Obviously I have no idea what it’s like to be a bride. But I do have plenty of experience getting dressed for big events. So with years of successes and failures, here’s some advice I think you might find useful.
1. Don’t buy off the rack.
Let’s be honest here. Most women want a dress they feel like a queen wearing on their big day. That seed is planted on the searching for a dress, yet there is nothing glamorous about sifting through racks only to choose one that is out of your price dance.
These days there are so many wedding dress designers who will make you a gown at the price point you’re looking for. So, instead of wasting time looking for the perfect dress, hunt for a designer.
The dress above was made by David Peck in Houston. He has a contemporary collection and has just started bridal. Looks like he’s killing it in my opinion.
2. Wear “natural” makeup.
By all means hire a makeup artist, but don’t try to be someone you’re not. Ask for warm, bronze hues to enhance your features in a natural way. This is a pic of me from a recent event wearing a creme dress and warm-toned makeup (by Edward Sanchez) that looks glam without being an overkill.
3. Buy fabulous shoes you’ll wear forever.
You can’t wear the dress again, so let the shoes steal the show on a regular basis just like you did on your wedding day!
4. Skip the necklace.
I can’t recall ever seeing a wedding dress that demanded a necklace. Most have a dramatic neckline and don’t need extra bling to draw attention.
5. To veil or not to veil?
When deciding whether or not you want a veil, ask yourself one question. “Do I need it?” As we know, men get overwhelmed and turned off by too many things going on. The dress is dramatic enough, do you really need to pile more tulle on top? Just a question, the answer could be yes. But consider the “no.”