Who Pays for the Bridesmaids' Hair and Makeup?

Etiquette

Of course you want your bridesmaids to look and feel their best as they stand by your side on your wedding day—especially since it'll all be captured in your wedding photos. But does that mean you're supposed to pay for their hair and makeup on the big day? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Who pays for the bridesmaids' hair and makeup?

There is no hard-and-fast rule for this, but if you prefer that your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup professionally done, then it is a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. After all, your attendants have already paid for their bridesmaid dresses (not to mention the bridal shower and any kind of bachelorette party you have) and some have probably traveled quite a distance to be a part of the celebration, which means you should take into consideration their travel and accommodations costs, too. But if your budget doesn't allow for salon services—or if hair and makeup aren't really a big deal to you—trust your bridesmaids to primp and get wedding-ready on their own. Another idea: If you've got a talented friend who is a whiz at hair and makeup, ask if she wouldn't mind helping the morning of the wedding. Then give her a gift certificate (to Sephora, maybe?) as a thank you.

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