6 Ways to Avoid Bridal Fashion Mistakes

  1. Buy your current size. While it’s common for brides and grooms to work hard at getting in better shape before their wedding, the engagement period is one of the most stressful times in one’s life. You never know exactly how your body will react to the added stress, or if you’ll even have the extra time or energy to work out. It’s important to be realistic about your size — it’s always easier to take a dress in than to let one out. There’s no shame in buying what fits today.

  3. Keep it simple. With flower crowns and succulents on trend this year, it’s obvious many brides will naturally be drawn to them — but it’s important to exercise some restraint in how you use them. A little bit can make an elegant statement — but too many will quickly become too trendy. Same is true for your jewelry or the bridal party’s apparel. We’ve all seen photos from 80s weddings and shuddered over the puffy sleeves and cummerbunds. If your dress has a beaded bodice, choose an understated necklace, or opt instead for simply earrings and a bracelet. Wearing a simple sheath? Play up your neckline with a statement piece instead. Be classic, timeless and remember, less is always more.

  5. Choose the right shoes. Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day — from head to toe — and you should! But don’t sacrifice comfort for beauty when it comes to your feet. We all know how painful a heel blister or scrunched toes can be. Don’t let your wedding day fall victim to something so easily avoidable!

  7. Buy your gown after picking a venue. This may seem out of left field, but it’s actually very important. Are you getting married on the beach? Avoid floor length. Opting for a barn setting over an ornate chapel? Your dress should reflect the simplicity of your surroundings.

  9. Don’t skip the slip. While it may seem like your dress is fine without one, a slip plays several key roles under your gown. One of the most important is keeping the dress from sliding in between your legs when you walk. Keep your gown flowy and your guests’ eyes up on your face.

  11. Look like yourself. Every aspect of your wedding should be a true reflection of you… so it’s not the day to take big risks. You want to look back at the photos and see yourself, not someone super made up you barely recognize. Play up your make up but keep it within an everyday palette, and don’t feel obligated to wear an updo in your hair if it’s not your style. Above all use spray tans in moderation. We know you’re not orange in real life!