ease the planning process:: compiling a bridal look

One of the brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with lately mentioned to me how she’d wished she had thought of her bridal attire and accessory choices in terms of a full “look” rather than an array of bits and pieces.  This coincides beautifully, in my opinion, with the whole larger-concept strategy in planning I wrote about last week.

Many bridal boutiques masterfully piece together cohesive “looks” for their clients upon wedding gown shopping.  When I shopped for my wedding dress, my marvelous helper Stephanie pulled out the absolutely perfect crystal belt and tulle chapel-length veil to accompany my choice of a satin A-line Amsale number.  From there, I only had to decide upon what jewelry to wear (emerald drop earrings and family heirloom rings) and a pair of complementary shoes (taupe heels with a hint of metallic leather trim).

fancy beaded gown with full tulle skirt + simple satin sash + pearl studs
fancy beaded gown with full tulle skirt + simple satin sash + pearl studs

However, for many brides – especially those who have very specific ideas in mind or out-of-the-box style – it’s more complicated than just walking out of a pretty shop with an entire ensemble in hand.  Once again, the Pinterest Curse strikes and the massive influx of gorgeous bridal looks can leave brides mentally drowning in lace and tulle.  Sparkly closed-toe pumps or sleek ivory wedges? Vintage brooch or champagne satin sash? Statement necklace or oversized stud earrings? Birdcage or blusher? Cathedral or chapel or fingertip or elbow, horsehair-trimmed or pencil-edged, double or single layer, lace or solely-tulle veil? So many decisions to make!!! How in the WORLD to create the perfect combination of decisions? How to perfectly complement your gown without detracting from its beauty?

mermaid vera gown + neutral sash + birdcage floral fascinator + art deco chandelier earrings

mermaid vera gown + neutral sash + birdcage floral fascinator + art deco chandelier earrings

It’s overwhelming, yes. Just like in planning the actual wedding, a lot of moving parts are involved. Although it may not be possible to get everything at once, think about what overall look you want to achieve and make the smaller decisions with that in mind. Want to go for ultra-formal? Long dress + Mantilla lace cathedral length veil + diamond drop earrings might be the perfect answer! Want to ritz up your simple gown? Streamlined dress + glitzy shoes + statement necklace + fascinator would be divine! You can make a look completely your own (no need to copy a look in its entirety from Pinterest!), but think about how each piece looks TOGETHER. Simple enough!!!

beaded bodice + fluffy tulle skirt + rhinestone hairpin + elegant statement necklace (bonus:  hot pink cardigan)

beaded bodice + fluffy tulle skirt + rhinestone hairpin + elegant statement necklace (bonus:  hot pink cardigan)

KD