Do I have to pay for bridesmaid hair and makeup?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you arent requiring it then I would not pay for it. 

Post # 3
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

If you’re happy for them to do their own hair and make up then no, you don’t need to. If you want them to have it done professionally then yes, you should pay for it.

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Given that you are having a professional come in and do your hair and makeup, I subscribe to the rule of thumb that if you are insisting that your bridesmaids get their hair/makeup done, you should pay. If you are ok with them doing their own hair/makeup, you don’t have to pay but it would be a nice gesture to offer them the service as well.

Post # 5
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would like my bridesmaids to have professional hair and the experience of us all having our hair done together, so I am paying for that.

I am only paying for me to have the MUA, I don’t mind if they want pro make up but they will pay. 

Post # 6
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

123.srussell:  If it is a choice then you do not have to, although it’s a nice gesture. I gave my girls the option – I just asked them if they wanted to get their hair done with me and they said yes. Same with makeup (I let them know the approximate cost). I’m leaving it up to them what they want to do.

Post # 8
2756 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

First of all,  it’s your wedding,  so you don’t “have” to do anything that you don’t want to. It sounds like you have done enough for your bridesmaids. I would,  however, give them the option to get their hair and/or make up done…on their own dime. Let them know the prices & book the appointments for the ones that want the services. I’m sure they would like & appreciate the option.  If it were me, I would at least want my hair done…especially since you bought them their whole outfits for the day.

Post # 9
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

123.srussell:  You don’t have to pay. I didn’t pay for mine. But I didn’t demand that they do it ~ I left the option opened to them. They all decided to do it. My mom actually did give some money the day of for their hair/makeup, but no one knew she was going to do it at the time they booked.

Post # 10
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

123.srussell:  agree with previous bees – if you a) don’t mind if they do themselves and b) don’t mind potentially not all getting ready together – I don’t feel you’re required to set it up or pay.

If you want to all get ready in the same place and have that be part of your bridal experience I would organize and coordinate this element and feel the bride should pick up the cost.

In saying that – I’ve been in bridal parties where bride made all the appointments for us and we were on the hook for the bill.

If you’re going to a salon to get ready – you could tell the girls this is where you’re going IF they’d like to make appointments.  If you’re having the pros come to you – well, you’re sorta forcing their hand at who and how much they’d have to spend, and in that case I would absorb the cost.

Post # 11
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

123.srussell:  Nope, you don’t have to. The weddings I’ve been in I’ve paid for my own hair and makeup. I would make it available for them as an option, but if they wanted it they could pay for it. Just make sure you let them know a head of time, and how much it’ll cost so they can have the cash on them if they want it done.

I’m paying for my maids hair, and if they want to get their make up done (which some don’t) they will be paying for that themselves.

Post # 12
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

You don’t have to pay for anything for them as long as you aren’t requiring them to have it. I think you have done enough already. I am not paying for my girls dresses or shoes, but I am paying for their hair and makeup as I picked rather expensive vendors and don’t wish to put that burden on them since I haven’t paid anything for them already. 

Post # 13
6794 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

123.srussell:  I had my own done, but had my girls do their own. It’s totally fine if you don’t want to pay for it then don’t have them do it… but don’t require them to get it professionally done AND make them pay 🙂

Post # 14
1502 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I’m glad I seem to agree with the concesus here-if you aren’t requiring them to have it professionally done, then you don’t have to pay for it. If they want your artist to work on them too, they can pay for it themselves, otherwise they can do their own hair and make-up. That’s along the lines of what I’m planning to do, since I’m still looking into artists for myself, but my bridesmaids are pretty much on their own as I don’t care much what they do so long as they look pretty (which they already are so no obstacle there).

Post # 15
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You are not required to pay for their hair and makeup unless you would like for them all to have a certain look. It’s always nice to offer them the option of having those services done for them though if they are willing to pay for it.

I am paying for my maids’ hair and makeup, but I didn’t pay for their dresses and shoes like you did!

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