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Fashion Darling….

Oh, in the humdrum of all the white dresses in the world, we lose who the bride truly is. Yes, there is only one bride at the wedding, but what makes her stand out? We should show our individuality, our personality, our chance to show our style and have some fun.  Here are some ideas that you can implement in your bridal wear.  Just please, don’t over accessorize.

1. Wear different color shoes. It may not be traditional, but you can have your personality amidst all the white (or ivory). Have fun, as planning your wedding is so stressful enough.  Think about wearing your favorite color shoe or a combination of yours and his favorite colors.  Why not try a leopard print or some rock ‘n studs? If you don’t want to be that extreme you can attach a shoe jewel in your special color with your white shoe.

2. Stand out with your jewelry.  Chunky jewelry, jewelry with different colored gemstones, use of other materials such as seashells, and fabric….all good!  Just make sure you don’t do too much.  For example, you can do 1 chunky bracelet with subtle earings.  You can do a chunky necklace if you have a simple dress, no earrings.  You can do big earrings with turquoise stones.  The possibilities, as they say, are endless.

3. Personality can stand out with a shawl or a bolero.  You can use a different color shawl for your personality.  You can use faux fur.  You can also have a shawl personalized with your initials embroidered somewhere on it.  Boleros are also beautiful, you don’t have to go extreme with color, but you can use lace to create your style.  Make it special as it’s going to be a keepsake for your child(ren).

4. Use hair jewelry or tiara/ hair comb.  There are also headbands, hair vines, and ribbon. There are many and plenty of options available.  Jeweled pins, elaborate tiara’s and combs, hair vines, give that subtle sparkle.  More trendy and fashionable new ways to have your hair are with a headband (decorated) and use of ribbon (satin, velvet, or lace).

5. Accessorize with a flowers in your hair. Go bold with a big red rose or a black one for more drama. For a more classy look, pin a big gardenia or orchid.  You can also be soft and whispy by pinning smaller flowers all over your hair.  Silk or organza flowers will last through heat and are not at fragile as real flowers.  Real flowers have tendencies to look withered and change colors throughout the day.

6. Try using feathers.  Let’s take a que from SJP in Sex and the City.  I don’t know if you want to go  that bold, but want to try that style, you should do feathers in white, cream, and pale pinks.  This would also be very fashionable if you had a peacock themed wedding.

7. You can enhance your style with your birdcage or traditional veil.  Birdcage veils are still considered contemporary, but they truly are an old classic.  Just a little in what we call traditional, I still don’t see a lot of brides taking the chance with this.  Maybe there’s a lot of dresses out there that doesn’t match the birdcage veil, I get it.  Here’s another idea I haven’t seen any brides do….dye your veil or embellish it.  It’ll make you feel like those model brides on the runway.

8. You can also accessorize your bouquet.  Easy and subtle.  There are options out there to B-dazzle your bouquet.  There are crystals you can stick in your flowers.  You can use a jeweled bouquet holder.  You can use long strands of satin ribbons (to the ground).  you can also place a keepsake jewelry in your bouquet as your memory piece.

9. You have a brooch you would like to use.  Once popular in the 1950’s, as I’ve seen in pictures, they are making a comeback like the birdcage veils.  A simple dress with an elaborate brooch.  Just don’t over accessorize with all the earrings, necklace, bracelets, hairpiece….all at once.  You can handle this one, and it’s classy too.

10. Add color with a belt.  The “wow” factor.  You want to throw in that color and make a statement too.  There are different styles you can have your belt.  There are waistbands, short bows, and longer ties that reach the ground.  You can also do a combo with a brooch.

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What to do when the Bride is having a dress meltdown?  Well that’s what I experienced today. I went with one of my girl friends to David’s Bridal today and this was our second time there.  I thought she already came to a decision about the dress she wanted or more or less the style she wanted.  She was looking towards a princess style dress.  At the end of the day, she totally picked a mermaid style dress…totally not what she even considered.  She just saw it on another bride and wanted to try it on.  The stylist and I thought it was beautiful and said she should get it today because it still takes 3-4 months to receive it from the order. So she got it.

5 hours later, she contacts me and says she made a mistake and she called the manager of the store to exchange the dress tomorrow.  She’s going back to a princess style dress and she wanted me to go back with her.  I told her that her choice was beautiful,  timeless and classic, but she said she doesn’t feel comfortable in it.  I told her I don’t think I could go with her again, because the 1st and 2nd days we went there totaled about 8 hours.  I  told her, she’s going to change her mind again.  She instructed me to slap her if she changed her mind.  So, because I am her friend, I agreed to go with her and put a 1 hours limit on trying on the desired dress and making a final decision.

For all you brides, and because I also went through this myself, after you purchase and order your dress, don’t go back to the store’s (ie. David’s Bridal) and look at more dresses.  For sure, you will change your mind again…Beware; no one will want to go with you to change your dress.

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Wedding dressYou just decided on your wedding date, and now you have to choose your wedding dress, but where do you begin?  I think some questions, you have to think about is:

  1. How much time  do I have before my wedding date?
  2. What style am I looking for (classic, contemporary, long, short)?
  3. What kinds of stores to I want to shop at?
  4. How much do you want to spend?

I think that you should first come up with a preliminary list. Come up with some ideas of what you’re looking for. then search the internet.  You can come up with a more clear decision of what kind of dress you want.  The reason why I think you should window shop on the web is, sometimes the task is overwhelming to decide what you want when you step into the dress shop.  Good thing my girlfriend who is about to get married told me to go dress shopping with her.  I told her to do her homework first because we all don’t want to spend hours and hours trying on dresses and going back and forth to different stores. It can be just as challenging as shopping for a car.

So here are the type of styles:

  • A-line (the most popular and figure flattering)
  • Empire waist (also flattering for fuller figures)
  • Princess (ball-gown style)
  • Trumpet or mermaid (best for thinner frames)

What styles are good for your body shape:

Don’t have misconceptions about your body shape and what you think your body looks good in. You may look at a picture and like what you see, but it may not look good on you.  Also you may think a dress looks ugly on a rack, but when you try it on, you look fabulous.  Open your thoughts to new shapes and material you might not even choose for yourself.

Here are the more popular types of materials:

  • Chiffon
  • Taffeta
  • Organza
  • Silk
  • Satin

Here are my tips to staying within your budget:

  1. Go to big bridal shows.  They usually have great sales (up to 70% off) on couture gowns.  These are usually sample dresses or dresses they had on display the vendors had in the store.  With the money you saved, just get it altered and dry cleaned and you’ve saved your insanity with your budget.
  2. Do a little more leg work when you’re in the store.  Search out dresses on the rack as they may be on sale.  Usually the sales attendants make money on commission so they show you the more expensive dresses.  They try to sell you outrageously priced accessories to go along with your gown.  If you’re not scared & you have the patience to do a little research you and find the ensemble of your dreams for less.

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