Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting times in any Bride's wedding journey; you get to spend some quality time with your favourite ladies, get pampered, and you can finally start envisioning yourself as an actual bride! Whatever style of dress you choose, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and like yourself for your Big Day. However, brides can often feel conflicted on what style of dress to go for if the wedding is to be a day of two halves, in particular if the ceremony is to take place in a house of worship, whilst the reception more resembles a bar/restaurant feel, or even a barn or tepee wedding! Alternatively we often speak to brides who simply can't decide which look they would prefer, so switch their look up between the ceremony and reception for the best of both worlds!
At Lily Houston Design, we would always advise that you choose the perfect dress (the one that makes you feel like royalty!) and worry about the details later. After all, there are so many ways to make a glamourous dress more conservative for a church wedding, and to make a reserved dress more extravagant for the evening do, all thanks to clever accessorising. This is our guide to the best ways to take your bridal look from day to night, plus you essentially get two looks on your wedding day - what's not to like?!
Demure to Decadent
If you've opted for a demure day look, but want to step it up a notch for your reception, bold accessories are the way to go. Choose a coloured clutch bag, or add some dazzling shoe clips to a simple pair of courts for a hint of sparkle.
For chillier weddings, ostrich feather and faux-fur boleros can give a fun, jazz age look, and make a very Instagram-able photo opportunity if you also source them for your bridesmaids!
Big, glitzy jewellery completes the look and is such a simple costume change, as is adding a crystal side headband, for ready to wear sparkle!
Decadent to Demure
Veils are your best friends in this instance, especially if your gown has an open back or sheer panels which you'd rather cover for the ceremony. If you're unsure of how to choose your veil, be it length, style, or decoration, you can check out our guide for helpful tips. Complement your veil with a delicate hair comb and understated jewellery to complete the look.
Start with a neutral base
One of the most popular choices is to take a simple dress and give it two distinct personalities; demure for the 'I Do's' and decadent for dancing!
For the ceremony, boleros and cover-ups are such a fun way to give your dress a toned down look, especially when you've chosen a simple strapless gown. With everything from full lace sleeves to vintage inspired cropped silk organza jackets, and high-necked to Bardot cuts available, it's easy to find a look that suits both your ceremony and your dress perfectly.
To give a distinct look for the evening, lose the bolero and swap in a bridal belt - the sparklier the better! Choose some statement jewellery (drop earrings and striking necklaces are perfect!) and finish your look with a Tiara fit for Royalty!
Love, Lily x