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13 Top Ideas to make your bridal look unforgettable

Haven’t you ever felt that all brides tend to make similar (and safe) choices for their wedding day?

Even fashion forward and daring women tend to play it safe when its time to plan their wedding day look. After all, your wedding album will record your bridal look for generations to come. Why should you take a risk and look dated in just few years?

The good news is that you can still have a remarkable wedding day look that will be truly memorable, without going overboard. You can also adopt certain trends, without taking them to the extreme. It is in fact rather amazing, how just a little attention to detail can help you grab everyone’s attention.

This is what we shall explore in today’s post. So, check out the different ideas we have compiled, and let us know which of these is your favorite.

1.Choose a dress with stunning back details

Certain dresses are prettier from the back than they are from the front. This simple fact is often enough to set a bride apart and make her bridal look truly memorable. So, let this be the surprise element of your wedding day look. From keyhole backs to illusion details, daring low cut backs and even unusual embellishments in this region, there are many options to explore.

The best thing about this option is that you can even cover it up during the ceremony with your veil, only to reveal this interesting element when you take it off for the reception. Here are some dresses with fabulous back details that will wow your guests.

Sophia Tolli Y11730 Fontayne with lace appliques and illusion details

Sans Pareil 1049 with embellished low-cut V-back

2.Lavish dose of color in your wedding dress

White is a signature color in wedding gowns. So, a pop of color is rather unexpected and interesting in many ways. Not only is it a great way to tie your look to the color theme of your wedding, this singular factor will also make your look instantly unforgettable. Colorful wedding gowns are always a big hit on the runway. Nevertheless, a fully colored gown entirely deviates from the typical expectation we have for brides.

Instead consider a gown with a vibrant dose of color in specific areas. This could be the bodice, as appliques, a colorful trim in the hemline, as a belt, in embellishments or even in the train. Here are some examples.

Colorful sash on the Jasmine T180 wedding gown

Black and white beauty from the Jadore collection

3.Pretty cover-up

Cover-ups are always intriguing, as they create an air of mystery and leave the onlooker wondering how the wedding dress underneath is. Whether it is a cape, capelet, jacket, shrug or stole, a pretty cover-up is an interesting addition to the bridal trousseau. It is also a functional accessory, for it will come to your rescue should the evening become chilly.

If you are a winter bride, your options in cover-ups are endless. Try on warm jackets or shrugs or invest in a beautiful pashmina that you can use again after the wedding. If your wedding is in summer or spring, a cover-up is unexpected,  and interested. Pick a lightweight, stylish accessory that will enhance your bridal look in an entirely different way. 

For more ideas on what you can use to stay warm on your wedding day, while looking stylish take a look at this post on Brit and Co.

4.A fascinator

Fascinators are amazing headpieces with signature appeal. They instantly grab attention, and definitely don’t go unnoticed. Make this the highlight of your bridal look, and it will be remarkable. Choose fascinators with floral details, birdcage veil details or pom poms for a vivid look.

The downside of this bridal accessory is that it is loud and very vivid. So, you should keep the rest of your accessories simple to avoid a cluttered look. Either pair it with understated jewelry or make sure your dress is simple if you want to wear more accessories.

5.Oversize accessories

You do not need too many items to enhance your bridal look. Just one or two bold, statement accessories will help you stand out. Don’t hesitate to experiment with one or two oversize accessories that will make a definite statement and help you nail that first impression. Choose from tiaras, sparkly head bands and big brooches. You can also wear statement earrings that are available in a wide variety of designs like chandelier earrings, large hoops or danglers.

Oversize accessories look best when paired with minimalist wedding dresses. This will enhance the impact of the accessory, as it will stand out against the simplicity of the dress. Plain satin finish dresses and soft chiffon dresses with simple dress elements like cap sleeves, high necklines and few embroidery details will allow the accessories to shine.

6.Bright lip color

Whether your wedding is in summer or winter, a bright lip color is all it takes to bring a bright touch to your bridal look. Let this be the highlight of your makeup, and you will look like a diva. Bright crimson and vivid orange shades are bold. When opting for colors as fiery as these, it is important that you keep the rest of your makeup simple. Do not overdo your eyes, or the entire look will be ruined. Also, keep in mind that different shades of red work are suitable for different complexions. So, make sure you choose the right shade that flatters your complexion for best results.

