Monday, 8 December 2014

Money Saving Monday: Why do a hair trial? | Budget Wedding Blog

Getting your hair done for your wedding can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your preparation, it's often more expensive than getting your hair styled on a regular day and stylists will encourage you to have a trial before your big day. If you're on a tight budget you might think it best to cut the trial out (it's rarely free) to save money but that could be a big old mistake that could lead to you feeling stressed on your wedding day...

I chatted to Amy McCullagh, hair stylist extraordinaire about the importance of the trial and why it's not worth cutting it from your budget.

Firstly I'll tell you a bit about Amy; she has 14 years industry experience, managed a successful salon in Sheffield and specialises in colour correction. More importantly she is a specialist in wedding hair and up do's for all occasions. She's been involved in a variety of fashion shows, charity events and photo shoots and was a UK finalist for the Wella Trend Vision Awards as well as regional finalist for the Wella Generation Now art team. She's now freelance and works in and around the Sheffield area  traveling all over for weddings.In short this girl knows her stuff.

I'm on a tight budget so I'm thinking about not having a trial, would that be ok?

I would ALWAYS recommend having a trial, it isn't costly but is worth every penny just for piece of mind. Your hair is just as important as the dress and they need to compliment each other.

When do you normally do a trial, how far in advance of the wedding?

I'd usually suggest booking your trial anywhere between 6-8 weeks before the big day. Trends change and so will you, so you shouldn't do it to far in advance.

What if I don't have any idea how I want my hair?

I will always ask for a picture of the dress as that narrows it down a lot. Then we will go through everything from the different eras, accessories and even certain features you may like to hide. You are a blank canvas that we will build on m to create the desired look.

What if I change my mind after my trial or on the day of my wedding?

You may change your mind or decide to try a few different looks, therefore having a couple of trials might be for you. If you change your mind on the actual day (which has happened to me) then we will improvise and we can create anything you like, no problem, you just sit back, relax and enjoy.

Thanks Amy, hair trials sound like a lot of fun to me!
To see more of Amy's work visit her facebook page

Friday, 5 December 2014

DIY Fabulous Festive Flower Crown | Budget Wedding Blog

Flower crowns are not just for summer. Fact!
DIY your own glittery faux flower crown in about 10 minutes, perfect for a festive bride...

What you need:

* a plain headband (preferably metal)
* scissors / wire cutters
* florists wire
* fake flowers
* bits of Christmasy decorations (these pretty much all came from Poundstretcher)
* some felt in a matching colour
* hot glue gun & glue

Organise all your Christmasy bits and decide what you want to place where, cut a few pieces of wire  and poke through the flowers/ pine cones etc so that you can wire them to the headband

Start attaching bits by wrapping the wire around the headband; it's best if you start in the middle and work out towards the ends

Once you've got all your bits attached you want to  cover the inside of the crown so that all the wires don't get caught in your hair...

Cut a long strip of felt; long enough to cover the inside of your crown, in a long pointed almond shape, wider in the middle to protect your nogin from all those big decorations. Attach using your hot glue gun...

ta dah!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Post Wedding Christmas Presents | Budget Wedding Blog

Howdy! I've been a bad bad blogger this week and let life get in the way! 4 whole days without a word, bet you thought I'd been hit by a bus! Well I'm back and today I'm devoting the whole day to Pretty Thrifty and writing up some articles that have been languishing in my to do pile for faaaaaar too long. First up, you may have noticed that it's almost Christmas (what? when did that happen?) and time to get a spending! This can be such an expensive time of year but it doesn't have to be.

Are you struggling for Christmas pressie ideas for your nearest and dearest? Well if you're recently married you'll have some lovely photos no doubt so why not use them to create some special gifts for your favourite people.  Of course these aren't reserved solely for the newly wed, if you've just had your engagement photos shot or just have some super cute home snaps then personalised photo gifts could be for you.
They don't have to be cheesy, honest! Here's my run down of the best (quality & value) photo gifts out there plus some extra tips and a cute DIY idea, dig in...

Super cute photo transparencies from

Photo Transparencies from Oakdene Designs

These gorgeous stylish little personalised frames are a snip at just £18 , they're free standing and would look fab on a windowsill

Photo Journals by Photobox

Photo journals from Photobox

I adore these photo journals and have started making them after every holiday rather than standard albums, I scribble notes about places we've been and experiences we've had, they would make adorable post wedding gifts for relatives plus they're just £14.99!

Photo Canvases with a twist

Polaroid Style Canvas from etsy

Be a little careful with photos on canvas, they can go baggy over time if they're low quality, go for a small sized print like this gorgeous Polaroid style one. They look fab, especially if you cluster a few together

The best place to buy prints

I'm a big fan of Photobox, their service is great, their website is super easy to use and the quality is fab, plus they have a great range of print sizes and options. If you're planning on giving unframed prints as pressies it's a great idea to mount them on mount board or foamboard which you can buy from any good art & craft shop, some handy tips on how to do it here

Frame it...

Kiko glass frames from notonthehighstreet

I am completely in love with Kiko glass frames, they are just so beautiful! You can get them from Fill them with all sorts of gorgeous stuff, tape your prints in place with a little Washi Tape and sandwich in a few other gorgeous things like a spare wedding invite or saved place name

DIY delight

These cute little DIY photo embroideries were found on German blog Brigitte
I don't speak German but the step by step photos are pretty self explanatory, you'll need some fabric, embroidery hoops threads and needles, plus transfer paper to print your images on and and iron to transfer the images to the fabric, make sure to flip your photos before you print them or they'll come out the wrong way round!