The cost of attending someone else’s wedding quickly adds up. By the time you buy a gift, choose a dress, get your makeup done and travel to the wedding venue, it can be a pretty pricey day – and you’re not even the one getting married! Sophia Carlini has more.
Like most women, I love weddings. So when my partner Mike and I received a wedding invitation for the Easter long weekend I was pretty excited.
We opened the beautiful hand-made invitation to discover that our friends were asking guests to contribute towards their honeymoon in lieu of a gift.
I asked a number of friends as well as work colleagues for advice on the appropriate amount of money to contribute. In my mind, money is less subtle than a gift. If you buy someone a gift, they can guess how much it cost but they will actually never know for certain, whereas with $50, no amount of wrapping or bows disguises the fact that you’ve gifted a single $50 note.
I was really surprised that there wasn’t general a rule of thumb to follow. In the end we thought about how much it would cost for the bride and groom to have us at their wedding and put $300 into the invitation, leaving it on the kitchen bench for further consideration.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding I started booking myself in to get made-up. Ideally I would have liked to have gone to the one place, however, as it was the Easter long weekend I discovered that the majority of my usual options were closed. I spent a lot of time on Google searching for Canberra beauty bars and made a number of phone calls without any success.
I got my eyebrows waxed at Soma Day Spa in New Acton. This is my regular brow place and the ladies do such a fantastic job!
For my spray tan, I was recommended to a lady who works from home in Belconnen (I was desperate and my regular spray tan places were closed for the long weekend). On the day of my appointment, I spent an hour prepping myself for my tan (gosh it is hard being a woman) and drove out to Belconnen.
The lady was lovely but I had never been to her before or used the brand of tan she uses so I was a little nervous. I had told her at the time of booking that I wanted more of a glow, a light tan, as opposed to a full on tan. For anyone who’s not had a spray tan, they take time to develop so you can’t always tell how they are going to look straight away. After a couple of hours I showered and went to bed.
The day of the wedding arrived and my alarm did not go off for my 9am appointment with Napolean Perdis in the Canberra Centre. As I was rushing around to get out the door I noticed my tan – It was so far from a “glow” ….. and some parts of my tan were streaky, with my hands having big dark streaks and the in betweens of my fingers being stark white. I attempted to wash my hands a number of times in order to fade the colour without any success. How was I going to hide this?!
The wedding was at 12pm and I had timed my appointments to the minute. I arrived at Napoleon right on 9am where I was met by a staff member who informed me that the store could not be opened, as the girl who has the keys had had a car accident. Another staff member was on their way. I felt terrible for the girl (she’s ok by the way) but a part of me was flustered. I had already had a bit of bad luck and was feeling rushed. Was I going to miss my hair appointment?!
As the back-up Napoleon girl approached the store at 9:30am, I recognised her as my beautiful friend Laura. As soon as I saw her face I felt relieved and new she would be able to turn my day around. Laura was wonderful and I was made-up and out the door by 10:10am. The reason I love Napoleon is because you pay $85 for a make-over and receive $85 worth of make-up products of your choice – How can you go wrong?!
I headed to down to Zaija for my hair appointment, just outside the Canberra Centre and was just on time for my 10:15am appointment. I explained to the girls that I was feeling flustered and needed them to do an amazing job that was quick …. but not too quick! I showed them a couple of pictures of what I had in mind and after a billion bobby pins and a tone of hair spray I was out the door.
I rushed home to quickly throw on my dress and some jewellery and we were out the door and on our way to Gold Creek Chapel. We made it just on time!
As much as I love weddings, they are expensive! Here’s what we ended up spending money on:
- $300 for the wishing well ($150 each)
- $150 for the dress
- $20 for an eyebrow wax at Soma Day Spa
- $25 for a spray tan
- $85 for make up, plus the extra cash I spent on impulse purchases while in store
- $110 for hair
All up the day cost roughly $700. It could have gone way over but Mike and I decided to help reduce our costs by using things we already owned, such as Mike’s suit. I also did a few things myself, like painting my own nails with my at-home shellac kit.
Although attending a wedding costs a bucket of money, I do think it’s all worth it!
Oh! And there was a photo booth!
Do you think the costs of attending weddings in Canberra are to expensive? Do you care?