Matching bridesmaids dresses? Veils?

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I have been reacquainting myself with wedding makeup over the last couple of years after a long stint of no weddings for many, many years and since my own nuptials thirteen years ago things have certainly changed.

The thought of seeing the groom pre- ceremony and snapping loads of bridal party pictures was not really even an option, for me part of the excitement was seeing each other for the first time as you walk past the guest filled rows and down the aisle to join together… and honestly I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I got married around the time when the sheath wedding dress was making a comeback thanks to Caroline Bessette-Kennedy. I remember shopping just months prior and finding that every dress made me look rather the cream puff…ultimately I had my dress custom made. But the one thing I did do which is completely on point now is let all my “maids” pick their own style of dress. Actually each girl wore the same floor length skirt and designed their own tops that would flatter their figure. I find that older brides are all over this trend… it’s less about making everyone conform and more about looking good.

The key to making this look work is keeping all your bridal party in the same fabric and color and length. This helps to give a sense of simpatico but lets each bridesmaid have their own individual style. Multicolored dresses and different fabrics tend to draw nothing but confusion in the eyes of wedding goers. Remember Carrie’s Sex and The City bridal party…red, black and blue? It may work fine in a movie when the star is wearing a Vivienne Westwood and a bird on her head but in the real world, it’s nothing but a simmering mess.

Another big question mark for brides is the veil, younger brides tend to love the veil but brides over the age of 35 often feel somewhat awkward wearing one. The truth is, it’s your day and if you don’t want a veil then skip it! Instead try wearing a gorgeous jeweled pin or comb in your hair. Most bridal salons can custom make a hair accessory for you. It used to be a no-no to wear hair down, but in the last few years I find that many brides are more comfortable and feel safer with hair around their face, just be sure that it doesn’t overwhelm you and cover you up. Pulling the hair back on the sides is always a great option. But a word of caution…if you even have an inkling that you might want a veil…buy an inexpensive one and have it ready in case the mood strikes you!

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