Apart from red, bright lively shades of pink are also suitable for making a bold statement. Consider bubblegum pink or magenta for the impact you desire. For more tips on how to pull of unusual and statement lip colors, I suggest you visit this post on the Bustle. 

7.Switch out the traditional gown for wedding separates

Wedding dress separates are a welcome change from the typical single-piece bridal gown. The best thing about this option is that you can mix and match pieces to create your own style. You can even switch out the typical wedding skirt with something more bold, like a pant suit. Nobody will easily forget the bride who wore pants, that is for sure!

Interesting options include heavily layered tulle skirts with crop tops that show a hint of skin at the waistline. You can even go with an inserted top for the skirt and blouse look of yesteryears. Even vary the length of the skirt to find one that flatters your figure and adds a youthful charm to your overall look.

8.Peep of color beneath the skirt

Pick a petticoat that adds a punch of color as it trims the hemline of your wedding skirt. Otherwise, pick some colored shoes to add a pop of color to your feet. Such doses of color in unexpected places will pep up your look instantly.

This is also a great way to tie your look to the wedding color scheme, without going too far. Your guests are bound to be intrigued by your attention to detail, and find the way you incorporated color into your outfit rather amusing.

9.Wear a flower crown

Flower crowns never lose their charm. So, wear one, especially if your wedding celebrates a natural or vintage theme. It is also the ideal hair accessory if your wedding is on the beach or at a garden. Bigger blooms add more drama. Nonetheless, a bridal flower crown with delicate and wispy flowers are just as charming.

Ensure that you choose the flowers for your crown carefully. Since certain flowers are sturdier than others, it is better to pick such blooms if you will wear the flower crown the entire day. The other option is to wear your flower crown for the ceremony, and replace it with another hair accessory for the reception.

10.Wear boots or sneakers with your wedding dress

Replace your wedding shoes with super-comfortable sneakers and you will not only find it easy to move around, it will also create a unique style. If your wedding dress has a short hemline, choose boots that cover up the exposed part of your legs for a super-stylish look. Remember that you can re-use these boots after the wedding, which makes it a worthwhile investment. For a shorter dress that ends between the knee and ankles, choose knee-length or calf length boots.

Sneakers can be adorable at a casual theme wedding. Pick it in bright, vivid colors that tie to the theme of your wedding for most impact. If you aren’t sure this is right for you, consider getting a pair of heels for the ceremony. Then switch into your sneakers at the reception, and dancing will be so much easier. It will also be an interesting twist to your bridal look, without too much effort.

11.Go barefoot if your wedding is at the beach

Whatever choices you make for your wedding, you should ultimately stay true to your personal style. If the reason you chose a beach venue is your love for the sand and the sea, you will most likely also enjoy the feeling of the sand in your toes. So, don’t hesitate to forego footwear entirely, on your wedding day at the beach.

Instead of a pair of shoes, go barefoot. But don’t forget to dress up your feet with pretty accessories that will make it look attractive. Wear an anklet or toe rings to add a touch of bling to your feet. Or dress it up with glittery tattoos or jewelry with sparkling elements to enhance the beauty.

Image Credits: Alex Lupo, via Flickr

12.Replace your bouquet with something different

The bouquet is an important bridal accessory. However, it is also totally expected. So, if you must add an unusual twist to your wedding day look, replace the bridal bouquet with something unique. Consider replacing the fresh flowers bouquet with a faux flower bouquet. You can make this from felt flowers, silk flowers or even paper flowers.

If this doesn’t satisfy your fancy for the unusual, go with even bolder choices. How about replacing the bouquet entirely with a lantern or feathers? There are many more such ideas for the offbeat bride on this article at the Rock n Roll Bride. So, don’t forget to take a look.

13.Wear a quirky hair accessory

Forget the veil, forget the headband and all other traditional hair accessories. Let your choice add a quirky touch to your wedding day look, when you pick a colorful and fun accessory that stands out.

Go for a fun, feathered piece with colorful accents that add a unique twist to your look. Or you could even replace the hair piece with a cute hat. Now, that is a look that your guests wouldn’t expect in the least. So, it is sure to go down in their memories.

Your wedding day is special, and it deserves to be one-of-a-kind. So, don’t hesitate to explore all the possible options. For it is always better to know than wonder “what-if” in the years to come.

