Now, I’m not a big fan of wedding favours. You pay on average £50 per person to have them attend your wedding and then you give them a present for coming!?!?!
But, if you do want to give out favours, here are some ways to do it without it costing you an arm and a leg or giving sugared almonds!!!
1. Look out for anywhere that has a sale. If they are trying to get rid of the last stock of certain items, you may be able to pick up a bargain. Remember, you don’t have to get everyone the same thing.
2. Buy in bulk from a wholesaler. Look for someone who makes products for example a soap, cookies or chocolate makers. This will be much cheaper than buying from a shop.
3. Look on eBay or Etsy for bulk deals or people that are selling unused items. Again, you can mix and match to make up the amount you need.
Semi permanent makeup is something I have been thinking about for a long time. I’ve seen many people at wedding fayres who offer this service, so I know that it is something that a lot of brides must also consider having done.
Sally Taha Semi Permanent Makeup Artist offers eye liner, eyebrow and lip treatments. For eye liner you can have an Alluring Lash Line which makes your lashes look thicker and darker with a subtle enhancement in between your lash roots or Enviable Almond Eyes which define and line your eyes with a sculpted eyeliner. This begins with a fine crisp line at the inner corner of the eye and widens gradually toward the outer corner.
As a new client I met with Sally to have a private Consultation before booking the procedure. During the consultation Sally answered all of my questions and went through a medical questionnaire with me. We discussed the different treatments she offers and I told her I would like my upper and lower eyeliner done as I thought it would have the most impact on my daily routine – I’m useless at applying eyeliner!!! Sally then put some of the anaesthetic and pigment she uses behind each ear as a patch test to make sure I had no reactions. I then booked to have the procedure the following week.
I have to admit I was very nervous when I went in for my treatment. Sally greeted me and reassured me that there was nothing to be nervous about. I felt like I was in very capable hands. So I relaxed on the bed as Sally put some eye drops in my eyes and then administered the first anaesthetic which is topical. This was given a few minutes to work and then Sally started the procedure. She quickly went over the skin on both eyes to start building up the colour, this was uncomfortable but not painful. She then applied more anesthetic and to be honest I didn’t feel much after that other than a small vibration from the machine. Sally gave me a mirror to have a look and see if I was happy with what she had done and I was very happy. The treatment took about one and a half hours in total.
The night of the treatment, after the anaesthetic had worn off, my eyes were a little sore and slightly swollen which is completely normal for this type of treatment. I used an ice cube in a plastic bag around my eyes to help with the swelling. The following morning my eyes were slightly more puffy, but after applying ice again it just looked like I had been crying. By the next day my eyes were back to normal.
I need to go back 4 weeks after the procedure to have the eyeliner topped up and then it should last approximately 3 years. There is no way to determine before hand exactly how long the colour will remain visible, it depends on several factors including skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure and general health. Touch ups can be done as often as every 6 months. However, most people get a colour boost every one to two years to maintain their desired look or even change the colour and shape. If it is not maintained it will just fade away over time.
All procedures are both safe and medically approved when carried out by a competent technician. All products are of the highest quality and have been developed in Europe by the leading manufacturers of Digital Machines and Semi-permanent Makeup consumables. All pigments are made of natural minerals that are specifically selected for their safe, non toxic and hypo allergenic properties. they are trusted by technicians and plastic surgeons all over the world and are actually recommended for for women who are sensitive to conventional cosmetics.
Having trained with one of the UK’s highest regarded specialists, Sally is a sought after micro-pigmentation, semi permanent makeup specialist and is insured and licensed.
Sally’s passion in life is to create permanent makeup treatments for eyebrows, eyes and lips. Each one of her clients has different facial features, structure, and skin tone, which all influence the treatment in different ways, therefore no one treatment is the same. She is an artist and will always create a bespoke treatment to suit the individual and the look they desire, whether its a natural, flattering look for the clients who desire something very subtle, or those who want a more pronounced look. She strives to to ensure every single client is happy before she starts any work and that’s why the consultation process is really important.
I have had so many compliments about my eyeliner and I am so pleased that I’ve had the treatment…..so pleased in fact that I’m going back to get my eyebrows done at the end of August!
