(Closed) Paying for Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are you paying for your bm hair and make up?

    Yes I am paying for it

    No I am not paying for it

    I am helping them pay for it but not paying for the whole thing

  • Post # 31
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Our Castle

    I would pay for it for only $100 per person.. Im asking the girls to buy ther own dresses (little black dress) and shoes as they will wear them again but id like their makeup to be done professionally so they dont have to stress.. it my indulgence to them for being there for me!?..

    P.S. my vote was to help as it would cost $165 in my area as far as i have researched so ill be helping and asking the girls to fill the gap.. or ill just help the girls who want to get it done professionally. (secretly hoping my sister will pitch in?)

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by MissFox.
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    Post # 32
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I paid for hair and make-up for my ladies (MOH, Mom, besties). I offered the same for Mr. LK’s female family members (3), but they all declined. It wasn’t mandatory at all. It was just a way to make them feel pampered because I love them to the moon and back.

    Post # 33
    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think I’ll end up paying for makeup because I would like everyone to have it done.  We’re getting airbrush due to it being a an outdoor daytime reception in August and the airbrush makeup is supposed to hold up well to that.  I am *definitely* getting mine done because I am very pale and tend to look washed out in photos, and I don’t want my BMs to look under done next to me.  I found someone to do it for only $55 per person (mine will be more expensive…darn the WIC!)  However, I haven’t had ANY luck finding someone to do hair for a reasonable price, who will come to us without charging a ridiculous travel fee, and doesn’t have a minumum number of people.  So I might let the girls do whatever they want with their hair.  

    Post # 34
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m paying for hair for my BMs because I wanted to be able to spend the morning at the salon with them (although they can do whatever the heck they want to their hair), but I told them that makeup was optional. Some of my girls do their own makeup like a professional already and others never wear makeup so I didn’t want to make them get it done in case they weren’t comfortable. All of them chose it though, so I made the appointments but they’ll be paying for the makeup portion.

    Post # 35
    219 posts
    Helper bee

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    HisBrownEyedGirl:  That’s thoughtful that you’d even consider paying. I was a bridesmaid for a friend and I had to pay around $160 for hair and makeup. The bride consulted us (three bridesmaids) prior to booking and though she didn’t make it mandatory , she hinted that professional hair/makeup would be preferred. I also paid for my own dress (around $200). In the end, one bridesmaids backed out of hair and makeup and the other had her dress, hair and makeup covered by the bride since she was going through some financial trouble. I was able to pay for my own and I would’ve felt bad if the bride covered all costs, but it would have been nice to have been asked. If you can swing it in your budget, then great. If not, just ask for their opinions and go from there.

    Post # 36
    1347 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I always dreamed of getting dressed with my girls and having a pro do hair and make up for them and my mom until reality set in with the costs. If they want it done and you don’t care if they do, then I would just coordinate the service, but not pay.

    “A few people wanted pro hair and make up. I booked so and so to do mine. If you would like her to do yours as well she charges $100. Please coordinate with her at phone number or email.”

    Post # 37
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    HisBrownEyedGirl:  I am not paying for Hair/Make Up. I have brought someone in for myself for hair/make up and than asked my girls if they wanted someone to do their hair/make up. I got quotes for everyone and told them what it would cost. Each girl will be between $85-95 + tip and since I have 6 girls, thats $510-570 + tip for the girls alone and another $150 for me. We just dont have the budget to pay for everyone. In my area, its common for bridesmaids to pay for their hair, make up, dress, shoes etc. My girls were able to choose their dresses, shoes, whether or not they wanted hair/make up done. I tried to make it as easy going as possible because I’ve stood in weddings before and know costs can get outta hand quickly. Girls tend to pay more to stand in weddings than guys do but I don’t think it would be fair to pay for hair/make up for the girls and they guys get nothing. Everyone in my wedding party is happy because they were told cost up front and were told they didn’t have to but was an option 😀

    Post # 38
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I am paying for my bridesmaids makeup but not their hair. I don’t have any requirements for their hair though so they can do their own however they feel like wearing it. 

    I think as long as you don’t require them to have anything professionally done then it’s okay not to pay.

    Post # 39
    308 posts
    Helper bee

    In my area, wWhen weddings were for couples in their 20’s, it was common that bridesmaids pay for their own hair and makeup. Since we’ve passed the 30-mark and the couples have established careers, it’s more common that the bride pay for bridesmaid hair and makeup.
    As with all things wedding, it boils down to budget. If it’s in your budget and you’d like it done, you pay for it. If it’s not in your budget, all you can do is make the service available and leave it up to the bridesmaids to decide if it’s in their budget.
    I’ve told my 4 bridesmaids that the services are available and if they want to have their hair and makeup done it’s on me. They’ve all opted in. We’ll get to enjoy getting pampered together. 🙂

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