Post # 1
I have questions about engagement photo prep!
My FI and I weren’t even sure if we were going to do them, but the photographer threw them in for free — which I was really excited about! But now, I’m pretty sure I’m spending more on prep than I would have on the actual photos!
I know there’ll be a closeup of the hands, so I booked a shellac manicure beforehand. I also had to get my roots done within a week or two of that, so I’m getting them done the day before (probably 150ish).
The salon just asked if I want to add a blowout (an extra $50) when I get my hair done (if I don’t add it they’ll still dry my hair, but it wouldn’t be styled).
I’m also torn on clothes — I haven’t gone shopping for the last 6 months or so since we’re saving for the wedding/honeymoon, but I was considering getting a cute top or dress that I’d wear again, to make sure my clothes don’t look worn in the photos. We’re getting the photos done the first week of October, so it’ll be getting a littly chilly. (I do have a really cute leather jacket/amaazing boots I bought last year I could do with jeans and a plain top, I just wonder if it’ll look to clunky with those layers).
So — what do I “give” on? I could downgrade my manicure from shellac to regular (save $15), just wear something cute I already own, or skip the blowout (I’ve never even had a blowout before — something about wedding planning just makes us spend crazy amounts!)
What have other bees done? Anything you regret spending on/not spending on for the engagement photos?
Post # 2
Skip the blowout. If you’ve never had one before, I don’t see why you’d want to shell out that much extra just for engagement photos that you aren’t even paying for.
Post # 3
i would skip the blowout and downgrade the manicure.
i didn’t go all out for my engagement pictures. i had my hair cut about a month before and i did my own hair, makeup, and nails. i just bought a couple of new dresses and tops and in hindsight i should have bought some new shoes too, but whatever. what’s done is done.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm
Skip the blowout and buy a few tops or a cute dress. I prefer to style my own “everyday” hair anyway. The shellac manicure is completely worth it. You’ll have nice nails for at least two weeks.
Post # 5
NOTLBride: I was the same way!!! I ended up going shopping for a dress (that i can also wear to work and other weddings), and a belt. I had 2 outfits (jeans, boots, top, belt and dress/boots).
I was also going to get a blowout, but did that myself too.
I don’t regret either!! I thought I might regret not getting my nails done, but nope!
Post # 6
Getting your roots done costs $150!?! There has to be a good, cheaper place.
I would personally buy a gel nail polish kit (I think I have red carpet?) and then it’ll pay for itself.
Post # 7
You can downgrade the manicure and skip the blowout if you don’t need one. If you’ve never had a blowout, you might not even like it.
Prepping for engagement photos can be expensive! I had my hair trimmed and colored a couple of days before, got a regular french manicure without gel, bought two dresses after months of searching, and had my hair and makeup done as a trial by the makeup artist for my wedding. I also went out of town twice to scout photo locations! It took a lot of planning and was a little expensive, but I don’t regret it at all!
Post # 8
NOTLBride: $50 for a blowout is pretty outrageous. I have a massive head of curly hair and I go to blowout bars every now and then to have it done, it takes over an hour and it costs no more than $35, and that includes a wash which your stylist will have to do anyway. If you live in NYC maybe that’s the norm but it sure seems steep to me. Also I can imagine you wouldn’t want to switch stylists in the middle of your wedding planning but yowza, $150 for just roots is pretty mindblowing, I’d think that’d be the cost for a total color change. Although if you live in NOTL the cost there might be even higher than NYC in which case disregard 🙂
Post # 9
skip the blowout. Can I just say you should find a new salon. No matter what I get done at the salon whether it’s rooys or a cut they always blow out my hair at no extra charge.
if you don’t get new clothes, skip the leather jacket. Too clunky. defintly rock those boots!!
Post # 10
NOTLBride: The point of the free engagement shoot is that it gives you a chance to learn how the photographer works and become more relaxed about being photographed and gives her a chance to work out what works best for the pictures and how to get the most out the session in preparation for your wedding photos. I assume most people don’t bother getting many (if any) of the pictures printed, so unless you think you’re likely to get lots printed and put up somewhere I’d save the money you’d spend on getting all done up and just treat it as a practice photo shoot.
Post # 11
downgrade the mani for sure! I just got a regular mani the day before… i’m going against everyone else here and saying that the blowout was the best decision ever. I’m not “bad” at styling my hair at all, but I thought I’d try a blowout for the first time for my engagement photos…. it was so worth it (I paid about $40 after tax though). I had tons of people comments on the save the dates saying how good my hair looked! lol.
but you decide what you think is more important 🙂 to me, hair/face is a lot of it, and it sounds like you have some good pieces already! can i be completely naughty and suggestion buying some clothes and keeping the tags on IF you’ll only wear it for the photos? lol. i’ve actually never done it but it’s always a thought in the back of my mind
Post # 12
I knew I could cound on the bee to talk some sense into me! I’m skipping the blowout — they blow dry my hair anyway, they just keep it straight instead of actively doing a style on it.
The roots are actually a half-head of foils, so $150 for a good stylist is pretty comperable to what I’ve seen looking elsewhere (including taxes). If anyone has any suggestions on a better priced (but awesome) salon in Toronto I’m totally open!
kristen182: I LOVE that suggestion. I’m not nearly daring enough to try that, but I so wish I was!