(Closed) Pay or not pay for BM hair/makeup???

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What do u recommend?!
    Let them pay for any services and get them nicer gifts : (11 votes)
    22 %
    Offer to pay for one service per girl, get less gifts : (15 votes)
    31 %
    Offer to pay half of whatever they want to get done, get less gifts : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Pay for hair only : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Pay make up only : (5 votes)
    10 %
    You're screwed!! : (6 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 17
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Honestly, what’s a couple of hundred dollars added to your wedding budget if it’ll mean that your BMs will be happy? They are traveling so far and spending lots of money on your wedding already, the least you can do is offer to pay for a pampering session.


    It will show good will on your part and if I were them, will be extremely happy.  




    Post # 18
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Wow, are we the same person?  I was in almost the same situation as you, except the part about your artist not traveling unless there are 4 people booked.  Are you sure about that?  Usually they just charge a $50 flat fee for traveling.  I’d double-check with him/her because that doesn’t sound right.  What if you had no bridal party?  They wouldn’t do your hair and makeup?  I don’t know how they’d stay in business.

    But I digress.  I voted to pay for their hair only because this is what I did.  I did want to dictate how they wore their hair though, so that part differs.  Personally, I think it’s important when you have so few girls that there’s a cohesive look.  So I recommend picking one style and having them all wear their hair that way.

    I didn’t pay for makeup because there was no room in the budget.  I told the girls how much it would be if they wanted the stylist to do it.  All of them declined and did their own makeup.  They all looked great!

    As for gifts, I spent $160 total on all 3 girls.  I bought them lockets from Origami Owl.  I highly recommend it because it’s a personalizble gift and they can change the charms out later.  So it’s very versatile.  About 3 days before the wedding, I splurged and bought them all Tiffany chains to wear the locket on because I really wanted to get them something from Tiffany’s.  The chains were about $50/each so it wasn’t too bad.  Obviously if you skip the Tiffany part, the Origami Owl necklaces would be well under budget, thus allowing you to pay for their hair.

    One last thing, at my brother’s wedding I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man.  He paid for all the girls to get their hair done, but we had to pay for our makeup.  I thought this worked out well then too (and it was different from my wedding because all the girls actually did pay to get their makeup done).  Wow, that was long.  Anyway, good luck!  I’ve found as long as you’re honest with your girls, they’ll understand.

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