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Vintage Makeup Trends

As much as we love new makeup trends such as heavily highlighted cheekbones, nude lips and cream contouring, we certainly love looking back and taking inspiration from other makeup areas! From classic ‘20s makeup looks with vampy lips and silver eyeshadow to edgy pin up looks with black cat eyes and red lips, we collected all of our vintage makeup favorites so you can perfect the look the Hollywood stars are all rocking so beautifully! 

Refined Simplicity

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The Essentials: Red Lipstick, Clear Lipgloss, Champagne Eyeshadow, Waterproof Mascara

The Application Trick: This look combines a gorgeous porcelain skin complexion with vibrant lips and eyes. Although the focus is both on the eyes and lips, it’s still a more simple look – instead of a heavy smokey eye or a glitter eyeshadow base, use a champagne shadow all over your lid and finish your eyes with a waterproof mascara. While normal mascaras tend to have different consistencies, it is easier to create that slightly clumpy, “spider lash” look with a waterproof, black mascara. When it comes to lipstick, play around a bit with different colors and create an ombré effect with cherry and coral red lipstick. To make the lips pop even more, apply a clear gloss on top.

 Pin Up With A Twist

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The Essentials: Orange Eyeshadow, Lilac Lipstick, Black Eyeliner, Brow Defining Pencil, Peach Blush

The Application Trick: Say goodbye to the regular ‘50s pin-up vibe shades, such as red, cream and black and experiment with something completely different! although this look incorporates edgy colors, it still has that gorgeous, classic vintage look that we are absolutely in love with. After applying foundation and a peach blush on the apples of your cheeks, arch your brows with a help of a defining pencil and gel. Go bold with an orange eyeshadow all over your lids, all the way up to your brow bone, and apply a classic cat eyeliner on top (if you are feeling really experimental, you can try out a colorful liner as well). Create a color-block look by adding a cool-toned purple lipstick or lip gloss.

The Brigitte Bardot Look

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The Essentials: Black and White Eyeliner, False Lashes, Nude Lipstick, Contour Powders

The Application Trick: The perfect, matte complexion is just as important as the iconic eye makeup in this look. Start with a primer and a velvet, matte foundation, and once you have an even base, gently apply the contour colors – a cool toned brown on your cheek bones and a hint of highlighting powder on top and down the bridge of your nose. Instead of your regular blush, try to find a more nude one, such as a taupe or beige blush to complement the eye look. Start off the eyes with an eyelid primer and apply a matte ivory shade all over your lids as a base. Draw a small line into the inner corners of your eyes with a white eye liner and gently smudge it out to make your eyes look brighter and bigger, then follow up with a matte black liner. Instead of a flick, leave the end a bit thicker, and make sure to apply both top and bottom false lashes. If you would like to open up your eyes even more, apply white liner to your lower lash line as well.

Great Gatsby Vibes

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The Essentials: Grey Eyeshadow, Cool Toned Red Lipstick, Terracotta Blush, Brow Pencil

The Application Trick: There is nothing not to love about this 20’s inspired, gorgeous makeup look! To recreate it, start with making your brows a bit more dramatic and arched – this will help you achieve the perfect, smudged out eyeshadow look as well. For the eyeshadow, start with the lightest color in your inner corner and gradually apply and smudge together a lighter and darker grey shade. You don’t have to create an edgy cut crease look or apply a liquid liner, just keep your eyes soft yet noticeable. A blue-based, cool toned red lipstick will go together perfectly with the light smokey eyes, and to make this makeup look even more ‘20s inspired, create an arched lip line at your cupid’s bow with the help of a lip liner (in the exact shade of your lipstick). Enhance your beautiful arched red lip with a bright smile to make the color pop, a brighter, whiter smile is easy with an at-home whitening kit

Hollywood stars are rocking the vintage makeup look lately, we’ve put together our tips for creating Movie Star Chic on the Cheap ensuring you’ll rock vintage movie star glamour!

 

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Engagement Photoshoot Tips

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There are numerous good reasons why you should take engagement photos with your newly betrothed. First, it’s super fun to be a model for a day. If you wish to be included in your local newspaper’s wedding announcements, a professional engagement photo is almost always a requirement. On a personal note, engagement photos also make wonderful mementos that you can give to members of your family and keep for yourself for years to come. You can even integrate wedding photos with the decor at your wedding reception, using them on the wedding program or on your save-the-dates. It’s also a great practice run for getting those poses just right for your wedding photos and learning how to get the best shots of you as a couple. Read on to learn how to look your best in these special pictures and ensure your photoshoot runs smoothly.

