All The Small Things: Finishing Touches For Your Bridal Look

If you’re getting married, and you’re dreaming of walking down the aisle looking and feeling a million dollars, you’re probably focusing on finding the perfect dress. It’s no surprise that most brides devote their attention to the gown. Many of us have dreamed of going to a boutique and making our entourage cry with joy since we were little. Getting the right dress is essential, there’s no doubt about it. But don’t forget the finishing touches. Sometimes, the small things make all the difference. If you’re preparing to say ‘I do,’ here are some tips to help you create a beautiful bridal look.

The lingerie

Your lingerie isn’t going to be out there for all to see, but it’s still an important part of your bridal ensemble. Wearing the wrong underwear can affect the fit and look of your dress. Make sure you choose styles and shapes that complement your gown. If you have a strapless dress, for example, you need to invest in a comfortable bandeau shape bra, which fits properly. Try some styles for size. If the bra is too big, it will slip down, and you’ll have to keep pulling it up through the day. If it’s too small, it may not create flattering shapes, especially if your dress is very fitted at the bust. It’s also essential to buy lingerie that makes you feel confident. It’s worth taking a trip to some independent shops and department stores and having a look at different brands like Freya bras. If you find a style but your size isn’t in stock, you may be able to place an order online. If you’re not sure what size you need, many stores offer a free sizing service.

The jewellery

Every bride has a personal style, and the type of jewellery you choose may be completely different to other brides. The beauty of the finer details is that they can make your dress look unique, and showcase your personality and style. There’s an assumption that you have to go understated jewels when you get married. However, if you’d rather go for something a little bolder, that’s up to you. Try some different pieces with your dress, and see which looks you prefer. Often, with wedding jewellery, less is more, especially if you’ve got a show-stopping gown. If you’ve got a high neckline, for example, you probably won’t need a necklace and earrings.

The hair

Your hair should be your crowning glory on your big day. If you search in wedding magazines or put the term ‘bridal hair’ into a search engine, you tend to come up with variations of traditional up-dos. Some brides love the simplicity and vintage-style glamour of chignon styles or soft ringlets. However, this look is not for everyone. If you’d rather have your hair down or you want a less bridal look, there’s no rule to say you can’t go against the grain. The best thing to do is book at least one trial session when you can try out a host of different styles. Take any accessories, such as hair bands or embellished slides, you plan to wear on the day, and see what suits you best. Take some photographs or magazine cuttings with you, and have a chat with your hairdresser so they know what kinds of looks you like. They may also have ideas, and you can come up with the perfect look together.

The makeup

Every bride wants to look their best on their special day, so it’s imperative to get your makeup right. Try and stick to what you know best. You don’t want to look completely different when you look down the aisle. If you don’t usually wear a lot of products, go for a natural look. If you’re famed for your bold style, don’t be afraid to show it off. If you’re doing your own makeup, it’s worth visiting a beauty department and having a look at some different products. You need to make sure that your makeup stays in place all day, and that it works well with the flashing lights of the camera. If you apply a lot of highlighter, for example, this can show up as white flashes on your skin. If you plan to hire a makeup artist, book a trial at least a couple of weeks before the wedding so you can sample a few different looks.

Every bride wants to find a dress that makes their partner’s jaw drop, but your bridal look isn’t all about the gown. The finer details can make your dress sing, and create a stunning vision as you walk down the aisle.