Pre-wedding Primping: Who pays for the hairstyles?

by epi on June 6, 2013

Q: I’m the matron of honor in my sister’s wedding in September. I am curious about the proper way to handle paying for bridesmaids’ hairstyles. The bride would like all of us to go to the salon the morning of the wedding, have champagne, and get our hair professionally styled. What is the etiquette for this? Should bridesmaids pay for their hairstyles themselves?

A: The “rule” is a bridesmaid may choose to do her own hair or go to a salon of her choice, in which case she is expected to pay the expense. Therefore, since your sister would like everyone in the bridal party to have her hair down at a particular salon, she is expected to pay the expense.

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Danielle June 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Totally disagree – the bridal party should ALWAYS assume that they’re paying for their own hair/makeup unless the bride makes that clear in advance.


jordi June 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

If the bride is asking her attendants to go to the salon then she is taking responsibility. The attendants have already absorbed considerable cost and may want to do their own hair and makeup to avoid additional costs.


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