(Closed) Would you offer to pay hair/makeup for your girls on wedding day?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 46
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think there is such a wide variety in New Jersey/New York. In Northern NJ I paid $60 for each girl. I don’t remember what mine was but my Mom paid for me. That was hair only. I thought that was very fair. When I was a bridesmaid in a Central NJ wedding years ago it was over $125 for my hair and I thought that was expensive, but it was an expensive town, place, etc. It all depends where you go. Both times were at the actual salon, so no payment for travel.

For makeup I found an employee at a Chanel counter who came to my location to do my makeup for somewhere between $125-$150 and that was very worth it to me.

Post # 47
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

That price seems SO high to me. Maybe it is because I live in Wisconsin and not on the east coast, but I also found a good deal.  

I am paying for hair and makeup for myself, three bridesmaids, and 2 MOBs. Plus I am paying for hair for my junior bridesmaid and two groomsmen. It is costing me $780, including travel, touch up makeup and the hair and makeup trial for myself. 

I did do a lot of reasearch, though, to find my hair and makeup artist. She does both and brings in an assistant to help her. She did an amazing job at my trial. I would maybe shop around a bit more and see if you can find someone more reasonably priced.

I am asking the bridesmaids to pay for their manis and pedis, dress, and shoes. Jewelry will be their gift, plus a monogramed robe and tote. 🙂

Post # 48
7481 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Offering to cover a big-ticket expense that would not exist if it were not for your occasion? How positively generous.

Post # 49
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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Horseradish :  Amen!  I know the rule seems to be if you require it, pay, if it’s optional you can ask them to pay, but I think making it optional is usually a cop out and most feel obligated to pay anyway. 

Post # 50
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think you are looking at the higher end. I’m in NYC and the quotes I’m getting are around 500 for hair and makeup on the average. 


Maybe look for other options or see if your makeup can be done by that person and find someone else for your bridal party. 

Post # 51
12835 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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missinthecity :  Again, there is no such rule.Hair and makeup are personal. Bride can offer to provide or pay for these services as a courtesy, but cannot require them. 

Post # 52
1150 posts
Bumble bee

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JBJ2017 :  I offered to treat them to their choice of with hair OR makeup.  They both chose hair.  I think they were $120 each.

Post # 53
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We’re paying for the mothers,grandmothers,maid of honour and bridesmaids hair and make up

Post # 54
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m planning on paying for the women in the wedding party (we’re having a non-traditional wedding party). Only 3 women, plus my mom and 2 flower girls. I’m also asking a female friend to be an usher and another to do something else. If they want it done I’ll pay for theirs as well. 

I was Maid/Matron of Honor in my cousin’s wedding and she paid for my hair, but I ended up doing everyone’s makeup. Mine, hers, her mom’s, and the 3 other women in the party. It wasn’t something I knew about beforehand and ended up having to go get makeup for their darker skin tones at a 24 hour Walgreens. Just don’t do that! haha. It was a horrible experience.

Post # 55
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Rydges Hotel

I’m paying for all of the bridesmaids, my mum, Future Mother-In-Law, my sisters’ hair and makeup. This is quite a norm where I live, and I wouldn’t expect my BMs to have to pay unless I’m DIYing my own hair and makeup and the BMs want professional hair and makeup done.

But I live in NZ, so maybe things are different in the states

Post # 56
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

First of all, that sounds so expsensive! $700 just for you!! That is crazy expensice. I would suggest looking around for a cheaper place.

I think you should pay. Being a bride’s maid is expensive! And, adding hair and makeup to the bill is asking too much of your ladies. I’ve been in weddings where the bride arranged for my hair, and then I did my own makeup. Or, we all helped each other with our make up. 

I’m not even having a bridal party, yet I’m still paying for my two sisters and mom to get their hair done that day. I’m the only getting an updo and everyone else is just getting their hair styled. I think it’ll cost like $200 total. Then, I’m having a good friend who is really good at makeup come in and help us apply our makeup. 

I feel like if you can’t afford to pay for everyone to get their hair and makeup done, then you can’t just put the cost onto them. Try to think of a more createvie way to make everyone look beautiful within spending as much.

Post # 57
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

We are covering hair and make up for the Maid/Matron of Honor, bridesmaids and mothers. This will cost us $1770 in Cincinnati, OH. 

Post # 58
670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I paid for my girls’ makeup and 2 of the 3 paid me back without me asking, they insisted. They paid for their hair before I had a chance to. But when I was in weddings in general the bride would ask if I was interested and tell me the cost. I never had a bride offer to pay. And personally I don’t think anyone should expect a bride to pay, but that’s just me. 

Post # 59
498 posts
Helper bee

No, I didn’t cover it, but I also didn’t set the expectation that they had to get hair and makeup professionally done. All of them decided to pay for it, but I would have absolutely been ok if they wanted to do it themselves too. 

Post # 60
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - October 2017

I would pay for the bridesmaids as well as my own but that price is outrageous! In all honesty you should all make an appointment at the salon and not tell them it’s for a wedding just a night out. It will be cheaper than having someone come to you and less expensive than a wedding look. 

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