The ‘big day’ is one of the most important times in not only a bride’s life, but all those who surround her. But, before the wedding day itself, there will be a number of other celebrations and events for the bridal party - from the hen party to the wedding rehearsal dinner - to shopping days and inspections of vendors, to wedding and bridesmaid dress fittings.
Images: Selena Satin Jumpsuit, Guipure Mini Dress, Society Lace Dress, Marchessa Notte Lace Dress
We have put together some of the best versatile outfit options for any pre-wedding engagements, for both the bride and her bridesmaid entourage during the countless festivities and bridal celebrations on the horizon, along with beauty tips to keep your skin, hair, nails and teeth in tip top condition.
For the bride, we opted for looks that range from non-traditional, sexy to slightly more conservative depending on celebratory formalities. Our first pick is the Selena Satin Jumpsuit by Solace London; a different, yet statement piece suitable for a girly kitchen tea to a night out on the town with the girls that is not only a non traditional option for a bride, yet also feminine and strong. For more of a sexy, elegant and feminine feel appropriate for an engagement party or bridal shower, the guipure Lace, crepe and tulle mini dress by Self Portrait. This mini dress emulates girly touches through the sheer sleeves and flower patterning.
If an elegant, below the knee, traditional lace choice is more workable for your event, such as a formal engagement party or bridal shower dinner, the Society Guipure Lace Dress by Rebecca Valance is the perfect choice for such occasions, and always a staple which can be a versatile option for more formal events. If you are a more mature bride, scratching for options that cater towards a slightly different demographic can be challenging. That’s why we’ve done some research for you and found this little number from Marchesa Notte, the tulle-panelled lace dress. Perfect for all skin tones, baring the shoulders through a light flesh toned illusion neckline, while keeping a feminine and fresh look.
The Bridal Entourage
As part of the Bride’s entourage, it is important to take colour choices into consideration when selecting your outfit to ensure you don’t make the Bride feel outshined, while of course still ensuring you look your best. Our two options draw on a classic navy colour. For a relaxed fit, that can be dressed down with sneakers or up with a classic black pump, the Satin Open Back Cami Midi Dress is perfect for a casual celebration or a fun hen party. For an option that is versatile for a formal engagement party, kitchen tea or bridal shower - even as a wedding guest - the Star Lace-Panelled Mini Dress by Self Portrait is a sexy and elegant option that is a core piece for any wedding festivities.
Images: Satin Back Cami Dress, Star Lace Panelled Dress
Bridal Party Beauty Tips
Implementing a beauty regimen is one of the top items on every bride’s, maid of honour and bridesmaid’s to do list. Of course, seeing a beautician for a personalised skincare routine is key to catering to individual needs. Our favourite picks include products assisting in nourishing the finer details for the big day. We often forget that not only does our skin needs a bit of TLC, but so does our hair. Using a hair masque, as frequently as desired will provide added hydration and cure split ends, our favourite is the Signature Moisture Masque by Oribe. As we style our hair most days, and especially for countless bridal and wedding celebrations, it is important to use products that won’t damage our locks; a great product to use while styling is the Heat Styling Shield by Oribe. To ensure not only our manes are taken care of, a manicure is always on the cards as we show off any bling.
A great way to strengthen nails and cuticles in between manicures is a nail oil. The Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil by L’Occitane is a great item that can be thrown into your handbag for everyday use, and with its brush applicator, it’s simple and mess free to use. A gentle exfoliator is key to replenishing skin cells for preparation and steps towards a radiant complexion. Our top pick is the Jojoba Peeling Milk by Dr. Spiller. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, making it a great start to start a skin care regimen.
For all bridal and wedding festivities, no girl wants to leave the house undone. With bridal and wedding celebratory looks typically emulating the less-is-more feel, it is important to extenuate one's features and not go too overboard. Follow this tutorial by celebrity makeup artist, Monika Blunder, for a Timeless and Sophisticated Makeup for all Skin Tones which is appropriate for any celebration and even if you are a low maintenance bride, this is the perfect look for a radiant and glowing look. However, if you are in need of a bit more va-va-voom, check out Sazan Hendrix Bridal Wedding makeup by makeup artist Lyndsay Zavitz, which includes a step-by-step tutorial with lots of great hints and tips.
Last but not least, it is important our pearly whites are kept in check. Why not snap up a professional teeth whitening kit for yourself and the rest of the bridal squad in preparation for the big day, or any other celebration - so not only is your highlighter glowing - but so is your smile. No doubt all of these hints and tips will leave all the members of the bridal party beauty looking flawless from head to toe!
There’s so much to consider when preparing for your big day, we’ve put together some hints and tips on the bride to-be’s one year guide to planning a wedding.