Messages to brides: what not to save on...
Always plan to have a professional makeup on your wedding day, done by a professional makeup artist. While your desire to try and save money is very understandable and you may even suddenly remember that a friend of yours is very skilled with the makeup so you start considering her to do your makeup on your wedding day - I would not recommend this. And here are the reasons why:
a) A professional makeup artist (except the fact that she/he is very experienced) uses expensive, high quality and long lasting cosmetic products while your hobbyist friend even being very skilled - may not have the same class of products.
This puts in jeopardy your look for the entire day! You may look good right after applying the makeup by your friend, but if the products she is using are not professional- that is not going to last long. Remember this is the day of your life when you do not want any surprises like- running mascara or a smudged lipstick.
b) You are already hiring all these professionals like: the professional wedding photographer, videographer, you bought the dress, have done all the floral arrangements – you can't just simply ruin it all by not having a professional makeup artist, who knows the subtleties of the photographic makeup and thus will make sure you look good on your wedding photos for you to enjoy them for years to come.
c) This is YOUR wedding day, a day when every bride wants to look like a princess - a day when all heads will be turned your way - so why not pamper yourself , look your best and relax without worrying that you will have to refresh your makeup every few hours!
Even if you are trying to save on some aspects of your wedding don't you ever save on the flowers! Please don't! You have no idea how ugly silk flower bouquets look on photos. And you do want to have the best wedding photographs of yourself!
So here is the trick for you - if you don't think you can afford real flowers from a professional florist - once you have decided on the color and the type of flowers to go with your entire look go to your nearest supermarket and buy 2 or 3 dozens of your desired flowers. Cut their stems short - so that it fits nicely in your hand and tie it beautifully with a ribbon. Remember, real flowers photograph beautifully!
And finally! The photographer. Some of you have probably thought about why hiring a professional wedding photographer to photograph your wedding. You may have a friend or a relative who took photography classes and that may seem as a great idea of asking him/her to be photographing your wedding. And he/she may be flattered and kindly agree to do so for you. But does this person have an experience photographing weddings? While he/she may be good at taking some snap shots - he/she is not a professional wedding photographer who is able to foresee certain situations, know the best angles, best light and be able to offer some tricks to make your wedding photographs to stand out. And have you ever thought about the photography processing and editing that usually takes after the photos were taken and downloaded to the computer. Working on the wedding day is only a 1/3 of the whole wedding photography process that leads to a finished product - beautiful wedding photographs.
And even if your friend/relative meets all of these criteria - why not allow them to enjoy your wedding with you rather than ask them work the entire day?