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Top tips for a stylish wedding day

It’s one of the most important days of your life, so naturally you will want your wedding day to be perfect. Some brides want all the glitz and glamour with hundreds of onlookers, while others feel more comfortable in an intimate setting with only close friends and family — regardless of your personal style, there are countless ways to ensure your special day is as individual as you and your love.

Maybe you’ve got engaged recently and are just starting to pull together ideas, or everything is in place, and you’re simply looking for the final finishing touches. Wherever you are in the process, there’s always room for a little more inspiration! From venues to dresses, to planning the honeymoon and personal ‘thank you’ notes, keep reading for wonderful wedding ideas.

Put your mark on it from the start

One of the first decisions to make is whether you’ll follow a theme or concept, and what kind of wedding you want to have. Big or small? Church or hall? 150 people all day, or a smaller ceremony with a big party in the evening?

You’ll need to look at venues early on, as these can be booked up many months — if not years — in advance. So start thinking about where you can visualise yourself walking down the aisle (or if you’ll even have an aisle at all!). Research and visit a number of places, with different moods and settings, so you can truly get a feel for what makes you excited. Only then can you feel inspired to start filling in the rest of the details — choosing colors for decor and bridesmaid dresses, and starting to bring together a menu for dinner guests. Discuss everything openly with your partner, and don’t feel you’ve got to make any hasty decisions.

If you want to, invite friends and family along to view venues. However, try not to let anyone else’s opinions get in your head. At the end of the day, you’re doing this wedding for yourself and your partner. The only thing that matters is that you and your future spouse have a beautiful day, which you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

Introducing unique details on the day

Of course, for a lot of women ‘The Dress’ is central to wedding day decisions; without question, all brides want to feel beautiful, and comfortable, in their wedding attire. Increasingly, today’s brides are opting for uncustomary choices — be it a trouser suit, or an unusual vintage piece — but there’s still a big demand for more traditional gowns also. Remember to think about the season you’ll be marrying in. No one looks stylish freezing cold, or boiling hot! When in doubt, go for lacy layers; elegant and practical.

Wherever you end up buying your big day outfit, many brands offer customisation, so you’ll feel that you’ve got a real one-of-a-kind ensemble that you will fall in love with (and probably never want to take off, once you’ve put it on!).

When you’ve got yourself sorted, it’s time to think about bridesmaids, flower girls, page boys and anyone else you might be dressing on the day. Be considerate of different body shapes and personal preferences — show off your stylist skills by selecting outfits that complement each person, and they’ll love you for it.

Furthermore, you can add a touch of your individual flair in how you choose to dress the venue. Consider signage, decorations and little gifts for your guests that show your personality, or your love story. Did you and your partner meet at a music festival? Then why not borrow this aesthetic and have a hand-written table plan? Will you and your friends be wanting to dance the night away? Then make an order of wholesale flip flops and have them on-hand to give out, once everyone’s high heels have started hurting on the dance floor.

On your honeymoon, and beyond…

Any holiday is the perfect excuse to buy a few new items for your wardrobe, and you’ll only honeymoon once, so treat yourself and splash the cash if you can. If funds are looking a little low, ditch the traditional gift registry and ask loved ones to pay into a honeymoon fund, enabling you to get the holiday you’ve both always dreamed of.

Want to head to a style capital? Look at New York, Milan, Paris or London. Have you always imagined yourself looking great in khaki or safari chic? Tanzania and South Africa offer some of the most incredible wildlife experiences on this planet – and they definitely cater for luxury-seeking honeymooners. If pure indulgence and cocktails on the beach are more your style, then the Maldives and Mauritius have long been firm favourites with newlyweds.

When returning home, you may feel a bad case of the post-holiday and post-wedding blues. Never fear, as you’ll have so many memories from the wedding and honeymoon you simply must get some printed out to enjoy reliving the moments all over again. These days, many online services are offering digital prints, from standard photo sizes all the way up to wall art canvases – it’s all made so easy. Imagine a stunning photo of the two of you from your wedding day, as a signature piece of art in your marital home.

Show your gratitude to everyone who made your special day so memorable by sending ‘thank you’ cards. You could opt for handmade cards or include a picture of yourselves for that personal touch. If you’re super detail-orientated, keep these cards in the same aesthetic or color theme your guests experienced on your wedding day.

That’s it, the rest is up to you!

Everything is in place – you’ve secured the venue, you’ve invited all the guests, you’ve fallen in love with the dress, and the honeymoon is booked. You’ve put your personal touch on everything, and it will certainly be a day to remember. All that’s left to do now is say, “I do”. Congratulations, style sister!

22 January 2018

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