Who should pay for beauty services?

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So you just got engaged.  You are so excited to start planning your wedding, you have figured out your date, you have booked your venue.  You have your bridesmaids all figured out.  You have asked them in a cute proposal maybe a wine glass that says “Will you be my bridesmaid?”  They have said yes.  Everybody is excited to get their dresses, their shoes and their jewelry.  Six or seven months comes around and you are in the process of booking your beauty team for your wedding, your artist asks how many people are wanting makeup and hair services.  You panic you haven’t figured this part out yet.  Who pays for it?  Do you offer it to them?  Do you make everyone get services?  Don’t worry this blog post has got you covered.  Figuring out who pays for services can be tricky so here is a guide to help you through it.  

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Do you have a specific look that you want your attendant’s to have?  If you and your attendant’s have agreed on using a specific look that matches their features and a specific hair style that works with their hair than payment should fall on the bride.  Having a cohesive look definitely works for certain parties but it definitely takes away the freedom for your attendants to choose.  It is only fair that if your attendant’s can’t choose their specific look than they shouldn’t have to pay.  

Do you want each person in your bridal party to get hair and makeup done?  If makeup and hair services are an important part of your wedding to you and you are wanting each person in your bridal party to get services than payment should fall on the bride.  If getting makeup and hair done is a non negotiable for your bridal party than you absolutely should support your girls and pay for the beauty services and think of it as a wedding expense.

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Have you got them a bridal party gift? If you haven’t gotten them a bridal party gift than maybe consider gifting beauty services to them.  Your wedding day is an experience and who doesn’t love getting dolled up.  I have had many brides gift their bridal party beauty services and their bridal party is so appreciative.  

Does your bridal party meet your makeup artist’s minimum?  I have had brides who only pay for their mom and sister because that meets my minimum and then give their bridal party the option to choose makeup and hair services.  This is a great option if you have an indecisive bridal party who haven’t decided yet or you don’t care if your bridal party has different looks.

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You want your bridal party to have an option of choosing what is best for them.  If you just want to make it optional for your bridal party than absolutely have your bridal party choose and pay for themselves.  This is great for a few reasons it will cut down beauty costs for you and your attendant’s will feel great and comfortable in their own skin.  

I hope that this blog post helped with any confusion on who pays for beauty services.  Remember this is just musings of a bridal beauty makeup artist.  There is no right or wrong answer here and you absolutely have to go with what works best for your budget and wedding.