Post # 1
I live in NJ and for myself, 6 bridesmaids, and 2 mothers for both hair and makeup, I am getting quoted for $2,500.
I always thought I would cover hair and makeup for the girls, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this much. It is literally $280 per girl. My makeup and hair would be $700. I also wanted to get them a really nice gift. I just feel like this might exceed my budget.
Have you guys covered this for your girls?
Post # 2
I did. It was $150 pp plus tip. Not sure if that is the average rate where you live but it sounds high, especially for yourself.
You shouldn’t require them to pay for it themselves, you can make it optional though.
Post # 3
I did. And for my mother and FI’s niece too. I offered for my Mother-In-Law but she wanted to do her own.
Yes it was expensive, but I was happy to do it. Cost me around $1,500 for me and 7 other people (including tip).
$700 for you alone seems really high.
Post # 4
I’d cover it for them if I could afford it! Unfortunately though for my wedding they’ll be on their own– I know all of my friends are good with their makeup, so they’ll probably just have to deal with their own hair.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
If you want their hair and make-up to look a certain way then I feel you should offer to pay for it. If your party is comfortable doing their own hair and make-up then they can certainly take care of it themselves. I think its a nice courtesy and if my sister hadn’t offered to pay for everyones I would have done so. But at the same time I wouldn’t assume a bride would pay for mine if I were in someone elses party so it depends. *no idea what etiquette does or doesn’t dictate I can’t keep up with all that crap*
Post # 6
I did, for both hair and makeup. While they certainly could have opted to do their own (I wouldn’t have cared) I knew that every single one of them would opt to have it professionally done. Because of that I decided to pay for it as a gift. Likewise I also paid for makeup because I booked an airbrush MUA, and she’s much more expensive than a traditional MUA. Again they would have all opted to have her do it rather than do it themselves, so I decided to pay.
Post # 7
I didn’t. I didn’t care what their hair and make up look like. I did pay for my mom and sister’s (MOH) hair and makeup. I think family is different. I think the price you’re getting is high, even for NJ. I got married in the LA area and prices are comparable to NJ/NYC area, and I paid $250 for mine and $120 for BMs. My other BMs opted to get their hair and makeup professionally done once they heard the price. Both ladies also traveled to my venue to do hair and makeup.
Post # 8
I have been a bridesmaid 5 times, and only once has the bride paid for hair and make up. I’ve never expected it, but it was a nice treat when it was paid for. However, it was also always optional, and no certain hairstyle or type of makeup was required. If you are requiring them to get their hair and make up done, and they don’t have the option to go somewhere else, or do it themselves, then I think it’s only right to pay for it.
Post # 9
I could not afford it so no I am not. I may pay for hair OR makeup once we look at the budget again. But also, I’m not making them have a particular style or anything.
Post # 10
I paid over $3K for myself, 4 BM’s and our moms.
Post # 11
I am paying for mine but I plan on just going to a blow out bar that I’ve seen great results from so it’s not super expensive. I’m not doing Future Mother-In-Law or my moms hair and makeup though
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2016 - Our little church
The Friday before my wedding we are all going to have a spa day and we are all responsible for the bill we create. My friend is going to do our hair and make-up at a discounted price and everyone is going to chip in and pay her fee. I will pay her tip for services.
Post # 13
I offered, but none of my bridesmaids or groomsmaids took us up on it!
Post # 14
I paid for my bridesmaids’ hair, but not make-up. However the hairstylist was a family friend (who has been doing my mom’s hair for years) and she offered to do it for significantly cheaper than I was being quoted by hairstylist where I live. Even paying for her plane ticket down here, she was still cheaper!
Post # 15
I’m paying -part- of it. I made it completely optional and they all decided yes on their own. All together, for me, my four bridesmaids, and my mother it is $950 without tip. I’ll be paying for half of the total cost, and then they’ll split the rest. I’ll probably pay tips too. That way, it’s still affordable for all of us!