Am I Expected to Pay for My Bridesmaids' Wedding-Day Hair and Makeup?

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
matching pink floral robes for bridesmaids

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Surely there's a happy medium between footing the bill for everything bridesmaids-related—from hair and makeup to dresses to accommodation—and asking your attendants to pay all the costs themselves. In our daily etiquette post, our experts will address tough questions about finances, your wedding party, and more.

Is the bride expected to pay for all of her bridesmaids' wedding-day hair and makeup sessions?

Is it extremely important to you that all of your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done professionally? If so, you should foot the bill. Understand that it's a considerable financial commitment these days to be a bridesmaid: Each has to shell out money for a dress, shoes, shower and wedding gifts, the bridal shower itself, the bachelorette party and sometimes a plane ticket and lodging. Professional hair and makeup jobs could add another $100 to $200 to their tally. Pay for the pampering yourself and consider it their bridesmaids' gift.

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