Jessica
Just Said Yes June 2022

Can i choose to Pay for Hair or Makeup for bridal party??

Jessica, on January 20, 2021 at 9:56 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 1 21
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Hey Everyone,

I was very curious if it would be weird to just pay for hair OR makeup for our bridal party.. As my fiancée and I are a same sex couple, we have more bridesmaids than most. We have 8 women, myself, plus 2 mothers! 11 in total.. The price seems to be getting a little pricey. So I was wondering if we could pay for one and have them do the other? If so which would you have paid for and which would you have them do? We are on a budget, but we want to give this as a gift to them for being in our wedding!

Thank you Jes

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Latest activity by Katie, on January 25, 2021 at 4:32 PM
  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    I think it would be really nice of you to cover the cost for just one of the services for them! As long as you are not requiring them to have the other service done, it's fine to ask them to cover the cost for it. If you are requiring them to have both services done, you should pay for both. If the second service (that you're not covering for them) is optional, they can cover their own costs if they choose to do it.
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  • Jessica
    Just Said Yes June 2022
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    Awesome, thank you! Most of our brides maids are very simple on makeup and have super short hair! So I guess this could go either way. Thank you for the suggestion Smiley smile

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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    You could also ask each one which services they're planning to have done to get an idea - if some of them only prefer to get their hair done, you could cover that service for them. Others who only want makeup done, you could cover that for them. For anyone who wants both, it's totally up to you as for which one you cover.
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  • Jessica
    Just Said Yes June 2022
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    Thats a great idea!!! Smiley heart

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  • Maria
    Dedicated April 2021
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    I would suggest paying for makeup because it doesn’t matter how simple the makeup looks, is always better to get a professional makeup remember you will have those photos and videos for the rest of your life. I would say makeup is more important If you need to choose🙌🏻✨
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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
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    Hi Jes, I paid for my girls hair and if they wanted to do makeup on their own or get professional makeup, totally up to them ☺️ Hope this helps ❤️
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    That’s great as long as you’re not requiring them to have both services done.
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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    The only time you really to cover the cost is if you are requiring them you have their hair or makeup professionally done.

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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    That's a good idea and nice gesture! I agree with Lisa, ask which service your wedding party members want, and offer to pay for that service for them!

    I did this, and all my ladies said they refused to let me pay 😅 but they expressed that they were grateful for the offer.

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  • Jessica
    Just Said Yes June 2022
    Jessica ·
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    Thank you everyone! This has been a good insight as money is tight for us. Thank you again!

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  • Meghan
    Expert September 2021
    Meghan ·
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    I was in a wedding where the bride covered our makeup as our gift! We appreciated it so much and honestly preferred it over robes and other Knick knacks you may get.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I paid for my girls' hair and makeup in addition to their gifts, because I felt that paying for hair and makeup didn't really count as a 'gift' because it was wedding-related. That being said, you don't have to cover hair and makeup if you're not requiring it!

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  • M
    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    I'm paying for my bridesmaids hair since I personally want their hair to be done professionally and offered them the option to pay for makeup if they want it. But I've been in weddings where the bride didn't pay for either since neither were required, and that's totally fine too!

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  • CountryBride
    VIP April 2022
    CountryBride ·
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    I am paying for both of my bridesmaids to get their hair and make up done but I think you could get by with just paying for one. maybe have them pick which one they would want you to cover

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  • H
    Devoted August 2023
    Hhh ·
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    I had initially decided to only pay for my girls’ hair because it can look funny if some bridesmaids have fancy updos (curls/braids/etc) while some just have straight and down. As compared to makeup, which is less obvious in big group pictures. But definitely a know your crowd thing- mostly short hair might make makeup a better choice!
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  • B
    VIP July 2017
    Becky ·
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    I offered my ladies appointments with hair and makeup. Since I wasn't requiring it, I told them they had to pay for it.

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  • Caitlin
    Devoted May 2021
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    If you are that tight on budget then do a piece of jewelry instead for them to wear. I bought 8 people (bridesmaids the moms and a friend) a jewelry box and the jewelry they will wear at the wedding. I feel like its expected to get your makeup and hair done by a professional. I would flustered to do my makeup correct and hair. I refuse to look stupid. Im in my friends wedding a couple weeks before mine. Shes paying for our hair but we pay for makeup.
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  • RaylaSan
    Expert February 2021
    RaylaSan ·
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    I think it's fine, for me, I told my bridesmaids that I would pay for their makeup, and they get to decide whether they want to pay for hair or do it themselves.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    If you're on a budget and not requiring a specific look, they generally cover the costs of their own hair/makeup. You can get them a nice thank you gift you can afford (not wedding related..no jewelry, robes, personalized stuff that gets tossed) that fits each one's individuality.
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  • MLS
    Dedicated September 2021
    MLS ·
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    I asked my bridal party if they wanted me to pay. They said no. I said hair and makeup wasn't a requirement so if they didn't want to they didn't have to. They all wanted it. I can't afford to pay for all of them which is why I made it optional.
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