Finding the right photographer

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Ask your recently married friends who they used for their engagement or wedding photographer, or search the web for photographers in your area. We recommend checking out their deals and packages and selecting a photographer who includes an engagement photoshoot as part of the overall package for your whole wedding process. The engagement photoshoot is a time you can get to know your photographer one on one and see how they work. You can even think of the engagement photoshoot as an audition for the photographer. 

If you plan to submit a snap to your newspaper, check the paper’s website for their photo guidelines, which may dictate everything from picture quality to size to passable poses. Inform the photographer of these rules before the shoot so he or she brings the right camera and steers the shoot in the right direction. Think about how you want the photos to look. Do you want to be candid and casual, or formal and posed? Make sure you, your fiancé, and the photographer are all in agreement and on the same page. Don’t forget to plan ahead: you should submit your photos to the newspaper at least three months before the date of the wedding.

Choosing the location

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You can take your engagement photos almost anywhere, from a photography studio to your living room to outdoors, or even in your own backyard. If you wish to shoot on location, let your photographer know. He or she will probably have some ideas for beautiful places to take your photos. If you and your fiancé have someplace that holds a special memory for you as a couple, you may suggest that as a location. Otherwise, look for a park, a botanical garden, or a landmark in your town or city that holds meaning for you and is aesthetically pleasing. Again, choose the location in advance. You may have to contact the management of the location to get the go-ahead for the shoot.

What to wear

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You can choose your outfit based on the vibe you’re going for. If you’re doing a casual photoshoot in your home, you can even wear dark colored jeans and a sweater as long as they’re well fitted, classy, and not frumpy. It’s your shoot, so wear what makes you feel comfortable. You can never go wrong with a cute sundress, but we recommend avoiding loud patterns and prints. You and your fiancé don’t have to be matching, but you should coordinate enough that your outfits are complementary, not clashing. Simple jewelry is the best way to go with accessories: you don’t want anything distracting from your gorgeous face!

Beauty Prep

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You want your smile to shine bright and white in your engagement photos, and this goes for both of you, so of course teeth whitening is a must. This step can require a bit of planning in advance if you need to book an appointment with your dentist. However, you can also choose a home teeth whitening system. You’ll want to maintain your pearly smile in the months leading up to your wedding, so it’s much more budget friendly and efficient to invest in a home system rather than making repeated trips to the dentist. Opt for classic whitening strips, or try an at home LED whitening system. Make sure to start the whitening process at least two weeks in advance of the shoot to get the best results. 

As any good bride-to-be worth her wedding cake knows hair and makeup trial appointments in advance of the wedding are essential to the beauty prep process, so knock out two birds with one stone and book your trial appointments on the morning of your engagement photo shoot. Professionally done hair and makeup will help you look and feel super confident and polished while on the shoot. Beware you make sure to leave extra time in between the salon and the shoot, just in case your look ends up taking longer than expected, or if you have to make unexpected changes to your hair or face. You may be able to get a special deal on your engagement and wedding makeup if you are using the same makeup artist, with the added bonus of knowing you like the way the artist works.

The most of important thing to remember is why you are doing the photoshoot in the first place - to celebrate your engagement to the person of your dreams who you want to spend the rest of your life with. So enjoy your engagement shoot and get ready to cherish the photos of you as a couple forever after!

Ready to start planning the wedding and have a budget to stick to?  Have a look at DIY Bridal Tips For the Budget Savvy Bride where we’ve put together a heap of hints and tricks to plan an amazing day on a budget.

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6 Gorgeous Wedding Hair & Makeup Combinations

Choosing the perfect bridal hair and makeup is just as important as choosing the wedding gown itself – a beautiful hair and makeup combination will make you truly glow and look your best on your big day and on the pictures as well. We gathered six absolute favorite bridal hair and makeup trends at the moment, for every bride from edgy and bold, to soft and natural!

Wedding Makeup No.1: Peachy Goddess

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Regardless of your skin tone, hair and eye color, this makeup will look absolutely flattering on you! It is definitely a very simple, yet stunning makeup look that creates the illusion of natural, blushed porcelain skin. Instead of masking your face, emphasize your features with a sheer coverage foundation and a peach shimmery blush. Leave your brows natural and a bit thin, and follow your natural eye shape with a dark brown or black eyeliner instead of creating a bold cat eye look. Since the color palette of this look is very neutral, a pop of black on your eyelids and lashes will make the makeup look subtle yet still interesting. Use a warm, peach lipstick on your lips and matte it down with a hint of translucent powder.

