(Closed) If you were a bridesmaid…

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think this always depends on budget.  I don’t want to spend a fortune to be in someone’s wedding.  Just being honest.  

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@chelseakayd:  I would say okay, and get my hair done, but that’s because the only talent I have doing my hair is straightening it with the straightener. (read: not very talented). Maybe if I was a bit better at doing my own hair (and makeup), and I was in this position, I would do it myself.

It seems like she is pretty easy-going about the situation, and since she’s not paying, she’s giving the bridesmaids creative control. It woul dbe much worse if she said that bridesmaids had to pay for their own hair and it had to have extensions, be in an up-do, etc. etc.

 

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d think it was odd. Because in my area, circle, its generally accepted that the bride and groom pay for everything.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If I were a bridesmaid, I absolutely would, and I would do it without any hesitation or complaint. I genuinely wouldn’t mind at all. However, I wouldn’t ask my own girls to do it 🙂

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was asked to do this. I just did it because I just didn’t think to say no and I’m terrible at doing my own hair. I would do it again in a heart beat as long as I can afford it.

I personally didn’t ask anything of my BMs except that they purchase my dress. However, whenever I agree to being in a wedding I do financially prepare for them to ask me for the whole shebang. I wouldn’t say yes to someone unless I was close to them and if I’m close to them I don’t mind paying for those extras (shoes, hair, nails, shower, bachelorette, make up). I would put my foot down if they wanted something super expensive but for the most part I just expect to spend this money.

Post # 37
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If the bride is requiring the bridesmaids to have their hair professionally done/in a certain style, she needs to pay. 

If I was a bridesmaid, I would likely just do my own hair.

ETA: I gave my girls the option of having their hair and makeup done professionally and gave them the prices that my salon charges. They were more than welcome to go another route, as well. Three out of four chose to have their hair done and will be doing their own makeup.

 

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

If she is requiring it be done professionally then she should pay. If she just says you can do your hair however then I don’t think she has to pay if they choose to go to a salon although it is a nice gesture.

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It would depend on how much I had already spent (on the dress, shoes, travel etc).

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@chelseakayd:  I would think that’s fair. I’m an adult who works and if I choose to accept the role of bridesmaid, I choose to accept the “worse case scenario” of paying for a $250 dress that I might not like, for my own hair and my own makeup. 

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@chelseakayd:  I would be annoyed, to be honest.

I think the bride should pay if she requires a certain style; she requires a specific hairdresser; or she requires it professionally done.

While it’s likely that I would get my hair done professionally, there are cases that I don’t, such as a simple down-do.  Or, I know someone who can do it for $30, so why would I pay $60 to the selected hair dresser?

I’d be much happier paying a hair dresser if I choose to than paying for one because the bride tells me to.

Post # 43
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@chelseakayd:  I would do it w/o question.

I know that weddings are expensive, but I would suck it up, its a once in a lifetime event and as a Bridesmaid or Best Man, you mean a lot to the bride. 🙂

Post # 44
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Bumble bee

If it was a style I could do myself, I wouldn’t let anyone touch my hair. If it was some off the wall type stuff and I wasn’t familiar with the stylist she chose, I’d ask for the picture to take to my own stylist and pay her myself. I’m really protective of my hair, I have a sensitive scalp and not everyone knows how to handle my curls so no I wouldn’t expect the bride to pay for my hair to be done.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chelseakayd:  i was in exactly this situation last year and didn’t mind a bit. paid my $60 and was jazzed to be in her wedding. end of story.

Post # 46
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chelseakayd:  my maids were expecting to pay for their hair and makeup.  they asked me the cost a few weeks ago.  i asked them why it mattered.  they said so they could pay.  i told them they didn’t need to know the cost because i was paying.

they were very thankful and said i had already done too much.

they are my friends in my wedding, it is something i am very happy to do.

 

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