Weddings are taking on a different look amid Covid-19. Couples are deciding to keep their original wedding date by planning a smaller intimate wedding. We support this movement and want to bring you inspiration and tips to plan yours.
Now, you are probably wondering what this would look like for your wedding day? We’re all about your wedding day look. So let’s get started to discover your wedding day ensemble!
Your first thought might be to limit your choices, however, I’d suggest going with your dream dress or gown. Why? Because it’s your wedding day, and this is not the time to hold back. To find the dress that you feel the most beautiful in will take a bit of time. So save planning time for dress shopping. The time you spend will be so worth it and if you love what you’re wearing your dress will go with any venue that you choose for your wedding. Another plus is you will wear it again for your larger wedding and reception post-Covid-19.
Not sure where to start with the dress shopping? Start at a Bridal Shop. Bridal owners are super knowledgeable about their styles and their inventory. I recently visited with Tiffany, owner of Mara Brides and she offered these tips.
• We stock sample pieces in sizes 8-26, with the average sample size being 16. Most dresses can be altered to fit 2 sizes smaller or 1 size larger.
•Also, any bridesmaid dress is available in white or ivory and available from the designer in 6-8 weeks for a specific size.
Knowing these two tips from Mara Bridal shop will surely help you find the perfect dress, and have a beautiful fitting wedding dress. Win-Win!
Need a Dress Fast?
Need a dress fast and worried about delays? Look for the section on wedding shops websites that offer “last-minute wedding dresses” that are ready to ship.” BHLDN is one site that has an entire page of last-minute wedding dresses that are in stock and ready to ship! Perfect for a surprise elopement, or if you’re simply a fuss-free bride, a ready to ship wedding dress can be yours in just days.
Here’s two of our favorites!
Another tip we’d like to share is to schedule your alteration appointment before your wedding dress arrives to ensure that the fitting is done 1-2 weeks before your wedding. Coordinating your appointment with the arrival of your dress will make fitting your dress enjoyable and stress-free.
Accessorizing is one of my loves! I think one of the myths to debunk about accessorizing is that it is quick and often left for the last thing you do as you get ready for an event. The truth is it’s a bit of a process to learn and to get right for your wedding day look. Let’s start accessorizing with deciding on your hairstyle and if you want to add a veil, a headband, or a jeweled hair comb. Any or none of these bridal hair accessories will work. Here are 2 examples of Brides one who chose no hair accessory but opted for an illusion cape and the other bride chose a gold wreath. Both Brides looked stunning on their wedding day.
Choices for Veils and Hair Accessories are fairly easy to find. A tip we’d like to share if you’re a petite bride check in your area for someone that makes custom veils and headpieces to ensure you have the right length and width for your veil. In the Northeast Iowa area, you’ll find my business Marti & Company as an experienced veil and headpiece maker. Look over the pictures below for inspiration for your wedding day hair accessories.
Here it’s good to stay close to your individual style rather than selecting a whole new look for your wedding day. I think it’s true that more is more and also, that less is more, both are fashionable. Mixing metals is still a popular style and always adds presence to your wedding day look. What’s most important is to select your style. Here are some inspirational photos to help you decide on your jewelry for your wedding day.
When selecting your shoes a comfortable style that you love is the #1 factor in deciding what to wear with one exception, if stilettos are your style, then bring another pair for dancing the evening away. I gathered photos of styles of shoes with varying heel heights and open toe vs. sling back vs. a pump. The center photo shows a satin pump customized with lace from the alteration pieces from the bride’s dress. The very first photo is shoes customized by The Crystal Show Company on Etsy. The pair of flats is from ASOS. Look for stores that have free online returns, an especially important feature in Covid-19 times. Try von maur (also interest-free credit card), Nordstroms , or Zappos.
Have the most fun planning your intimate wedding and if you like to share, send me photos to be featured in an upcoming blog post. I’d love it if you’d share this post with your friends, here’s the link: Planning an Intimate Wedding. Hope to see you soon!