There are a thousand things to think about when you’re planning your wedding day, but chances are, the top priority in your mind will be your wedding look.
These days, not everyone goes for a big white wedding dress.
Still, white, ivory and cream remain by far the most popular colours for bridal gowns. It helps you stand out from the rest of your wedding guests, and wedding dresses also tend to be built well and to be supportive.
If you want the a real fairy princess experience, try a full tulle skirt – although bear in mind that this might make it tough to dance in at your reception later, so it might be a good idea to get a slightly cheaper and more manageable dress so you can move around easily for the rest of the day.
If you’re tall and slender, try a slim fitting 1920s style column dress with lace and bead embellishments, and if you’re more curvy, make sure that your dress is nipped in in the middle to show off your waist. Click here to check out some backless gowns if you’d to expose a little skin in an elegant way.
If you’re on the shorter side, you could consider a knee-length skirt instead of a full length one, which might swamp you a little. You might think that knee-length dresses might look too casual but there are plenty out there dripping with lace and beads!
If you’re a slightly less traditional bride, you could go for a dress with colourful embellishments in blue or red – or you could stick to white and go for a full satin skirt with a fluffy white sweater tucked into it – check out style guru Olivia Palermo’s super chic wedding day look.
The big question about your wedding day makeup is whether you’re going to do it yourself or whether you’re going to hire a professional makeup artist for the day.
Princess Catherine allegedly did her own eyeliner on the day of the royal wedding so if you’re confident with your makeup skills then you could follow in her footsteps! Make sure that you use a primer after your makeup and that you put on some setting powder or spritz some setting spray onto your skin afterwards to keep it all in place.
If you’re going for a makeup artist instead, make sure that you talk to them beforehand and you practise your look before your big day. You want to ensure that you aren’t allergic to any of the products and that it’s a look that makes you look natural. Go for a more polished version of yourself, instead of making yourself look completely different.
What you do with your hair often depends on how much dancing you’re planning to do! If you have thick hair and you don’t want to get too warm or rumpled-looking, consider pulling it back.
First things first: a week before your wedding day probably isn’t the best time to get a new radical restyle. If you’ve always had long hair, keep it long – who knows if a pixie cut will suit you? A week before your wedding is a good time for a trim, though, so any blunt edges have faded by the time your wedding day rolls around.
We’ve all seen the (slightly hideous) feathered hairstyles in wedding pictures from the 1980s, so if you don’t want your photographs to date, then go for a classic look. Pull the front part back and keep the rest of your hair out, or pull it back in a classic chignon for a clean, sleek look. If you want to go for beach tousled hair, try out a salt spray for the perfect waves.
Make sure one of your bridesmaids has a miniature can of dry shampoo in her purse if you want to add some extra volume to your locks over the course of your reception.
Are you good at walking in heels? If not, your wedding day is probably not the best time to try them out for the first time.
What you want most of all is to feel confident and comfortable and if your feet hurt or you’re worried about tripping over, this won’t be the case. In addition, you don’t want to stumble or attempt to tiptoe uncomfortably down the aisle! Your only focus should be your smiling fiancé’s face, instead of your sore feet. Wear mid height stacked heels for extra comfort, and change into flats for your reception.
A lot of particularly adorable weddings have the bride and groom wearing matching Converse for their reception so they can dance the night away!