(Closed) Bridesmaids gifts on a budget – hair and makeup?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

dreamr12:  So personally I find that Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts that people usually choose are pointless. I’d much prefer the bride to pay for hair and makeup for me! I’d do that and also write a handwritten note to each Bridesmaid or Best Man. I’d be totally happy with that as a Bridesmaid or Best Man.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’d do a little something else too, but it doesn’t have to be big.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

dreamr12:  Technically, you really shouldn’t count anything that’s specifically for the wedding day (hair, make-up, coordinating jewelry, robes, etc) as a “gift.” That’s not to say it won’t be appreciated, but I would still add a small personal gift for each girl. Even something as simple as a small gift card to their favorite cafe/coffee place/restaurant.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The one time I was a bridesmaid, I got a bag of random makeup samples that did not work with my complexion in any way, shape, or form. With my initials puff-painted on the outside of the bag — not even a card or a note. Look, I love my friend dearly, but it would have been a lot nicer to have financial help with the goofy updo I ended up having to wear. 

If you can afford to help with hair and makeup, and write them each a heartfelt thank-you letter, I think that would go tremendously far in terms of showing your appreciation for their friendship. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I do not think anything to do with your wedding should ever be thought of as a gift. But I do think a thank you card is definitely enough if you write a really sweet message inside. Maybe you can set up a dinner date or girls night with each one of your BMs when you get back from your honeymoon that way money isn’t tight and you can do an extra thank you then.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Kamypuff:  I like the date idea! It can even be coffee/tea if you’re really pressed for cash, OP

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

dreamr12:  I think paying for hair and makeup is a gift, unless you required your BMs to get their hair & makeup done (if that makes any sense). I’m getting each Bridesmaid or Best Man a small gift in addition to paying for their makeup (which was optional). Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to pay for their hair either, but if I did, I would have.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I think the hair and makeup is a nice gift.  If  you still feel that you need give something, I would wait until the excitement and financial burdon of the wedding has passed and send each Bridesmaid or Best Man a framed fav pic of you two at the wedding along with a heartfelt thak you.  I would say within 2-3 weeks or if you are honeymooning right after, the week right after you return from honeymoon.  You may need to discuss getting those pics from your photographer ASAP beforehand.  If  you explain what you are doing your photographer should be able to comply and look for candid photos during the festivities.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

are you requiring your bridesmaids to have their hair and makeupdone? If you are then i think you should pay for it. I had to get my makeup and hair done for a wedding and i was a little miffed about having to pay someone to do my hair and makeup when i could have just as easily (and free) done my own. So i would write them all a heartfelt letter and pay for their hair and makeup and be done wth it. If it’s not a requirement for your wedding then i suggest a little something maybe a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor. They make mini bottles too!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

hmmm, i prefer to do my own hair and makeup personally. I just know what works for me. Maybe you can take a poll from your girls and see what they would prefer. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

dreamr12:  I would never consider hair and make up a gift. As you pointed out, it’s for your day. I know you say you’ve a small budget but remember the effort (financial or otherwise) they put in to celebrate your day with you. I think that’s at least worth a thoughtful gift (a dinner a while after the wedding is a nice or something inexpensive but thoughtful depending on each person’s interests).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

dreamr12:  I am not requiring hair and makeup, but since I knew they were interested, I gave them a choice on rather they would prefer a physical gift or hair and makeup. They chose hair and makeup w/o hesitation. So I’ll be paying for that and giving a thank you note/card.

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