Who Pays for Bridal Party Hair and Makeup the Morning of the Wedding?

The cost of all of those wedding day services — multiplied by how many 'maids there are in the bridal party — can be pricey!

Updated 03/27/17

Ryan Phillips Photography

There’s something so fun about gathering with your closest friends and getting glam the morning of your wedding. The stories, jokes, happy tears, and glasses of celebratory Champagne are what make those hours so memorable! However, paying for all those services can also be pricey. Do you really have to pay for hair and makeup for your bridal party? Our experts weigh in.

Being a bridesmaid is expensive — so much so that the costs can be enough to make a girl turn down the invitation to join her friend’s bridal party. Some brides opt to cover some of the costs of being a ‘maid to thank their friends for their support (and make it more affordable for them to be a part of the wedding!), and hair and makeup services are one of the most popular ways to do so. If paying for your bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on your wedding day is something that fits in your budget, go for it!

Your ladies will look totally fabulous, and those few hours the morning of your wedding when you’re all getting ready together can make for some really great memories.

However, if your wedding budget doesn’t allow for the extra expense, don’t worry: Covering the costs of hair and makeup services is definitely not required. Of course, it’s always nice to give your bridesmaids some options if they’ll need to get glam themselves. Still hoping for those getting ready shots? Procure prices from your hair and makeup stylists and offer to facilitate booking services for your bridesmaids in the bridal suite, and just have them pay the stylists directly. (Pro tip: Make sure you find out exactly how much each woman will owe, including tip, in advance so they can bring money with them the morning of your wedding.)

If you’d rather get ready alone and have your bridesmaids join you when it’s time to get dressed, offer a few suggestions for local salons they could check out. This could be the hotel’s spa or a salon nearby. Just remember to encourage everyone to make appointments far in advance!

If one of your bridesmaids is handy with a curling iron or great with a makeup brush, see if she might be interested in helping some of the other girls get ready. Still a fun bonding experience, without the extra cost!

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