Wedding Makeup No.2: Soft Smokey

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A refined, shaped smokey eye is one of the most popular bridal makeup looks, because it keeps the focus on the eyes without being too over the top or edgy. If you are not a fan of grey and black eyeshadow, try out a mix of mauve and brown shades on your lids and a rose pink lipstick. Because a heavy eyeshadow can make your lashes ‘’disappear’, use a pair of natural looking false lashes, and finish your look with a nude or peachy pink lipstick. 

Wedding Makeup No.3: Classic Red Lips

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Depending on your skin tone, make sure to choose the perfect red shade of lipstick to flatter your smile and skin tone. If your skin has cool undertones, a berry or icy red color is an amazing choice, but for girls with warm undertones, deep, brownish and burgundy reds will look stunning. Because it will be a long day, matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks are more comfortable and practical options. To complement the vintage red lipstick, choose a red undertone blush (a very light, pastel red or fresh rose) and add false lashes to open up your eyes a bit more.

Wedding Hair No.1: Boho Chic Floral

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We couldn’t imagine a more perfect hairstyle for beach or shabby chic weddings! The combination of floral details and soft, messy curls will go amazingly with more simple, minimalistic dresses, as well as with beautiful lace gowns. Our favorite flowers would have to be light pink roses or lilies in your hair, but if you are feeling really experimental, why not try out a pop of color with a sunflower accessory or wear an all-white flower crown instead of the regular tiaras? To achieve this boho chic look, use a curler to create loose waves and create different sections in your hair, so the curls will all look a bit different.

Wedding Hair No.2: Crown Braid

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Halo braids became very popular these past seasons, and besides other special occasions, this look is also great for weddings. The beautiful braided crown frames the face beautifully while creating an overall romantic effect, so it’s perfect if you have a lace maxi dress or a wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. Create a side part in your hair line and start braiding the front section of your hair, starting from the top of your head all the way down. Once the braided crown is done, secure it into place with bobby pins and hair spray. If you would like to make your hairstyle more romantic and interesting, simply add a few small flowers or bows to the braided section.

Wedding Hair No.3: Bombshell Waves

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If you are not a huge fan of the boho chic or more hip romantic hairstyles, the classic bombshell wave hairstyle is the perfect choice for you. To recreate this look, use a texturizing spray that will give a hold to your curls and keep them long lasting throughout the day. You can make this hairstyle even more voluminous by creating a mid-part and softly teasing your hair before starting to curl your locks.

You and the whole bridal party want to look your absolute best on the big day so we’ve helped by putting together some tips to help the whole wedding party prepare their beauty routine with our beauty bootcamp for the bridal party.

 

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The Ultimate Wedding Photo Checklist

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In any woman’s life, that beautiful fairy tale moment where the doors open and we are finally the princess of the story, is one most of us have dreamed about since we were young: As we walk down the aisle to join the one we love.

Any wedding is a chance to glam up and find a new sophisticated style, but for our own wedding, it’s more important than ever. With the day evolving around you and your partner, there’s so much to prep in the weeks prior to the big day. Which is why we’ve created a prepping checklist to make it easier to get those perfect wedding photos: From prepping to posing!

Pre-wedding Pampering

Unlike any other occasion, your wedding is a day completely focused on you and your fiancé. Having a pampering regime in place will help keep you looking beautiful and fresh for any sneaky, raw emotion pictures the photographer takes.

Skin
For a fresh, ivory dress, elegant flower arrangements and adoring onlookers, it’d be a shame to have stressed and tired skin to co-ordinate.

The inevitable stress of wedding planning actually stops our pores from absorbing as much water – leaving it feeling dry, and ultimately stressing us out more! Using a hypoallergenic or fragrance-free moisturizer – like Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizer Cream - will correct this, and stop pores being built up with any unwanted grease, skin and perfumes.

With that in mind, be sure to keep topped up with water too; keeping those fluids up will also help energise your body - leaving you feeling a lot less tired, stressed and under eyes bag-free. Speaking of those bags, treat yourself to breather between seating plans and cake tasting and relax with mini cucumber ice packs! Acting as a way to stop red blood vessels from bringing blood to the area, you’ll be left with smooth and brighter skin all round. And whilst there’s a tonne of celebrating and catching up with family from out of town, be sure to keep a strict sleeping schedule. This is the easiest, and cheapest way to assure picture-perfect skin.

As for foods: Vitamin E and C are your pre-wedding cravings. Grains, vegetable oils and nuts offer the wonder-woman Vitamin E, whilst C can be found in citrus fruits and veg. Basically, a structured, healthy balanced diet will do the world of good. Another tip: Use a daily cream with an SPF factor to help prevent sun marks and dark spots when out and about.

