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Back from Denver

February 1st, 2016 at 10:02 am

This past weekend, my mom and I went to Denver for my hair and makeup trial with my cousin. We had found a great deal on flights ($100 each), used points for the hotel (plus, got an upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite!), and had my aunt bring us some groceries, so we only had to eat out once. My cousin is phenomenal, and I'm so lucky he's agreed to style me and my bridesmaids for the wedding. We're paying him as he's social media famous, and I want to make sure he's fairly compensated. I'm giving him $200 plus $100 to either his room or straight to him for all of our hair and my makeup. If the girls want makeup, he's only charging $25 which is crazy cheap for professional makeup.

Next up is invites. I did pretty well on those. My mom picked some kits up for $6 each, and while they don't really match my wedding at all, I managed to incorporate some small elements to tie it in. Printing them at home means I only have postage to cover. Yay for super cheap invites. About 80 for less than $100 with postage.

I can't believe it's getting so close! It's also encouraging that if everything works out, DF and I will have financed about 90% of it ourselves with the remaining bit coming from our parents. With our wedding coming pretty close to the average amount spent (about 30k), I feel confident about really getting back to hammering my debts once it's done. I certainly won't be debt free by thirty, but I'm going to seriously push for consumer debt-free!

4 Responses to “Back from Denver”

  1. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Congratulations. When is the wedding. It is so exciting.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    $25 for professional makeup is very cheap! The person I found charges $30 for the trial session, and $55 for the day of.

    Are you paying for you mom's makeup/hair? Since I'm not having a bridal party, and so I was debating on if I should do that - but then what about my aunt and grandma and SIL to be??

  3. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    LAL, the wedding is May 21st. I'm beyond excited!

    FT, I'm paying him for everyone's hair. The makeup is their choice since I'm not paying for that. I'm covering my mom for both and asked my future mother-in-law,but she wants to do her own.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:


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