Post # 1
I’m planning my wedding for next year, I am on a budget and I have 4 bridesmaids, I have booked someone for my hair and makeup but have decided not to book anyone for my bridesmaids hair and make up, thing is it’s so expensive. Is this something I should really book for them or does it not matter?? I have brought them their shoes, dresses and jewelry, I just don’t know where I stand with hair and makeup?
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Post # 2
If you arent requiring it then I would not pay for it.
Post # 3
If you’re happy for them to do their own hair and make up then no, you don’t need to. If you want them to have it done professionally then yes, you should pay for it.
Post # 4
Given that you are having a professional come in and do your hair and makeup, I subscribe to the rule of thumb that if you are insisting that your bridesmaids get their hair/makeup done, you should pay. If you are ok with them doing their own hair/makeup, you don’t have to pay but it would be a nice gesture to offer them the service as well.
Post # 5
I would like my bridesmaids to have professional hair and the experience of us all having our hair done together, so I am paying for that.
I am only paying for me to have the MUA, I don’t mind if they want pro make up but they will pay.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
If it is a choice then you do not have to, although it’s a nice gesture. I gave my girls the option – I just asked them if they wanted to get their hair done with me and they said yes. Same with makeup (I let them know the approximate cost). I’m leaving it up to them what they want to do.
Post # 7
I dont mind if they do their own or if they want a professional to do it. I just can’t afford to pay for it, if I wanted a particular ‘look’ on all of them then I know I would of had to of paid as it’s what I want but I dont mind how they have hair and make up. I just want them to be themselves, I didn’t know if I had to pay for this seeing as they are bridesmaids…….. But it’s good to hear it’s not something I have to do so that’s good, thanks
Post # 8
First of all, it’s your wedding, so you don’t “have” to do anything that you don’t want to. It sounds like you have done enough for your bridesmaids. I would, however, give them the option to get their hair and/or make up done…on their own dime. Let them know the prices & book the appointments for the ones that want the services. I’m sure they would like & appreciate the option. If it were me, I would at least want my hair done…especially since you bought them their whole outfits for the day.
Post # 9
You don’t have to pay. I didn’t pay for mine. But I didn’t demand that they do it ~ I left the option opened to them. They all decided to do it. My mom actually did give some money the day of for their hair/makeup, but no one knew she was going to do it at the time they booked.
Post # 10
agree with previous bees – if you a) don’t mind if they do themselves and b) don’t mind potentially not all getting ready together – I don’t feel you’re required to set it up or pay.
If you want to all get ready in the same place and have that be part of your bridal experience I would organize and coordinate this element and feel the bride should pick up the cost.
In saying that – I’ve been in bridal parties where bride made all the appointments for us and we were on the hook for the bill.
If you’re going to a salon to get ready – you could tell the girls this is where you’re going IF they’d like to make appointments. If you’re having the pros come to you – well, you’re sorta forcing their hand at who and how much they’d have to spend, and in that case I would absorb the cost.
Post # 11
Nope, you don’t have to. The weddings I’ve been in I’ve paid for my own hair and makeup. I would make it available for them as an option, but if they wanted it they could pay for it. Just make sure you let them know a head of time, and how much it’ll cost so they can have the cash on them if they want it done.
I’m paying for my maids hair, and if they want to get their make up done (which some don’t) they will be paying for that themselves.
Post # 12
You don’t have to pay for anything for them as long as you aren’t requiring them to have it. I think you have done enough already. I am not paying for my girls dresses or shoes, but I am paying for their hair and makeup as I picked rather expensive vendors and don’t wish to put that burden on them since I haven’t paid anything for them already.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I had my own done, but had my girls do their own. It’s totally fine if you don’t want to pay for it then don’t have them do it… but don’t require them to get it professionally done AND make them pay 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
I’m glad I seem to agree with the concesus here-if you aren’t requiring them to have it professionally done, then you don’t have to pay for it. If they want your artist to work on them too, they can pay for it themselves, otherwise they can do their own hair and make-up. That’s along the lines of what I’m planning to do, since I’m still looking into artists for myself, but my bridesmaids are pretty much on their own as I don’t care much what they do so long as they look pretty (which they already are so no obstacle there).
Post # 15
You are not required to pay for their hair and makeup unless you would like for them all to have a certain look. It’s always nice to offer them the option of having those services done for them though if they are willing to pay for it.
I am paying for my maids’ hair and makeup, but I didn’t pay for their dresses and shoes like you did!