You’ve done it—you found “the dress.” Now it’s time to pull the rest of your look together. Before you proceed, it’s useful to identify which shade of white your dress really is so that you can begin to add the finishing touches like jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories.. (This article should help.)
“Your accessories work best together if they are in the same color family, and have the same tones,” says Lisa Levine of Perfect Details, a Burlingame boutique and online shop specializing in bridal jewelry, wedding shoes and other fashion accessories. “You’ll almost never get an exact color match, so a little lighter or darker is fine and actually adds texture and dimension.”
There’s one exception to this rule: “Mixing different shades of white and ivory is not recommended.” Ivory tends to range from cream to slightly yellow, depending on the fabric or material. And the hues don’t play well together. If you’re unsure of what coordinating pieces to choose for your white dress, Lisa has a stylish solution:“This season there are many dazzling silver and gold accessories…why not go for the shimmer?”
For more accessory tips and trends, visit Perfect Details’ Blog.
It’s housekeeping time at Here Comes The Guide! We’ve reorganized our website a bit. If you’ve been reading our blog (thank you!), you’ll now find all our newest stuff over in Find Ideas, our online guidebook of wedding ideas, how-to’s, advice and lists of questions to ask prospective locations and vendors.
I paid $220 for my wedding dress. My colleague Jennifer? Got hers for $125. Since we were both footing the bill for our own weddings, there was precious little in the budget for our gowns (I had to make sure there were enough offerings at the pasta bar to satisfy my Italian relatives!). We both looked lovely, by the way, even without spending two months’ rent on our wedding attire.
* Jennifer had no problem shopping a sale at Macy’s; though not designed specifically for weddings, her long, white Battenburg lace dress was a lot less pricey! So if pretty-and-white will work for you, check out the formal wear at your favorite department store.
* I wanted my wedding gown to be sexy and glamorous—and when I tried on a certain chiffon Watters & Watters bridesmaid’s dress, I couldn’t imagine letting my gal-pals steal the spotlight in that red-hot number! Shopping the ‘maids catalogs is a great way to save. Find what you like and then order it in white or ecru (or maybe like me, you’ll decide to walk down the aisle in living color!) Hint: Designer Siri has darling bridesmaid dresses which you can order in your choice of fabric and color—for under $400!
* Shopping Sample Sales or Salon Outlet stores can yield pretty amazing designer bargains. For example, Lili Bridals in Tarzana, CA, has a “back room” with designer gowns starting at just $99, and Glamour Closet has boutiques in LA, San Francisco and Chicago San Francisco that carry deeply discounted designer samples.