When to Splurge and When to Save on Beauty-Related Wedding Expenses
Here are the products and treatments are worth it—and the ones that aren't.
If you're already in the thick of wedding planning, you're probably well aware of one important fact: Weddings are expensive! As you now know, pretty much everything associated with the big day involves writing a check or swiping a credit card, and your wedding-related beauty expenses are certainly no exception. The good news is that you don't have to break the bank to look beautiful on at your ceremony and reception. Here's an expert-approved guide on what's worth the splurge (and what's not!) when it comes to wedding-day beauty expenses.
Splurge on pre-wedding facials.
If you don't regularly get facials, you might consider them unnecessary pampering, but experts urge brides-to-be to get them regularly. "Without a calm, hydrated and clear canvas, any makeup or product layered on top will look heavy, patchy, and off in pictures and videos," warns celebrity makeup artist Erwin Gomez of KARMA by Erwin Gomez. "It's important for a bride to have her skin performing at its best so she can achieve a natural glow that will shine through the makeup and enhance her overall look."
Save on pre-wedding massage.
Of all beauty-related items worth spending your money on, our experts agree that getting a massage is not one of them. "Unless you have chronic or stress-related pain (which wedding planning can worsen), save your massage for your honeymoon and plan a beautiful couples massage with your spouse," says Gomez. "You'll not only really enjoy it after the stress of the wedding but you'll be able to enjoy it with your love."
Splurge on your wedding hair and makeup team.
As far as hair and makeup for the bride and her bridesmaids goes, the pros agree it's worth spending more to ensure you're working with qualified stylists who handle weddings and will come to you, making the whole day less stressful. "Off-site adventures to a salon can add unexpected timeline derailments, not to mention unnecessary stress," says Suzanne Reinhard, wedding planner and owner of Suzanne Reinhard Events. "You want a trained wedding-day hair and makeup team who understand the importance of servicing a large group of women in a timely manner."
Save on tanning.
Not only are tanning booths bad for your health, but they also can give you an undesirable skin hue that's unlike your own. Luckily, there's no shortage of topical treatments available on the market, which will inevitably cost you a whole less than a tanning membership. Try St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse if you're a first timer looking to score a just-stepped-off-the-beach glow in a healthy, affordable way.
Splurge on waxing.
While most waxing services won't cost you an arm and a leg, this is one area you certainly shouldn't "save" on, unless it's with a trusted, skilled professional. "The last thing a bride wants is redness, irritation or, worse, an allergic reaction, before her wedding," says Gomez. "It's best to do get waxed three days prior to your wedding ideally by someone you've seen before and trust."
Save on your nails.
There's no reason to score an upgrade from your local nail salon just because it's your wedding weekend. "Hotels and spas charge much more for the same exact service (maybe with the added bonus of an extra long massage)," says Reinhard. She suggests heading to your local salon for a gel mani and pedi which will likely last all the way through your honeymoon.