(Closed) Should I pay for bridesmaid hair/makeup?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
433 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s fine to offer the service. Just make it clear that they its optional, and that you don’t care if they do their makeup/hair themselves. 

I’ve been in weddings where some bridesmaids opted in and others didn’t. It was fine and we all had a blast getting ready together anyway. 

Post # 3
2504 posts
Sugar bee

Are any of your FI’s family bridesmaids? I don’t see why you’d have to cover their hair and makeup…

Post # 4
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you want your bridal party to have professional hair and makeup,  then the bride pays for it.   Otherwise,  they do it themselves.   I chose to pamper my girls,  and had a hair and makeup artist come.   They loved it! 

Post # 5
1316 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


playdohpants:  this. hell no i would not be paying for them.

Post # 6
766 posts
Busy bee

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Shortqtpie:  While it’s very nice of you to consider paying for your Future In-Laws, it’s definitely not necessary or expected.  If you’d like to offer the services to them that would be nice, and is in no way rude to let them know what the cost will be.

Post # 7
421 posts
Helper bee

I would say if you want the bridesmaids to be done, cover theirs, but then for others give the option but they pay for it themselves. For my future sister-in-laws wedding, I was not a bridesmaid (she was engaged loooong before Fiance and I met), but she still invited me to “get ready with the girls” and I paid for myself and was completely okay with that. 

Post # 8
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Shortqtpie:  Did you ask the salon how many people they can provide that day? I ask because I had 7 bridesmaids, me, and 3 other people (step mom, Mother-In-Law and Aunt) on the day of and we had to start SUPER EARLY. We had 3 hair people and 2 make up artist and just that took almost 5-6 hours. I would think about if you really want all those people getting ready with you / potentially being rushed the morning of or forced to start super early (you, of course, will go last) just because you offered this service to everyone. 

If you’re okay with being surrounded by that many people, I think it’s fine to send an email out and ask if they want the service with the price. Also, if youre not paying for the other BMs then you need to let them opt out of the service if they can’t/dont want to pay for it. 

Post # 9
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree with the girl above me.  Make sure they can accomodate such a large group of people as I had almost 10 and it took ALL day until my night wedding for everyone to be finished.  I also agree you should offer to pay for the bridal party but are not inclined to pay for everyone. Some people are weird about having other people do their makeup and they may rather opt out of it.  I would offer the services to the other people once confirming there will be enough time and tell them what the cost would be.  I certainly don’t think in laws would expect you to pay.

Post # 12
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I think if you are dictating the style you want, you should pay but if you are more or less giving them free reign, it is fine to say “This is who I have booked to do my hair and makeup, if you’d like them to do yours As well it will cost $x.”

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