Does wedding party pay for jewelry?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
7747 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Bb225:  No. You shouldn’t be paying for hair and makeup either.

Post # 3
77 posts
Worker bee

My understanding is that if the bride wants her girls to wear matching jewelry, then she generally buys it for them as a gift. Otherwise it’s more of a “please wear simple studs” or something. 

Regarding hair and makeup that PP brought up, some brides pay for it for their girls, others don’t. Personally, I’m not paying for it for my girls, but I’m also not forcing them to get their hair and makeup professionally done. They can do one, both, or neither – as long as they’re comfortable and happy on the day, that’s all I care about. My wedding isn’t for another 7 months and I’ve already given them the pricing for geting their hair/makeup done if they want, so they have plenty of notice. 

And finally, as far as how much to give her as a gift – I think it’s just whatever you’re comfortable with. Around here people typically give enough to cover their cost of attendance at the reception (usually $100 per person), but since you’re already dropping so much money on being in the wedding, perhaps a small, personalized trinket, or something that’s still left on her registry, with a handwritten note, would suffice

Post # 4
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

As far as I know the bride should cover jewelry and makeup if she wants matching or a specific kind. Since your bride is totally rude and klassy you’re gonna have to suck it up and side-eye her. 🙁

Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Usually the bride pays for the jewelry. I bought all of my bridesmaids matching jewelry and planning on giving it to them at the rehearsal. I’m not paying for hair and makeup only because I am not forcing them to get theirs done.

Post # 6
2789 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Bb225:  Ick, that would annoy me enough to want to try to get out of paying.  I would seriously consider asking her what jewelry she’s referring to, as if you have no idea what the hell she’s talking about.  And when she explains that she means the jewelry that she wants you to wear for her wedding you can say to her “oh, no bridesmaids aren’t responsible for paying for jewelry, if the bride wants matching jewelry she has to provide it.”  It drives me nuts that people can get away with bad behavior on the basis of ignorance.  Seriously, doesn’t the girl have access to google?

Post # 8
4911 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think each person is different. Some brides want to cover everything for their BM’s, and others won’t spend a dime. I am buying their jewelry, and have debated paying for their hair.

However, I would never ask them for money for something I bought them. It’s a gift, and it’s my gift to them.

Post # 9
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You must really like this lady to be in her wedding party. 

So give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume she’s doing these things because she’s clueless, not because she’s rude.  If you feel like you’ve already spent enough, give her a heartful card for her wedding and skip the gift.  And if something is out of your budget, gently tell her  This needn’t be a situation where you shell out more and more money, and grow more and more resentful and unhappy.       

Post # 10
3641 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Bb225:  In my experience, the bride generally will gift her girls the jewelry that she wants worn on the big day, but even that here on the Bee is frowned upon as it is more a “prop” for her wedding than a gift. I think asking you to pay for the jewelry after she purchased it is a little tactless and I would be embarrassed if I were her. Simply tell her you don’t think it’s in good taste to make her maids pay for the jewelry she has already purchased.

I won’t comment on her other behavior (updating you guys on choices she makes or asking you for advice) because I don’t really see anything wrong with that. Is it probably a little tiring and annoying? Sure, but you don’t have to answer her. 

Post # 11
1274 posts
Bumble bee

It doesn’t seem like you’re too happy about being the MOH. If she wants you to wear something specific besides the dress, she should shell out for it. I think a lot of brides will say, hey do you think you could all wear black shoes or nude heels or silver necklaces.  

But like you said, if she doesn’t know much about wedding etiquette and how things are normally done and you have been in 3 weddings, it might be time to sit down with her and chat face to face. Just let her know that you’re willing to cover costs, X, Y and Z but your budget won’t allow you to spend more money on hair and makeup or jewelery or whatever. If you don’t speak up, she won’t have any idea that you are frustrated by these things. $18 isn’t much, but if you have to shell out $75 or more for hair and makeup, that’s asking a lot. Let her know that. A normal person would probably, say “Oh Bb225, I’m so sorry I didn’t even think that this might be asking too much. Please don’t worry about matching jewellery” or “I’ll cover it.” 

Post # 12
7428 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Bb225:  No, not normal. I gifted the jewelry to the girls. They bought their own dresses and did their own hair and makeup, but I don’t think you should be responsible for paying for hair and makeup if she wants you to have it professionally done – that’s on her. Dress, shoes and alterations on you is acceptable.

Post # 13
722 posts
Busy bee

Yup, all of these things are clearly signs of immaturity.

You don’t force something on someone and then insist, after the fact, that they pay for it.  And you plan your own wedding, your bridesmaids aren’t your servants or your secretaries.

I don’t mean to speak ill of your friend, but some people just can’t help but be clueless and rude.  You can pay the $18 or if you would like to make a point, just say that you’ll include it with your gift, meaning its effectively a deduct against the amount you would otherwise give her.

Post # 14
1620 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If the bride wants the maids to have their hair and make up done professionally, wear particular jewelry or wear particular shoes then the bride should pay for it. If the hair and make-up is optional then its on the maids to pay (I gave my girls the option). Lots of people give the jewelry as the gift to their maids but I don’t think something you have to wear at the wedding is really a gift.

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