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Bridemaids’ Duties on the Wedding Day


In a previous article we spoke about Bridesmaids’ duties before the wedding event, you can find it here ( al our tips. 

Here we try to figure it our what are the bridesmaids’ duties for the actual wedding day, what are the specific tasks you should perform if you have been asked to be a bridesmaid for your friend’s wedding and you have no idea of what you can do to help and support her on this special day. Think of it about the ultimate checklist for Bridesmaids’s wedding day duties.  

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So after supporting the bride during the wedding planning process, the wedding shower and wedding side-events your job hasn’t finished yet, there is still the big day with the wedding ceremony and the reception to go. So be ready to be there for the bride! Here a list of duties for the wedding day: 

  • Try to keep a calm and happy atmosphere among the other bridesmaids and the bride throughout all the day: this is extremely important since your friend will need your emotional support on the wedding day, remeber that she will be nervous!  

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  • Try to be on-time for the bride’s hairdresser and make-up artist appointments, it could be at the saloon/spa or at her house or ceremony venue, but be there on time.  

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  • Prepare an emergency kit for the bride; this should include tissues, lipgloss/lipstick and other make up she might need during the day for a touch-upa sewing kit in case of last minute dress retouches or for any wedding dress problems may arise, quicksilvers are also essential in my experience and very practical. Also, include in the kit some basic remedies, such as aspirin. It is important to be prepared! 

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  • Do not forget the snack and a bottle of champagne for the bride and the other bridesmaids while you’re getting ready. This is very important also for creating a relaxing atmosphere before the ceremony.
  •  Get dress and ready before the bride to help her into the bridal gown. This is one of the nicest moment for the pre-wedding photography session, so make sure that the photographer is there to document this special moment.  

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  • During the ceremony keep an eye on the bride’s veil, it should be placed in the right way (depending on the veil usually it could go on a side or in the aisle) for the photographer to take great pictures. Seat in the front by the bride’s side and be ready for the procession back out at the end of the ceremony.

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  • Be prepared with the wedding party to enter the reception area right before bride and groom once you are announced. So do not get lost during the cocktail hour, nobody wants to look for you in that moment and bride and groom won’t be eager to wait for you!

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  • You might need to give a speech after bride and groom arrival at the reception venue, this actually depends on the bride’s choice. So be prepared for it and have your speech ready before the wedding day, considering that this day you will probably have no time to organize your idea and write down something. You can note down on a piece of paper your ideas or on your cellphone, or just memorize it. It is up to you! 

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  • Try to be the soul of the party and make sure that all the guests are having a great time! So, once the music kicks in, start dancing on the dance floor, so that people will join you and the party will easily start. Also try to mix with the guests and make sure that people are entertained. This will help bride and groom to relax and have fun. 

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  • Help with any surprise you prepared for the reception and party time, any entertainment show, special dances, flashmob, etc. 
  • Help with the newlyweds exit at the end of the reception gathering the guests outside and have the car ready for them to go away. 

So bridesmaids to be, we hope that this article can help you have your duties clear and be a real supportive rock for the bride during her special day! 





In Beauty & Fashion/ Wedding Trends

A Look at Oscar de la Renta’s 2018 Bridal Collection

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2017 is almost over and we need to start at the latest trends for 2018 in terms of bridal dresses and accessories. Next year wedding season is approaching really fast, so all the brides to be need to take a look at the latest fashion trends before making the big choice about their wedding dress. In this article I want to introduce you to the 2018 bridal collection designed by one of the most passionate and celebrated designers in the world: Oscar de la Renta. The creative directors for this collection were Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. The dresses showcased at the Bridal fashion week last April were beautiful, timeless and heavenly, with delicate flowers and plants elements, such as ferns, petals, foliage and leaves embroideries, reflecting the typical Oscar de la Renta style. Delicate touches, floral patterns and feminine shapes are the unquestionable marks of Oscar de la Renta’s style. To mention one of the designer most famous quotes: “I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant”.

The white jumpsuit with a big lace at the back definitely caught my eyes; this outfit could be perfect for an intimate and informal wedding.

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Here a charming deep V-neck dress with awesome embroideries of floral details. Deep V-neck is definitely a pattern of this 2018 collection.

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I madly loved this veil with flowers details, it looks so airy.

