I’d imagine that after almost every proposal, the first thought that enters the Brides’ head is ‘what am I going to wear?’
When a girl comes to us to choose her gown, we always ensure that she has a good selection of tiara’s, headpieces and veils to choose from too. It’s not just about what’s happening from the neckline to the hem, it’s also about what accompanies your gown – the accessories! How you accessorize your gown can make or break the overall effect.
Some girls bring in Mum’s tiara or veil to try with their choice of gown. The more sentimental amongst us (and we include ourselves in that comment!) love the idea of wearing something that Mum wore when she walked down the aisle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The majority of our Mums would have worn white on their day, but most of today’s Brides wear ivory, so a white veil just won’t go – even if it has discoloured a little over the years!
Tiara’s and headpieces are also very different from yesteryear – Side headpieces were almost never worn back in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s whereas today they are extremely popular. We probably sell more of these than we do the more traditional tiara.
How about asking to borrow a piece of Mum or Gran’s jewellery instead? Pearls & diamonds are classic and never date, so maybe a delicate necklace or pair of earrings is the way to go if you want to wear one of the family heirlooms!
Always choose your accessories when you’re wearing your wedding dress. As we said earlier, it’s about the whole look and should not be viewed as individual components. Take advice from your Bridal Consultant who’s seen dozens and dozens of combinations of gowns and accessories and will be able to select the headpieces and veils that best complement your dress, leaving you to make the final choice.
Your hairdresser will also want to know what you’re wearing on your head before she does your practice hair-do, so make sure you know what you’re wearing before you book that appointment.
If at all possible, try and book your final dress fitting on the same day as your hair practice, then you can go straight to your wedding gown shop from the hairdressers complete with head-dress and try on your dress and thus see the whole look as it will be on the big day itself.