(Closed) Makeup

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@srich17:  I did not feel obligated to pay for their hair and makeup. What I did offer was a package deal that the salon I went to gave me. The girls could get their hair done there for a special deal as a group. They ended up making their own hair and makeup appointments and didn’t seem to suprised that they had to pay. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am paying for my bridesmaid makeup as a thank you for their help but never felt obligated to. They will be doing their own hair or getting it done on their own.

unless you absolutely require they have their hair and makeup done professionally, you do not need to pay for it and they can do it themselves. if you insist on having them get tj professionally done then you would pick up the tab.

Post # 5
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you require it then you must pay. I paid for hair and makeup because it is just a nice thing to do for your BMs. Mine were great though and went above and beyond so it was an extra little treat.

Post # 6
183 posts
Blushing bee

@srich17:  You’re not obligated unless you are making it mandatory that they get their hair/makeup done.

I’ve been in plenty of bridal parties and in only one of them did the bride pay for my hair and makeup.

Myself, I can’t afford to pay for all of that for all of my 6 bridesmaids.  Additionally I don’t really feel that it’s a necessity for them to have their hair and makeup professionally done.  I have a hair stylist coming to my house and she will gladly do their hair, for her fee, if they want it done professionally.  I’m going to a salon for makeup and they are welcome to join me if they want to but I won’t be paying for their services.

I’m giving them very nice bridesmaids gifts, but I couldn’t do both that AND pay for their hair and makeup.  I figured since the hair and makeup is really to make my pictures look better it wouldn’t be much of a gift for them as much as for myself, and I wanted to show my appreciation by getting them gifts that are completely non-wedding related.

Post # 7
1233 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

As a bridesmaid, I’ve never had to pay for my own hair and makeup.  Either I did it myself or the bride picked up the tab. 

Post # 8
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@srich17:  I think the general rule is that if you insist on something in particular (special shoes, special hairdo, etc) then the bride usually pays for it.  If you make it an optional thing, then let them know how much it will be, then they get to decide if they want it or not.




But I could be wrong!  Maybe the ettiquite people know.


Post # 9
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@srich17:  It is not your responsibility. You can gift it to them if you wish, but otherwise it is typical they pay for it themselves.

ETA: I should be more clear – If you are giving them the option and not requiring, THEN it is not your responsibility. I would say if you goto them and say you NEED to get your hair/makeup done for the wedding, as a bridesmaid I would assume the bride pays for it in that instance. Otherwise you ask them if they are doing it themselves, or plan to have it professionally done – it’s their choice & their expense.

Post # 11
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@srich17:  Its totally up to you if you want to pay.  The majority weddings I have done as a mua, everyone pays for themselves.  I will be paying for mine, my moms, and my FMIL’s hair/makeup but my bm’s will be paying for themselves.

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