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Perfecting Your Wedding Look To Feel Like A Million Dollars

The way that you look on your wedding day can affect the event dramatically, as you need to feel elegant, confident and beautiful to strut down the aisle and marry the love of your life without a care in the world. Fortunately, figuring out how to plan the perfect look doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might expect, as there are just a few key features that you need to source in order to turn your wedding outfit dreams into a reality today. So, if you’re interested in finding out more, then simply read on! 

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The Perfect Wedding Gown 

The most important (and likely, most expensive) feature of your wedding day outfit is the gown that you choose to wear, and there’s a seemingly endless list of possibilities for you to explore. The sheer volume of available wedding gowns is both a blessing and a curse, as although your dream dress probably exists, it might be very difficult and time consuming to find. Before you even begin your quest to source your dream gown, there are a few key considerations that you need to keep in mind. First off, you need to decide on a budget that you should stick to when investing in your dress, as this will impact your search quite dramatically. Having a limitless budget will mean that you don’t have to worry about a thing, but even those without a large sum of cash to splash can still find their dream gown! Though it’s traditional to buy your wedding dress outright so that you can treasure it for years to come, in the modern day you can choose instead to rent a gown for a much more affordable fee. You can still find luxurious designer wedding dresses, but just without the usual hefty price tag! 

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Once you’ve been able to decide on a budget for your gown, your next focus should be the style of your dress or any particular features that you would like your dress to have. This will help to cut down your search time dramatically, as knowing in advance that you’d like to have a ball gown style or a rose-gold toned dress will focus your search into one specific area. Even if you think you know exactly what you want, it’s always a good idea to visit a large wedding gown store to try on a variety of different styles and colours so that you can see what looks best for your body type and skin tone. You may find that your original dream dress doesn’t quite live up to your expectations, and subsequently find a more suitable design or feature that you love and may have never considered before. From fitted mermaid gowns that hug your curves to vintage lace sleeved looks, there’s a whole word of wedding dresses out there just ready and waiting to make you feel like a million dollars. 

Finding a reputable and well-stocked gown store that boasts a personal stylist service will seem like a dream come true, as having an expert pair of hands to help you uncover your ideal match will make the process far more efficient (and enjoyable!). They can point you in the right direction towards a gown that promotes your best features, and make sure that you stay within your price range. It could take you months to find a dress that a personal stylist might pick out in a couple of minutes, so if your special day is just around the corner then this is definitely a service that you might wish to consider. 

Shoes & Accessories

Once you’ve been able to source your dream dress, your next priority should be to find the perfect pair of shoes along with a few eye-catching accessories to add the final touches to your outfit. There are many different things that you should think about before deciding on the right pair of shoes, as opting for the wrong ones could ruin your look. Of course it’s always a good idea to try and match your shoes with your wedding gown to maintain one specific style, so take your dress into consideration to identify whether the shoes you choose will complete or destroy your outfit. A pair of heels is generally the best option due to the fact that they will elongate your legs and help you to feel strong and confident, but there are thousands upon thousands of heels on the market that you need to sift through to find the perfect match. If you have a particular designer or brand in mind then this can help you to narrow down your search, as well as a specific colour or style (e.g. stiletto). If you want to move away from the more traditional wedding shoe, then choosing a flat alternative might be the ideal option to explore. You can stay feminine and find something comfortable yet cute such as a ballet pump or even a pair of sandals if you’re planning a summer wedding. If you’re not a total ‘girly-girl’ and want something that better suits the real you, then you can even find a blinged-out pair of white trainers! 

In addition to the perfect pair of shoes, you also need to find a few accessories such as a pair of earrings, a necklace and potentially some kind of clutch bag that you can use to store your phone and emergency makeup. If you know what your wedding ring looks like then you should make an attempt to match in your extra jewellery, as wearing clashing metals and different styles could detract from your outfit and make you look mismatched. If you’ve chosen a simple gown then you can find a few statement pieces such as an elegant precious stone necklace that glistens under the spotlights, or perhaps a delicate bracelet that’s made out of the same material as your ring. These extra details will complete your outfit and bring your look together, so don’t doubt the importance of sourcing stunning accessories for your special day. 

Hair & Make Up 

Your final focus is to perfect your wedding look and make sure that you feel like the belle of the ball is your hair and make up. This is something that might take a little more time and planning than you would initially expect, as you’ll probably try out a range of different looks and styles before you find the perfect hair and makeup duo for your special day. When searching for a hairdresser or make up artist, always check for reviews that have been left by previous customers to see whether their services are really worth the money. Some reviews should have pictures attached so you can see for yourself whether you like their style, so utilize these to make a more informed decision. 

You can choose any kind of style or look for your hair on your wedding day, and you can even have a total transformation by dying and cutting your hair on the morning of your special event to give your partner a little surprise! Whether you want your hair up or down, curly or straight, just make sure you feel confident and comfortable with the style that you agree on. You’re going to need a bottle of one of the best hairsprays on hand to keep your hair in place as you celebrate, so don’t forget to invest in a small bottle to pop inside your clutch for any hair emergencies during the day or night as you party without a care in the world. 

Uncovering an amazing makeup artist is one of the best ways to boost your confidence on your wedding day, as feeling as beautiful as ever will give you the self assurance you need to make the most of your event without feeling self conscious. Approach your makeup artist with a few different ideas or concepts that you might like to try such as a sultry smoky eye or a full on glitter-glam look, and find inspiration online that you can show them to get a better idea of what you really want. Don’t be afraid to try out a few completely different makeup styles to see which features best suit your skin tone, eye colour and wedding style, as you never know just how beautiful something may look until you actually try it out. 

Perfecting your wedding look to feel like a million dollars has never been so simple when you can take the time to follow some of the brilliant steps that have been carefully detailed above. Making sure that you feel beautiful and confident on your special day will help to craft the most positive memories, as no one wants to feel underdressed or out-of-style on their wedding. Start by sourcing your dream gown, then add the right pair of shoes and a few cute accessories to finish off your outfit. Don’t forget to find the best hairdresser and make up artist to finish your look to make you the belle of the ball! 

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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