this was forever ☾
February 12, 2017

There are so many things that requires a professional to do nowadays. With the professionalism comes a cost – and we may not necessarily have the money spare to put towards looking good, especially with a wedding looming that will be expensive enough in itself. However, there are some things that you can do without the need to pay somebody who knows what they’re doing; DIY kits are making their way onto the market, allowing us to cut costs and get down to the nitty-gritty at home before the big day.

Teeth
No longer do you need to go to a dentist to ensure your teeth are as white as can be. Although not strictly recommended by dentists, home tooth whitening kits are on the rise. Celebrities such as the Kardashians are being paid to endorse such products through their social media accounts, so you can see why they are gaining in popularity. White teeth are the sign of a healthy smile, and even though you can have perfectly fine teeth and gums at different shades of white, ‘the brighter, the better’ is the accepted norm. It is best to research and read reviews on the best teeth whitening kits to make sure that you are getting something that is safe and recommended; a lot of products that have been appearing online are pure money-makers and will either not be good for you and your teeth or have no effect at all. Despite getting kits that you can use in your own time, still keep up your regular dentist appointments – you can’t only hide real problems with your teeth for so long with a whitening kit.

Eyebrows
You used to have to go to a beautician to be able to get your brows professionally waxed, plucked or threaded. This is no longer the case as most of the products required are now available for you to buy in-store or online. It can be a task of trial and error; you may need to get a friend or family member to help you if you are going for the home-wax kits, as they’ll be able to guide the wax better with you lying down than if you were stood up looking in front of a mirror. Don’t leave it until the last minute – start getting to grips with doing your eyebrows a couple of months before the day of your wedding so you have time to regrow and shape your eyebrows to exactly how you want them to be.

Make Up
Makeup artists are so wonderful at their jobs, but they can come at a hefty price. There are now tutorials online telling you the steps to take and what products you will need to buy in order to achieve your perfect look. The initial outlay and expenditure may be a bit more than you would like to be spending, but you will get your money back in the long-run when you are able to recreate the look for months after, rather than have just a day of good makeup with a professional. Look online for videos that will be able to guide you towards looking great – there are so many out there that you will be hard-pressed not to find one that suits your style.

Hair
Although you may not be able to cut your own hair, different styles can be recreated again with web tutorials. You will be able to see how to do certain looks on yourself, as well as being shown step-by-step how to do it and what things to accessorize with (for example, flowers can be put into braids and beads can be threaded onto buns). You may be able to again enlist the help of a friend prior to your wedding day, as doing different hairstyles on the number of people involved in your wedding party can be time consuming, and not something that you want to get invested in when you can be spending your time doing other things. But if you have the time to practise well enough to give yourself a quick hairdo which makes it look like you’ve put a lot of time into it at no cost at all to you, then why not go for it? Make yourself a board on Pinterest and get pinning any and every idea that you like to give you clarification of what style you have ultimately got in mind.

Dress
Some things just can’t be skimped on, and your dress is one of them. But spending less doesn’t have to mean that you are skimping on the dress of your dreams; you can simply add, retouch or even make your own to achieve the vision of what you want to look like when you get married. Dressmaking courses are available online, although you may want to find somebody (possibly an older family member) who knows what they’re doing with a sewing machine so you can learn the tricks of the trade first-hand. This is something that will take time to do, so if you’re reading this and don’t even have thoughts of marriage in your head, it’s a good time to get stuck in and start learning to get ahead. It may take a while to do, but think of how proud you will feel knowing that you have made the dress that you get to walk down the aisle in – it is truly a feeling that no amount of money can buy. You can tailor it to suit your size and have it exactly as you had imagined. You may find that it’s not as cheap as you had planned as you keep going and adding bits and details to it, but this is half of the fun of making it yourself; the chance to add whatever you want to it and not have to wait for it to be done by somebody else or be put on an alteration list and have to worry about whether it will get done and if so, if will it be done correctly.