So, you have ‘said yes’ to the dress for many brides the most exciting part of wedding planning. It’s perfect, everything you have dreamed about but it doesn’t stop there. Now you are searching for the perfect veil, lingerie and hosiery to go with your dress.
Choosing your wedding dress
When I got married, I wore a strapless bra and lace pants, along with stockings and a suspender belt. All very ivory and pretty, I think that having something pretty under your wedding dress really helps you to feel confident and sexy on your wedding day.
Of course it is all dependant on what you are wearing. It could be you have a short dress, a long silky dress, backless, A-line, princess style. There is such a wide variety of wedding dresses and each one would need something different underneath. Some brides are wanting to wear stockings, or tights and some do not feel the need for either.
Choosing your bridal tights
Of course not only does your choice of dress effect this, it also depends on your shoes. For me open toes and tights is no, however I know that many people are happy with this. But footless tights could be just thing answer to this, if you are really wanting to wear tights and open toed shoes. Also if you are going to have a rather high heel, then you might need to think about the possibility of these needing to come off as the day goes on.
Would you be wearing flip flops, shoe-less or changing to a comfy flat pair. I know that I’m a shoes off kind of girl when it comes to my feet hurting, but I’m also more than aware that it often leads to holes in your bridal tights and stockings, which might not be want you want. So popping a pair of flat shoes under the table might be a good idea. It’s awful when your feet start to hurt.
One of the other things to think about when choosing your wedding underwear is, are you having a garter? Or are you wearing a garter but not having it removed by your new hubby during the evening reception? I think this will play a part in deciding if you are wearing hosiery.
There are so many things to think about when it comes to planning your big day, and I think you often forget the small little elements when you first start to plan.
A wedding is whatever you want it to be. It can be the fun and funky atmosphere that suits both you and your partner’s personality to a T. Or it can be the most elegant affair there ever was. But, whatever your style, elegant or not, we believe that every wedding should have a touch of it. It’s a day meant for celebration, class, and above all, fun! Don’t think that because you’re adding a little bit of elegance to your day, that you’re going to compromise on the style that you truly want. It’s just about making sure that you have the most fabulous day that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. So, we want to show you a few ways that you can ensure your special day has a bit of elegance, have a read on to find out more.
Before The Day Elegance
So, the first thing that you need to try and master is having a bit of elegance before the day. Before the actual day of your wedding, all you will be doing is planning to make sure the day is absolutely perfect, and one of the biggest thing to try and sort is your dress. Now, you might already have an idea in your head of what style you might like, but that will all change when you go to the dress shop. Once you actually see yourself in a range of different dresses, your mind will definitely be turned. We believe that to add a bit of elegance to your dress, you need to focus on being simplistic. Long lace sleeved, with a satin plain white long finish is the perfect kind of dress for a bit of elegance. The arms are a beautiful touch that’s a firm favourite among brides to be all year round.
On The Day Elegance
You’ll have built up this moment in your head for so long, that you can’t even remember what it’s like not to be nervous. If you want our advice, the best way to calm those nerves is to get there in style. If you take a look at companies such as Seamless Chauffeur, you’ll be able to see a company who will chauffeur you to your wedding in complete class and style! It’s something a little different to the traditional wedding car, and it can really help to make you feel special on your special day. As for your partner, he could go for something similar!
After The Day Elegance
Some would say that what happens after the wedding day is most important. If you haven’t thought about a honeymoon, then get looking now! There are so many tropical and luxurious locations that really do scream elegance. Whether you chose to go on your honeymoon straight away, or a few months down the line, you should definitely have something in place before you head down the aisle. It is a chance for you both to enjoy married life before the chaos of real life sets in!
Wearing a veil at your wedding is almost as traditional as wearing a wedding dress. Over the years the amount of brides wearing veils seemed to decrease, with the increase of civil ceremonies taking place. I feel that some brides felt it was not needed. However, thanks to the recent Royal weddings veils are making a comeback, and there are some stunning ones available to buy.
When I got married in a very low key style wedding almost 8 years ago, I did not have a veil, but if I was to do it all again (to the same man) I think I would do. I am very much in love with the long cathedral length veils. Although with me being only 5ft it might be a bit too long. I love the statement they make walking down the aisle, plus the photographs you could get would be fabulous.
Although many of the bridal boutiques stock a range of veils, often it is very limited and brides are turning to the internet to find something that is just perfect for them. Lace and Favour is an online wedding emporium and they stock a beautiful range of wedding veils and just about every other bridal accessory.
My top wedding veils from Lace and Favour
Veils come in a range of different lengths, ranging from the birdcage style all the way to the cathedral length. I have put together my top picks from Lace and Favour.
Fingertip veils, are just either a single tier or a double tier veil that finished at your fingertips. They are a really popular choice with brides wanting to show off the bottom of their dresses, or to have tucked into their hair up do. Often for brides having the fingertip veils are a good choice because they are traditional yet a more modern take on a veil.
Cathedral or Chapel length veils, are my favourite ones. Finished with beautiful luxury lace, Swarovski pearls, beads some with scalloped edges. Some with built in head bands, others with a hair comb. The dramatic effect of these long veils, for me really give the wow factor.
This Lunaria by Rainbow Club that costs £175 really caught my eye, I love the lace edging. It’s 96 inches so it’s lovely and long if that what you are looking for.
Waist length veils
Waist length veils, are just that bit shorter than the fingertip ones, they are a very classic yet add a splash of fun and an edgier side to your wedding look. Waist length veils are also a great option if you are wanting to wear your veil all day, as the others you may need to remove before your sit down meal because you will end up sitting on it and possibly pull it from your hair.
I love the simplicity of this stunning Rainbow Club Tosca Russian braid edge waist length veil, with it’s ribbon edge, will really allow your wedding dress to do the talking. This veil costs only £49, so it’s among the best value of the veils I have chosen.
Birdcage veils, add that vintage feel to your wedding. They are often popular with more mature brides, or something looking for something a bit different. A birdcage veil is for someone that is wanting to go for something other than a classic veil. I really do like the Birdcage veils, they are different, they stand out and they look very chic.
This beautiful birdcage veil by SassB Couture with crystal embellishments costs £82, with a hair clip of Swarovski crystals. It’s a perfect little veil for someone looking for an element of couture.
Full length veil
Full length veils are just that, they come down to the floor but do not give you any train. They are beautiful, they offer a tradition style without having to worry about people helping you to sort your train out. They come with lace, beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and from one tier to three tiers. If you opt for a full length veil, just make sure it covers the length of your dress, it will look odd if it finishes a few inches short of your dress. If you are not wanting a really long veil, why not try a fingertip veil.
This gorgeous Gaia Bohemian floral inspired full length veil, is perfect for the bride looking for that boho feel to their wedding. It has a silk ribbon covered band, that sits like a halo with gold lace flowers. The band has flexibly so you are able to move it into place easily, it costs £259.
What do you think to my selection of wedding veils from Lace and Favour?
Whatever veil you go for, make your have something that suits the silhouette you are looking for. Choose a veil that suits you, your personality and also accompanies your dress perfectly.
Alternative places to buy your wedding dress
Not every bride has an endless budget for her wedding dress, so have to think outside the box when it comes to buying you gown. Second hand dresses could be a great option for you, after all they have only been worn once. Often you can find the perfect dress for you at a fraction of the price that has been previously owned by another gorgeous bride. Many selling sites are even home to warehouses of last seasons stock, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on them. I hope you find the dress of your dreams.
*This is a collaborative post, all images are credited to Lace and Favour. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.