(Closed) Bridesmaid cost of hair and makeup?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What is a reasonable amount to ask bridesmaids to spend on hair and makeup?
    Under $100 : (36 votes)
    46 %
    $100-$150 : (19 votes)
    24 %
    Other- Please explain below : (24 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think that price is reasonable for the services, but I think it is too much to add as a mandatory expense for your bridesmaids. I think if you want your bridesmaids to have hair and makeup professionally done, you should pay for it. That is what I am doing. Otherwise I think it should be optional for them – if they want to have it done, they can pay, or they can opt out.

    I would think another $120 was a lot to ask from me as a bridesmaid, assuming they are also paying for their own dresses. How much are their dresses? Are you asking them to buy specific shoes?

    I think you put your bridesmaids in an awkward position with that kind of request. I did ask the price range they’d be comfortable with before I started looking for bridesmaids dresses, but other than that, I think those kinds of questions are hard. If they say no, they are seen as cheap or difficult.

    The salon I am using is $65 for bridesmaid hair and $40 for bridesmaid makeup. Since I am paying for it all as one package, they gave me a 15% package discount. I am paying for hair and makeup for myself, my 3 bridesmaids, and my mom and FI’s mom (although she only wants makeup, not hair).


    Post # 4
    11746 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Itsallcomingtogether:  The hair price for our BMs is $50 I think. Makeup is more expensive because it’s air brush. I’m not requiring them to get makeup done though. They can if they want but if they don’t oh well.  They are required to get their hair done, and I’ll probably pick up the tab for them the day of.

    Post # 5
    9421 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think if you’re requiring professional hair and makeup you should foot the bill.

    Post # 6
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I picked other, I paid a variety of prices over the years. I think you should give the bridesmaid the option to choose if they want this lady to do their hair. Just give them the prices and maybe a link to her site if she has one and let them decide if they should use the services.

    Post # 7
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    One other thought – is gratuity included in that? I would be really clear about that on both sides. I’d ask the gal, “Do your clients generally tip, or is that an all-inclusive price?” It’s kind of unclear when someone is the business owner, but usually in salon services, you do tip.

    You could also do something like asking them to pay $50 and you pick up the rest.

    How many bridesmaids do you have? Will one woman be able to get all of that done in a reasonable amount of time? We are going to a salon so we can have 3 or 4 people working on us, and even that is scheduled to take a few hours, and our party isn’t even that big.

    Post # 8
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My hair makeup girl charges that same amount. If the girls have short hair or simple updos, she charges 40-55 for the hair. Airbrish makeup is 60. I think its reasonable. 

    Post # 9
    11232 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Westwood:  This. It’s one thing if you’re offering to book appointments for them if they want, but requiring them to have it done means you should be paying for it.

    This price also depends on where you live. I believe my hair and makeup is going to be about $75 (?) without tip, but I’m going there. I know places charge more for coming to you.

    Post # 10
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think if it’s required, then you need to pay for it. So I vote none.

    Post # 12
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Westwood:  This.


    And as PPs have said, I don’t think that’s unreasonable for the service, but I don’t think you should require the BMs to add that expense.

    Post # 13
    4282 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I searched different salons to find the most affordable. I found one that was $30/person for hair. The girls weren’t required to get their hair done, but at that price they all chose to. I hired someone to come to the church for airbrush makeup for myself that was $60. My girls had the option but all chose to just DIY.

    Post # 14
    7900 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    No amount is reasonable to ask them to spend. Unless you are paying, their hair and makeup is up to them, including if they want to do it themselves. If one chooses to participate with you, in my area, especially for someone who comes to you, this is crazy cheap.

    Post # 15
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Itsallcomingtogether:  I always get ready for the bride, even if I don’t get my hair done by the person they hire.

    I also think depending on their hair types there hair may not even look the same.

    I am paying hair and makeup for my girls and even then I’m letting them opt out, because if they prefer to do their own hair and makeup I thinking the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter and isn’t a must.

    For me personally I just want them to feel as comfortable and beautiful as possible. So I think you can test the temperature by asking them how they feel about it. It never hurts to ask. If you get resistance or push back then you can decide what to do from there.


    Post # 16
    758 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    $0 is reasonable to ask your bridesmaids to spend on hair and makeup.  If they want to get their hair/makeup professionally done, then ask them.  

    If you are paying, then $120 sounds reasonable per bm, but you cannot ask them to pay for a service they can’t afford or dont want.  

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