Who says having the wedding of your dreams has to mean free-falling into debt? Always a Bridesmaid Wedding Design planner Xochitl Gonzalez shares her insider strategies for saving without sacrificing style
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you need to take a red-carpet approach to getting your hair and makeup done. "While the experience of having a Glam Squad come to your home or hotel room to help you get ready seems luxurious, you can get professional hair and makeup for up to 25% less if you are willing to go to the salon or spa," says Gonzalez.
You can slash that price even further by skipping a makeup artist altogether and becoming your own pro in the months before the wedding. "Many department store counters will allow you to schedule appointments with their makeup artists," she explains. Not only will you learn the tricks of the trade, by purchasing their custom recommendations, you’ll have your own pro kit at your disposal.