The hardest part may be behind you, and by that we mean picking out that perfect wedding dress that looks better than you imagined it as a little girl. However, you should be mindful of the fact that the work is far from over, because, as they say – the devil is in the details. It’s those little additions that make your bridal beauty look complete, so today we’re focusing on all those little things that will get your look where you want it to go – bridal perfection land.
Not one, but two
If there is anything we’ve learned from the past generations of brides is that you have to be very careful when picking out your wedding shoes. You may see the most extravagant pair that simply calls out to you and goes perfectly with your chosen gown, but there are matters of practicality to take into consideration. Most brides will go for something with a slim heel and in neutral tones, sometimes with gemstones, other times sleek and minimal. First of all, you shouldn’t be afraid of experimenting with a pop of color; the color of the wedding gown gives you plenty of wiggle room in the shoe department, so play around with bold pink, royal blue or even make quirky choices like the ones offered by the unique Irregular Choice brand. However, even the best of heels are bound to give you grief at some point, so it might be smart to have a plan B. Plenty of modern brides are opting for cool and stylish sneakers, not only for the late-night dance floor purposes but for playful wedding photos as well. This way you get to show off your playful side and give your feet a break along the way. For example, the New Balance girly sneakers are the great choice for playful brides, who are not afraid to step out of the box.
The unusual choice
Another occurrence that has become more frequent at weddings is brides wearing sunglasses. Of course, you don’t have to be wearing specs while exchanging your vows, but cool eyewear is definitely a bold style choice that brides have become increasingly drawn to. Our recommendation is definitely to find interesting and trendy frames, color lenses that will make for killer photo ops and give the bride a boost of the cool factor. Plus, they can give the photographer incredibly cool ideas for original photos, and that’s always a plus.
Mind the jewelry
With the statement necklaces and other chunky jewelry finally out of the picture, we are left with a plethora of minimalistic options ranging from silver, gold, rose gold, to, of course, the timeless pearls. Now, the thing to keep in mind is to coordinate your jewels with the hue of your dress. If you’re wearing ivory – silver or platinum may be the best choice. Champagne, beige, diamond-white dresses mesh wonderfully with gold details and if you’re taking a gently pastel route – a barely pink wedding gown for instance, rose gold is the perfect companion. As for pearls – they’re timeless for a reason, the reason being they’ll elevate every look and compliment every dress color beyond perfection. Also, mind the neckline – if you’re wearing something with a high-collar or boat neckline, it’s best to abandon the necklace altogether and focus on earrings and bracelets.
To tiara or not to tiara
If your heart is set on wearing a tiara, go for it, but follow the less is more motto, and aside from the ring, it’s best to not add any other pieces of jewelry. Now, let’s move on to the veil. For most brides, this is an iconic staple, and it truly does bring a new dimension to the look – it kind of makes the bride. It’s vital to match the shade of the veil to the one of your wedding dress; keep it simple if your dress is embellished and makes a strong statement on its own. The length of the veil is crucial – longer waltz or floor-length veils will visually elongate your silhouette, while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow-length veils, can visually cut you in half, which makes them more suitable for taller brides. Finally, there are short styles, like a birdcage or bandeau, which aren’t only playful and retro, but are also a universally flattering choice for all manner of brides.
What every makeup artist and even wedding planner will tell you is that your makeup look should be timeless. Don’t fall prey to trends; you want to look at these photos twenty years from now and not say ‘what was I thinking’. Emphasize your best features, bring brightness to the eyes, don’t go for dark eye shadows and avoid anything too matte or too glossy on the lips. Don’t allow your makeup artist to plaster excessive amounts of product on you – you want to look radiant, not cemented. That’s the final tip actually – convey your vision clearly and don’t let your makeup artist hijack your look. You want to be the most luminous version of yourself, not look like someone else.
Finally, the bouquet should be comprised of flowers which are your personal favorite. The only thing to keep in mind is that the bouquet doesn’t clash with the centerpieces and the general color palette of the venue, and you’re good to go. Here comes the bride, all perfect.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter