4 Tips To Minimize Bridesmaid Spending + DIY Wedding Day Makeup!

Bridesmaid veteran, here! My goodness, folks are getting married left and right and my bridesmaid chronicles continue! In the last twelve months, two of my sisters and my best friend tied the knot. Of course I’m flattered every time I am asked to be in a wedding but the honor comes with some hefty costs. One thing I’ve learned is that things can definitely add up, especially if you’re in back to back weddings. You want to be sure that you’re making the smartest moves so you can pay your rent, student loans and such! Amen? Amen.

1. Mark important dates on your calendar and book as soon as possible. Both my sis and bestie got married in Rochester, NY which is a full 5 hours from NYC (where I live). I was back and forth for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, dress fittings and more. Therefore, I booked my trips as early as possible to get the best prices. You can cut the cost of transportation in half by simply booking early. I know Megabus prices creep their way up to almost double the initial cost. Don’t play the fool. Buy those tickets ASAP!

2. Take good care of your gowns and don’t get them altered unless absolutely necessary. First of all, my sister and bestie chose the exact same dress in different colors. Yes, I have two of the same David’s Bridal $150.00 dresses hanging in my closet (for now). I plan on selling them on E-bay as I’m sure their popularity will prove to be my saving grace. The length was more than I needed but I refrained from altering both dresses because I knew that would make them harder to sell. I made sure I bought heels that were high enough to compensate for the extra length and bypassed the extra cost of alterations. Cha-ching!


Same gown…


Different color…

3. Do your own make-up! Girls, there are so many make-up tutorials. No matter what look you want to achieve, you can do so with the right tools and a little practice. I found a Youtube video with a really easy to follow, smokey-eye tutorial and I believe I nailed the look. People pay as much as $150-$200 dollars to have a photo-ready face. I am proud to tell yall that I did this look with just $12 and the tools in my itty bitty make up bag! * Enlarge the pics to get details on how I used each item.

 I found this Youtube tutorial from Teni Panosian to be uber helpful!

For my face, I use Nars’ tinted moisturizer. My color is Cuba. I’m not big on a heavy foundation as my skin is just glorious, especially in the summer. Lol. 😉

4. You knew this was coming…do your own hair, nails or feet. Chose one, and get to doing! In my case, I did all three! I was somewhat of a beauty enthusiast back in college and I’ve always had a knack for doing hair, and painting nails. Choose a soft, translucent color that gives you room for mistakes. I did a very soft pearl color from OPI and obviously my hair is natural and pulled back off of my face. It’s a simple and effortless look that I achieved with Miss Jessie’s curly pudding and EcoStyler Gel…a naturalista’s best friend!

Do you have any tips to add to the list? Drop em below!



2 thoughts on “4 Tips To Minimize Bridesmaid Spending + DIY Wedding Day Makeup!

  1. I LOVE this because I’m a big fan of all this personal finance and I’m big on budgeting and saving money on DIY when possible so I love that you have the same mentality and did this! Kudos!


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