(Closed) Paying for Hair and Makeup of Bridesmaids and others

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ajillity81:  Depends on the region and what’s customary.


In my area its a nice gesture but not required. It sounds like you’ve been pretty generous already.


Others will say if you required a professional to do the Hair/Makeup that you pay for it though.


I spoke wiht my Bridesmaid or Best Man ahead of time and let them know and in the end I will pay for 1 or the other service, but not both and they were okay with that as they didn’t have to get both done.

Post # 4
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you asking them to get it done with you or it’s optional and they chose to do it with you?

In the US you don’t have to pay for it unless as a bride you specifically require it, then it’s on your dime. If they have an option to do their own but they chose the professional, then they pay.  How much your Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts cost is somewhat irrelevant here I think.

Post # 5
2715 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are requiring them to get their hair and make-up done then you should pay for it as it’s something done for you and your wedding vision.  If it’s optional, then you don’t have to pay.

Post # 7
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The general consensus seems to be that if you require them to have it done, you need to pay for it. If you aren’t requiring it, just let your party know that the stylist will be available if they want to have it done, and they will pay for it. I agree with PP that how much the gifts you gave them cost is irrelevant.

Post # 8
18 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m paying for my bridesmaids hair/make-up and mani/pedi – I am also considering paying for their dresses, but am not quite sure if I can afford it.  I am not ‘requiring’ them to have their hair and make-up done professionally, however I am having mine done and I thought that it would be a nice treat for them to have theirs done as well. 

I will also be having gift bags for them, i.e. monogrammed tote bag, nail polish, robe, etc..etc. For their ‘special’ gift, I would like to give each one of them a framed photgraph of myself and each bridesmaid at the wedding. 

While the costs are adding up very quickly (I’m having 5 bridesmaids), I am having a destination wedding in Jamaica and my bridesmaids are coming from the UK, USA, and the Cayman Islands, so they are forking out quite a bit of money to come to my wedding, so I’d like to show my appreciation that they are taking the time and spending the money to be a part of my wedding. 


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