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All the dresses in this collection are extremely feminine and they perfectly reflect Oscar de la Renta’s style.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Bouquet/ Brides/ Flowers/ Wedding Trends

Tips for Picking the Right Bouquet for your Wedding

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Sometimes, picking the bouquet could be an issue! Don’t know what to do or what to choose? Don’t worry, here I give you some useful tips that you better keep in mind while planning your wedding!


A main element you should consider before picking your wedding bouquet is the style of your wedding celebration: will it be romantic, bohemian, rustic, classic? For example if you choose a rustic wedding, the perfect bouquet must include colorful wildflowers and twine, if you choose a romantic wedding, you can use white and light pink roses and for a bohemian wedding you can use an eye-catching bouquet with field flowers, feathers, leaves, branches and spikes.


Another tip to picking the bouquet is the height of the bride; you don’t need to use a big or heavy bouquet if you are not tall, try to find a bouquet size according to your height.


The way you going to carry the bouquet, the size and shape are very relevant, we can choose between classic bouquets, cascade bouquet, round bouquet, posy, etc. for example if you want to take it very relaxed  you can chose a classic or posy bouquet.


You need to know that the bouquet is one of the most important accessories for your wedding, so be sure to have everything quite ready before picking the flowers for your bouquet because this needs to be in line with all the other elements of our wedding (dress, decoration, colorpalette, centerpiece, etc.)




In Beauty & Fashion/ entertainment/ Wedding tips/ Wedding Trends

10 Wedding Superstitions you Should Keep in Mind!

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Times have changed but wedding superstitions are certainly alive! There are many beliefs on what bride and groom can or cannot do before the wedding celebration. There are few things that they cannot do before the wedding and things that they absolutely have to do before the big day otherwise they will be cursed for all their married life. And everybody here wants to be happily married right? So here a list of the most famous wedding superstitions that you can easily follow; believe or not in superstations I suggest to keep them in mind on your wedding day!

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  1. Bride and groom cannot see each other before the wedding! This is a classic superstition. Bride and groom can see each other only before the midnight of the wedding day; otherwise you have to wait until you are at the altar.
  2. The groom cannot see the bride’s wedding dress before the ceremony, this means very bad luck! So you brides to be, do not allow your future husband into your room the night before your wedding or in case he is around and you cannot avoid it hide your wedding dress somewhere else safe (your closet if it fits or somebody else’s room).
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  3. On the wedding day the bride must have something old, something new and something borrowed. Something old symbolizes the past and the importance of bride’s previous life; something new symbolizes the future and the new married life ahead; finally something borrowed would ideally be from a family member or a close friend, someone who has a real meaning for the bride. Something borrowed symbolizes that loved people are always with us, even when we start a new phase of our life.
  4. There is also another theory according to which the bride needs to wear something blue on the wedding day. This could be an invisible blue ribbon on bride’s bra, a bracelet with blue details, but it is very common that the bride wear a blue garter under the wedding dress. The blue symbolizes bride’s sincerity and purity.
  5. The bride cannot look herself in the mirror before going to the ceremony, in case she cannot avoid doing so she needs to take off a shoe or an earring or some other accessories.
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  6. If it rains on your wedding day do not panic! In many cultures there are beliefs that states that if it rains on your wedding day this will bring your marriage good luck! This is due to the fact that a wet knot is more difficult to untie than a dry one; that is why you will have a longer and happier marriage than ever!
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  7. While going to the ceremony venue the bride must not cross a nun or a monk’s path, this can bring you very bad luck!
  8. During the ceremony keep an eye on your wedding rings! It is extremely important that they do not fall on the ground during the wedding ceremony. In case this happens you must have the priest or your officiant to pick them up. Do not pick them up yourself!
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  9. Break a glass once married! According to this belief you will have many happy years of marriage as the pieces the glass breaks into.
  10. There are different theories on the best day of the week to get married. Usually it is known that you should not get married on Tuesday or Friday. Tuesday is the day of Mars, the god of the war so it is obvious that when you are starting a marriage you want to avoid any kind of fight. And Friday is known as the day of the birth of the evil spirits, so you might want to avoid this day too. But it is actually relative, since in some country as Norway, they believe that Friday is an excellent day to get married because is the day of Venus, the God of love. Saturday is the perfect day to get married according to many cultures, which is why the majority of the weddings take place on this day.shutterstock_127839878 (1)

There are many other beliefs and superstitions related to the wedding day, this is a list of the ones I have heard many times, also from my couples. If you know more wedding superstitions it would be great if you could share them in the comments!