For all your bridal needs, from a spectacular wedding dress to stunning accessories to complete your bridal look, we have all you need at Best for Bride. Visit our website to view our extensive collection of bridal dresses and accessories. You can also find all that you need for your bridal party at our website. So, don’t forget to check out your options today, and come one step closer to making your wedding day visions a reality.

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Wedding dress selection tips for tall brides

For many women, being tall is a dream! So, if you are taller than average, you will most likely have had others tell you how they envy your height. However, you know how this factor makes it exceptionally difficult to find dresses that fit you. As the general fashion industry is more geared towards creating dresses for women of average or slightly above average height, both tall and short women do not find as many options when they go shopping.

Fortunately, wedding dress shopping is not as difficult as finding regular dresses for your tall figure. Most wedding dresses are longer than average gowns and evening dresses, but it can still be difficult to find one that covers your toes, when you are six feet tall or more.

Here are some tips to help you find the dress and complete your look so it matches your expectations.

1.The good news is that wedding dress measurements usually cater to tall girls

Most fashion wedding designers have their latest collections walk down the runway, and this means it is worn by models who are quite tall! So, your options aren’t too few. Additionally, even the bride of average height ends up being taller, once she wears her wedding heels. So, designers leave some extra length, to factor these few inches in. This article on the Long elegant legs Blog mentions that most clothiers design dresses so it suits a bride who is almost six feet tall. So, if you are above six feet, you should have several options, although you may not be able to walk down the aisle in high heels. But, with such an enviable height, wearing flats or tiny kitten heels wouldn’t be a damper on your style, don’t you think?

2.A good bridal shop will have the right solution for you

When you go gown shopping, don’t forget to discuss your height concerns with the salesperson. Since your designer dress will mostly be made-to-order, they can ask to have it made longer than usual. This way, you will not have much trouble finding a dress that is just the right length for you.

Once you make your pick from the store inventory, the general process is to then place your order for the dress in your size, and receive it after a few weeks. At this time, the gown will be custom-created by the design-house. Added length is not usually a concern. Some bridal designers, agree to add extra length to their designs to match your height requirements for a reasonable cost. So, don’t compromise on your dream of wearing a great gown with all the features that you need, by choosing off-the-rack. Instead, shop early so you have enough time to have a dress that is made-to-order.

3.You can still buy off-the-rack

Although it is best if you do your shopping early, you may not always have the luxury of having your gown made-to-order. Always aim to hit the shops early and order your gown, so you get it in time for your wedding day. However, if this isn’t possible, you still have enough options to buy off-the-rack. All you have to do is choose a wedding shop with several designer collections to choose from, like at Best for Bride. As different designers follow different measurement charts when planning their designs, your chances of finding longer wedding gowns are better at shops with extensive inventories, than your average local bridal store. So, find a wedding salon that stocks several designer collections, including plus size gowns, as you should be able to find more dress choices at such places. Discuss your length needs when you book your appointment at the salon, so the shop can keep suitable dresses ready for you to try on when you attend your appointment.

4.Alterations are a given

Even if you aren’t a tall bride, you will most likely need wedding dress alterations. In fact, nearly 90% of brides need wedding dress alterations. So, don’t excessively stress over it. Increasing the length is just one of the alterations that can be performed without much ado. Depending on the type of gown you choose, the alteration required may differ. Sometimes, the hemline may have to be lowered by using matching fabric in the layers above it. In other cases, extra fabric may be added to the lower part of the skirt to accommodate your height. When you work with a talented seamstress, she will know the right type of alteration that is required to achieve the intended effect. Never entrust the job to your regular tailor, as this can do more damage than good. Only a tailor who is familiar with wedding dresses will be able to do handle the task, as wedding dresses are more complex in comparison to regular gowns and formal dresses.

5.Focus on wedding accessories

The best thing about being tall is that you can wear bold,statement jewelry without looking cluttered or being buried in it. So, don’t worry if you aren’t able to find a dress that is elaborate and rich in details. You can always achieve a similar effect with the right choice of accessories. By opting for more sparkly jewelry with elaborate details, you can compensate for a simple wedding dress and silhouette. Unlike the limitations in dresses, you do not have any restrictions on choosing your jewelry.

However, if your intention is to dress up in such a way that your height is not in focus, you may like to use fewer and bigger pieces of jewelry that will draw attention to that particular position. While considering wedding accessories, take a closer look at veils and belts or sashes that can effectively break up your length and make you look less taller than you actually are.

