Post # 1
Who pays for the bridal parties makeup and hair? Do I do that? I have so many questions haha. I am in grad school with two kids so my Fiance is paying for most of it himself minus what I have in savings. I just have been getting quotes for hair and makeup and have included my 4 to possibly 6 bridesmaids. The quotes I am getting is more than I am paying for my photographer.
Post # 3
@srich17: I did not feel obligated to pay for their hair and makeup. What I did offer was a package deal that the salon I went to gave me. The girls could get their hair done there for a special deal as a group. They ended up making their own hair and makeup appointments and didn’t seem to suprised that they had to pay. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
I am paying for my bridesmaid makeup as a thank you for their help but never felt obligated to. They will be doing their own hair or getting it done on their own.
unless you absolutely require they have their hair and makeup done professionally, you do not need to pay for it and they can do it themselves. if you insist on having them get tj professionally done then you would pick up the tab.
Post # 5
If you require it then you must pay. I paid for hair and makeup because it is just a nice thing to do for your BMs. Mine were great though and went above and beyond so it was an extra little treat.
Post # 6
@srich17: You’re not obligated unless you are making it mandatory that they get their hair/makeup done.
I’ve been in plenty of bridal parties and in only one of them did the bride pay for my hair and makeup.
Myself, I can’t afford to pay for all of that for all of my 6 bridesmaids. Additionally I don’t really feel that it’s a necessity for them to have their hair and makeup professionally done. I have a hair stylist coming to my house and she will gladly do their hair, for her fee, if they want it done professionally. I’m going to a salon for makeup and they are welcome to join me if they want to but I won’t be paying for their services.
I’m giving them very nice bridesmaids gifts, but I couldn’t do both that AND pay for their hair and makeup. I figured since the hair and makeup is really to make my pictures look better it wouldn’t be much of a gift for them as much as for myself, and I wanted to show my appreciation by getting them gifts that are completely non-wedding related.
Post # 7
As a bridesmaid, I’ve never had to pay for my own hair and makeup. Either I did it myself or the bride picked up the tab.
Post # 8
@srich17: I think the general rule is that if you insist on something in particular (special shoes, special hairdo, etc) then the bride usually pays for it. If you make it an optional thing, then let them know how much it will be, then they get to decide if they want it or not.
But I could be wrong! Maybe the ettiquite people know.
Post # 9
@srich17: It is not your responsibility. You can gift it to them if you wish, but otherwise it is typical they pay for it themselves.
ETA: I should be more clear – If you are giving them the option and not requiring, THEN it is not your responsibility. I would say if you goto them and say you NEED to get your hair/makeup done for the wedding, as a bridesmaid I would assume the bride pays for it in that instance. Otherwise you ask them if they are doing it themselves, or plan to have it professionally done – it’s their choice & their expense.
Post # 10
@TheOkieWifey: Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I appreciate you guys answering. I won’t require it being as I want to do something special but I know everyone doesn’t like just anyone doing their hair and makeup. I will only ask that it isn’t dramatic makeup. I do plan on asking for a specific shoe, I want their shoes to match. I actually had figured I’d offer to pay for half the shoes. I didn’t plan on them being more than $40/$50. But they will be fuchsia so that isn’t exactly a color everyone will want to wear again.
Post # 11
@srich17: Its totally up to you if you want to pay. The majority weddings I have done as a mua, everyone pays for themselves. I will be paying for mine, my moms, and my FMIL’s hair/makeup but my bm’s will be paying for themselves.