In Beauty & Fashion/ colors palette/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Glamour Black and Gold Color Palette

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The combination of black with golden tones is perfect if you want a glamorous and luxurious wedding celebration.

The details of the cards, decoration, and rings in this wedding play an important role and give an interesting contrast with the environment of the ballroom.

Bride’s shoes are so glamorous; they are gold and have beautiful detail at the back, a precious ornament with shiny stones. The gold color comes back in the tie and the pocket-handkerchief of the groomsmen and the beautiful and elegant bridesmaids’ dresses. This color palette was chosen for a New Year’s Eve wedding and the effect was amazing.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Brides/ Fashion/ Wedding Trends

Bridal Makeup Trends for 2017-2018

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Nowadays brides are edgier when it comes to makeup. For nighttime weddings the trend is the smokey eyes that can be made in different tones, such as gold, pink, copper, bronze or nude; the pink tones are the most used ones lately. We do not only use a range of cool tones or warm ones, but currently there is a tendency to use a combination of cold and warm tones, for example we can use grey and silver mixed with a chocolate tone for the crease to give warmth to the look. A good pair of false lashes, individuals or strips will complete the look.

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For day time weddings we can use similar tones or something more fun such as mango or cherry colors, or neutrals, but going softer with the dark tones to limit the dramatic effect of the makeup, which is more suitable for nighttime weddings. At the end, everything depends on what the bride wants, her style and the makeup she is looking for; there are brides who opt for natural makeup looks and others who choose a strong smokey eye. Let’s always keep in mind the style of the wedding: there is a big difference between a midday country wedding and a glamorous night wedding.

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As for the skin, I love the strobing technique; an illuminated skin in specific places (the highest points of the face) creates a nice 3D effect, a radiant and fresh look for the bride. Let’s forget the dull, total matte skin with a thick and cakey layer of foundation…now the trend is to have a healthy look, full of life and dimension.

Do not forget the contouring, which properly applied and perfectly blended, sculpts the face and can make you look like you lost 4 Kg. This technique sharpens and defines bride’s features to make her look even more beautiful in photos. You might need to use it moderately, so that it is not too obvious in person.

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In my opinion foundation with airbrush makeup is a perfect option for brides, either if they prefer light or full coverage. This technique uses an airbrush to apply the makeup as a spray onto the skin (makeup for airbrush is more liquid and is more pigmented); this makeup gives brides an even and smooth porcelain skin that lasts up to 24 hours. It is highly recommended for oily skin due to its long duration and a matte effect. Once applied, we can highlight the areas we prefer. It is noteworthy that this depends on the makeup artist’s technique and the products he/she uses. I always recommend having a makeup dry run or trial before the wedding to make sure that you like it and to avoid last minute issues. Other tip is not to have many hairs on the face because with this technique your face could look fuzzy, so it is always better to schedule your facial waxing before the wedding.

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As for the lips, matte lipsticks are very in, nude tones, light pink or a bit darker. The good thing is that they last very long and they do not leave the lip mark when you kiss the groom. That’s definitely the best part!

The eyebrows well defined while keeping a natural effect, let’s avoid extremely marked eyebrows since they make you look older and they just don’t look natural.
Moderation is the key.

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In Beauty & Fashion/ Bouquet/ Brides/ Bridesmaid's/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Tips for Picking Bridesmaids Dresses

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Picking the bride’s dress is certainly the biggest choice you have to make for a wedding celebration, but after it you need to start thinking about your bridesmaids dress. The general rule is: buy your bridesmaids dresses after you bought your dress and you selected the venue and the date for your special day. Venue and date are things you should have already set before shopping for your dress as well, as I say here:

The aim of this article is to give you some useful tips before picking bridesmaids dress:

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  • Look at your dress, the style and the silhouette of your dress, as well as the color, the texture and the details. Your bridesmaids’ dress should definitely fit the vibe of your dress. There should be some sort of connection between the bride’s dress and the one of her bridesmaids. For example if your dress is a boho/vintage style, your bridesmaids cannot ware an eccentric gold and sparkly dress or a very formal dress.

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  • As you should have done before choosing your dress, always consider the date and the time of the wedding. A black long dress is not a good pick for a spring or summer midday-wedding celebration, or a hot pink short dress for a fall late night wedding. So always keep in mind that every season has its colors and every time of the day has its dress etiquette as well.
  • Your bridesmaids are your best friends so you should know them very well and know what they like, what they do not like, what they would wear and what they would never wear in their life. So always keep in mind their preferences before making the choice. Also, it would be good if you could include them in some way in the final decision. Flexibility is a great skill you should show here, as well as being understanding.


