(Closed) Hair/makeup for wedding party

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2837 posts
Sugar bee

I paid for everyone…hair and makeup for my 4 girls and both our moms.

Post # 3
2343 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I didn’t pay for hair or makeup for my bridesmaids. I offered the services of my stylist and makeup artist at $X amount each, but left it up to them whether they did their own or had it done professionally. They all used my stylist, two of them used my makeup artist, one of them went to a salon where she normally has professional makeup done and the last had her mother do her makeup for her. I offered to pay for my mum, step mum and Mother-In-Law but they all declined saying they preferred to do their own.

I think if you’re requiring professional hair/makeup or you’re requiring the bridesmaids to have a certain “look” that you should be footing the bill. I could care less how my girls looked, I just wanted them to be comfortable.

Post # 4
39 posts
  • I think it depends on culture. Here the bride have to pay for dress,makeup and hair for all bridesmaids and both moms. And the bouquet too.
Post # 5
331 posts
Helper bee

My sister told all of her bridesmaids they had to get their hair done professionally, by her specific salon, and we had to pay. That did not sit well for several of the bridesmaids.  Then she told us we could get our makeup done by her mua for $50, but it was optional. She tried to change it on the day of to say makeup was necessary but my SIL and I flat out refused. Neither of us had the extra $50 at the time and we did not want to pay for something we could easily do ourselves. The mua ended up doing all of their eyes too dark and my SIL and I were the only ones that didn’t look like we had black eyes in the pics.

Basically, I believe if you require it to be done, you pay.

Post # 6
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’ve always had it done for me when I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man, and I never thought about getting my Bridesmaid or Best Man to pay for her own? It must be a culture thing though, I’ve never even heard of people (bridal parties, I guess?) paying for their own hair and make up before I joined the bee.

Post # 7
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I asked my bridesmaids how much they were willing to pay for hair and makeup and told them that it was fine to say 0$ if they preferred to do it themselves. They all said about 50$ so I tried my best to find someone I liked that fit within that budget. I found one and they all agreed. It’s not a necessity in my opinion to get your makeup professionally done but if you see it as a requirement then yes I think you should foot the bill. 

Post # 8
859 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

You don’t have to pay for your bridal party’s hair and makeup, unless you’re insisting they get it done professionally. If you’re mandating that, then they shouldn’t have to foot the bill for your preference. 

If you’re okay with them doing their own hair and makeup, I think they should pay if they choose to get it done professionally. You can always be helpful by getting them price quotes for your salon to let them know how much it would cost, but I’d be very clear with them (so there isn’t a misunderstanding) that it would be at their own expense. 

Post # 9
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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futurebrideesq :  I paid for everyone’s hair and make up and totally regret it… it wasn’t even worth paying so much because honestly a lot of them didn’t appreciate it.. I had 6 total… over a thousand dollars including me and my mother 

Post # 10
2330 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m not paying for them. Not requiring it either. I asked if they were interested in getting it done by my HMUA and said here are her prices. They let me know one way or the other and most of them are doing their own hair and makeup. I may gift a few that I know want it but can’t afford. 

ETA: my mom doesn’t want to get hers done but I think she will change her mind as we get closer. 

Post # 12
482 posts
Helper bee

In my opinion, a bride is not obligated to cover either.  It is best to do this:  OFFER to provide and pay for one or both, NEVER require it of your bridal party and/or moms, etc.  See when the providers need to know the count by, they shouldn’t necessarily need to know right away when you book, usually there is a deposit and then you finalize details closer to the event itself, but make sure that it is within the time frame when they need to know.  I provided and paid for a makeup artist, one Bridesmaid or Best Man insisted on paying me back, I also OFFERED that we could get our hair done at the same place on that day, and they each paid for their own, I guess there was no discussion about it and they assumed that they would pay anyway.  When my brother got married, my SIL had people working on hair and makeup at her house while we were all getting ready, she OFFERED the makeup artist to those who were interested in paying for it themselves, which was not everyone, and the people doing hair were just there and provided at her expense.

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