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How to Plan a Budget For Your Bridal Beauty

If you're not careful, your wedding budget can get out of hand. While beauty costs a lot less than flowers and feeding your guests, primping indulgences for the big day can add up to big dollars if you aren't careful.

There are several categories to consider if you're going with a professional. The most expensive is hair, which can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 depending on what look you choose and if you create an intricate wedding hairstyle with an extension or fall. Then there is makeup, which tends to cost anywhere from $65 to $300.

You may also want to plan a skin care regimen with your facialist or dermatologist. Include spa treatments so that you can work them into your budget. A manicure and pedicure shouldn't cost more than usual, unless you opt for acrylic nails or tips.

Other beauty expenses include self-tanning, waxing, and you may even want to get your teeth whitened. Lastly, don't forget to factor in costs for hair and makeup for your mom, your bridesmaids and your soon-to-be mother-in-law.

Consult my ultimate bridal beauty guide for every and all possible wedding-related beauty questions. For a few tips on where you can save some money,


  • There are definitely areas that you can skimp on. For example, choose only to self-tan your body from the waist up (arms and back included). No one will see your legs or your midriff. If you are worried about looking discolored on your honeymoon then blend in a drugstore self-tanner to those areas — they don't need a professional application.
  • At-home teeth-whitening strips are much less costly than going to a dentist and having your teeth fitted for a tray.
  • Ask your bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup.
  • Make your own hair remover or, buy a DIY waxing kit.
  • Ask a friend to apply your makeup for you instead of paying a professional.


Join The Conversation
sashak sashak 9 years
I've never paid to have my make-up done in my life & never will.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
People spend $1000 on their hair do??? How is that even possible??? I have an aunt who's a hair dresser so she'll be doing my hair, but it won't be anything fancy or intricate, that's just not me... actually I want Serena Van Der Woodsen's cotillion hair! As for make-up, everyone I've ever known who got their make-up done for the wedding ended up looking like a prostitute, or at the very least nothing like themselves, and since I've had training as a make-up artist I'm just going to do my own! It's safer that way...
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i'm utilizing all of those tips, except for having a friend do my makeup. i'd rather hire a makeup artist and be 100% sure that it's going to look professionally done.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Aww thats cute emalove. You look very happy. Thanks Bella for the helpful advice.
emalove emalove 9 years
My wedding updo only cost me about $50. And my husband gave me a gift certificate for a mani and pedi, so I didn't have to spend anything there! I did buy some new makeup from MAC for my wedding...I did one of those consultations where a MAC makeup artist recommends shades for your wedding day, based on the look you're going for. I probably spent about $100 on the makeup. So overall, I didn't spend much at all in this department...not compared to my other expenses anyway.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Man, I want to get married haha
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