EASY DOES IT – PLANNING TIPS FROM REAL BRIDES
Advice from real women for your big day.
BRIDAL MAKEUP & HAIR DIY MAKEUP • If you’re not too fussy about your big day hair and makeup, you can do it yourself or get a friend with decent makeup skills to do it for you – just do your research and pin down the look you like for your wedding. Or take up a makeup course – it means you’ll have the skills for life, which is a worthwhile investment if you ask us. HIRE A STUDENT • You could also check out some of the students at makeup schools, or those still building their businesses. To find out which makeup student is best for you, consider offering to be a trial model for their makeup sessions. Their rates should be a lot cheaper than an established makeup artist. BOOK THE PRO’S ASSISTANT • Check with established makeup artists if they have assistants, especially those who have trained for years. They can be very skilled, but charge a much lower fee compared to wellknown makeup artists. SEARCH ONLINE • With so many amateur/professional makeup artists’ listings on different bridal sites, it’s wise to take your time and sift through their portfolios and testimonials. Even then, it is best to go for a makeup trial as sometimes what you see and read online may not be truly representative of a makeup artist’s skills. GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY COUNTER Beauty brands and stores often have affordable (or even free!) makeover sessions you can make use of for your trial or celebration – even better if the counter is near your wedding venue. Stores you can check out: M.A.C, Make Up Store, Sephora, Dior and Chanel. KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR MONEY ACCOUNTABLE https://apracticalwedding.com/creative-samplewedding-budgets/ https://www.thesimpledollar.com/eighteen-tipsfor-a-frugal-not-cheap-wedding/ WEDDING DECORATIONS DIY FLOWERS • You can DIY your floral decorations and centrepieces (take a flower arrangement and styling class!), but for truly formal celebrations, use a professional florist. You can still cut costs by having the professional handle the main statement decor pieces while you take on the rest yourself. RECEPTION DECORATIONS The best way to save money on wedding reception decorations is to have a little fun with them. Get creative (use cheaper materials like paper or fabric instead of flowers, put your DIY skills to good use!) and pick a good, solid theme. Once you do that, everything else will fall into place. GO MINIMAL WITH THE FLOWERS • Not all pretty decorations need flowers, which can be quite pricey depending on when you hold your wedding. You can use green leaves and foliage to create stunning wedding decor with an elegant rustic charm. Be creative and use affordable and unconventional materials like ribbons and paper – Youtube has tons of videos showing how you can cut, twirl and stitch together materials to create charming decorations. GO LOCAL • Be smart about what types of flowers you choose, and opt for local blooms instead of imported varieties. These tend to be a lot cheaper and will also last longer in our hot and humid weather. RECYCLE AND REPURPOSE • Think about how you can repurpose your flowers throughout the wedding. Tiny blooms in miniature pots can be used to make up part of the decor and also given away as favours. Stalks of beribboned rose clusters in a table
arrangement can be handed out as gifts to your guests as well. A new movement these days is to restyle and give away floral decorations to patients in hospitals and old folks’ homes – these bring a little cheer and colour to their lives, and won’t let your blooms go to waste! CHOOSE DOUBLE-DUTY FLOWERS If you have a clear decor and floral theme, you can reuse your blooms and arrangements for both the ceremony and the reception. Just make sure the florist or a friend gets them safely from one venue to the other. VENUES THAT DON’T NEED DECOR Sometimes a beautiful venue doesn’t require any decor! If you have your heart set on a place that is already gorgeous, you can choose to have a few floral stands to complement the venue or go decor-free. REPURPOSE BOUQUETS If you’re planning to have bouquets for your bridesmaids, you can consider repurposing them after the ceremony. Get your florist to restyle them as a centrepiece for your reception or dinner. You can also place the different bouquets in glass jars and arrange them together on a table for maximum effect! SPARE AND SIMPLE Sometimes less is more – especially if you have a dramatic bloom for your centrepiece. Have one or a few stalks of larger blooms in glass jars for your table centrepieces, and surround the whole arrangement with affordable candles. This will create a simple but dramatic look without costing too much. AFFORDABLE BLOOMS Flowers like carnations, baby’s breath and some orchids are a lot cheaper than roses and lilies. Use more of the affordable blooms to create a fuller effect and the result can be a beautiful centrepiece for your table. FLOWER-FREE If your venue is providing beautiful place settings with lovely details like menu cards and napkin holders, you probably won’t need any floral centrepiece at all. PICK CANDLES OVER FLOWERS Skip floral centrepieces in favour of tall rented candelabras or cheaper candles arranged creatively together. They’ll add a beautiful, golden glow to your venue. MISCELLANEOUS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER With more people taking up photography and videography as a hobby, you may want to consider getting a friend or family member to help out with your actual day wedding shots and videos. Especially since the latest mobile phones offer high-resolution pictures and videos. You just need someone who is creative and savvy with the technology to get great photos and videos. It’s still best to get a professional photographer to capture all the important moments of your big day but you can get your pals to shoot the other miscellaneous moments. CREATIVE AND AFFORDABLE FAVOURS Instead of customised favours, you may want to consider a dessert bar full of packaged treats your guests can choose for their favours at the end of the celebration. Creative centrepieces of potted flowers (as mentioned earlier) can also do double duty as favours. To make your gifts more personal, consider DIY favours – get your friends and family to help if you plan to have a lot of guests. SELFIES Forget the photo booth and buy or loan a Fujifilm Instax or digital Polaroid instead. Set up a photo station with a cute backdrop and ask your guests to leave you a snap with a note. This can double as your guestbook or a favour for friends and family to take home. WAIT FOR SALES Most rental companies have big linen sales a couple of times a year since they like to replenish their stock. Buy what you need when the price is right, then resell your tablecloths and napkins after the wedding.