(Closed) Paying for bridesmaids hair/makeup?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s never cost me more than $75 anywhere to get my hair done as a Bridesmaid or Best Man (and it was never offered to me by the bride).  Your estimates are insane personally.  Are you asking them to wear it a certain way?  If you are, then it’s nice to offer to pay.  If you don’t really care how they do their hair, then maybe skip the offer and let them do their own.  Or I’d keep shopping for a cheaper salon.  I only have a Maid/Matron of Honor and haven’t asked what she wants to do with her hair yet.  If she wants it done, I’ll probably offer to pay.

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@GeorgiaBride5:  I agree, you need to shop around some more to find better quotes. I’m getting married in Honolulu and the stylist that I’ll probably go with charges $70 for bridesmaids hair. I will also be paying for all 5 of my bridesmaids since I want them all to have an elegant updo and none of us knows how to do hair.

Post # 6
7271 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think the estimates are that insane. You figure $70*7= $490 plus hair and make up for you = $200 so that’s right about $700. Still expensive but I don’t think they are completely unreasonable.

I think if you require that they have it done you should pay. If you give them the option of doing it themselves and they choose to have it done they should pay. I let my BMs decide because I did not have the money to pay for it. They all chose to get their hair done anyways which I did appreciate but did not expect at all.

Post # 7
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Personally, I wouldnt let anyone do my hair except for one of my normal stylists. The last wedding I was in the bride did not pay for our hair or makeup or…anything. We all got it professionally done. I’m not paying for my bridesmaids’ hair bc I dont care if it is done professionally or not. They are all choosing to have it done by their stylists though. However, I am VERY into makeup so I am paying a MUA $1600 to come and do makeup for 9 of us and stay all day. 

Post # 8
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mick26:  You should only be paying for their hair and makeup if you are wanting them to do it a certain way. Maybe you could offer to pay for their manicures or pedicures?

Post # 10
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Yeah, unless you’re paying for it, it’s a little crazy to ask your BMs to get their hair and makeup professional done, IMO.

You can suggest how you would like it- ie up, down, half up, braided.  And if they want it professionally done, they can figure it out.

Post # 11
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I paid for their dresses, shoes, and hair/makeup. I let them choose however they wanted to wear their hair and make up and tell the lady.

I believe it was $55 for hair and makeup for my girls, and $70 for me.

Post # 12
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I paid for half of each of my girls. I didn’t intend to but after they got the price they all decided they didn’t want to get their hair done. With the weather being 100 degrees though, and having your hair done being a nice thing, I cut the price in half by paying for half.

I’ve never had a bride pay for my hair and make up, I always assumed it was on me, and it always has been. However in the wedding i’m in next week she is paying for our hair and make up to be done which I think is nice. I’m opting out of the make up, I’d rather do my own.

Post # 13
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am paying for their dresses and for their hair/make up as well….I know that my bridesmaids are studying and their financial situation is not that great..so I belive that I have to pay…

Post # 14
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I paid for my girls hair and makeup.  I felt like if I wanted them to look nice in my wedding photos, I should pay.  It was around 1600 for hair and makeup for the five of us.

Post # 15
3300 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Maybe it’s just me. I wouldn’t DREAM of being in someone’s wedding without getting my hair done professionally. Nails too. And it’s never been offered to me by the bride. And I never felt cheated out of something I was due, lol. If you want to do something nice, maybe manicures and/or pedicures? But hair? For 7 people? At $50+ a pop? Not happening.

Post # 16
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

wow that is an insane amount! I will probably only offer to pay for makeup that is about it if they would like their makeup done they will need to tell me. Because I know some people who know how to work around makeup can do it themselves.

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