Post # 1
So this past weekend I finally got all my bridesmaids together and they tried on the dresses that I was thinking about and ordered them! Everything was going well and I was very excited that every single one of them looked great regardless of their different body types. Each girl paid for their own dress so that is not the problem. We started talking about hair and make up and I said that I prefer if everyone has their hair done the exact same way. With regard to the bridesmaids hair and makeup, who pays for it? What are the bridesmaids traditionally expected to pay for? Any tips on this would be appreciated!
Post # 2
If you want them all done exactly the same you should pay
Post # 3
I’m giving them the option to have their hair done or not. The last wedding I was in the bride wanted us all to have the same hair and I wasn’t pleased. Everyone’s hair is different and can’t hold up like others. She wanted our hair half down and curly and the only way I would of been able to achieve that was by buying hair extensions and I was no way doing that.
keep in mind everyone’s hair works differently. If you expect them to do it all the same then I’d pay for it.
Post # 4
Your wedding, your idea = you pay.
Post # 5
I’ve been in one wedding where my hair and makeup was done for me and two where I had the option and chose to do it myself so the makeup wouldn’t be too heavy. My bridesmaids all did their own hair and makeup because they know what looks good on them (also my wedding was really informal).
Post # 6
we didn’t require that they had it done (and most of them are weird about having hair and make-up done), so, we just gave them the option to pay if they wanted it doing (one wanted her hair doing; that was it). We also paid for their dresses. Had we wanted it doing professionally we would have paid.
Post # 7
If you make it mandatory that they get it done and ESPECIALLY if you want it styled in a certain way, you pay for it. If you tell them it’s optional – they can pay for if they do want it done.
Please consider allowing them to choose their own styles and not making them look like clones.
Post # 8
I think the answer to this question really depends on where you’re from. In some countries/regions, it is unheard of to ask for the bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, whereas this is the norm in others. I, personally, am from Australia and it is generally expected that the bridal party will pay for their own attire here.
When it comes to hair and makeup, however, I am of the belief that if the bride wants all the girls to use a professional stylist/artist or if she wants a particular “look” that she should be paying for it. I really don’t mind how my bridesmaids wear their hair or have their makeup done on the day – just so long as they’re happy. I am having a stylist and makeup artist come out for me, so have let my bridesmaids know that she is available for $x amount or they can go to their preferred stylist/do their own.
Post # 9
i am paying for dresses, shoes, hair and makeup so everything… its my wedding. i asked them to be in it, so i am paying for everything… i wouldnt want to be in a wedding and have to pay for my own hair/makeup etc etc…
Post # 10
I requested all of my girls have their hair done professionally, so I paid for it. I gave them the option to do their makeup themselves or have it professionally done at their own cost.
Post # 11
When I was a bridesmaid, the bride said we could get our hair done at our own cost, but it was completely up to us (I ended up doing it).
Had she forced us to style it in a certain way and not paid for it, I would not have been happy at all, and in fact probably would have refused to do it.
Post # 12
I bought my bridesmaids dresses and I will be paying for their makeup. My Maid/Matron of Honor is a stylist so she’ll be doing their hair, which is a big cost saver.
Post # 13
I didn’t require pro hair and make up for my girls. I told them when my hair appointment was and gave them the option to add on and have their hair done but none chose to. Since I had my hair up, they all wore it down, some curled some straight. One of my girls helped the others curl their hair. Everyone looked great!
Post # 14
If you require professionally styled hair, you should pay. These expenses add up and it’s not fair to make them pay and have no say in it… Especially the same style where they can’t even do somethin they want.
I am giving my girls the option of either doing their own or having it done at the salon. I am not paying for it since I am giving them the option. If they choose to get it done, then it’s an expense they are electing.
Post # 15
No one in our wedding party paid for a thing, we took care of everything. I think it’s disgusting to ask them to pay their own way, when they’re already doing you a favor.