Budget Bride Tip for June 28: Find an affordable hairstylist online

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Joann Gray wanted a vintage hairstyle to match the 1920s theme of her March 31 wedding in New York City.

“I was going to do it myself,” says Joann, 30, a public relations specialist. But she ultimately decided that she was in over her head.

Since she and her husband, Danny Gray, 36, a salesman, planned their wedding from the United Kingdom, Joann relied on Google searches and posts on wedding forums to find a hairstylist specializing in retro hairdos.

The bride was hoping to avoid a salon visit. She knew the cost would be significantly higher than with an independent stylist and wanted to avoid having one more place to be on her wedding day.

“I knew I had to go to the venue that morning to decorate, and I didn’t have time to be running all over town,” she says.

A “ridiculous” amount of Internet searching led to a woman willing to come to Joann’s hotel room.

For $200, she did Joann’s hair, along with her mom’s and bridesmaid’s. “Most were quoting that just for the bride’s hair,” she says.

A travel fee was an additional $30.

The average cost of bridal hair service was $66 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company, but that’s not really a true comparison given that Joann had her fine, straight hair set into finger waves — not your typical wedding style.

And it was in New York City, no less. Joann and Danny budgeted to keep their ceremony and reception at The Park restaurant to just $15,000.

“With things that were just going to be there for the day, I couldn’t justify spending a lot of money,” she says. “My hair would be washed out the next day.”

Here are Joann and Danny on their wedding day ...

This photo provides a full view of Joann's wedding gown ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online

Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Budget Bride Tip for June 20: Build, stock and staff your open bar

Budget Bride Tip for June 21: Decorate with locally grown flowers

Budget Bride Tip for June 22: Skip the champagne toast

Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks

Budget Bride Tip for June 24: Create a homemade photo booth

Budget Bride Tip for June 25: Make the invitations a family project

Budget Bride Tip for June 26: Schedule your wedding on a Friday

Budget Bride Tip for June 27: Wear a bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding gown

Thanks to Joann and Danny for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.