Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourdevoncornwall.wedding

 

Girl squad

Girl squad

Q. How do I keep all of my bridesmaids happy with the final dress style and colour?

A. Jan Beveridge says: When it comes to your bridesmaids' dresses, it's important to be organised. Put together a budget and timescale and have a chat with your best girls about what is really important to them. Do some research about what's available and don't forget it isn't always necessary to buy a bridesmaid's dress from a wedding dress shop. Many high street shops and department stores offer suitable occasionwear that your bridesmaids can re-use for other occasions. Your bridesmaids are unlikely to share the same body type, height, style and personality. You may even have a mix of women and young girls.
So how can you make sure that they all feel fabulous in their outfits? Depending on your budget, one idea is to have one style altered for every girl. This could be with a different neckline, sleeves or slightly different lengths to suit their body shape. Ensure that each gown is well fitting and that they feel comfortable. You need to remember that not all colours suit all skin tones and so you may want to choose a shade but have different tones for your bridesmaids. Teals and blues are a good example of how to work this – teals look great on warmer tones and cornflower blue on cooler tones. The only colour that suits all skin tones is primary red so choosing accents in this works well.
Encourage your bridesmaids to express their individual personalities through their accessories including shoes, hairpieces and jewellery.

Jan Beveridge
www.houseofcolour.co.uk

 

Dress up

Dress up

Q. I'm having a winter wedding and need to choose a dress that will take me from day to night. What can you suggest?

A. Dawn Collins says: Winter weddings are incredibly romantic with crisp weather, venues featuring cosy fireplaces and log burners, and intimate dinners by candlelight. For brides wanting to wow in their dress, they should embrace luxurious fabrics and embellishments at this time of the year that will look great day or night. Layered matt sequins, pearl details and beaded lace are all hot trends for 2019 and 2020 and at Lovely Bridal, we're loving Theia Couture's amazing geometric pearl gown. For added shimmer, brides can change the look of their dress over the course of the day by adding different styling pieces like the sequin over skirts and beaded jackets from designer Charlie Brear.

Whether the chosen wedding dress has long sleeves or no sleeves, brides getting married during winter can add a cosy cover up. This may be worn for most of the day, especially if photographs are taken outdoors, so it shouldn't be an after thought. Investing in a cashmere jumper, a slouchy cardigan from Rembo Styling, or even a stunning white leather jacket to look stylish whilst staying warm is a good idea. It can always be worn again with jeans after the wedding so it's worth splashing out on.

Dawn Collins
www.lovelybridal.co.uk

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