More and more brides are forgoing the veil and choosing bridal tiaras instead, and why not? This is your day to shine, and you can be a princess (or queen) for a day in the right tiara. Better still, you can often find complementary hairpieces for your bridesmaids that both match their bridesmaid dresses – whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaid dresses or short bridesmaid dresses and whether they’re formal or semi-formal – and echo your tiara. It’s an all-around win.
Before you go off and buy the first tiara that catches your fancy, though, stop and take a breath. Buying wedding accessories is always fun, especially when you’re picking an accessory that will make you feel like royalty, but you have to make sure that you’re picking the right one – one that will go well with your wedding’s overall theme, including your dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, etc.
Consult With Your Hair Stylist
Before you get your heart set on a particular tiara, make an appointment with your stylist. How she does your hair will have a lot to do with what you can and can’t wear on your head on your big day. She’ll also be able to make suggestions for a tiara that will top off your gown perfectly and hairpieces that will go beautifully with your designer bridesmaid dresses.
Choose a Tiara Based on Your Gown’s Shape
The rule of thumb is, “The larger the gown, the smaller the headpiece.” You don’t want your look to be overwhelming, so keep this in mind. If you have a curve-skimming sheath dress, you can choose a larger and/or taller tiara. If your gown has a very full skirt, you should probably choose a smaller one.
Also, if you’re choosing tiaras for your bridesmaids, whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaids dresses or short bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want their headpieces to be a bit smaller and simpler than your own.
For years, it seems, strapless gowns have been de rigueur for wedding dresses. You actually have to hunt for gowns that will flatter a busty figure or a bride who doesn’t have perfect shoulders and arms. However, really, there are all kinds of shapes and styles of gowns out there, and there’s one that will fit you perfectly.
If you’re a little bit top-heavy or you don’t particularly like your shoulders and upper arms, don’t try to make it work with a strapless gown. You’ll look and feel better if you go with cap sleeves or long sleeves instead. Even if you go with an arm-baring dress, you can cover up problem areas with a matching wrap.
If you don’t want to worry about sucking in your tummy all day, an empire waist or A-line dress will do wonders for you. You’ll be able to feel loose and relaxed, and the high waist will still create a beautiful hourglass silhouette.
If you’re petite, you might actually want to consider a shorter style of dress, as all that fabric can be overwhelming. If you want a long gown, consider something that’s a bit lighter and more figure skimming. Remember, the goal is to wear your dress, not to let your dress wear you.
If you’re pear-shaped, dressmakers and fashion experts recommend that you look for a skirt that flares out slowly toward the floor. This will balance your top and bottom. If you’re apple-shaped, the experts recommend a dress with a cinched waist at your natural waistline. This will create an hourglass silhouette instead of a round one.
Most importantly, choose a dress that makes you feel gorgeous. No matter what anyone tells you, if you don’t like it, it’s not the right dress for you.
You just have a week to go before your big wedding day. Remember that it is important to write down details and list for last minute items. Here is our timeline to help you with the last 7 days.
7 days before your wedding day
Make sure you have someone assigned to take your wedding gown to the cleaners to get it pressed or steamed. The gown should be stored hanging at full length – if the wedding dress touches and is gathering on the floor make sure that you hang it from a higher spot.
Assemble task list for your wedding planner or bridal party if necessary. Having them in charge of items such as final payments to vendors or in charge of bringing the accessories will take a load off your shoulders.
1 day before your wedding day
Pack an emergency kit. Should include:
Extra pair of panty hose
Checkbook (you may need to make the final payment to vendors)
Nail polish, etc.
Take your gown out of the bridal bag and do any necessary pressing or steaming.
Lay out all of your accessories including veil, jewelry, shoes and makeup.
The day of your wedding day
Have your bridesmaid inspect your gown, looking for wrinkles, stains or loose threads.
Make sure to wear a robe or a button down shirt before you get your hair and make up done. (Wear white or ivory if possible to get the right color application.)
Have your bridesmaid or wedding consultant help you slip into your dress. Make sure that you have a kerchief over your face to protect your gown from your makeup and vice versa.
View your full reflection in a full length mirror and savor the moment. You are getting married and you look fabulous!