What does a Bridesmaid pay for?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 31
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I picked a dress that costs hem  $35CAD, and I paid for their hair to be done (used a student and it cost $20/person).  My little sister did our make up, so that was free 🤗


so being my bridesmaid cost $35 😂

Post # 32
261 posts
Helper bee

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introester :  Bridesmaids are expected to pay their own dresses, accessories, hair, makeup and any bachelorette party they pay their food and their part of the hotel room. However, the bride is responsible to keep their budget in check and if the bride demands they wear an expensive dress and stay at a grand hotel then she better be willing to chip in. I’m sometimes surprised what some bridesmaids put up with. My girls are paying $22 for their dresses I got on Amazon. Their hair and makeup are free because my Future Mother-In-Law does that professionally (i have 2 bridesmaids). 

Post # 33
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My bridesmaids paid for their own dresses.  I don’t know how much they cost as they picked their own. I paid for their hair and makeup and I didn’t care what they wore for shoes.  I didn’t care how they did their hair or makeup either, I just wanted to cover it.  

Post # 36
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Baltimore, MD

My bridesmaids will have to pay for their own dress and hotel accomodations. I told them they could wear any dress they like, as long as it falls within the color palette we chose. I’m not having a makeup person, but I will pay for hair, if anyone chooses to get it done.

I’m not having a shower either, so no expenses there. Bachlorette party is still in the planning phases, but I know the options that have been discussed include local wineries, an escape room, dinner, drinks, etc. 

Post # 37
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I paid for dresses ($200 each) and I am paying for hair and make up. They can wear shoes and accessories they already own or purchase new if they choose, I don’t care. Accommodation is a non issue. However one Bridesmaid or Best Man will fly interstate and pay for her own travel as I did for her wedding. 

Post # 39
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My bridesmaids are buying whatever dress they want as long as it’s burgundy. Some of them are paying for bridal shower decorations with my mother, but that’s about it. I don’t require them to have hair and makeup done, but if they want it done, they’ll pay for it themselves. I’m not gonna pay money for things I don’t care about XD

Post # 40
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: USA

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introester :  They are paying for their own dresses and accessories, but they get to choose the style of dress they want. I am not requiring hair and makeup for them, but I am giving them the option if they want. I am paying the travel fee and gratuities to have hair and MUA come to venue, so they’d only have to pay for the services if they wanted it. 

Post # 41
69 posts
Worker bee

Just their dresses and shoes and accessories 

Post # 42
4597 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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introester :  UK bee here


My two didn’t pay for a thing.

I paid for:

– dress

– jewellery 

– hair (for one, I did my own hair as did my other Bridesmaid or Best Man, but one requested it)

– makeup

– accomodation


I would have bought shoes but they both wore ones they owned.

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