(Closed) Who pays for hair and makeup for bridal party?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am kind of surprised.   I have been in a few weddings and never have any of my brides offer to pay for my hair.   For my wedding,  I am going to be looking for someone to come onsite to do my hair, and if the girls want, they can pay to have their hair done by the professional as well.  

Post # 18
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was in a wedding last summer where it was mandatory that we had our hair done, and makeup was optional, but we paid for it all ourselves.

I am thinking that I will make hair mandatory and pay for it, and then make professional makeup optional and they can pay for that.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m making professional hair/makeup optional.  They will pay for it themselves if they want the services.  I’ve been in several weddings, and this is typical for my circle of friends. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I asked if they wanted it before I priced it out and found the artists. Then it ended up being more than I thought reasonable, so I’m cutting their costs down to $100 total from $145. Mine is cheaper than I’d though so it’s not a real strain on me. I would be fine with them doing their own, but they all wanted to just have someone else do it.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m paying for my bridesmaids’ hair, but we’re going to do our makeup ourselves.  When I told my bridesmaids they were very surprised, and thankful.  I guess they just assumed it would be another expense that they would need to take on, but I figure they’re already shelling out for their dresses, shoes, my bridal shower & bachelorette party, and hotel rooms for 2 nights for the wedding.  I wanted to give them a nice gift to thank them, and having their hair done will be part of that gift.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

In general, if you want them to have a certain hair style, you pay for it.  If you don’t care how they do their hair, they pay for it.

 

Post # 23
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913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I told my girls what the cost of hair and make up is and gave them the option of getting it done or doing it themselves.  I was totally upfront and told them I couldn’t afford the cost of doing everyone’s hair and makeup.  My friend is doing the same for her wedding. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I told my girls what the cost of hair and make up is and gave them the option of getting it done or doing it themselves.  I was totally upfront and told them I couldn’t afford the cost of doing everyone’s hair and makeup.  My friend is doing the same for her wedding. 

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you are requiring it be done, it’s nice if you pay for it. Besides the cost of the dress, shoes, etc., they probably also had to pay for dress alterations, bachelorette party, etc. It adds up to a lot.

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Ella1978:  That’s what I did, too. If I was dictating the style and makeup, I’d feel a bit guilty and want to pay at least something or get them amazing gifts, but neither is in my budget. So I gave them the option to do their own hair, or I could book an appointment for them with my stylist, but they would need to pay.

I’m also letting all of them stay at my house for free that weekend (everyone is in a different state at this point) so they don’t have to pay for hotel. I figure that balances out the hair expense!

Everyone’s doing their own makeup.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We’re paying for hair and makeup for everyone in the bridal party. The only thing we’re not paying for is manicures but I got each of them a bottle of Chanel nail polish which they can take to a salon for a manicure or they can just do it themselves.

Post # 28
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Helper bee

Perfect thread, as this is just what I was wondering.  I’m already paying for my bridesmaids dresses because they don’t have very much money (well, me neither!). I don’t think I can afford to pay for their hair and makeup, too.  But I won’t require them to have it in any special style or anything.  In fact, I was thinking of learning to do my own makeup.  It might cost me as much in buying makeup, but at least I’d learn how to do it from here on out, rather than paying for 1 day.  Definitely doing my own hair.  I have pretty long, tightly coiled afro textured hair that regular stylists don’t know what to do with (other than straighten).

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I paid for both, it was part of my gift to them.

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