Now, unless your name is Kim Kardashian or you do not have to worry about money at all, here are my tips to plan a cost effective, yet still beautiful wedding!
You can throw out thousands for a fancy country club or other locations- but the beach is free! Of course: if you hire a company to prepare everything for you, you might still spend thousands, even on the beach. But honestly: it is not at all that hard to do a simple set up yourself as well! I bet you have awesome family members or friends who would love to help you with this!
Get some chairs, get some flowers and decorations (see the photo above- super simple yet very lovely)! Remember: the beach is free!
If you are not lucky enough to have a beach around: a pretty park, maybe at a lake will be perfect too!
I think it is simply ridiculous what companies charge for a simple set up! (I´ve watched one time a wedding on a beach and the couple barely got married when the company already started to take away the whole set up- I thought that was very rude of them!)
Why not have a Picnic with a simple Buffet set up? Why pay so much money in a fancy restaurant (and some guests will still complain!). Check Pinterest for some inspirations! Even if you hire a Caterer- it will be cheaper then a 3 course meal in a fancy restaurant
3. The Cake:
Bake some cupcakes and decorate them nicely! You will find awesome ideas on Pinterest as well! Super easy and will save you lot´s of money! ;-)
4. The Dress:
Honestly: you will wear that dress only once (even if you think you might dye it a different color and wear it on a different occasion: I don´t think this ever happened!).
Check these wonderful cheap long evening dresses. All dresses in this post cost under $200 and look amazing! Makes me want to marry all over again! ;-)
5. Hair & Makeup
|found on prettydesigns.com|
Endless are the options you will find on the Internet. YouTube tutorials, Pinterest- the information is all out there!
Amber Fillerup has the best hair tutorials and I recommend highly Teni Panosian for Make up tutorials! With a little practice, I am sure you can master this by yourself or maybe with the help of a friend.
But if you must have a fancy updo and you don´t trust yourself: go to Supercuts! Go one time ahead to "practice", if they get what you want.
6. Nails:Well, I always do my own nails (read why here and how here) and here are some wedding nail inspirations s for you. All simple enough to do yourself at the convenience of your home! Just add some flower stickers, or some glitter! Easy peasy!
7. Professional Photos:
|I made this photo on a friend´s wedding|
|I made this photo and thought it turned out pretty good! ;-)|
OK, we all want some beautiful photos of our wedding. In times of digital photography chances are high that one of your friends has an awesome camera- you might have noticed those picture perfect photos a friend always posts on Facebook of her kids?
If you think, he/she has enough talent to make photos of your own wedding day, maybe you can ask her, to do the photos on your wedding. I did some wedding photos myself of a friends wedding recently (see photos above) and thought they turned out better then the photos of the photographer she hired (who charged thousands!).