Fun money saving tips for a savvy traditional Chicago bride
Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day, but getting ready can be rather time consuming and pricey. One way to save money is to do the hair, nails, and make-up yourself. In this blog I am going to share with you some tips on how you can save hundreds of dollars on your Chicago wedding and have a lot of fun doing it.
Fun doing my own hair and nails?..let me explain. To get your hair, make-up, and nails done professionaly it can cost well over $200 per person. Hair styling and make-up at $75 each plus $50 for finger nails and $15 for toes if you want your hair cut or colored you can easily add another $100 plus all the stress of driving. Say you have you and 3 brides maids and the mother of the bride your easily over $1000. Instead of a stressful day of driving all around town waiting for appointments, traffic, spending over $1000 dollars, and the high likelihood of delays in getting you to the altar, why not stay home and have fun with your girls? While this seems counterintuitive it is anything but! No one wants to go down the aisle under tons of extra unnecessary pressure. You want to be relaxed and walk down the aisle with confidence, be the center of attention, and the picture of perfection.
Here is my first tip for you soon to be brides out there. Invite your girls over (sisters,
bridesmaids, friends, etc…) and do your hair, nails and make-up together. Bring all your goodies to one location that makes you feel relaxed and happy. Set out some snacks, light a few relaxing candles, and maybe even pour a little Champaign, but avoid the red wine or at least keep it in a separate room from the dresses ;) Say you spend $100 on food and candles. Then, Start the event off by doing your own soft gel nails manicures (thanks for the tip Jennifer-one of Orlando’s Top Wedding Entertainment Pro’s) or having one of your friends help you out. You can get kits at Ulta, Ebay, or Sally’s beauty supply for less than $100 and you and your whole group can use the same kit! This is a HUGE money saver and the polish can stay on for up to a month without a single chip! Click here to view a tutorial video on how to make your nails look as fabulous as the photo above. One of the great perks of soft gel nail polish is that it is completely dry when you complete the steps on the instructions. So no smudges and you can just continue your day without worrying about your nail polish chipping...
After all that sitting, now would be a great time for everyone to take a nice little break. A fun way to break up the day and shake off any jitters is to have a lunch time belly dance show This can cost $200-$300. This type of wedding entertainment in Chicago is ideal for this event because you get a chance to relax and watch the exciting award winning belly dance show by Adonia. At the end of the show you and your girls all get up and dance with her and shake your stress away. Afterwards you can continue onto your hair and make-up which you don't need to to spend any exta money on if all ladies involved bring their resources together. Click here to view the tutorial on the simple but elegant up-do in the photo above. If you want your face to have that classic bridal glow click her to view the tutorial on how to get the make-up look shown above. At the end you have had a relaxing fun day filled with food, entertainment, hair, nails, make-up, and friends and all for $400 or less. You can easily spend over three times that on just the DJ not to mention flowers, cake, catering, decor, location, dress, etc. Even if you hire the bellydancer for both your pre-wedding and reception entertainment she is still the lowest cost of the whole wedding bill. What a fun and cost effective way to prepare for your big day. Now that you are relaxed and gorgeous for your wedding day you can walk down the aisle as the confident picture of bridal perfection.
I hope that after watching these videos and reading this blog you will give this a try and have an amazing wedding day that you, your family, and friends will remember for the rest of your lives. Click here to book your wedding entertainment. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to let me know what you think below.
xoxo Your Chicago Entertainer and belly dancer Adonia