrival will shave time off of their appointment if they can’t switch their time with another person. In the case of a late or no show, no refunds will be issued.
My venue doesn’t open to get ready in until the late morning/early afternoon. Will this affect our getting ready time?
If your contracted services need to begin earlier than your venue allows entry for, you'll need to secure an alternate location for all hair and makeup services to be performed prior to your travel and arrival to the venue. If you wish to have your team pack up our kits, and transfer with you from your starting location to your venue, and set up again to continue services, then an additional $200 transfer fee and any applicable travel fees will apply for each booked artist.
How would you describe your style?
I like the word "enhanced". Imagine you had all the products in my kit, all the knowledge and talent that I posess, and all the experience I have gained over my 10+ year career. How would you style yourself for your wedding day? That's how I approach every client I choose to work with. I prefer to emphasize the features you love so you don't even worry about the parts you're not so happy with. It's extremely important that my clients feel listened to, cared for, and like the most beautiful versions of themselves.
Tell me more about false eyelashes...Do I need them?
False lashes are a great way to enhance your look naturally. Think of them like high heels for your face - maybe not an every day thing for you but they definitely take your look to another level. Our artists carry a variety of false lash styles ranging from very very natural to full glam. We always want you to be comfortable so you're welcome to opt out of lash application if you choose though it does not affect pricing.
Do you work with hair extensions?
Our artists love styling with hairpieces and clip-in hair extensions to achieve the looks we create for our clients. I'm happy to help you decide what will work best for your look, and I'll give you my best recommendation on what and where to purchase. We only work with natural human hair extensions and pieces that are resistant to heat styling, All hair extension pieces are to be provided by the client. Installation service is always complimentary.
What products do you use?
Our artists mostly use products designed specifically for professionals due to its versatility, low risk of allergic reaction, pigmentation, color range, and simple kit friendly packaging. You'll also find a mixture of prestige, luxury, and the occasional drugstore product in our kits. Some names you may find in my kit are Pat McGrath, NARS, MAKEUP FOREVER, Laura Mercier, MAC, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown, YSL, Chanel, TEMPTU Pro, Ben Nye, Inglot, Kryolan, Cinema Secrets, Tom Ford, and Charlotte Tilbury-just to name a few. ALL beautiful makeup applications start with great skin prep, and we use gentle skincare products that are free of fragrance and harmful chemicals. If there is a particular ingredient you know you are sensitive to, or if you have any known allergies, please communicate them to me as soon as you can so we can help you decide what products are best for you.
Can you use my makeup?
Our liability insurance does not cover the use of any open and used makeup that is not in our own kits. We do not have control over important things like expiration dates, hygiene practices, cross contamination with other ingredients, and we often haven't tested or researched your product's capabilities and efficacy. You could have a reaction due to any of these reasons and we would be liable. If you are insistent on using a single particular product, you are free to apply that yourself prior to or after your service. If it is multiple products that you'd like used during your application, we ask that a list of the products we'll be using be provided ahead of time so we can do our research and new unopened products will need to be available. Personal shopping is available for a $50/hour fee if you'd like us to bring the items and add the cost to your invoice.
How can I help you set up/be comfortable in your workspace?
A large, well lit room will be needed to allow for ample space for your artists, their equipment set up, and for all of our comfort and enjoyable experience. If we will be working alongside another artist you have booked separately, we require having first choice of lighting and set up space to accommodate my contracted services.
Do you require a vendor meal?
Most of our brides are so sweet to want to include us, however our services are typically complete by dinnertime. If you have lunch or snacks while we are getting ready, my team and I are always grateful for the offer.
How do we tip?
Gratuity is never expected but always appreciated. If you've received exceptional service from your artists, please feel free to thank them any way you see fit. I've gotten cake pops, wine, gift cards, cosmetic products, and of course cash in the past. The best way to say thank you is helping us grow by sharing your experience with your friends and family and continuing to work with us any time you have the need for hair and makeup. We'd love to see you again at another event!
**Prices subject to change. Please contact Amanda Merrell for current pricing for your event**