(Closed) What part of your bridal look you HAD the hardest time spending money on?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Other than the dress, what part of your bridal look you HAD the hardest time spending money on?

    Make up and Hair





    Mani and Pedi




  • Post # 17
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @lstyle25:  That’s all I wear on a daily basis (foundation, power, eyeliner and mascara). I didn’t really want my makeup to be crazy complicated on my wedding day any way. I wanted to look like myself.

    Post # 18
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

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    @lstyle25:  My dress was $2k so yeah nearly half a dress. Like I said there were changes during the custom process and by the time I was done and added up the cost I was a bit surprised to say the least. I by no means intended to spend that much!

    I only wore it for pictures and the ceremony. With it being so long it was impossible to wear throughout the night. Pity! I changed it out for a tulle fascinator which was about $90.00. Why the heck are veil items so ridiculously over priced????

    (I am selling both by the way for way less than I paid for them if anyone is interested).

    Post # 19
    733 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My veil was $140 and when I look back at my estimated wedding budget I had figured for what they were they probably cost $30 lol. I got talked into it for sure, now I’m not sure about the heading trim but I’m sure ill like it. 

    Post # 20
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    My veil!  I told myself I’d never spend an exorbitant amount of money on several yards of tulle, but I spent almost $400.  🙁  It’s the perfect veil for my dress though!!!  It matches it perfectly, and I knew it was the one!  So, it’s worth it.  🙂

    Post # 21
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Hair. I was quoted around $100 for a bridal up-do (which, you know, isn’t different from a regular special occasion up-do, but if they know it’s for your wedding day they like to slap on an additional 50%) and was ready to suck it up, but my hair only ended up costing me $45 (with a 50% tip!!!). Whew.

    Post # 22
    10713 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Veil. I ended up finding a really long beautiful veil for $20 at a thrift store which was great because I wouldn’t have spent over $50 on a veil for any reason and the place I bought my dress was trying to sell me one for $200! 


    I also had a hard time with jewelry because my dress has those irridescent crystals and finding irridescent crystal jewelry was difficult and expensive. I had a tiara, bracelet and 2 sets of earrings that cost about $250 total.

    Under clothes for the dress was a pain too… I didn’t want to spend a lot because only I would see them so what was the point in spending a lot. I ended up finding whitte panties at Walmart and sticky cups too which are the best things ever! Beat spending $100 on a bra.

    Post # 23
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    I already posted this picture in another thread…but you can buy ‘bun domes’ on-line. I spent $10 on mine, S&H included. In my case, that one random guess worked out perfectly – it matches my hair color almost perfectly. That helped me save a lot on having my hair done…both money and time on the big day. 

    I was quoted anywhere from $25 for an updo at a beauty school (ladies, check out beauty schools. I think Regency Beauty Institute…I think that’s the name…is in several states, and that’s the price they have listed) to $50 – $80 for an updo at a regular styling joint. That’s not even counting the tip…or the trial run.

    For make-up…again, check out a beauty school in your area (they’re always supervised by others). I know some will do it for $10 – $15. And if you’re not totally opposed to the make-up counter at a department store like Macy’s… you may even be able to have it done for free. 

    I just couldn’t part with $300 or more for hair and make-up at some salons around here. And this is in the Midwest in an area that’s no where near wealthy…so I can’t imagine what it’s like in bigger areas.

    I paid $15 for my veil at Michael’s (or was it Joann’s? I forget). I tried to make my own, but…the disaster that resulted told me it was time to go buy it.

    I paid about $100 total for my dress, including S&H. Well, let me clarify…I bought my first dress on Ebay for $40. It’s off-white, simple David’s Bridal dress. It was TIGHT and not too flattering in the ol’ gut. So I decided to buy a white dress off of Ebay – empire-waist. I tend not to lose or gain much weight above the waist, so I figure I’m fine up top. 

    I think it’s really just important to figure out what’s important to you. For some people, it’s really important to look red-carpet ready on their wedding day. For others, they’d rather put that money into longer-term investments…or non-appearance related wedding stuff.

    But for people looking to save money, really – just word of mouth (ask around), Craigslist, ebay, etc. I’ve seen some gorgeous wedding dresses that have only been worn once – $2k, $4k dresses – that are now going for half their original retail price. 

    Anyway, here’s the bun dome I’m wearing again. I’m having a pretty simple, laidback, CHEAP (not ‘inexpensive’ or ‘thrifty,’ as Future Father-In-Law likes to call it) wedding:

    (This was just to get it into my hair and see if the color matched)- My real hair is all over the place in this picture.

    Post # 24
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I found pretty good deals on things….so no real complaints here. I hired a student to do my makeup, a cousin did my hair for free…..I really liked my shoes and did not have to pay a fortune on them. Nobody saw my feet really but the mani/pedi was more of a treat then anything else.

    I guess my veil? Don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous……and it came out great in the pictures. But I had a hard time justifying the cost of something like that. I ended up getting it anyway. I wouldn’t say I regret it, but I could have probably just as easily put a flower in my hair and saved a few hundred dollars.


    Post # 25
    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    my bolero. it was $140. the original price was over $200, but they sold me the sample at a cheaper price. it was so hard for me to spend that much on a little lace bolero! but it matched my dress so well and since my mom bought my dress and i was able to find everything else for very reasonable prices, i went for it.

    Post # 26
    1601 posts
    Bumble bee

    Crystal belt for dress $375

    Biggest one: Alterations $700 (I am serious!)

    Post # 27
    7976 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    Quite a lot… I would never pay for hair and makeup, or a mani/pedi, so my BMs and I are doing it. I would also never have spent a fortune on a petticoat… I would have done without it if wasn’t cheap. Same for the sash. I would have been prepared to spend a bit more than I did on undies, but I got them cheap, so no biggie.
    If you need a bolero, you need a bolero. And if you pick classic jewellery then you can wear it again. So I’d be prepared to spend more.
    The veil depends… mine was from Jasmines. If it had been simpler, I would have made it myself.
    In my opinion, shoes cost what they cost. You can’t put a price on comfort. I have deformed feet, so I had to be prepared to spend on something that fitted. I was lucky to get them on ebay though.

    Post # 28
    2334 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My shoes because I can’t figure out what I want.  I spent $290 to have them custom made and I’m still second guessing them.

    Post # 29
    9024 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Shoes and then makeup. I ended up only spending $50 on the steve madden flats and then I did my makeup myself

    Post # 30
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I really can’t complain too much about any of these. I used jewelry and shoes I had and did my own makeup. My dress didn’t require anything too special for undergarments (it was a pain to find ones that weren’t hideous, fit my weird boob size, and didn’t cost a fortune, but I finally did it!). Veil was DIY. Getting hair and nails done was cheap in my little hometown, plus since I never do it, it was a fun treat.

    Post # 31
    4500 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Veil — I was so shocked at how expensive they were! I borrowed someone’s, and it wasn’t the veil I would have picked, but it was free.

    And shoes — I had nothing suitable and spent way too much on a pair of shoes I will never ever wear again.

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