Davida
Just Said Yes January 2022

Makeup for Bridesmaids

Davida, on May 26, 2021 at 7:22 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 1 9
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Is it common practice now for brides to pay for the bridesmaids's makeup? I figured I would pay for myself, my mother, my future mother-in-law, and my grandmother to have professional grade glam makeup done. But the question came up of whether I would also be doing the same for my bridesmaids. As many of you know, professional makeup is not cheap. Considering that I am saying it is optional to even put makeup on at all, would it be bad if I asked my bridesmaids to pay for their own makeup if they want it professionally done. They could always do their own makeup if they prefer since I know that some of them can be finicky about putting products on their faces. I just feel that it is too much to pay nearly $800 to get everyone's makeup done when I had originally just planned to spend $300 on the people I mentioned earlier. It is also awkward because I was in the wedding of one of my bridesmaids and she paid for all of the bridesmaids to get their makeup done. I feel like it is perfectly reasonable for me to tell the bridesmaids that since it is optional, they would have to pay for their own makeup if they choose to have it done. Thoughts?

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Latest activity by Jessi, on May 26, 2021 at 1:49 PM
  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    As long as you’ve made it optional, it’s totally fine to expect them to cover their own costs. The only time the bride needs to be paying for it is if she’s requiring the bridesmaids get it done professionally.
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  • Jasmine E.
    Rockstar May 2022
    Jasmine E. ·
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    I sent a poll to all my ladies (MOB, MOG, 3 bridesmaids) asking who wanted professional hair or makeup. Some of them only wanted hair and some only wanted makeup, so it won't be that expensive for me to cover. Definitely ask who wants what, because some may want to do it themselves and that will save you $$
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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    If you didn’t make it a requirement for your wedding then you don’t have to pay.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I am not paying for my bridesmaids to have their makeup done, but I am also not requiring that they have it professionally done. I'm fine with if they wanted to do it themselves (I doubt they will) but that is on their own expense.

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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    My bridesmaids are paying for their own hair and makeup, as it’s all optional. I’m thinking of taking them to get their nails done the day before and paying for that. At some point it’s all just too much money paying for it all.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    It’s completely acceptable and expected to ask them to cover expenses if it not required (you are not requiring a certain look). However many hairstylists/makeup artists require a minimum count of 3-5+ who are getting services before they will travel to your location.
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  • Biaani
    Expert May 2021
    Biaani ·
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    My girls are paying themselves. They are doing their own hair. so their only expenses as BMs were dress and make up.

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    I'm covering the hair and makeup costs for my bridesmaids and letting them choose whatever style they want, because this is customary in my social circle. However, as long as hair and makeup are optional, then you're completely fine to ask them to cover their own costs

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  • Jessi
    Super October 2022
    Jessi ·
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    I am paying for hair and makeup for my girls if they want it, and I don't believe I'll pick a style for them. My reasoning is partially because none of us in the bridal party do our hair or makeup often (me included) and when I am in a situation like this I would pay for the services to make sure I looked nice - I know many of my girls felt the same way and honestly both hair and makeup will be more expensive than their dress.

    My other reasoning was because we are doing whatever we can to help cover most of the costs of asking FSIL's kids to be in our wedding, and she's also a bridesmaid, so if I'm offering to pay for her daughters' hair, I feel like I should pay for hers, and then obviously the rest of the girls. Overall my fiancé and I agreed that we would prefer to spend more to help offset the costs for our bridal party, but that's just us and I know it's not required.

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