August 16, 2012

every bride should know

Here is a non-boring piece of advice for the brides from Meghan and Will.

Meghan leaves her suite at The Bowery Hotel, New York 

 Will's advice for pulling together the perfect look...                                                   

* "Got your eye on that Oscar de la Renta bridal couture but simply can't afford it? Skip the bridal salons that always charge more for a "wedding" dress and hit up other sections of the department store. Check out Oscar's main line of ready-to-wear for a classic white dress that the designer does so well year round."

* " Limit the number of people you invite to try on dresses! I suggest taking one person who's opinion you value and who's personal style you admire. It's your day and your dress! Listen to your gut and wear what YOU love not what everyone else thinks is best for you. If that works for you, take it one step further and don't tell your friends who makes the gown or what it looks like. This will not only limit opinions after you've already spent the money, but also allow for a wonderful surprise on your special day! "

*"Go with your gut-- typically the first dress you fall in love with is the right one!"

* "Hair and make up are just as important as the dress and ceremony! Ask your everyday hair stylist if they can do it or if they can suggest someone they've worked with before. Most importantly, if you don't wear your hair up in your everyday life, why wear it up on your wedding day? Avoid hairstyles and make up that is deemed "traditional" and go for what makes you feel beautiful."

* "The SHOES! Nothing kills a dress more than a sad white kitten heel. Again, you don't wear kitten heels in day-to-day life? Trade them for your favorite five inch Christian Louboutin. Regardless of your height preference, opt for a more modern blush or pale pink shoe over white which you most likely can't wear again."

* "Keep accessories simple-- don't wear anything that takes away from your natural beauty. If you want to wear a statement piece, pick one, like a great necklace OR dramatic earrings. Less is more."

* "If trying to lose weight before the big day, go down a size in your dress. A scary idea, especially if you're going for the top of the line gown, but certainly a motivator for actually shedding that little bit of extra weight."

* "Pick one style of bridesmaid dress in a classic color. Body types differ but a one shouldered column dress in a forgiving fabric flatters most figures. Uniformity gives group photos a more sophisticated, professional feel."

Meghan's advice for feeling and looking great as a bride...

* "Allow yourself the luxury of time--- there tends to be a lot of pressure to pick a date and to start nailing down details, but until I knew what I wanted from a more macro vantage point, I considered any wild idea that popped in to my head."

* "I tried to limit listening to the well-intended opinions that inevitably came my way--- they just ended up confusing me and steering me away from staying true to my ideas."

* "I learned to quickly abandon the inspiration and images that weren't working for me. Half of the dresses that I loved, while beautiful in person, would only have worked if I was a tall, curvy, busty brunette.... Once I saw them on me I had to put aside expectations and be honest enough with myself to know what worked for my body type and with my personal style."

* "Consider stepping outside the box. I was lucky enough to have Will to encourage me to try on a variety of styles and shapes"

* "Don't let (even the professionals) talk you out of your style once you're committed to it!"

More about Meghan and Will via Matthew Robbins on Huffington Post


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