Hair and makeup — what to do when it comes to bridesmaids.

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I asked my bridesmaids if they wanted their hair and make up professionally done, because I could not cover that cost for them, and it was not a MUST for me. They all did, so I found someone who was really reasonable and also from the area we were getting married in (2 hours away from home, like you). I was the only one who did a trial beforehand, and everything worked out fine the day of. In my experiences, bridesmaids don’t need to do trials. Just pick someone who you are happy with and check their portfolio for looks that you like.

Do you want them to have both hair and make up done professionally? I guess that’s where I would start. Is it an option to have them DIY their own?

Post # 4
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

NOTLBride:  I didn’t pay for hair and makeup but I told them neither was required.  When I emailed I told them the price I had been quoted for the hair ($75/girl) they all opted for pro hair and DIY makeup.

Personally, I think getting pro hair is more important unless you have girls who are really bad with makeup.

Post # 5
4586 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I asked mine what they wanted to do, too. In the end, we all did our own make-up but all got our hair professionally done.

My SIL almost went and got her make-up done by someone, but didn’t know how she would end up looking – so she ended up doing her own after our hair was done.

I gave her some tips and products to use for it to stay on longer, and luckily it was a colder day – so that helped the make-up freeze to your face. *lol*

I look back and wish I would have paid for their hair, but oh well. It actually wasn’t as much as I thought it would be – compared to some other places in town.

Post # 6
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mmy friend gave us the option of having our hair professionally done or not, at our own expense.  For a fee $65 and having to get our hair done at 7:30am when we didn’t need to be at the church until 3….I offered up my own skills and did my own hair and one of the other bridesmaid’s hair for free.

I’ll probably tell my own bridesmaids something similar. If they can do their own hair, great, but if they feel they can’t, and I know I won’t have time, the option will be available.


Of course, if you want the bridesmaids to have elaborate updos, then I would foot the bill since updos are pretty difficult to do yourself.

Post # 7
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I agree with MsGinkgo that hair is more important. If you have a particular person that likes to wear bright red lipstick and raccoon eyes, maybe ask her to tone it down a bit. But I really don’t think you’ll be caring too much about what they look like and they probably aren’t expecting you to pay for all that!

Post # 8
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


I paid for my girls to have their hair and makeup done. I never really asked but I thought it would be nice for them to sit back and get it all done for them. Since I paid for it, they didn’t resist. Recently my friend said she was paying for our makeup but not the hair and when the other bridesmaids found out the hair was going to cost $75 they all flipped out. The bride (or more likely her parents) ended up paying for the hair in the end though. For another friend’s wedding, she made hair appointments for us and didn’t pay for it. I could have done my own hair the same exact style so I was a little peeved that I had to shell out $70 for it.

Long story short, tell them the prices and what you’re willing to pay for and let them decide what they want to get done professionally.

Post # 10
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

NOTLBride:  I couldn’t find anyone near our wedding (out in the boonies!) that would come up to the house we were getting ready at, and only a few salons that were open on a Sunday (the day we had our wedding). Those salons were too far for us to cart 7 bridesmaids, a bride, and a MOB back and forth the morning of the wedding, so we opted to have two friends take care of hair and makeup for everyone–simple styles, mostly curls. All the girls loved their makeup, too, and no one had trials. Our friends didn’t even want to be compensated so we just gave them nice gift cards as a thank you. Do you know anyone who is good with hair and makeup? I think elaborate updos might be a challenge for an amateur, but curls with a few pins is doable.

Post # 11
230 posts
Helper bee

Definitely not expected by everyone. My girls all did their own makeup (I did too) and we found a very reasonable hair person referred from a friend who did all of our hair for $50/person- I paid for everyone’s tip. Looking back, I could have had them do their own hair and it wouldn’t have mattered to me but at the time I knew a few of them were nervous about doing their own hair so I wanted them to be at ease about it. 

Post # 12
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

NOTLBride:  I think it’s just expected if you’re requiring them to get it professionally done.  If you’re giving them the option, it’s a nice gesture but not necessary to pay. 

Post # 13
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If it’s your wedding, then you pay. If you don’t want to pay, then they should DIY.  Giving them an option for professional hair/makeup at their own expense is really not fair. You’re still spending their money for your wedding, and many girls feel obligated to say Yes to anything the bride asks, even if they don’t want it or can’t afford it.

Post # 15
133 posts
Blushing bee

I let my brides maids do their own make up and I bought them the doughnut bun sponge and asked them to wear a sock bun I wanted a polished look. I got the large sock bun dounut atClaire’s  accessories it worked out perfectly 

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