Tips to Treat Your Bridesmaids on a Budget

Remember that scene in Bridesmaids where they all get food poisoning in the bridal boutique? Prior to the horror that eventuated, there was a squabble close to the hearts of bridesmaids everywhere – the price of the dress.

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It is custom for the bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses. Unfortunately, deciding on a dress can be problematic. It is rare that all your bridesmaids will have the same body shape, but more importantly, it isn’t really fair to ask others to pay for a dress they don’t want and will probably never wear again, especially if it is out of their budget.

For a bridesmaid, the dress is only the start! We also have the bachelorette party, a wedding present and an engagement present, accessories and any other wedding events we are expected to attend. Fortunately, SHESAID has a few tips to save you and your bridesmaids a few extra dollars.

1. The dress

The bottom line is that a bridesmaid shouldn’t be forced to pay for a dress she can’t afford. However, to avoid tension in this area, the bride should select a color and/or material, and have the bridesmaids style or select their own dress to fit the theme. This will allow them to spend as much or little as they like, as well as help them feel comfortable and confident on the day.


2. The bachelorette party

Don’t organise a party in Vegas if nobody can afford it. Sure, people are welcome to stay at home and avoid the cost, but be prepared to party alone. If you are heading to a bar or club, ask everyone to donate a certain amount of cash to the bar tab ($50-$100 each) and don’t make any outrageous requests on someone else’s pocket. In my opinion, hosting a bridal shower at home is the most fun – and certainly the most financially savvy – way to go. It also allows you to better control the time and theme, save on the booze and cater accordingly.


3. The makeup, hair and accessories

It is generally assumed that the bride will pay for hair and makeup if she wants her bridesmaids to look a certain way. However, if you aren’t a fussy bride, have the bridesmaids do their own makeup or enlist the assistance of a friend. Ditto with the hair. There are so many easy hairstyles to try at home. It might even be fun to have a trial day with you and your closest gal pals. Fortunately, we can now buy accessories from online boutiques or e-tailers like Etsy or Ebay.


November 7, 2014

Planning A Wedding On Etsy: Unique Ideas Under $50

A lot goes into planning a wedding. On top of finding a dress, the music, and the invitations, you probably haven’t even thought about table numbers, party favors, ring cushions and the multitude of decorations that will make the reception look pretty. We all know the price mark-up on wedding products is ridiculous. This is why we’re grateful to have online stores like ebay and Etsy, where you can find these less-necessary accessories on a budget. Etsy is also great for sourcing vintage, handmade or themed items for a unique wedding experience.

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Because wading through the internet to find exactly what you want can be a difficult and time-consuming task, we have collated a small list of some cute and affordable ideas to inspire your wedding.

Guest book

There is no reason a book – bound paper! – should cost more than $50. Sure, there are fancy prints and adornments, but there are plenty of these available online within a reasonable budget. For example, this ivory book from Emerson Bindery ($42+ USD).

etsy guest book

Hair accessories

For those who don’t want to have a traditional veil (although there are plenty of those available online too) there are beautiful, quirky and elegant hair adornments for you to peruse online. To make it easy, try this rhinestone headband ($44 USD).

etsy hair


At some point during the night, you throw this away anyway, right? Who wants to spend a fortune on something that gets flung through the air and clawed at by bridesmaids? Some brides opt to have two bouquets: one to accompany them down the aisle, and a backup to throw to the next bride. Try these hand-dyed, silk red roses ($39.99 USD).

etsy roses

Party favors

It is custom to offer token gifts to your wedding guests. You can go the traditional route of candied almonds or chocolates, or you could try bags of popcorn or personalized water bottle labels! These fortune cookies are fun and only 85 cents each.

etsy fortune cookie

Something blue

Many women choose accessories as their something blue. Etsy is full of these treasures, like this cute feather comb ($18 USD) or custom, handmade garters ($25 USD).

etsy featheretsy garter


Images via Etsy

October 17, 2014

7 Hair and Beauty Hacks For Your Wedding Day

Calling all soon-to-be brides! Look your very best on your wedding by incorporating a few of our secret beauty hacks for the big day. Focusing mainly on hair, makeup, and skincare this post is entirely dedicated to making you look and feel your best on the most important day of your life.

1. Facial scrub

Use a mild facial scrub 2-3 days before your wedding, since this will help to cure your skin of any impending dry patches. Choose a product which is specially formulated to your skin tone, which won’t dry out your skin, or break you out before the wedding.

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2. Moisturise

Keep the skin on your face and the rest of you body heavily moisturised. Concentrate the cream into problem areas such as eyebrows, t-zone, elbows, knees, ankles and feet. Keeping your skin hydrated is the best way to avoid stubborn dry patches which could compromise a flawless base and an even fake tan.

3. Puffy eyes

Keep puffy eyes in control by using a face mask in the lead up to your wedding day. Use a moisture boosting face mask which will help to diminish any puffiness under your eyes, and leave the rest of your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Alternatively, you can also place 2 frozen spoons over your eyes to de-puff on the eve of your wedding.

4. Deep-conditioner

A few days before your wedding, use a deep-conditioning hair mask which will lock in moisture and keep your hair looking smooth and shiny. There are many homemade masks you can prepare yourself, which are natural and still offer great results. Honey, chamomile and avocado are all fantastic ingredients you can add into your own mask.

5. Pimples

If you see a spot or bump showing up on your skin, don’t freak out and definitely don’t pop it yourself. If it’s small, just apply a small amount of toothpaste over the infected area. The best way to do this is with a cotton tip, which won’t get any product on the rest of your face. Although some women prefer to leave this on overnight, 1 hour should be enough to wipe away the pimple completely.

6. Face serum

Start using facial oils just a few nights a week as part of your night time routine. Focus the serum on your forehead, chin and cheeks making sure to use 1-2 drops for these areas. Don’t forget about the neck – always swipe up when using skincare products to avoid premature wrinkles. Serums are great since they help control oil, and fix uneven skin tones.

7. Trim your hair

Go into your usual hairdresser and ask for a trim which will help to eliminate any nasty split ends from your hair. Now is not the time to be adventurous and switch up your entire hairstyle, since it may be difficult to manage by the time your wedding day arrives.

Image via New Orleans Wedding Photography

September 20, 2014