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Wedding Planning Tips and Ideas

1. Free Makeup Help
If you´re clueless about what makeup to wear for your wedding but don´t have the budget to pay for a professional makeover, make a trip to your local department store cosmetics counters. They often do makeovers for free and will show you application techniques and help you choose your colors.

2. Bridesmaid Dress Options
If you want to save some money on bridesmaids´ dresses, try outfitting your maids in prom or homecoming-style dresses or formal gowns from the misses´ or womens´ department in your local department store. Or, choose a color and let them choose their own style of dress. Options like these often cost much less than regular ´bridesmaids´ gowns. For some ideas on bridesmaid gifts, check out!

3. Two Dos in One
If you´re going to remove your veil or headpiece after the wedding ceremony, make sure your hairstylist takes this into consideration when she´s doing your hair---you don´t want your style to become messed up when you make the transition.

4. All Together Now
If you can, buy your wedding gown and bridesmaids´ dresses at the same shop----often there´s a discount, sometimes it will also include shoes and jewelry from the same store.

5. Short Hair
If you have a very short hairstyle, be sure you don´t get your hair cut too far in advance of the wedding. Short hairstyles tend to grow out fairly quickly and you want to make sure your style looks like you want it to and not ´grown-out.´

6. Outdoor Beauty
Getting married outdoors under the sun? Don´t forget to apply the sunscreen before you put on your makeup---a burnt bride doesn´t look good!

7. Cutting Centerpiece Costs
Instead of using costly flower arrangments for reception centerpieces, substitute potted flowers or flowers grown in baskets lined with moss---if you plan in advance, you can even grow them yourself!

8. Taking Care of Tattoos
If you want to cover your tattoo for your wedding, try using a product such as Leg Magic from CoverMark Cosmetics. Their products are budge-proof and will last all day long.

9. Cutting the (Cake) Costs
If your cake budget is tight, consider eliminating some or all of the following, which usually add to the expense of the cake: fruit fillings, fondant icing, handmade sugar flowers, deep (rather than pastel) colors, unique shapes.

10. Wedding Credit
If you and your beloved are paying for your own wedding, or are given money but are handling the financial end (bills and such), it´s a good idea to have a separate credit card specifically to pay for wedding costs. It´s a good way to keep all your wedding transactions in one place, and if you have billing disputes often the credit card company will help you out.

11. Bridal 911
Make sure you´re prepared for emergencies on your big day: take along a purse or bag containing items such as Band-Aids, clear nail polish, needle and thread, aspirin, an extra pair of hose, and other things that might come in helpful in a pinch. Give them to a bridesmaid to keep for you.

12. Cutting Costs
You can have an elegant wedding at a reasonable price! Hit the stores with a pad of paper and a pen and comparison shop. Go to wedding rental stores, they carry everything from pew bows to gazebos! Remember prices are negotiable. I bought a 600.00 gown for 450.00 because I asked for a discount. Don´t be afraid to dicker.

13. Shoe Savings
To save money for the guys´ attire, have them wear their own dress shoes instead of renting them from the tuxedo store. It will cost less and they´ll be more comfortable.

14. Quickie Cost Cutters: Guest List
Looking for places to cut costs? A good place to start is the guest list---you may need to face up to the reality of having a so-so wedding with everyone and his brother invited, or the wedding you really want with fewer guests. Close friends and family are usually shoo-ins, but do you really need to invite all of your dad´s fraternity brothers from college? Unless your parents are footing the entire bill, try to keep guests to the ´must-haves.´

15. Wedding Invitation Tips
When you address your wedding invitations, try to avoid using "and guest" when you can. If you don´t know the name of the person coming with your invited guest, then call the person who will be receiving the invitation and ask what name should be used on the invitation. If you can´t find out, go ahead and use ´guest.´ The personalization and thoughtfulness of finding the name will make your invitation extra special

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