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Best Waterproof Mascara
I love Brides Magazine it is a great budget wedding magazine that you can get for cheap when you order a subscription (or spend a fortune buying each issue)! They always have great tips and this month they staff-tested waterproof mascaras. Waterproof mascara is a must for your wedding. Even if you do not think you will cry, play it safe and use a waterproof mascara. These are the best waterproof mascaras according to Brides Magazine:
This waterproof mascara is the cheapest of the group. You can even pick it up online for less than $5 (or maybe even free if you use free amazon gift cards to pay for it). If you are looking for the best budget mascara then give it a shot! If you want to splurge a little (wedding makeup is important since it will show up in all your pictures) then try one of the other options.
If you are worried about applying your own mascara then try Urban Decay. The description looks great! Unfortunately I couldn’t find it for less than $20 online, but it might be $20 well spent.
Long name, but great reviews! If you are comfortable putting your own mascara on then I think the $5 difference between this one and the best application mascara is a good upgrade. Unfortunately the link takes you to a page where it is on sale for more than $25 (currently at least), but at least you can read the description.
The reviewers said that this waterproof mascara curled, lengthened, separated, and volumized, all without clumping. For $5 more it isn’t a huge splurge compared to the best overall. It is a splurge compared to the drugstore mascara, however, so you decide!
There are four great best waterproof mascara options with prices ranging from $8 (less than $5 online) to $30.
It is the start of a new month (December, can you believe it!) so it is time to say thank you to the blogs who sent me traffic last month. Thanks you guys!
Little People Wealth – Spend small to live large! This blog is about how to spend small on the everyday things so you have more money for the things you really want.
Clipper Girl – If you are looking for couponing tips look no further than clipper girl! She has great tips and coupon matches.
Budget Saving Mom – I love this mom’s homesteading, homemaking, homeschooling site!
The Greenbacks Gal – This site has some wonderful money-saving ideas as well as organic living tips.
Luv A Bargain – This site posts some great deals and thrifty living ideas.
My Wedding Ideas – Bright pictures, great ideas, lots of helpful links – you can’t go wrong with My (Unique) Wedding Ideas!
Alltop Weddings – The top wedding news from around the net!
The House of Bachelorette – All bachelorette party tips all day long!
Frugal Hacks – This site has a list of the top finance sites on the web and you can find a lot of great new sites by browsing the list!
i do Budget Weddings – A “real life” budget wedding planned online! She even has “regrets” posted (the things she might have changed) since the wedding is now over.
Wedding Ring - Tips to Plan a Budget Wedding
So your long-time partner has finally proposed and the two of you have picked the perfect date to exchange your vows. You’re looking forward to spending the rest of your life together. You’re packing your stuff to move into a place where you will raise your family. You’re saying goodbye to single-hood. But first, there’s the not-so-small matter of planning your wedding.
For most couples, the wedding ceremony is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is an event for sharing their joy and happiness with the people who are closest to them. On the other hand, it is a nerve-wracking, headache-inducing expensive project.
You may want to have a wedding that will rival Prince William and Duchess Kate, but then you’ll need millions of dollars to be able to do that—a luxury that very few of us are able to afford. However, money is just one part of the equation for a happy and memorable wedding ceremony. There are many different ways for you to make this day unique and full of precious moments that you’ll treasure for the rest of your married life together.
Here are 12 tips to plan a gorgeous yet budget-friendly wedding for you and your loved one:
Set your wedding budget and stick to it. You should be firm on how much you’re willing to spend for the big day. Be realistic about your expectations and don’t try to stretch your budget to its limit—you’ll find that you need to shell out more for last-minute expenses that you weren’t able to anticipate.
Limit the number of guests. Should you invite five hundred or just fifty people? This day is your day, so people will understand if you don’t invite them. That doesn’t mean that you like them less.
Have a theme or master wedding plan in mind. Planning your wedding begins with having a vision of how the wedding should be like, including the color motif, venue, food and music. All the little details will add up to your costs so you should have a good idea of what you want.
Ask your friends and family to pitch in. You don’t have to hire a wedding coordinator if you have an army of friends and family members who can help you with the daunting task of putting together a lovely wedding. Try to enlist their help in the tasks that you think they can handle.
Don’t be afraid to canvas for the best quality (yet still affordable) wedding services. Your caterer and your wedding photographer are just two of the most important people who’ll be at your wedding. Make sure that you choose one that offers great services at reasonable prices.
Skip the non-essentials. If you cut two courses from your five-course meal, perhaps you can invite 15 more guests. Would you rather have a table filled with food than with the people you love best?
Don’t always buy brand-new. You can re-use the old table place cardholders you used at your parents’ wedding. This will save you money as well as create an even more inspiring atmosphere for the wedding.
Always try to bargain. If your florist or caterer or photographer is any good, he will be able to come up with something good within your budget. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Remember that you have a budget to stick to.
Tap into your creativity. You don’t need a fancy invitation letter made by professionals if you can do as good a job on your own. Put your Photoshop skills to use by crafting your invitation personally.
Listen to what the wedding experts say. Your wedding coordinator has tons of great ideas for a reception venue that is within the bounds of your budget. Let him do his job and take his suggestions into consideration when you make your final decision.
Take advantage of tie-in packages. There are some wedding venues that offer all-in packages including caterer, photographer and live band. This arrangement will save you lots of money as well as planning time, but be sure that everything is consistent with your budget and theme.
Be hands-on as much as possible. Hiring people to do even the smallest tasks will certainly jack up the final cost of your wedding. You and your spouse-to-be should be personally involved every step of the way. This will allow you to stay on top of the progress of the preparations and make the necessary adjustments along the way.
When not out building relationships with other bloggers, Krisca Te can be found reading blogs that tackle how to save money. She is also a personal finance freak who is currently working with CCF, a personal finance blog that writes about financial literacy.