(Closed) should the bridesmaids and maid of honor pay for their own hair and make up?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: should bridesmaids and maid of honor pay for their own hair and make up?
    yes : (15 votes)
    34 %
    no : (29 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 3
    46416 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @g_g_dgjb:  If you are requiring them to get their hair  and/or makeup professionally done, then you pay (even if you are just  hinting strongly)

    Otherwise they are free to do their own.

    Post # 5
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I didn’t vote, because I think it depends. If you are want it to look a certian way then yes you should pay for it. But i don’t think you can force them to pay for something how you want it. 

    Post # 6
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If you’re telling them hair and makeup must match then you should pay. If you don’t care about having it match, then they pay if they’d like it professionaly done. It’s a nice gesture for the bride to pay if you can afford it. 

    Post # 9
    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    What I would do is that I would give them the option of them doing their own makeup and hair or having it done for them with the bride covering 1/2 the cost.


    Post # 11
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @chouette:  I know the “bride should pay” for hair and makeup, but I would love it if she even paid for 1/2 because I’m bad at doing my hair lol.

    Post # 12
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would either tell them they can do whatever they feel comfortable with or pay for them to get hair/make-up done myself.

    If you’re not paying for it be ready for someone to not wear make up or wear something you don’t love – you know your BMs though. 

    Post # 13
    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I did not buy my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup, but I did buy their dresses so I hope it evened out in their minds. I’ve seen them all DIY dolled up before, and knew they were all capable of doing their own if they didn’t want to pay for a professional. I did not have a specific way I wanted them to look, either.

    Just in case, though, I did offer to set aside time with my hair/makeup artist if they were interested. 3 ‘maids hired her for at least one service, but the 4th did her own hair/makeup (and brought her own shoes/jewelry) so she ended up not needing to pay for anything at all for the wedding itself.

    Post # 14
    1133 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    No.  I think the bride should always pay, regardless.  If they request professional services, it’s only fair.  The bridesmaids are already shelling out a lot of money for a dress they will never wear again, so I think it’s only fair considering hair and makeup can be done yourself.


    Post # 15
    4035 posts
    Honey bee

    As other PP’s have said, if you are requiring it, then you should pay. If not, they can pay. I am not requiring or hinting that they get their hair done. I let them all know the salon I am getting my hair done at and I am actually paying half (they don’t know yet) as a surprise for those that want it done. For the one bridesdmaid that doesn’t (my sister), I am giving her a gift card of the same value.

    Post # 16
    8472 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yes. In my opinion, when you are asked to be in one’s bridal party, you’ve agreed to the expenses. 

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