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DIY (Do It Yourself) is not always the best way to go, especially with weddings!
You may be looking for ways to save money on your wedding and it is tempting to take on most of the projects yourself. Avoid the DIY overload by choosing tasks wisely and leaving some things to the pros.
Makeup: Have your friends help you do a trial run to see what looks best in photographs. On your special day, you will save time by having your makeup done at home or in the hotel room and save money by doing it yourself.
Decor: The ceremony lasts less than an hour, so why waste money on expensive arrangements? You can create your own flower arrangements by filling nice vases with locally grown flowers. Buy some candles and place them throughout. No need to pay someone else to decorate the wedding hall.
Wedding Favors: Put together a nice package for each guest using your favorite candy and a hand written note. You can even bake some cookies or donate to a charity in their name. These things mean much more to the guest than a less personal favor. And it will save you money!
Invitations/programs: Specialty paper, postage, and cards can cost hundreds. Find a DIY kit or use a nice paper to print a nice invitation from your computer. You don't need to get too fancy. Keep them envelope sized to save on postage.
Your Cake: Slight mistakes can create a huge wedding cake disaster. Yes, it would be much less expensive to bake your own cake, but the pressure to decorate and transport it without a hitch will likely add much stress to your day. It is worth it to hire a professional and make sure a beautiful, edible cake makes it safely to your wedding.
Photography: Your photos are likely the one thing you will keep forever to remember the special day. Everyone may promise to capture and send you photos of the event and it may be tempting to skip out on a professional photographer. Give yourself the gift of good wedding photos by hiring a professional so you are sure to have the best photos to show your grandkids.
Catering: Leave the catering to the pros. Even if you are a great cook and feel like you can handle it, the task is a huge undertaking that will cause you a lot of stress when you should be enjoying your day.
Music: You may think it is an easy money-saver to rock out to your own playlist from your ipod. It is a little tougher than you think. The pros know when to speed up or slow down the music, based on the crowd. You will have a much better time on the dance floor if you don't have to worry about the music.
They are passed down the generations and sometimes get lost in translation, but wedding superstitions are here to stay. Here are some interesting tidbits for you to consider while planning your big day.
Travel can be hard on your skin, especially if you travel by plane. The pressurized cabin has low moisture levels, airborne pollutants, and recirculated air. The end of the flight leaves your skin looking greasy and lackluster.
Here are some tips for keeping your skin looking great while traveling by plane:
During the flight
Your trip will get off to a great start as you arrive at your destination looking and feeling great. During your vacation, plan on only using light makeup for a natural look. Prepare for the trip home using the pre-flight tips.
Resource: Jeanne Whitman, Achieve Beautiful Skin