  • I am sure your friends are beautiful to you, but let’s be real, not all your bridesmaids will have the perfect body to fit any kind of dress, there is always a very tall one, or a very short one, one with broad hips or a tiny waste, etc. So pay attention to all these details and try to find the dress that can perfectly fit them all and most importantly that can allow them to feel good in it for that day. Your besties will have to smile a lot and to take thousands of photos with you, so let them be comfortable at your wedding! Something that could be done in this situation is to use the same fabric and tailor different dresses for your bridesmaids depending on their silhouette shapes. You can use a mix of lengths and necklines for example.
  • Try to match the color you are going to pick for bridesmaids dress with your wedding color palette and take also in account that bridesmaids have flower bouquets that need to be matched with the dress. So keep in mind that too!


  • Accessories them! You should pick a nice necklace, or a cool pair of shoes that can all wear that day. This will look very nice on your wedding photos.
  • Set the budget with your friends. Do not assume that your bridesmaids have plenty of money to spend on your wedding day and set a specific budget for it and let them agree on the cost.

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Latest trends are using different kind of textures in the same colors for bridesmaids that works for informal wedding. For a very formal wedding it is necessary to use the same fabric for bridesmaids dress and in my opinion it would be better to have also the same dress silhouette for all of them. Other trend is to use different shade of specific color, for example shades of blue, or shades of green, this is a very common tendency lately, and I have to admit that the perfect combination of shades can look amazing!


In Beauty & Fashion/ Fashion/ Wedding tips/ Wedding Trends

Make-up Tips for Brides to Be!

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Every bride needs to be beautiful on her big day, so make-up is one of that thing that you have to consider carefully. Believe or not it’s easier that you expect, here I give you few basic tips that will save your life as bride to be!

  • Choose the correct makeup base according with the tone of your skin is the key to get a good result.


  • The eyes are extremely important, so we certainly need to highlight them. Depending on the eye color we might need to use dark, smoky or light tones.


  • Stick to the “Less is more” lemma. You cannot use too much make-up, or extremely dark tones, always remember that this is your wedding and you should appear ethereal and charming. So try to shine and enhance your natural beauty using brown shades, smoky tones, especially for green and blue eyes, and nude lips.

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  • The season is a very important factor that you should consider while choosing the right color. Light and warm colors are perfect for summer and spring, while dark and cold colors are the ideal accomplice to look beautiful in winter and autumn seasons.


  • Don´t forget the balance and harmony between the hairstyle and the makeup tones to get the correct result. This is an issue you might want to discuss with both your hairstylist and make-up artist.

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Find the perfect wedding dress for you with these tips

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Find the perfect wedding dress to complement your body shape is a hard one! When shopping for your wedding dress you should focused on colors, fabric, details, but most importantly on the silhouette style of the dress, since it needs to perfectly fit your body shape. This is actually good, since you will see that you manage to limit the endless stream of wedding dress choices on the market.

What does “it needs to perfectly fit your body shape” mean? The wedding dress needs to emphasize your best body features and it needs to de-emphasize your critical areas (large shoulders, tiny waste, broad hips, etc.) The key here is to enhance your figure and make you look amazing for your wedding day!

If you have a full bust and full hips kind of body shape with waist definition you should definitely opt for a classic A-line model which camouflage hips, balance wide shoulders and it is the perfect way to elongate your body line. It’s a classic wedding dress style from the 50’s and it is actually ideal for several kinds of body shapes such as the apple, pear and rectangle shapes.

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If you have a full bust and full hips kind of body shape without waist definition you should definitely avoid puffy designs and stiff fabrics, so do not opt for the ball gown silhouette style, but rather go for a softer style such as the empire model or the classic A-line dress. This will definitely help hiding your critical area, such as broad hips or big thighs. The empire model has a high waist and short bodice and the skirt begins under the bustline. This style de-emphasizes the waist-line and makes you look taller and leaner.

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If you have broad hips and little shoulder (triangle shape) you can also opt for a mermaid silhouette style, which follows your body line from the chest to the knees and then flares out into a widening skirt. It is a glamorous and sensual style, ideal for brides who want to show off their curves. This type of dress is not good for apple shape and plus size brides. A special tip: this dress style is ideal for those brides extremely comfortable with their body, so if you do not feel that way it is not worthy to wear it. Remember that the wedding day, you should look awesome, happy and you should not be worried about how you look like or if the dress is too much for you.

