Wedding Planning 101: Fashion

Attention all you brides and grooms to-be! As seasoned planners, we understand how important it is to look your absolute best on your special day while keeping the look cohesive with your overall wedding vision. To do so, many of our couples are looking to incorporate unique and fun fashion throughout their big day. We’ve seen a lot of dresses and a lot of suits in our day, and we’re excited to share with you some of the fashion knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years.

Let’s start with the bride, shall we? {After all, ladies are always first!} Your gown should fit cohesively with the overall style of your wedding. Of course, I assume that are you already working with our wedding planners to achieve that wedding design of your dreams, so think about your venue and your vision for tablescapes, cake, and all other décor elements. Are you planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Then we recommend going with a lace or beaded gown to fit with the “theme.” What about a contemporary, swanky night-club feel? Then why not play around with a fun and structural geometric gown that shows off those curves?  Of course, we always recommend keeping an open mind on the silhouette and selecting a gown that best fits your body type. A gown is like a great pair of jeans - you may have to try on a bunch before finding the perfect fit and style!

What about those finishing touches that complete your overall ensemble? Have no fear, we are here to help advise you on the proper amount of jewelry to wear, how to accent your gown with a sash or belt, and whether you should select {or intentionally pass on} the various forms of headpieces.  We always emphasize the rule “less is more” when it comes to jewelry. One great accessory is all you need. There is no need to over-power your beautiful gown with accessories, so keep it simple. It’s also important to remember that jewelry and accessories should coincide with the style and “theme” of your dress. A great way to do this is to pick out details from the dress and see how you can incorporate those into your other accessories. For example, if your dress has beautiful vintage lace, a veil with a similar vintage lace trim would look stunning! If you’re having a winter wedding, compliment your dress with a fur shawl.

Now on to the gents…It’s your big day, too, and you deserve to look dapper and properly suited {pun intended} for this occasion! Forget ill-fitted rental tuxes and think sleek, tailored, Don Draper suits.  Although buying your own suit may stress you {and your wallet} out, it’s well worth it! Investing in a properly tailored fit ensures that you have a go-to piece for any event! Accessories aren’t just for women, either. We suggest playing around with fun pocket squares, colored ties, printed socks, or cuff links - all of which can be uniquely branded and personalized!

Many brides and grooms want that “mixed and mismatched” look for their bridesmaids and groomsmen, but don’t let those words fool you! This look may appear “unintentional” but there is much thought and stylization that goes into achieving this look. To begin, choose a color palette or silhouette that creates consistency throughout. This doesn’t mean choose ONE color. We often recommend a wide range of neutrals such as creams, blushes, and pewters, or olives, browns and tans. You can even play around with different textures, cuts, lengths, and necklines.

There you have it soon-to-be married couples - our favorite wedding fashion tips! Feel like this is all a bit too much? Our wedding team has you covered in your hour {or year} of need!