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