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Very similar to the marmeid silhouette is the trumpet model, the difference is that this style has a straight-lined bodice and the cut before the flair skirt begins is more pronounced. It is ideal for bride with small waist, but not for apple share and pear shape brides since it stresses critical areas, such hips and belly.


Another classic wedding dress silhouette is the ball gown, which is characterized by a fitted bodice through to a tiny waist with a full skirt. This type of dress is good for almost all body shapes since it balances proportions, but it is not a good choice for short bride and apple shapes with full bust, full hips and no waist definition. A special tip: this silhouette style looks good on masculine figures, since it enhances elegance and bride’s feminine side and it gives the illusion of improving your body curves.

If you are short and slim and you are in love with simple and elegant dresses you should opt for the sheath model, a signature of simplicity that extends your bodyline and gives the illusion of height. This silhouette style has no waistline and the skirt falls straight down the floor, this creates a sense of elegance and sophistication.

Overall, what I can say from my experience as wedding planner the silhouette style is essential but it is also important that every bride doesn’t limit her preferences and try on all the dresses that she likes. These are only tips, the real wedding dress is also made by the bride, her personality and her appeal. Finally one thing I have personally experienced: that day you will look amazing and radiant, since your happiness will make vibrate everything!

In Beauty & Fashion/ Fashion/ wedding dress/ Wedding Trends

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress


Are you in that moment of the wedding planning process? I know…it’s a big deal! Choosing your wedding dress is a stressful and extremely important decision a bride needs to make. Let’s start from the color, it can also be a huge issue: “I might opt for a classic white, no wait maybe ivory is classier… and if I opt for ivory…which shade of ivory should I go for? … Or maybe a champagne tone goes more with my skin color.” We better do not mention the kind of the fabric, should I opt for an embroidered lace or for a more simple option such as satin … should I consider chiffon or tulle … and what about the accessories you might want to use???… it is a huge and apocalyptic decision! As you can see there are soooooo many things you should consider before choosing your wedding dress, but one thing is for sure: try not to make such a big deal!


The purpose of this article is to help you consider the relevant and pertinent things before making the big choice. Here a list of things you should definitely consider before going shopping for your wedding dress:

  • BUDGET: this is an extremely important issue, without money you cannot have the $ 100,000.00 dress of your dream. So prioritize and come up with a real budget for the dress. This should not include accessories, so reserve a part of budget for accessories: veils, shoes (I mean SHOES, other scary and apocalyptic issue!), jewelries, tiaras and more.
  • DO RESEARCH: you should definitely spend some time researching the web and the major bridal and wedding magazines. You will end up knowing the names of the best wedding dress designers and dreaming about haute couture wedding dresses. Other suggestion I can give you is to prepare some mood boards with what you have in mind, perhaps use Pinterest; this will help organizing your ideas. You can divide the boards based on the dress color, the dress length, the top choices and the less probable choices, etc.


  • SEASON: take in account when you are getting married. Is it a spring wedding, a winter wedding, a summer or fall wedding? This is something you got to have clear before making your choice. On the season depends the fabric you might want to use, the neckline, the accessories and much more.
  • TIME AND PLACE: you should consider at what time are you getting married, is it a day or a night wedding? Also what about the venue? Is it a rustic Hacienda, a luxury hotel ballroom or an open space with a tent? All this factors influence your wedding dress choice. For example if you are tying the knot during the daytime you can also consider a short wedding dress.

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  • LENGTH: definitely consider length as an important factor and have a clear idea of the length of the dress you are looking for. Are you looking for a floor-length wedding dress? or do you prefer a knee-length? Or what you have always dreamed of was a wedding dress train? And if this is the case, a cathedral train, a royal train or perhaps a chapel train? … So, have this clear before going shopping!
  • SILHOUETTE: you got to be honest with you and your body. Try to find the dress shape that best fits your silhouette. For example if you have some problems in the hips and thighs you should opt for a ball gown dress, if you have curves go for a mermaid dress, etc.

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A part from all the items listed above I suggest you to be honest with yourself and also to believe in your instincts, so if you feel like you have just found the dress of your dream, just go for it. Try to make it not so complicated! Also try to think outside of the box and be open to different styles, even if you have your own thoughts on the wedding dress. Many brides opt for dresses that not necessarily reflect their style. So, good luck on your wedding dress hunting!