Hair

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Depending on your choice of hairstyle, you’ll want to plan accordingly: Some up-dos will need dirtier hair in order to keep their shape throughout the day, or a little BB Surf Spray (salt spray) rinsed through.

For anything where most of your hair is down, a deep cleanse on the day or night before is crucial for that natural shine.

Teeth 

Teeth whitening is an absolute must to ensure that perfect white smile in your wedding photographs, and this goes for both you and your beloved. An at home whitening kit is just the thing to get that bright smile, and don’t forget some pearl drops to whip out of your bag before any photo opportunity and so that your breath is kissing sweet for that all important ‘I do’ moment.

Feet and Nails

There’s very few of us who’ll be sensible enough to opt for a flat footed shoe for our wedding day. So keeping skin soft, smooth and pain-free is the key to success. Massages, exfoliators and a pedicure are in store for the pre-wedding week of pampering, along with a mad dash to the shops for heel grips and Compeed blister plasters! Don’t let those sores take you down!

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As for your nails, remember everyone will be getting a close up look at your hands and wedding during the ceremony and after, so go for a manicure to ensure the perfect, glossy look. You can opt for the classic French manicure, or go for some more personalised nail art for your big day.

Make-Up

There’s nothing more cringe-worthy than looking at old photos from your angsty teenage years to see the wonderful fashion and makeup choices you made. Don’t let the same happen when looking back at your wedding photos…

Your wedding makeup should be as natural as can be: A few products to lighten your complexion, and lippy to suit your coloring. Other than that, it’s all about highlighting the brows, eyes and cheeks to brighten the whole face; offering beautiful shading for any prime photo opps. In your huge box of concealers – ranging from Tango to Paper shades, scout for the perfect coverage, two shades lighter than your skin tone. Smudging across the cheek bones will highlight the areas, and offers additional structure your face.

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Add a little highlighter or rose gold bronzer to the cheeks, browns and inner eyes to add a dewy look that stays fresh all day long. NARS The Multiple – Copacabana uses gold and pink shades adds a blush to the colour, whilst a terracotta bronzer will look a little too harsh contrasted with the bride’s dress. Lastly, make those eyes a little larger with a nude, eyeliner pencil to add definition.

Photography Planning

With all the prepping involved, it’s time to discuss the perfect scrapbook style wedding photos you’ll want to have taken, so that you can cherish the day forever.

Just Married

 

Whether it’s riding away in a convertible, roof down, tin cans traipsing behind like all the films, or an adorable ‘first kiss’ bride and groom photo, the Just Married pic is the first of many to come for you and your new partner.

Confetti Throw

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The cheerful confetti photo is a perfect choice for remembering the joyful day. Whether it’s a complete disaster, or a captured-in-one moment, the confetti pic shows a wonderful amount of emotion and fun.

Bridesmaids and Ushers

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Both the bride and groom will need individual – or together – photos with their bridesmaids and ushers. The best buds and family members of the party that have kept everything flowing nicely: The ones who offer those #squadgoals for the Instagram fans.

Parents

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The hopefully not so awkward parent photos are always a blissful memory to look back on. When both families combine together for the monumental day, it might be the only time the two are together. So it’s important to remember the unity!

Backdrops

But whilst there’s a few group photos that need taking, the photographer will have a keen eye out for romantic moments between the new couple, so with that in mind, take a look for picturesque backdrops around the wedding venue that you want to escape to for some Newly Wed photos!

Backdrops are easy to find, especially in any wedding venue – whether it’s a country field gate, a Church door, or somewhere that means a lot to you both, there’s a tonne of places to pose with your new bride or groom. Finding those little, secret places will offer you the best photos.

Poses

Anyone who’s been to a wedding knows full well how awkward posing can feel. Being directed to ‘act natural’ or cheer, smile, look away from the camera, can get a little uncomfortable after the 45th shot… but prep yourself for some awkward poses by practising beforehand a few you definitely want to incorporate into the photoshoot.

Double Look

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Whether you opt for a photo where you’re both looking lovingly into each other’s eyes, or choose to have one of you smiling to the camera, this simple pose is perfect for showing your adoration on your ceremonious day.

Up in the air

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This is an adorable photo showing you as a couple who can trust and depend on one another to stay strong when you need a little help.

The Wrap Around

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The wrap around is a classical pose, which can be brought into any group photo or romantic and caring moment. It shows a connection and unity between the two of you.

I Do

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Capturing the first kiss is the ultimate goal for any good wedding photographer, so think about how you want to approach it!

