“Are you nuts?!?!” was the reaction I got from a close friend. Retrospectively, I think I was. Haha! Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money on hair and makeup alone? Since then, I’ve discovered ways to avoid spending that kind of cash on your wedding day hair and makeup.
Let’s start with makeup. You should not have to hire a professional for this.
- Do your own makeup. Most of us have had 10+ years of experience doing our own makeup, I think we can manage just fine the day of the wedding.
- If you aren’t comfortable doing your own makeup or if you just want a different look, try recruiting a friend or a bridesmaid. I’m sure you have at least one friend who’s great at this.
- Go to the makeup counters at department stores and learn a tip or two. Try on different colors and techniques to achieve the look you’re going for then replicate it.
- Practice makes perfect so practice, practice, practice!
You may be able to do your own hair on a day to day basis but it’s difficult to do wedding hair or know someone who can do wedding hair. This is where I think it’s worth spending the money to get it professionally done. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay an obscene amount of money for it either.
- Instead of hiring the hair stylist to come to you, go to them. It’s convenient, yes…but at what cost?
- Ask for a group discount at the hair salon. Chances are your mom and your bridesmaids will want their hair styled as well.
- Consider getting your hair done at a salon school. I know it sounds scary but that’s what trial runs are for.
I’m lucky to have a friend tell me I was nuts. The day after, I canceled my contract and lost $25 for the processing fee but got the rest of my deposit back. That was a good lesson learned…not bad for $25 because in the end, I still came out a winner!