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OK, so we're finally getting married. Budget hair/clothes/makeup for v small wedding?

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totalmisfit Thu 23-Oct-08 13:19:49

After much deliberation we've finally decided to get hitched in just over a month's time. At first we thought we'd just grab some witnesses off the street and take dd with us. Then we both started to feel sad about certain family members not being there so it looks like it will just be a few guests, very small, nothing showy, down the pub after type thing

But the thing is, there'll still be lots of photos taken and i don't want to look my normal 'pulled through a hedge backwards' self. I'd like to make a bit of an effort without looking like i've made too much of an effort iyswim?

We're both sort of late twenties indie kids at heart, so i was thinking of maybe finding a nice vintagey folky 60's/70's style dress (not too weddingy) and shoes to go with (god knows, i don't really 'do' shoes) on ebay perhaps as we're short of cash.

As for my hair, it's thin, poker straight and mousy. I was thinking it's got to be wavy/curly on the day, but how best to acheive such a look on a very tight budget? how would i make sure it 'went' with my over all look? And also, i don't want to look like a throwback, i'd rather have a retro influence than going the whole hog...

And then there's makeup - don't usually wear much although i probably should as my skin's been absolutely awful since i weaned dd from the breast over a year ago. I've looked at a couple of wedding/hair makeup artists online but they all seem to cater for the chocolate box look and cost about £300. Which is £300 more than we have!

I bet you're probably reading this wondering how i ever got someone to agree to marry me considering i look so grim. so am i tbh wink

Please help!

Miyazaki Thu 23-Oct-08 13:22:58

Like a kind of headband round the forehead combed out plaits hippyish look?

Am looking...

Miyazaki Thu 23-Oct-08 13:25:12

long dress or knee?

MerlinsBeard Thu 23-Oct-08 13:26:28

we are getting married in november and when everything is paid for we will have spent around £1500 (that includes outfits for 6 of us (includes best man)rings, registrar, reception and food!)

its do able

For your hair, you could try curling it yourself?

dress, ebay? debenhams. coast do lovely ones

ask a friend to do your make up or go to a make up counter for a make over and copy what they did wink

RubyShivers Thu 23-Oct-08 13:26:38


look on Ebay, Monsoon

Like the Miyazaki's idea of headband ...

totalmisfit Thu 23-Oct-08 13:32:31

miyazaki - probably long as i have an ankle tattoo blush - headband round the forehead? i don't know...? could work but as i say my hair is pretty thin and yuk..

mumofmonsters - congrats, sounds like you've got the right idea. only problem is with us, our budget much,much less blush. Probably cos it started off as a spur of the moment thing, but getting more and more elaborate with every passing moment.

ruby- thats gorgeous, but probably not on me as i have serious arm flab even though i;m a size 10-12 apparently. and i'm trying to avoid white so i don't look too dressed up

UpJacobscreek Thu 23-Oct-08 13:33:30

Monsoon for dresses .

Get a nice silver headband and go to the hairdresses and ask them to fit it do not tell them you are the bride tell them you are a guest at a function /wedding as soon as you say bride they add money on wink.

Ebay for bits and bobs and shoes .

Send Einvites rather then wasting loads on paper ones or you could have magnets made up on ebay with a funky photo and the date on ,These are only about £12.00 for 15 magnets and they make a nice keepsake.

Make up go to the body shop they do a reallynice job if you have time on the morning of the wedding be really cheeky and book a makeover tis all free then grin if not have one a couple of days before and copy the look ,or just keep practising at home yourself .


MerlinsBeard Thu 23-Oct-08 13:33:48

ours is only costing so much because the registrar is £300shock

and then the ceremony venue is £300shock

RubyShivers Thu 23-Oct-08 13:33:48

BHS do a wedding dress range

and EBAY = honestly you can find some corkers

RubyShivers Thu 23-Oct-08 13:35:27

so cute

get a wrap/bolero thing if you are conscious about your upper arms

totalmisfit Thu 23-Oct-08 13:36:06

<stands in front of mirror trying to put her necklace round her forehead to see if hippy look suits>

hmmm... i have a bit of a fringe type thing going on, so not sure

sorkycake Thu 23-Oct-08 13:36:29

Go to a department store and ask them to give you a make-over, tell them it's for your wedding and what you'd like.
I booked me and 4 bridesmaids into House of Fraser for our wedding day makeup and all for the price of a chanel mascara which i'd have bought anyway.
Lipsticks run to about a tenner and you can book your wedding day makeup at a specific time/day.

Heated rollers will give you curly hair, easy to do and will last about half a day.

ebay is the best place to go for a dress. Get the dress then worry about shoes, or go barefoot!

tweetyfish Thu 23-Oct-08 13:36:29

Oh Congratulations!

We did the exact same thing 2 years ago, it was just us, our 2 kids, parents and brothers from both sides, 13 in all. It was a really lovely day! I wore a white dress from Monsoon (£150, but DH said it looked really nice) with white converses (I live in them!) In fact the all 4 of us (me, DH and the kids) all wore converses!

I went to the hairdresser the day before and had my hair coloured and cut so it looked neat. I bought some new makeup and actually put some on, something that very rarely happens!

We had lunch in a private room of the local restaurant (Mum insisted!) and just went into London (not far!) for the evening.

All in all, I think like mumofmonsters it was around £1500 but such a lovely day and very chilled out!

Miyazaki Thu 23-Oct-08 13:36:31

Have found this, but it's short, it does have sleeves and the right size, sixties

Miyazaki Thu 23-Oct-08 13:39:31

no headband action then if fringe! agreed.

fifties, but quite weddingy? too much?

Peachy Thu 23-Oct-08 13:44:21

lots of dresses on debenhams

you might get someone to lend you a dress- especially if white not important?

RubyShivers Thu 23-Oct-08 13:44:42

i know it is wedding-y but it is vintage looking and soooo pretty

totalmisfit Thu 23-Oct-08 13:45:18

upjacobscreek - love the bodyshop idea, only problem is we're in the middle of nowhere, but i might pop in to our nearest one (about 20 miles away!) and see what they make of my awful skin. Good tip about pretending to be a guest as well.

MoM- that's pretty steep shock. we're off to the local registry office (about 15 miles away!) and it's about £100 odd quid, which doesn't sound so bad now you've told me that wink

Ruby - that's so cool, but i'm a shortarse and have a knack of making cool clothes look wrong, somehow.

off to have a browse on monsoon...

overthemill Thu 23-Oct-08 13:47:03

i got my wedding dress from monsoon at bicester. it cost £35!!!

overthemill Thu 23-Oct-08 13:47:56

ooh and try a local mobile beauty person, or someone on here

RubyShivers Thu 23-Oct-08 13:48:33

can i just say totalmisfit that ALL brides look utterly beautiful on their wedding day

you will glow no matter what you wear

i have NEVER made it dry eyed through a wedding

JackieNoHeadJustABloodyStump Thu 23-Oct-08 13:49:01

Or short?

No idea about dresses as I am a fatty and live in jeans, but makeup and hair is easy enough to do yourself, or get a mate who does her own well and ask her to do your hair and makeup as her gift to you (if you choose this route definitely do a test run first!)

Get a facial and an eyebrow wax a week or so ahead of time, it will make you look and feel great.

totalmisfit Thu 23-Oct-08 13:53:18

I'm in love!

Miyazaki Thu 23-Oct-08 13:54:29

which one?

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