EASY DOES IT – PLAN­NING TIPS FROM REAL BRIDES

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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.

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