The first step in finding your wedding day style is identifying and understanding your individual style. Think about the style of clothes that you gravitate toward and wear every day - are you classic, modern, eclectic or bohemian? I believe that the attire that you select for your wedding day should reflect your personal style aesthetic.
Common sources of inspiration are Pinterest, Instagram, bridal blogs, coffee table books ( I, of course, am fond of The White Dress in color), bridal magazines and fashion magazines.
But, inspiration can come from any whereâ¦from your favorite city (Paris), a movie (Jessica Simpsonâs recent wedding was influenced by the movie Great Expectations), the colors of a sunset, your favorite pair of shoes (I adore it when a bride walks in with a fabulous pairs of shoes and announces that she needs a gown to accompany them), the words of a romantic poem or from your favorite painting.
The key is to find something that inspires you to act as a roadmap for beginning the planning process. Your attire should follow suit and reflect that overall vision.Â
After you have selected your gown, take some time to think about your beauty plan and the hair and makeup styles that would best compliment your gown and the overall aesthetic of your wedding. Then, you can begin to shop for accessories to complete the look. Accessories should never be an afterthought. They are the finishing touches that tie your entire wedding day look together. Accessories are a great way to carry the aesthetic of your wedding into your attire. If your venue and dÃ©cor have a vintage feel, search for vintage accessories or ones that have that aesthetic. If there is a specific color that is playing an important role in your wedding, you can use accessories as a way to carry that color into yours or your bridesmaids' attire. The color in your accessories can be subtle - perhaps it is through a colored shoe, a handbag or even a cardigan or wrap if it is a chilly evening.Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the shore, is an author, stylist and mentor for QC School's Styling Academy.Â She has over 20 years of experience in working in fashion and retail and is recognized as an expert in her field. Need help finding your inspiration or the perfect accessories? Take advantage of our Styling Service!