One of the items looming on my to-do list for quite some time now has been to figure out who is going to do hair and makeup for the wedding. I've toyed with the idea of doing my own makeup, but there's no way in hell I'm doing my own hair. It's far too difficult to deal with to take on that stress all by myself on my wedding day. I've emailed dozens of hair and makeup artists in my area and received quotes that have been pretty consistent across the board - consistently WAY too expensive (remind me why I live near L.A. again???). I found a couple of places that are affordable, but their portfolio's are less than stellar, in my opinion. Since I just want simple hair and makeup they could probably do the job just fine, but I'd have to trek up the mountains to do a trial run, and I'm lazy.
This would put most brides in a really tough spot with some hard decisions to make. But for me, there's an easy solution. My Aunt has confirmed that she is coming to the wedding. This aunt has been doing hair for 20+ years and owns her own (very successful) salon. And a friend of mine is a makeup artist at Sephora. She was actually recruited by Sephora to help them open a new store near where we live. So, in other words, I've got friendors who can handle this situation and save me a ton of moola.
But I am having the hardest time working up the nerve to ask. The last thing I want is for them to feel like they have to say yes even though they don't want to. I hate the thought of making my Aunt feel like she's working when she's coming a long way, and spending a lot of money, to get to California for the wedding. But at the same time, I'd love it if she did my hair. It would be like old times. When she was in beauty school I was her test dummy. She even gave me a perm when I was 7 years old! (And yes, it was awesome). I do recognize the flip side, that maybe she would be really excited to do my hair. But still. It's hard to ask.
Maybe I'll have my Mom ask my Aunt to get a feel for whether she would want to do our hair. It's her sister, and she'd be more likely to tell my Mom the truth than me. This approach feels a little bit like a cop out, but whatever. I'll grow a pair some other time. My Mom is always asking to help with wedding stuff, so this can be her contribution!
What would you do if you were in my shoes? Are you having a hard time asking people to help out with wedding stuff?