When preparing for one of the most monumental days of your life, it’s perfectly understandable that you want everything to be perfect, down to the last little detail. Whether you’ve been dreaming about your wedding since you were a little girl or never thought you were the ‘bridal beauty’ type, that little girl is to a certain extent present in all of us, and it takes the right person to ‘wake her up’. Of course, there are many elements to a wedding, especially if you’re planning an event that is totally you, and aside from the exquisite food, a great band or DJ, décor and venue, there are other little things you need to take care of in order to make things complete, and today we’re discussing your look. If you’ve already found the dress you’ve said yes to, it’s time to put all the other pieces of the puzzle together and make you look the most beautiful you’ve ever looked. These pieces are undoubtedly the little details we like to call accessories and as they have the power to make or break a bridal look (or any look, for that matter), special attention must be paid, so let us get straight to it.
The main rule
One of the first rules of accessorizing is – don’t overdo it. Too many pieces of jewelry, overly strong makeup, extravagant hairdos – all of this together is just simply too much. Tasteful, aside from the right choice of accessories, also means a limited number of them, and the type of dress you’re wearing as well as the way you choose to style your hair should determine the kind and amount of jewels and other accessories you will put on yourself. Moderation is the key to a fantastic and sophisticated look.
The color of your jewelry should absolutely be in synchronicity with the color of your dress. For instance, if you choose a dress that has red details or is completely red, gold is the perfect companion. White dresses call for white gold or platinum with diamonds, although diamonds and gemstones are redundant if, for instance, the bodice of your gown is already jewel-encrusted. In that case, subtle and minimal white gold with little to no detail is the perfect option. Now, for the brides who prefer something along the lines of pastel pink or champagne gowns, rose gold details are the perfect choice. Color coordination is vital, so always keep this in mind.
To necklace or not to necklace
Most brides do desire a little bling around their neck, but this is only a wise and tasteful choice if you’re wearing a minimal gown with no embellishments on the bodice whatsoever. In that case, even a larger statement necklace will make everything pop, and in case you have opted for a gown with a closed neckline, you should either go with a delicate necklace in the perfect color, a simple and elegant string of pearls or no necklace whatsoever. Earrings are always a yes, even if you’re wearing your hair down. Drop earrings are the perfect choice for brides who decide on some kind of an updo, while small pearl earrings are perfect if you decide to wear your hair down. Now, whether or not you will also wear a bracelet depends on the dress. If it’s long sleeved, there is absolutely no need as the sleeves will make it almost invisible. If, on the other hand, you go for a sleeveless or short-sleeve gown, you can even have several subtle bangles or just one larger statement one.
Although it doesn’t go on your body or face, your bouquet is an integral part of your look and it should be absolutely stunning, and again – color coordinated. Now, many brides go for real flowers, but now there are mesmerizing artificial flowers that look the same, perhaps even better than the real ones, as in hot weather the petals can wither and lose their color. Also, this bouquet can last you a lifetime and you can keep it as a memento of the big day. One of the major trends brides have been following is having two bouquets – one to throw to their single gals and one to keep for themselves. You can go for real flowers that you will gracefully throw to the (hopefully) next bride in line, and keep the artificial one for yourself.
Seen on numerous runways and bridal collections all over the world, tiara-like hair accessories have definitely come back in style and they are more gorgeous than ever before. This is something we definitely recommend as it looks magnificent with every hairstyle. However, bear in mind that if you do go for an extravagant or even subtle hair accessory, you should probably forgo the necklace altogether as it would look over the top.
Traditionally, brides tend to lean towards gentle pastels and minimal manicures, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with adding a little twist in the form of tasteful and exotic nail art, particularly if your choice of jewelry leans towards the minimalistic side.
Finally, remember that you will look at you wedding photos for years to come, so don’t experiment with heavy makeup or makeup that simply doesn’t suit your features. It’s always best to go with a look you know has always flattered you most than to experiment and end up not looking like yourself. The goal is to enhance your best features and emphasize your natural beauty, so don’t hide behind tons of products. We certainly hope these tips will make your decisions immensely easier, and we wish you the perfect wedding day as well as happy days for the rest of your life.
About the author:
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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