However... when you are on a tight budget things get ditched. In fact just on the day things get dropped and changed because DIY outdoor weddings rarely go completely 100% to plan.
One of the things I had planned to do was buy new make up for the day, I'm a big Benefit and Body Shop fan so was looking forward to buying things I could keep using after. Unfortunately it got to the week before the wedding and I just had to 'cut' any new make-up stuff from the budget and try to cobble a look together with what I had in my bag.
Now although I love make-up I don't have a lot of it at any one time but still a week or so before the wedding I did a test run and came out with a look I was happy with.
So of course on the big day walking up to the venue through a muddy forest as it bucketed down with rain, my dad caught a branch with the umbrella and it went smack into my face. I was startled and went 'OH!' so my dad swung round and hit me in the head with the brolly! Nice. Any make up I had on was quickly washed away. I also put my hair in curlers the about 32 hours before the wedding. It was so damp out that I had barely a kink in my hair by the time I arrived at the ceremony.
Add to this the fact I got about 6 hours sleep collectively in the three nights prior to the wedding and a magazine face I did not have...
But in the end it didn't matter. When the rain/umbrella/branch hit me I laughed. I was absolutely beaming by the time I got to my fiance and after the ceremony I was grinning like a loon so in every photo we have we have huge smiles - they are just perfect.
My hair before the rain got to it... (I was very sleep deprived and I think a few ciders/wines deep when this was taken so please excuse the rock horns and spiderman PJs!)
If you have the luxury then of course it's nice to have have hair and make up done professionally and for some it is a culturally important part of the whole marriage ritual but if you are going budget DIY/outdoors then I recommend just rolling with it!
There are plenty of other chances to play around with your make-up anyway, for example - at other peoples weddings when you're not busy running things!
My husband isn't one for make up, he just had a bit of hair wax, a good scrub and trimmed the beard in preparation but he's a handsome devil anyway.