And with all that to think about – and hopefully not adding too much stress – it’s time to slip away into a calming sleep, dreaming of the big day under a cucumber ice mask whilst wait for your nails to dry.

To ensure you and your bridal party are camera-ready for the big day, start planning your beauty regimen with a beauty bootcamp for the bridal party.

Congratulations on your wedding day!

 

 

 

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DIY Bridal Beauty Tips for the Budget Savvy Bride

DIY Bridal Beauty Tips for the Budget Savvy Bride

 

Feel like using some of your creative energy? Use it to DIY your perfect wedding right from your own home. You can make everything from decor and invitations to custom fashion pieces and accessories all by yourself. The cost of a wedding can quickly spiral out of control and become overwhelming, so if there are ways to cut down on the budget for the big day then we recommend trying it. It’s true that DIY takes some extra time and effort, but there’s a huge payoff. You’ll be saving money and your wedding will have a unique, one-of-a-kind feel that you can’t buy in a store. Even brides who aren’t very craft-inclined can make DIY wedding magic using our tips.

Do Your Own Makeup

We’re sure you have masses of amazing makeup already stashed around your bathroom, so why not utilize what you’ve already got rather than hiring a makeup artist? We live in the age of the internet, and you can learn how to do literally any beauty or makeup look from YouTube tutorials. Test-drive your look before your big day to make sure you have everything you need and master the techniques you’ll be using. Otherwise, enlist a makeup savvy bridesmaid or girlfriend to help you out. After all, no one can say no to the bride!

  

 

Do Your Own Hair

DIY bridal hair styles

If you’re a simple type of gal, we recommend doing your own hair and saving money on an expensive stylist. After all, you’ve done your own hair thousands of times before, so why not today? As long as you have a flat iron, a curler, and plenty of hairspray and bobby pins, you cannot go wrong with doing your own ‘do’. Obviously, the easiest bridal hairstyle to do at home is loose, simple curls which you can achieve with a curling wand. We love this look with middle parted hair and perhaps even two small braids pulled back on each side. You can also learn how to do a variety of ornate looking braids and up dos online. Again, do a test drive before the big day to make sure you have all the products and techniques down. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Whiten Your Teeth At Home

Weddings are all about the details. We know you’ve got your beauty routine planned out to the very last detail, but don’t scrimp on the small stuff. You absolutely must whiten your teeth before the big day. Since professional teeth whitening can be super expensive and it can take months to get an appointment, why not try an effective, at-home teeth whitening system kit, or try some teeth whitening strips?

 

A Store-bought Dress Isn’t Always the Best Dress

Recycle a wedding dress

If your mom, grandma, aunt, or friend is handy with a needle and thread, enlist them to make you a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding dress. Since most people aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who knows how to sew couture-level wedding gowns, check out the wedding pictures from the women in your family and see if any of them would be willing to gift you their vintage wedding dress. Vintage is always a yes, and we’re sure one of your female relatives would be honored to loan you their retired wedding gown. If their gowns are outdated, never fear. Even with minimal sewing skills, you can rework an old dress to create a modern, magical gown. It’s just a matter of getting rid of those shoulder pads, tailoring the silhouette, and perhaps letting out a hem or two. Get creative!

Raid your grandma’s jewelry box

As the old adage goes, you need something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue to ensure a happy marriage. With vintage accessories from your mother, aunts, or grandma, you can knock out both borrowed and old. We love vintage gold jewelry, especially when it comes to earrings and necklaces. They’re funky and unique. If the jewelry you find at your grandma’s house is a little worse for the wear, never fear. Pick up some polish at your local craft store and get scrubbing. Those pieces will be restored to their former glory in no time. 

Create a Fresh Hair Piece

Get crafty with hair accessories

Flower crowns are just so perfectly lovely for a garden wedding. They look wonderful holding down a veil and they give you that magical, fairy princess look. Who isn’t on board for that? A fresh flower crown is actually one of the easiest DIY accessories. You can use the same flowers from your bouquet to keep with your color scheme and avoid a trip to the backyard or to a florist. Simply select three flowers to begin and loosely braid the stems together, adding more flowers along the way, the same way you would with a French braid. Once the flower string is long enough, pin the ends together into a crown shape, and finish off the crown by sticking leaves, flowers, and ribbons into the braid. Easy, classic, and gorgeous.

So there you have some top tips for brides on a budget looking to get creative and add that personal touch to the most important day of your life. Whether you want a mix of DIY and store bought for your big day, see the bride’s one year guide to planning a wedding for some excellent planning tips. We wish you all the happiness in the world as you plan your perfect day!

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