Who Pays for Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup?

Oh you fancy, huh?

Vanessa Leon Photography | Parlor Hair & Makeup Studio

One of the highlights of the wedding day is getting glammed up the morning-of with your 'maids, free-flowing mimosas in hand. But the question is, who pays for the bridal party's hair and makeup? Is it the bride's responsibility, or should each bridesmaid cover their own cost?

There's no hard-and-fast rule here, but keep in mind that being in a wedding party can get downright expensive.
Between bach parties, pricey attendant outfits, travel, lodging, and gifts, being a bridesmaid is a serious commitment of time and money.

The first rule of thumb is to consider your bridesmaids' financial situation.
Above all else, you want to be respectful of their budgets. Remember, you love these people and you want your friendship to last after your wedding, too!

Emily Elle Makeup

We recommend sitting down at the beginning of the planning process to determine the top 2–3 things you expect financially from your attendants. It's pretty standard for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, but additional costs may include travel and accommodations for the wedding itself and any pre-wedding events, shoes, accessories, gifts, and, of course, hair and makeup.

Once you consider your bridal party's finances and have determined your priorities, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Am I going to require that my bridesmaids have their hair and makeup done professionally?
  2. Am I going to require a super specific look or style that isn't necessarily easy to DIY?

If the answer to one or both questions is YES, then you should pick up the tab!

Most gals won't be able to pull off perfect vintage waves and 1920s glam makeup on their own...so if that's the look you're after, plan on footing the bill for these services. And your friends will likely expect you'll foot the bill if you're requiring them to have their hair and makeup professionally done.

Enchanted Celebrations

If your budget is already tight, here are a few compromises:

Silver Immersion

What it all comes down to is communication! Well-informed bridesmaids are happy bridesmaids. Decide early on whether you'll treat them to wedding-day hair and makeup, whether you'll give them the option to purchase one or both services, or if you'd like them to do their own hair and makeup. Setting expectations up front will give your gals sufficient time to plan, and will keep the drama to a minimum.

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