Most people have no idea where to start when planning a wedding, while others take to it like a duck to water. Whatever category you fall into I think you will all agree everyone needs a little help and guidance when planning their wedding. These are some tips to get you thinking outside of the box and to help you with a few common themes that crop up during the planning process. I’ve also added some things that you might not have thought about. This is not a comprehensive guide. If you need any further help and support you can comment on this post, email me or contact me through Facebook.
1. Write a to do list.
Think about everything that you need to sort out and write a list. Once you have a task list re-write the list in chronological order. Leave spaces between each task to add things that you think of as you’re going along, this way you won’t need to keep re-writing the list.
I would say that every bride wants to shine on their big day. And for your makeup to look good, your skin needs to be in top shape. I have heard a lot about Microdermabrasion which is a mechanical exfoliation that is performed by passing a hand held device that uses a highly controlled flow of fine, medical grade crystals over the skin. These crystals which are delivered at high velocity onto the skin surface are immediately vacuumed away, taking the top-most layer of dead skin cells with it. This is a type of skin exfoliating which improves the tone and texture of the skin and reveals the newer, more vibrant skin below. Once the dead and damaged skin cells are removed, skin immediately feels and looks smoother, fresher, healthier and more youthful. Microdermabrasion can be good for treating:-
Shallow Acne scarring
Blackheads & blocked pores
Sun damaged skin
Dull or patchy skin
Reducing and smoothing fine lines & wrinkles, producing a smoother, more rejuvenated skin.
I went along to Clinic 178 in Wallsend to experience microdermabrasion for myself. After a very thorough consultation about my health and wellbeing, I was taken through to one of the treatment rooms where I lay down and got comfy. I was told that the procedure can be a little uncomfortable and to say if I needed a break.
If you have an eye for detail and are quite crafty, taking on some wedding tasks yourself can be a great way to make your wedding more personal and save some money. But there are some things that should always be left to a professional!
If you can do it more than 2 weeks in advance of your wedding, for example save the dates, bunting and wedding favours, then do it. You will have plenty of time to play and make sure you’re happy with the end product and won’t need to stress about it. But if it’s something that can only be done on the day of the wedding or a couple of days before, for example cupcakes, flowers and decorating the room, don’t take the risk and hire a professional. On the 2 week run up to your wedding you will be so busy with all the little details there will be no way you can fit anything else in! Don’t give yourself any more stress than absolutely necessary.
These are the 4 things that I think are best left to the professionals.
Anyone can take a photo and you will know plenty of people who have a ‘professional camera’ and have a good eye for photos. Plus all your guests will have their camera phones…..so why would you hire a photographer??? There are too many advantages of hiring a professional to list but the main reason I would always hire a professional wedding photographer is the fact that they know how to capture your day and all the little details in a way that no other could. They will get the best shots, in the best light, with all the right people and no fuss. Your wedding photos are one of the only things from your wedding day that will keep for years to come and I think they are more than worth the investment.
Do you want to get up at 3am the day before your wedding? That is what time you will need to get up if you want to go to a flower market and get your flowers for the very best price. If not, you will be buying from a florist and paying their markup and still doing the work yourself. Because flowers are perishable, you need to get them the day before your wedding to make sure they look their very best. Bouquets may look quite simple and you may think you will be able to make them yourself, but florists have trained for years to make it look that easy; what take a professional florist 30 minutes could take you hours. And on the day before your wedding you are going to be very busy with lots of other important things, making your bouquets may just be that little bit too much. If you are worried about your budget, ask your florist what blooms are in season and what are the less expensive flowers in your colour scheme.
3. Your Hair
Do you have days where no matter what you do your hair ‘just won’t go’? Have you noticed that this never happens when you go to the hairdresser….you always come out looking amazing? On the morning of your wedding, the last thing you want is to be having a fight with your hair and get stressed. Booking a hairdresser is the only way to guarantee that you’re going to have the hair style you dreamed of, and that will be in all your wedding photos forever. If you need to keep costs down you could go to your hairdresser rather than them coming to you.
Food is always a big topic of conversation for your wedding guests. It is something they will always remember about your wedding; they will rave about a good meal and complain about a bad one. So, while thinking you can self cater the meal the week running up to the wedding and save some money, the food is best left to a professional caterer. They will know how to deal with any special dietary requirements, how much food you will need for the amount of guests and have all the correct food hygiene certificates! If you do need to save money on food, why not opt for afternoon tea or a hot and cold buffer instead of the traditional three-course meal? Professional caterers will have lots of ideas on ways you can save money on your food bill.