From ‘Kate and Wills’ to Kate Moss and her impending nuptials, it seems the whole world has got wedding fever! The press have been speculating about ‘Waity Katy’s’ outfit since the Royal Wedding was announced – no doubt countless brides will be looking to her for style inspiration. For more cutting edge bridal-wear, Kate Moss will be bringing her impeccable personal style to the altar when she ties to knot with Jamie Hince this year – we cannot wait to see what she picks!
But dress watching aside, Spring is the season when wedding invites flood in, and with them comes a whole host of style dilemmas.
Whether you’re a Royal, supermodel, or mere mortal, dressing for the big day is no mean feat for brides. Once you’ve finally found your dream dress, picking accessories that complement but don’t overwhelm it can be a nightmare! If you’re a guest or part of the wedding party, then the pressure’s on to stay stylish without upstaging the bride.
But brides-to-be, don’t fear – to help you with your dressing dilemmas, we’ve created a guide to accessorizing your wedding day look – whatever you’re planning for the big day. All you need to worry about now is the wedding favours, if the DJ’s good, who’ll catch the bouquet…
The Venue: A chic and small city wedding in a registry office or town hall, followed by an intimate reception in a local haunt, like a buzzy restaurant or bar.
Style Inspiration: Fashion forward brides like Kate Moss.
The Dress: Impeccably stylish, vintage or designer, your dream dress will be simple and understated but bang on trend – a shift or a short lace long-sleeved number.
The Accessories: Add drama to a simple outfit with out-there accessories. A Butterfly Fascinator looks chic pinned onto a low bun, and an Orchira pearl and turquoise necklace sits beautifully over a shift, or under a suit jacket.
The Venue: With no expense spared, this romantic would pick a dream venue like a fairytale castle, a cathedral in Italy, a hillside retreat, an old country manor or estate. The reception will be in a great hall, a lavish country hotel, or anywhere with inspiring views, with an impressive guest list and a feast of food.
Style Inspiration: Gwen Stefani’s Galliano creation (despite his recent fall from grace) was sheer romance. Or Katie Holmes at her lavish wedding.
The Dress: Strapless, with a huge skirt, a veil and train, and detailing like pearls, lace and embroidery.
The Accessories: A dreamy dress deserves classic but elegant pieces – like this pearl necklace. A cuff made from antique lace and pearls will make your outfit even more unique.
The Venue: Non-traditional, and probably outdoors: A sprawling, run down country house, in a park or forest, a boutique festival, a field or farm, or a beach. Guest list – a bunch of your best friends who will drink and dance until dawn, a good old family get-together, or just the two-of you on an exotic escape.
Style Inspiration: Sienna Miller, or a seventies style icon, like Talitha Getty or Stevie Nicks.
The Dress: Either vintage Victoriana in floaty chiffon, a seventies maxi, or sixties and short in lace or crochet.
Accessories: Hippie influenced pieces with an exotic edge – gold jewellery with brightly coloured gems. Paula Mendoza’s jewelry fits the bill – we love her cocktail ring and leaf shaped earrings.
The Venue: Super-traditional – a pretty church or historic home. Everything, from the food and flowers to the décor to the music will be meticulously organized and super tasteful.
Style Inspiration: Kate Middleton, naturally. Posh and elegant but not too over-the-top.
The Dress: A class, strapless column dress in pale cream satin, and no fussy detailing.
Accessories: Dareen Hakim’s cream clutch is the perfect partner to a classic dress. Ista jewelry’s adorable Love Birds necklace is romantic but understated.