- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
I don’t have a lot of money, and neither do my bridesmaids. I know how expensive it can be to be a bridesmaid, and I’m trying to minimize costs…
I initially told them I’d pick the color and fabric, and they could each choose their own dress in a style that suited them… but they all wound up really liking the same dress. And I LOVE the dress they found! Then we saw the pricetag… $180. They are all okay with it, because they still have a lot of time to save up and put money aside, but I felt bad because I originally wanted to keep the dress much closer to $100.
They will each be getting their own shoes in their own style, so that’s up to them, not sure how much they will spend, but it’s hard to find nice formal shoes for anything under $50.
They have opted to do their own makeup, because one of my girls is AMAZING with makeup. The only reason I plan on paying for the professional makeup is because my skin is pretty horrible and I want to be sure I’ll look okay in pictures.. Hah.
I want my girls to get their hair done with me (my venue has a salon on site where I’m getting hair and makeup done), but it’s not cheap. I think $90+ for bridesmaids (and for some reason, it’s a lot more expensive for the bride!).
So they are paying for their own dress, alterations, shoes, hotel, and possibly hair… I plan on buying them wedding-day jewelry (I’m taking them shopping so they can each choose their own style, but I’ll pay for it). And I am giving each of them a wedding-day clutch(something I’ll pick out) with random things like tic tacs, tissues, and any other important day-of essentials that they should have on them (maybe a safety pin or a couple bobby pins, things like that..).
My question is… Should I offer to pay for their hair too? I think it starts at $90 per bridesmaid and goes up depending on style/length of hair.
EDIT: I am not REQUIRING them to get their hair done professionally…. I would like it (because otherwise I’d be spending hours by myself in the salon while they do their hair and makeup at the hotel), but I am in NO WAY requiring it. I am leaving it up to them, and if they choose to do their own hair that’s fine, too.