(Closed) bridesmaid hair and makeup- who pays?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Bridesmaid hair and make up- who paid/will pay?
    me- I'm treating my bridesmaids : (19 votes)
    30 %
    the bridesmaids themselves : (34 votes)
    53 %
    I'm subsidizing part of the cost only : (11 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The general rule is, if you insist that they use a particular hair and make-up person, you pay.  If they have the option to use anyone they want and/or do their own, they pay if they elect to use your person.

    Post # 4
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I didn’t feel right asking them to pay for that stuff so I paid for their hair.  They did their own makeup.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m paying for their hair $80+ tip and they are paying for their makeup $50 IF they wish to have it done.  So far 3 of 4 are paying for makeup. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I just don’t have the money to treat them – although I’d love to! I think I’ll buy them mani pedis as a gift –  I don’t really care about their hair and makeup, so that’ll be up to them.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think that if you want them to have it done, you need to pay for it.  If you don’t care if they do it themselves or professionally and they opt to have it done, it’s okay for them to pay for it themselves.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I agree that if you are forcing your girls to get their hair and makeup professionally done, you should pay for it. If they have the option of doing it themselves, you aren’t required to pay.

    Post # 9
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    1883 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    If the brides says they HAVE to get their hair and make up done, she pays. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would like all the girls in my bridal party to feel and look great on my big day so I will be treating them to hair and makeup.  I’ve been in weddings before where we had the option to get our hair and makeup done but it wasn’t required so if you wanted to you could pay to do it.  I just think its a fun experience for everyone to get ready together. 🙂

    Post # 11
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re having a Mary Kay consultant do everyone’s make up, so it’s cheap enough that it fits into the budget. The same lady did it for my sister’s wedding, and she did a great job.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I’m not sure about this yet. I’m definitely not paying for hair. Everyone is a different ethnicity, and hair is very different, so they can just take care of that themselves. I honestly don’t care what style they do (or don’t do). As far as make-up goes, I am thinkng about having my make-up done. My make-up artist really wants to make more money, so she wants to offer my bridesmaids and mom and whoever the opportunit to do their make-up as well. I don’t mind her doing that… but because she’s going be kind of “pushy” about it, I feel like I should offer to pay for their make-up. Or at least tell them the situation and they can either choose to do it or not.

    As the bride, I don’t know why I feel guilty about this. I’m almost positive that I won’t pay the make-up for them. I just need to come up with a good way to tell them it’s available if they want to, no pressure, but I can’t afford to pay for it. I honestly think they can do their own make-up and it will look beautiful. I’m more concerned about… me 🙂

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I don’t think it’s fair to request BMs to get professional hair and makeup and expect them to pay. I paid for mine although they did buy their own lipgloss for reapplications (but I didn’t expect this). If you want it pro, pay for it but I also do think it’s okay to tell them that they don’t need to get it done, but can if they want (at their expense).

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I wanted my bridesmaids to get their hair done with me, so I paid for them.  I didn’t require anyone to get their makeup done professionally, so they all just did their own.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Six months before the wedding (my salon books early) I sent an email saying that I would be treating them to a manicure.  I included the salon’s price list if they wished to have their hair and make-up done.  If I was going to “require” it, I would have paid.  That’s pretty much how it’s worked for all the weddings I was in.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We had a certain amount of money budgeted for my bridesmaids. That money was first going to be put toward their dresses and if there was any extra money, we would pay for part of their hair and makeup too. I didn’t require them to get their hair and makeup professionally done, so that was up to them. Their dresses cost about $200 each and their gifts were $50-60 so we now know that can’t budget for their hair and makeup too, if they choose to have it done.

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