Post # 1
I have no ideas on how to handle hair and makeup costs for my bridal party (there will be 6 bridesmaids). What have other people done? I’m torn because the company I want is pricey, but it’s also a special thing to do to all get ready together, and I don’t want cost to be a factor for my friends, who otherwise might not treat themselves. Any ideas or input on what other brides have chosen to do would be appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 3
If you want a specific hair style make up look, you pay for the BM’s hair and make up. For my wedding, if the girls wanted their hair done/make up done they paid their own. The only person who didn’t do this was my Maid/Matron of Honor which was totally fine with me.
Post # 4
Typically, if you require pro hair & makeup, you pay for it.
If it’s optional, it’s ok to to ask them to pay if they choose to partake.
Post # 5
I paid for their makeup because I wanted it done. I didn’t care about hair…..
Post # 6
I didn’t pay for them. It was their choice whether they wanted it done or not.
Post # 7
My bridesmaids were all interested in having their makeup done, and honestly, I wanted them to look nice and have some pampering. I’m paying for the makeup and one of the BMs is a hairstylist and will be doing their hair. Thankfully I just have 3 BMs so I can swing it, but if your party is larger, maybe just hair or makeup.
Post # 8
I paid for both because I “required” it. Although looking back, I should have let 2 of my bridesmaids do their own makeup because I know they’re capable. My Maid/Matron of Honor however never wears makeup so she would have needed it done professionally.
Post # 9
I paid for hair (those of us who wore make-up did our own) for those who wanted it, which ended up being 3/4 BMs. My BMs even offered to pay for it, but I wanted to, since they had already spent money on the dress, hotel, bachelorette party, etc.
I think if you are choosing the stylist and requesting them to have hair/makeup done, you should pay.
Post # 10
@LilyMarie: If they “have” to get it done (according to you) then you need to pay. If you present it as optional and treat it as truly optional then they can pay if they choose to do it.
Post # 11
I paid for it and I didn’t require them to have it done. I think it would have been rude to tell them it is available, but they have to pay if they want it.
Post # 12
Unless you want to cover all costs, you need to leave the choice of having professional hair and make-up up to each girl. You can’t require something like that unless you plan to pay for it.
I’m paying for all my girls’ hair and make-up even though they had offered to pay for it themselves…they’re already spending enough on dresses and travel so I want to treat them.
Post # 13
@LilyMarie: I’m paying for everyone’s hair but it’s also not really a choice between MUA and Hair because I’m not hiring a MUA at all. I’m planning to do my own makeup and 2 out of the 4 bridesmaid are great at makeup so if the other 2 need a little assistance/instruction, they are willing to help out.
Post # 14
@LilyMarie: If you want it done, you pay for it. Professional hair and make up is a nice but totally unnecessary expense and it’s unfair to foist it on your BMs when they already have so many expenses. If your BMs decide, without any hinting or pressure from you, that they want professional hair and mke up then they pay for it.
Post # 15
They paid for their makeup if they wanted it professionally done and we all did our own hair.
Post # 16
@LilyMarie: Is it required? I am offering to pay for one or the other as a treat for them, but they aren’t obligated to do either. If you want it, you pay for it.