6.Choose wedding dress features that enhance your best assets

When you are caught in a maze of wedding dress features to choose from, focus on finding a dress that brings out your best. Not all tall women have the same body structure. Different women have different body shapes, and not all silhouettes look great on every body type. Identify your body shape based on this previous article, and then opt for a silhouette that looks best on you.

In general, ball gowns with dropped waistlines (like the basque style) are recommended for taller brides who don’t want to emphasize their height. If you have slender arms, you may like to look at sleeveless and strapless necklines that shift attention to your upper body. Definitely avoid the sheath style, as it can add extra vertical inches to your overall length, and you do not want that. Similarly avoid raised waistlines, like the empire waist, as these have a prominent skirt section, that can be overwhelming given your tall stature.

7.Consider custom-made if you aren’t satisfied with your available options

For no reason whatsoever, should a bride have to compromise on her wedding dress dream? If you are unable to find one that meets your expectations, but you know exactly what you want, consider having it made. A talented dress designer will be able to design a dress that will fit your exact measurements. You can also have every feature that you desire in your bridal gown, by choosing this route. So, once you find a talented person like this, you will have no trouble bringing your wedding vision to life. Don’t worry about the cost. When you compare the additional price you will incur to get a gown altered, it will usually be comparable. The only thing to look for is that the designer you choose has the expertise and experience to handle this task.

We mentioned earlier that wedding dresses are complex garments, with boning, multiple fabric layers and more detailed embellishments than other dresses. So, your average tailor may not be able to do justice when attempting to create or even alter a wedding gown. You must approach a professional to get the job done right. Our in-house designer team at Best for Bride, may be able to help you get what you need. Find out more about our bespoke wedding dress design service by visiting this page.

8.Think of fabric to decide on the final look

The fabric of your dress is just as important as the silhouette and style, in creating the final look. Choose the dress fabric based on whether you want to show-off your height or draw attention away from it. Stiff fabric in the right places can add more dimension and texture, giving you a fuller look. On the other hand, sleek soft fabric with a characteristic sheen will help you look slender and even taller. For a curvy silhouette, ball gowns made from tulle fabric are your best choice. Sateen finishes look good on brides who have an hourglass figure and wish to show-off their natural curves. Similarly, fit and flare dresses that have a distinction at the waist or an embellished bodice that stands out from the skirt are a good choice when you want to draw emphasis to your natural shape. Avoid full-sleeves and very high necklines, as these will cover up your assets. However, they will add more length, and this may be unflattering on the taller bride.

9.Think of your wedding shoe options early

The general wedding advice is to buy your shoes in time for your first fitting appointment. However, the case is different when you are a taller-than-average bride. Choose your wedding shoes before shopping for your dress, so you know how much change should be made to the length of the gown to fit you correctly. When you are tall, even small heels may make it necessary to add extra fabric to cover your feet. You should know if this is necessary, when your gown order is created. It will be difficult to add extra fabric if the gown doesn’t extend beyond your ankles, and is short after it has been created.

We know that tall brides may not have a world of options in wedding shoes. However, don’t limit yourself to wearing something that you aren’t really happy with. Explore options like handmade shoes or shoe accessories that can instantly dress up your shoes and make it more attractive. Think out of the box, and you won’t be disappointed with having to settle for what is available.

10.Wear a petticoat when trying the dress on, or it can end up being shorter when you later do

This article on the Wedding Chaos Blog is absolutely right in advising brides to wear a petticoat to their shopping and fitting sessions, if they intend to wear one on the wedding day.

Your dress will rise by few inches if you have a petticoat on, and this can throw off all your alteration measurements. After all the pain you take to get your dress to fit correctly, you do not want to be disappointed on your big day when it ends up shorter than it should be, just because of the addition of a petticoat. Also, a long petticoat may peep out from below your dress, and this can ruin the entire look. So, make it a point to wear all the undergarments you have chosen for your wedding day, to your fitting sessions. This will save you a lot of trouble later.

At Best for Bride, we stock dresses that are suitable for tall brides, and also offer alterations to customize wedding gowns that may be shorter than you need. The Alfred Angelo collection is one collection that has ready dresses in longer sizes, apart from others. So, if you are a tall bride, who is hunting for the perfect wedding gown, you know where to look. Browse through our online gallery to see what options we offer, and also contact us if you need any further assistance. Book your appointment with us today, and be on the way to becoming a beautiful bride, whether you are short or tall, curvy or slim, modern or traditional!