Budget Bride Tip for June 28: Find an affordable hairstylist online
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 ...
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Thanks to Joann and Danny for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.