(Closed) Bride wants all to have manis and pedis…

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4528 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If the bride requires it, the bride can pay for it

ETA: and taking off work for it just crazy. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!

Post # 4
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I always feel like other than the dress, if there’s something you want as a bride, you have to pay for it. I think it’s wrong to force BMs to have professional hair nails and makeup done or a certain jewelry or even shoes, they’re such minor things that it’s like if it’s your vision, you should have to pay to get it. In my mind, BMs should only be responsible for the dress, and for being a nice supportive friend.

Post # 5
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 I think it’s ok to want everyone to have the same look but to make them pay for it is a little much. She offered to do it herself… that should be enough for the bride. 

She should just say, I’m sorry, I can’t afford that but I would be happy to paint my nails to match.

It’s not like there are going to be many close up photos taken of bridesmaid’s nails.  

Post # 6
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think asking for you guys to have matching manis/pedis is too much. I think you should do it. HOWEVER – I think for that price, the bride should pay. When I had our girls get them, I invited them to join me, the morning of the wedding, and it was up to them. I found a reasonably priced place ($30 or so for mani/pedi), so they got to choose if they wanted to pay for it or not. If they didn’t – no big deal. I more just wanted the experience.

As for your friend that just had it done – again, I would suck it up and do it for the bride. Changing the color of your nails is not a big deal. $80 is, though, so I really think you guys should either request that she pay, find a cheaper place, or come to some other compromise.

Post # 8
1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a bridesmaid, I always go get a mani/pedi before the wedding, but its always been my decision. If the bride is requiring it, she should pay. On another note, $80 for a manicure and pedicure?! That is outragous! I get both done every week any i’ve never paid more than $40!


Post # 9
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BookishBelle:  Right, if the bride requires…the bride pays. In my case, I said, “hey, I’m going to get my nails done on Friday at X place at X time, let me know if you want to join, and I’ll make you an appt too.” One chose not to, and some are only getting one service or the other, but it’s up to them and I’m cool with whatever they choose. Same with hair/makeup.

Post # 10
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have never heard of a mani pedi costing $80. Can you buy the polish for $8 and then take it to a much cheaper place to get it done? 


I pay $25 usually.


Post # 11
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did the same when I was a bride…but I paid!

In fact, I sent out the plan (manis, pedis, massage, facial) a few weeks before, and one of my BMs called me to get a “price estimate” so she could put it in her budget. I was so floored she even asked–I wanted to have it done, of course I would pay for it! 

Post # 12
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t get why the bride wouldn’t allow her to paint it herself when it’s going to be the same color anyway? 

I agree with the PPs. The bride should pay for it especially since she’s actually asking them to skip work for this. 

Post # 13
8997 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

If she’s requiring it, she’s paying for it. No ifs, ands or buts. If she doesn’t want to pay, it doesn’t get done — I’d never pay 80 bucks for a manicure and pedicure, that’s just crazy talk.


Post # 14
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@meganmarie33: i think anything that is noticeable, you signed up for paying for when you said yes to being a bridesmaid. however, nails do NOT fall into this category, and they should NOT be having to take off work for it. nails are completely un-noticeable in photos, if your maids are in long dresses you shouldn’t GAF about their shoes, etc. 

Post # 15
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@meganmarie33:  The bride is being over the top. Nails are not that serious, as long as they look nice. I wouldn’t pay for that if I were your friend, especially after already getting them done. Not to mention I hate pedis because I feel like those foot baths are a cesspool

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