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

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Boettcher Mansion

Thank you for asking this question, I have been puzzling over the same thing! Where do you draw the line, and how do you determine whether or not to help out certain people (especially bridesmaids)? I’ve heard some people say that by accepting your invitation they are also accepting all potential costs, but then at the same time I don’t want to burden a friendship with a ton of costs when the day is ultimately for my and my FH! It’s a tricky balance, for sure!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am also hiring a professional hair stylist and makeup artist for my wedding. My mom is paying for the wedding but I am paying for the hair & makeup for her & myself, as this was an additional add-on that we did not originally agree on. I extended the information out to the bridesmaids and my fiance’s mother in case it was something they were interested in. I let them know that it would be at their own expense and nobody seemed to take offense to it. Some opted in for it while only a few opted out.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Omg that’s alot of people to cover make up and hair costs. I wouldn’t have that in my budget either.  A wedding that I was in, the bride really wanted us to get our hair and make up done but some people just couldn’t afford it. The ones that wanted to she put $20 towards getting their make up and hair.  

 

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Shortqtpie:  I paid for all my girls. I let them know hair/makeup was available, but not required. When everyone said they wanted it, I made the decision to pay for it as a gift to them. I also picked a very expensive makeup artist, and even though they all WANTED to have their hair/makeup done, I wanted to do it simply for the cost. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

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Shortqtpie:  Why not just provide services for hair, and let them do their own makeup? Wouldn’t that take the cost down.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Tuscany Falls Banquet Hall

I ran into this same problem. I was inititally going to pay for hair and makeup for all of my 6 bridesmaids and mother. I am now going to only pay for the bridesmaids makeup. It became too costly to pay for it all. I am though paying for my moms hair to get done.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee

It really depends if you want to and can afford to.  Don’t worry if you can’t.  I offered to pay for the makeup and hair for my three bridesmaids and was happy to. They were fantastic support to me throughout the engagement period and I really wanted to treat them, but they said they would have paid for it themselves no problem. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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kg1185:  Agreed. I just was in a wedding this past weekend that was an 11:30 wedding. With 4 girls + the bride + her mom, we started hair and makeup at 5 AM! It was completely fine – but I can’t imagine a larger group having time, depending on the time of your wedding.

I agree with PP’s that if you want the bridesmaids to all have the hair and makeup services, you should pay for it. There’s no reason to offer it for non-wedding party folks. If you can’t afford paying for the entire cost for the bridesmaids, you could offer to pay a portion and say something along the lines of: “I’m getting my hair and makeup done by xyz company. The trial was AMAZING. I want you all to look and feel beautiful and comfortable on my wedding day. Unfortunately, the wedding budget is tight and I can’t afford to pay for all the hair and makeup. If you’d like to take part, I’m happy to pay x% of the cost if you can cover the other portion. If you’d like to opt in, your portion of the cost will be $x. Please let me know your decision by ___.”

Post # 30
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Helper bee

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Shortqtpie:  It’s a nice gesture, but no, you don’t have to. However, you should make sure they do something nice to their hair…no ragamuffins 😉 You could also look at having the less expensive makeups done (for ex airbrush is more $$ than normal makeup)

 

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