In their book “Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide,” Carolyn Gerin and Kathleen Hughes list The Ten Commandments Of Bridal Attire. These are amazingly simple tips but worth passing along:
Know thyself and the dress will follow. Know your shape, your height, and your coloring, and have some idea of silhouettes that suit you.
Not every runway trend is a “real way” trend. Choose your clothes with thoughtfulness and discretion, and then not thinking another moment about them.
You should be wearing the garment—it should not be wearing you. Pinching shoes, a tight bodice, a scratchy crinoline, or a constricting corset will make you a cranky bride.
Aim for private comforts. Silk undies, a cotton-lined bodice, shoes you can dance in, a dress that doesn’t feel like a heavy suit of armor.
Cleavage is one thing, but Baywatch is another. Be flashy but not trashy.
Go light on the makeup. Know how much makeup you’re comfortable wearing and don’t run the risk of looking embalmed.
Too many looks (or too much of one look) spoil the look. Instead of going head-to-toe vintage, build your look around one or two points such as shoes, necklace or beaded bodice.
Match your dress to your surroundings. A floor-length $20,000 Vera Wang at your nuptials in your parents’ backyard would be inappropriate.
White’s all right. Even if it’s an encore marriage or you’re over forty, white is fine, but avoid wearing a veil, traditionally reserved for younger brides.
Despite all the dos and don’ts, have some guts. We say, wear a monster tiara if you dare.
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