Post # 1
I want everyone to get ready together, but I don’t want to force them if they don’t want to due to cost or timing. I feel like they already paid $150 for their dress plus they have to buy shoes and whatnot. Should I just take up the full cost for hair/makeup or have them pay half? Should I give them the option of getting ready on their own or just tell them we’re all getting ready in the hotel?
Another thing, if everyone does this it will be 7 people for hair/makeup total. We have to be ready by 145pm and that means a 930am start time which is pretty early. For them they will be on from 9am til midnight. Do you think that’s too much or is that pretty much typical?
Post # 3
I’m supplementing part of the cost for the girls since what I chose was a bit more on the pricey side and the hair/MUA are coming out to site for us. I’ve also let them know they have to get their hair done, but if they want to do their own make up that’s fine. Everyone seems okay with that. We’re all getting ready together at the hotel suite I’ve booked. I think we’re meeting at 10am. I have to be ready by about 2:30, and the girls by 3:30-4. That gives us plenty of time.
Post # 4
Sorry I should also say that the BMs don’t know that I’m supplementing part of the cost. I felt bad giving the list of “here’s how much you have to spend on my day”, so I’m paying for part of it to balance it out.
Post # 5
I really wanted my bridesmaids to have their hair done so I paid for it. They all did their own makeup at my house/at the church. As long as you are not demanding that they have their hair and makeup done I think you can decide whether or not you want to pay. Otherwise, let them know how you want it to be styled- just done, up, down, half up, etc.
See about getting an assistant for your hair/makeup. That’s what we did and it cut our getting ready time in half. We started at 12:15 and it took about 3.5 hours for my hair (makeup done at the church), my MOH’s hair and makeup, and 5 bridesmaids.
9 am to midnight sounds like a long day for everyone. If the experience of getting ready together is what you want for your wedding then talk to your girls and see how they feel. Otherwise, what about everyone meeting up around noon to just do makeup together or something?
Post # 6
It’s very considerate of you for thinking about the comfort of your bridal party! I think that the day will be long and exhausting no matter what. Thats just part of being a bridesmaid, but it will mostly be fun for them, so dont worry about that.
I offered to pay for all my girl’s hair, but everyone will do thier own makeup. That cut down on the cost and getting ready time by several hours. Our hair time runs from 10am to 12:30, with an hour lunch break, then an hour to get dressed and do makeup, before the photographer shows up. So i think your time line is pretty normal.
Post # 7
I am paying for the girls’ hair, and they are doing their own makeup.
Post # 8
I made getting their hair and makeup done – OPTIONAL. So if they want to have it done at the salon, they pay..
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s fair to require professional hair or makeup unless you’re going to pay for it.
If you all have to be ready by 1:45, that will still give you plenty of time with your girls.
Post # 10
Like @Ella1978, I made hair and makeup optional, so if they want it, they’re paying for it. They all want their hair done and I think three of them are getting their makeup done. They don’t seem to mind the cost, even though it’s expensive ($150 for hair, $85 for makeup). I would discuss it with them, and see what they feel comfortable paying and if they want to get their hair/makeup done.
Post # 11
im paying for my girl’s hair and they’re each doing their own makeup 🙂
Post # 12
I told everyone the price for hair and for make up and then let them decide if they wanted to have it done professionally. If you are requiring it of your girls, you absolutely must pay for it.
Post # 13
I left it up to my girls to do their hair and make-up how they wanted, but also offered them appointments with the hair and make-up pros that were coming to my house. The few that did paid for their own. Since I didn’t require them of it or ask for anything in particular, I left the costs to them.
Post # 14
I also made hair & makeup optional. I told the girls where I’d be getting mine done and that they could either join me there or do their own and meet up to get dressed together at the hotel afterward.
Post # 15
i;m letting it be optional for my girls so if they want hair and makeup they can pay for it. If i told them they had to get it done then i would pay for it.
Post # 16
I really wanted all my girls to get their hair and makeup done (and I think they all wouldve done at least their hair anyways). So I told them I would pay for service and asked if they would pay for the other and I would cover the tip as well. Each girl ended up paying $50 to get their hair done and I paid $50 for each girl to get their makeup done.