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Just Said Yes September 2021

Makeup for the Bridal Party

Spencer, on May 14, 2020 at 10:53 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 1 10
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Hi all!

We're not getting married until September 2021, just trying to get a good idea of the other things we should be including in our budget-

Should the bride pay to have all of the members of the bridal party's makeup done as well? I don't mind if they want to do their own makeup so I've heard of some brides just giving the bridesmaids the option to also book the makeup artist at their own cost or covering the price for everyone to have their makeup done. I can talk to my party and see if they have a preference but was just wondering if there was a proper etiquette here Smiley smile

Thank you!


  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    What I've heard is that it's appropriate to pay for hair and makeup if it's required, but if it's not then it's perfectly fine to offer to let your party do it themselves or pay their own way. Personally, it's not in the budget for us to pay for the bridal party's hair and makeup and I don't care how (or if) they do either.

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  • Nicole
    Rockstar November 2020
    Nicole ·
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    If you're requiring them to use professional hair/make up services, you need to pay for it. If it's optional, you can give them the prices and let them decide if they want to pay. I don't have the budget to pay for my girls' hair AND makeup, but I know the makeup artist I chose is on the more expensive side ($100 for bridesmaids). Because of this, I made room in the budget to cover my girls' hair costs so they only have the makeup artist to pay for if they choose to use him.

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  • Cristy
    Master May 2021
    Cristy ·
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    Yes, if you are requiring that they use the professional to have their makeup done, then proper etiquette says you should pay for it. If it's optional, then they pay for their own.

    I can't afford to pay for my ladies, but I wanted to give them the option. Two of my ladies are going to take that option, and pay for their own makeup, and one is going to do her own. If you don't mind them doing their own makeup, then you're fine.

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  • A
    Expert December 2020
    Anais ·
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    Same as PPs said. As long as you don’t require your bridesmaids to get professional HMUP done or you don’t require a specific style, you don’t have to pay for it.
    I chose a team that wasn’t super cheap for the bride but was one of the cheapest I found for the bridesmaids that way if they decide to do it then it’s not insanely expensive.
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    Expert June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    Exactly what PPs said. If it's important to you that all of your bridesmaids get professional makeup done, then you should cover the costs. If professional makeup is optional, then it's definitely okay to ask them to cover their own costs for these services.

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  • Jana
    Rockstar June 2023
    Jana ·
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    Unless you requiring a certain look or have very generous funds, the bridesmaids are responsible for their own hair/makeup.
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    Savvy October 2021
    Christina ·
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    I chose to pay for the bridesmaids as their thank you gift because I wanted every to look the same for the pics.
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  • Fmv
    Super October 2020
    Fmv ·
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    If you dont require it, then you dont need to pay
    I personally asked each of my bridesmaid if they wanted hair and makeup and let them know the cost.
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  • Kerin
    Rockstar February 2021
    Kerin ·
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    Unless you're requiring a specific style/look, there really isn't an obligation for you to pay for it. I would offer to get a package deal if some or all of them want to have a professional do it, and that is something you have to schedule and prepare the artist for, so the service count is necessary. A lot of professional artists, at least in my area, require a specific minimum service count for Saturday weddings (I don't know why it's only for that day, but you'll want to check). Good luck!! Smiley heart

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  • Kayse
    Devoted December 2020
    Kayse ·
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    If you aren't requiring them to get their makeup professionally done, I don't think you need to pay for it. Nice gesture though if you can afford to!

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