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Wedding On a Budget

The easiest way to trim your wedding budget is to cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it’s costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000.

Whittle your guest list down by using “tiers of priority” trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party, and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends you couldn’t imagine not being there. Under that, list your parents’ friends, neighbors, coworkers, and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.


Another unforeseen expense is feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don’t forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.

Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the line at a minimum. But if you’re serving a signature cocktail that cannot be made ahead of time (or in large quantities), consider adding an extra server designated to this task.

Sometimes, last-minute planning can work in your favor. The closer your date, the more bargaining power you have. Since most people book their wedding sites at least six months in advance, calling for open dates two months prior to your desired time can save you up to 25 percent. Remember –  Friday and Sunday weddings should cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.

19 Genius Tips for Brides Who Want to Do Their Own Wedding Makeup

Because you’d rather save that extra money for the honeymoon.

Doing your own makeup for your wedding is a great idea because (1) it’s cheaper and (2) no one knows your features better than you. With that said, being responsible for your own makeup on one of the most photographed days of your life can be intimidating. Pro makeup artists Matin Maulawizada, Joanna Schlip, and Colleen O’Neill know a thing or two about getting brides camera-ready for the big day. Here, all three share their secrets for making your makeup last and look flawless all day (and night) long.

1. You don’t need to buy all new makeup. If you’ve already found products that offer up the perfect finish and match your skin tone exactly, don’t switch anything up for your wedding, says Maulawizada. Stick with the products you’re positive will work for you.

2. Make sure you do a makeup trial and be sure to take photos of yourself. No matter what, you need a practice round or two before your big day. Try out your makeup look a few months before your wedding, and then again the week before around the same time of day as your wedding. Schlip suggests taking photos under different kinds of lighting (fluorescent, natural, candlelit, etc.).

3. Look for products labeled “long-wear,” “long-lasting,” and “waterproof.” Brides typically start getting ready early in the morning and need to look camera-ready until the very end of the day. Schlip says the key to keeping the majority of your makeup in place through the sweat, tears, and hugs is to use products that are designed to last.

4. Don’t reach for products that are high-definition, anti-aging, or contain SPF, which will give your face a white cast in photos. HD powders and anti-aging concealers are great when used minimally, but if you use even the slightest bit too much, the particles in the products will act as mirrors and reflect the camera’s flash, leaving you with a ghostly pale face.

If your wedding is outside, it’s a good idea to use products with SPF, but be careful that it doesn’t leave behind an ashy or bluish tone on your skin. If you can, Maulawizada recommends skipping foundation with SPF altogether just for your wedding to prevent the possibility of a face that’s too light for your body.

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