In a perfect world, the biggest day of your life starts bright and early after a fantastic night’s sleep, with the sun shining, birds tweeting and every single thing – from the violinist to the vol-au-vents – arriving on time.
Of course, this isn’t the perfect world and only the very fortunate manage to get through their wedding day without some sort of mishap. But your heels snapping, make-up smudging and speakers breaking doesn’t mean the day is ruined; far from it. In fact, the odd calamity is all part of the (rather stressful) fun.
To at least try and make getting hitched go without a hitch, take a look at these five essential things to invest in on your wedding day…
With a selective nod to SS14’s primmest, prettiest looks, Vanity Fair takes cues from high society’s finest to deliver a chic, floral infused edit. Cut in soft feminine shapes and painted in saccharine shades, look to ladylike separates, candied pastels and garden variety graphics for this upper-crust get-up. But it’s not all super serious sophistication; add a little fun to the prim parade with conversational prints and unexpected fabrics…
We’ve taken some of our favourite pieces from the Vanity Fair lookbook and styled four gorgeous outfits to see you from spring soiree to high tea!
In a palette good enough to eat, this ice cream coloured collection gives the ol’ pencil skirt and smart shirt combo a sweet shakeup. A stylish evening look, pair this statement set with a blazer and switch your clutch for a grown up tote for work-worthy in a flash.
While spring and summer are seen as the traditional seasons to get wed, winter nuptials have become increasingly popular among brides and grooms-to-be. Saying ‘I do’ in the depths of winter might not come with hair-friendly weather but it certainly has its charm. It’s cheaper for one thing, allowing engaged couples to cut down their budget by a whopping quarter. Plus, it’s soooo romantic at this time of year…roaring fires, blankets of snow, the magic of Christmas…dreamy!
Be the best dressed guest
If you’ve been invited to a winter wedding you may already know that finding cold-weather occasion wear isn’t always easy. While summer soirees call for pretty pastels and gorgeous florals, winter weddings are a different kettle of fish, looking instead to darker tones and grown-up prints. It certainly isn’t a case of taking your trusty summer dress and throwing on a pair of tights and a layer or two.
And we’ve all heard the etiquette around colour; white/ivory is reserved for the bride and black is best avoided for daytime dos. But we’re not complete sticklers to the rules! We think black with a dash of colour can be fabulously sophisticated in winter, and there’s no harm in adding creamy touches with light shoes and accessories.
The best palettes to pick from for this time of year are the wintery hues of plum, forest green and midnight blue. Add some razzle dazzle to these pared-down tones with punchy prints, dazzling embellishments and party-perfect heels.
Champagne, something blue, drunken uncles – some things never go out of style when it comes to weddings. But there are some traditions that have failed to stand the test of time and simply fell flat at the feet of frantic brides-to-be. No more bouquet tossing or garter retrieving, new trends and traditions have jostled for place and found preference among modern couples.