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Who pays for bridesmaid hair and makeup at a wedding can vary. It depends on the bride's preferences, the timing, and the location of the ceremony, the budget of the bridesmaid, and the bride's budget. Find out who really pays in this blog post.
The "Financial" Etiquette of Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup Expenses at Weddings
The big day is coming up, and it's stressful enough for the wedding couple as it is! But for the bridesmaids, the struggle is real with all the hair and makeup expenses. One of the most common questions asked is, who is responsible for paying for bridesmaid hair and makeup at a wedding? Is it the bridesmaid, or is it the bride? Don't worry, we are here to clear up everything!
Traditionally, bridesmaids are expected to pay for their hair and makeup expenses. The bride may offer to help out, but they're not obligated to do so. However, it's always nice when the bride pitches in or makes other arrangements for the bridesmaids. It's essential to ensure everyone is comfortable with their appearance on the wedding day.
THE BRIDAL PARTY
However, as brides are becoming more considerate of their bridal party's financial situations, they are now starting to pay for bridesmaid hair and makeup. If the bride has a specific look she wants her bridal party to achieve, and it includes a costly hairstyle or makeup design, it's only fair for her to cover the expenses. Brides should always make these arrangements clear upfront so that each bridesmaid knows how much they're expected to contribute.
Suppose the bride offers to pay for bridesmaid hair and makeup. In that case, it's still customary for the bridesmaids to be the ones booking their appointments and for the total amount owed to be given to one bridesmaid (usually the maid of honor) to pay for all the services. Doing it this way can be more convenient since the person responsible for the payments will know how much she owes and to whom.
If the bride isn't paying for hairstyling and makeup and the bridesmaid can't fit the expense in their budget, it's time to have an honest conversation. As a bridesmaid, it's essential to let the bride know upfront if you can't afford the hair and makeup fees. The bride might cut you some slack and take it off her list, or maybe she'll offer to pay for them. Of course, if the total expense isn't too much, the bridesmaid can find ways to save up or try to negotiate with the stylist.
Sometimes bridesmaids have the hair and makeup appointments the morning of the wedding, and the schedule may be hectic. In this case, it's better if the bridal party hairstylist does the hair as well. It would be easier logistically, and it's unlikely that anyone will have to pay for additional travel expenses. If this is something the bride wants, it's better to address it beforehand and make the necessary arrangements.
TO SUM IT UP
To sum it up, who pays for bridesmaid hair and makeup at a wedding can vary. It depends on the bride's preferences, the timing, and the location of the ceremony, the budget of the bridesmaid, and the bride's budget. Having an open conversation about the cost of hair and makeup can avoid confusion and calm any tensions that may arise on the day of the wedding. But no matter who pays for what, it's still essential for everyone to feel comfortable, confident, and happy on the wedding day!
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