Who should Pay for the Bridesmaids’ Attire and Look?

Many people are of the view that bridesmaids should pay for their own accessories and dresses. However, it’s still not clear who should then pay for the bridesmaids to have thier hair and makeup done at the salon.

Most girls feel proud to be part of the bridesmaid group and feel that it is an honour to be asked. Yet it is not always a given that they will be able to bear all the expenses of the role like hair and makeup. If the bridesmaids are young, their parents might be able to take the responsibility for the payments, but this should never be assumed.

Traditionally, the bride should pay for the bridesmaids, especially if she wishes to see them dressed as professionally as possible, with beautiful and unique hairstyle and make up.

Here are some more reasons why the bride should pay for her bridesmaids’ hair and makeup:

Bride’s choice

Bridesmaids paying for their own dresses, shoes and accessories like to have the opportunity to wear them again and so demand a certain element of choice. But if you pay for their dresses; you have the chance to buy a unique piece which is only for your wedding and which matches what you are looking for exactly.

Your preferences

If you prefer to hire a make-up professional, then that’s your choice. If you want all your bridesmaids to look stunningly beautiful and feel that the only way to achieve this is to hire an expensive make artist, ,then it’s only fair that you pay for this. If you want them to pay for themselves; then you have to give them greater flexibility in how the look on the day and accept that it might not match your idea of perfection.


Everybody has thier own choices of dresses and the overall look. The way the bride sees her wedding; may be very different to everyone else. Even if you hire a professional, make sure you take into account what the bridesmaids think about their outfit etc. Remember that they have the right to veto the style you suggest.

Bridesmaids are normally relatives and close friends so it should be reasonably easy to come to a compromise that suits everyone.. It can be a little harder when the bridesmaids are from the groom’s family, but a little tact and understanding goes a long way.

You might like to convince them to your way of thinking by telling them that,  because of their kind gestures and hard work during the wedding, you will cover all their expenses  as a thank you. That way, they might not expect any additional thank you gifts which will save you money if you are on a tight budget.


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