Post # 1
I know there are many threads on this board, but I’m still not sure whether to pay for my bridesmaids hair/makeup. I have an old acquintance who has her own hair/makeup company. I definitely want to use her because I found her through my photographer and I know that she will make me look fabulous. Her pricing however is a bit high and I’m not sure I want to spend $150 for each of my 6 bridesmaids hair and makeup (airbrush). I want us to all get ready together and I want to get them cute robes and have fun girl time. I know a lot of brides don’t pay for their girls’ h/m, but I want to make everyone feel pampered and thank them. Should I just pay for their hair and ask them if they want to pay for their own makeup ($100)? My FMIL and FSIL and mom also want to be included, but I’m not sure if I should pay for them, I don’t think their expecting it. I’m already spending $800 for engagement photos/trial/w. day so I don’t really want to devote $2k out of my budget for hair/makeup. Part of me feels like sucking it up and saving up the money myself to avoid the issue.
Post # 3
I don’t think that you should have to pay for them to get their Hair and make-up done – but you could give them the option of getting it done by the professional. If they decide not to then you can ask them to show you what they would do themselves (maybe have them do their own trial run for one of your showers), then you can see if it will fit in with what the rest of the party is getting.
But personally $100 per person for airbrushing seems a bit high – I know a girl who does it for less then half of that. And if the make-up artist will be doing all of your girls she should be giving you a discount of some kind at least.
Post # 4
I’m paying for makeup but not for hair with my bridesmaids. It was definitely going to be too much to pay for both but I really didn’t want to ask them to pay even more money for my wedding since most of them will be travelling for it. I decided that makeup was more important to me and gave them the option to do whatever they want with their hair as long as it isn’t an updo. While it’s not necessarily expected that the bride will pay for hair/makeup, I think it’s best to pay if you want something specific or difficult done. Your bridesmaids can decide if it’s worth it to them to spend the money or not if you’re not being picky about how they do their makeup. You can still have girl fun time if they’re doing their own makeup and it might even be more fun if they’re helping each other get their look perfected.
Post # 5
@suburbian: That sounds good! Yeah, I’m sure I could shop around and find a better deal, but I feel like I really trust this makeup artist and her company so I realize it’s going to be higher.
@Ribbit: Thanks! I think so, too!
Post # 6
I haven’t decided about this, myself. For me it will depend on what the cost ends up looking like. I’m paying for their dresses (with alterations, will be close to $200 each) and will likely pay for either hair or makeup, but not both. However, I’m looking to book us into a place that does hair and makeup in one location. Since the dresses are covered, and either hair or makeup will be covered, I figured no one will complain about having to pay for whatever’s left. Additionally, FBIL’s gf will be doing our nails for us, so that’s covered as well.
Post # 7
Like you mentioned, that price does seem high. Do you have the option for them to get regular makeup as opposed to airbrush to bring the cost down?
I would also suggest just telling the MUA your situation. Since she’s an old acquaintance maybe she will be understanding and cut you a deal?
Will one person be able to do all the hair/makeup or is she bringing assistants? Maybe if an assistant does the others hair/makeup that would help bring the price down?
Post # 8
I don’t think that you have to pay for your girls, but I think that it is nice to if you are going to require them to have it done. Especially if they are going to host your bridal shower, bachelorette party and give you all the gifts that go along with the whole process. Those things really add up too. But I would try to look for something that wasn’t so expensive.
I paid for my girls’ dresses, hair and makeup. However, the dresses were $17 each, the hair was $50 each and the makeup was $30 each (but my work had a shower for me and gave me a gift certificate to the salon where we were getting our makeup done, so that didn’t end up coming out of my pocket).