*Every bride wants her bridesmaids to look their most radiant on her wedding day, from perfectly-coiffed locks to glowing skin. Many brides choose to ensure a uniform look by providing a hair and makeup team for their wedding party, but what happens when one bridesmaid doesn't have the financial resources to pay for the service? Our etiquette experts weigh in. *
Offering your bridesmaids hair and makeup isn't a one-size-fits-all custom, and therefore can be suited to fit your unique situation. If one of your girls can't afford to get her hair and makeup done, it'd be a generous gesture to help her out. Common courtesy also suggests that if you absolutely necessitate hair and makeup for your bridesmaids, the payment for said services should come out of your pocket. If the choice is left to each individual bridesmaid, you are by no means obligated to pay. By the same logic, if your bridesmaid doesn't wish to have her makeup done, there is no need to force the issue. However, leaving one bridesmaid out of the primping process is not an incredibly gracious manner of treating a dear friend.
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To smooth over the situation, offer to cover part of her hair and makeup cost. If your finances are such that you can manage to pay for all of your bridesmaids, you may want to do so. A number of hair and makeup artists provide discounts for large groups, so you may be able to secure a deal while pleasing every member of your wedding party.