Wedding Hair and Makeup on a Budget

You want to look your best on your big day, but if you can’t spend $500 or more to have you and your attendants coiffed and made-up at the local salon, you may need to look into budget wedding hair and makeup tips. Fortunately, there are many practical options to help you look great without blowing your wedding budget.

Find a Student

Contact your local community college and ask if there are any beauty schools in the area. Many of these programs operate student beauty salons where participants have the chance to hone their skills before entering the working world. Their prices will be much lower than what you’ll find in professional salons, although in some cases, so will their skills. Call a month or so before your wedding and ask to schedule a consultation and trial run of your wedding style. If you find a student whose work you like, make special arrangements to be sure he or she’s available on your wedding day.

Ask a Friend

You probably have at least one friend that’s been wearing makeup since the second grade. You know, the one you’re constantly asking for advice on what to do with your hair? Give her a call to see if she’d be comfortable doing your wedding hair and makeup. Of course, the same advice applies here as it does with beauty school students. Ask her for a trial run at least a month before your wedding. If you find she isn’t up to the task, you’ll still have time to look into other options to help you prepare for your big day.

Do It Yourself

Depending on what type of veil you’re wearing, your guests may not even be able to see your hairstyle! So why spend $100 or more to have it done up in a salon, when you can pull it back into a simple bun yourself? Plus, you know your hair better than anyone else, so you may be more likely to get good results working with it on your own than will a strange stylist who’s never before worked with your hair. Just be sure to do a few trial runs and ask your friends for honest advice about whether or not your home-styling really works with your wedding veil and gown.

Look for Discounts

If you’re set on going to the salon for your big day, check around to see if any offer bridal party discounts. You might be able to find some deals for a certain percentage off your total bill, or others that offer your haircut free if you bring in a certain number of attendants. Whatever the case, make sure you book your package well in advance. The months of June, July and August are busy wedding months, and many salons will fill up with bridal parties during this time.

Another option for reducing your salon bill is to ask your attendants to do their own hair and makeup or to pay for the cost of having them professionally done. Although this used to be a major wedding faux pas, it’s becoming more and more common for bridal party members to shoulder some of the wedding costs. If they’re truly your friends, they should understand that money is tight for you and be willing to do their part to help control costs.

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Filed under: Accessories,Attire,Inexpensive Weddings,Wedding Dresses,Wedding Planning — vicky at 7:39 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Should You Get Married at Home?

Since your ceremony and reception location fees add up to one of the biggest pieces of your wedding budget, it’s natural to wonder if you’d be better off doing everything at home. However, before you jump on the home-wedding bandwagon, you’ll need to consider the following points:

Home Repair

First of all, is your home (or your parent’s house) in good enough condition to host this kind of an event? When you host a wedding at your home, you’ll have dozens of guests tromping through your home, so any structural defects – including broken steps, missing porch boards, etc. – will have to be taken care of. And unless you’ve meticulously maintained your lawn, you may need to put in a little landscaping work to make your home presentable. All of these repairs add up, so don’t assume that using your home for your wedding location will save you money.


On a related note, when you host your wedding at home, you’ll need to provide adequate bathroom facilities for your guests. If you’re inviting 100 people to your wedding, don’t expect them to all share your one toilet! You may need to call in for reinforcements – ie, Port-a-Potties – which can take another chunk out of your wedding budget. Just be sure you make your intentions known to your guests, or the people who are familiar with your home may try to sneak past the rented facilities in search of those inside your home.

Catering Facilities

Most traditional ceremony locations come with professional kitchens, making the job of the caterers much easier. They’re able to use the ovens and warming racks to keep your food at a safe and yummy temperature until you move into the reception. However, I’m guessing it’s pretty unlikely that you’ve got a full professional kitchen at home, so you’ll need to make arrangements for how your food will be delivered and stored before your reception. Be sure to check with your caterer well in advance – many charge extra for this type of service, while others may refuse to do home weddings entirely.

Handicapped Accessibility

Before you commit to hosting your wedding at home, be sure to assess its handicapped accessibility – especially if you have elderly relatives with physical limitations attending your event. If you plan to have the ceremony outdoors, will elderly relatives be able to safely pass to the wedding site, or will they have to navigate tough hills and uneven terrain. And again, take a look at your restroom situation. If you only have one restroom and it’s up a flight of stairs, you may need to rent a Port-a-Potty that’s handicap-accessible.

Despite all these considerations, having your wedding and reception at home can be a great idea. It’s much more personal than a banquet hall, and may wind up being cheaper than traditional wedding location options. However, it’s important to take all these different factors into account before you make your decision – with proper planning, it is possible to host a fun, romantic wedding from your home.

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Filed under: Wedding Planning — vicky at 7:37 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2008