By Mar Jennings
Special to CTgetsMarried.com
3:30 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Wedding dress trends are chic and dramatic compared to prior years. It’s not uncommon to see a bride wearing a powerful color rather than the traditional white, a mini dress or a dress with a dramatic slit.
The ultra-romantic look is back, too. Thanks to Kate Middleton, sleeves and lace are making a comeback.
The most important tip of all is to be yourself and enjoy being the belle of the ball.
Many brides want natural-looking makeup. Go for definition rather than color. You want your features to show up - not the color of your makeup.
For eyes, create shape by using variations of you own skin tones with browns, grays, and peach. For cheeks, apply blush after you do your lips so you don't add too much color. Lipliner should always match your lipstick.
Save money with a rustic or country wedding theme. An outdoor setting is the easiest way to get that rustic feel. Consider a park, a barn, or even the beach. Decorate using items from your backyard: Twigs, dried flowers, pinecones, hay, fruit, vegetables, and vintage items such as Mason jars will add to the ambience.
Remember that your bouquet should complement the style of your wedding dress. If you have a fairly simple dress consider designing your own bouquet with elaborate flowers and details. Go over the top! If it’s your gorgeous wedding gown you really want to show off, consider a smaller, more intimate bouquet.
Your hairstyle will be one of the most important details of your wedding. What you decide can change your look completely, so choose carefully and wisely based on what is flattering on you and what fits your personality and lifestyle. Simple is the new sexy – from updo’s you can create yourself to loose and tousled hair - it can all work. If you have healthy beautiful hair, consider wearing your locks down.
Your perfect wedding begins with great manners. Begin by keeping your ceremony short and sweet. Your wedding is not the place for a lecture, a sermon, or even hold your audience captive while musical talents are showcased.
Get organized. While the engagement process is an exciting time, you will soon be up-to-here in preparations for your future wedding. Purchase a binder with tabs and a calendar to help you get organized. Keep all of the response cards you receive back from guests so that you can triple-check your guest list. Keep track of appointments and dates with your calendar.
Music is an integral part of our lives and can remind us of a person, place or thing. If you plan to have dancing at your reception, hire an amazing DJ or band. Or put on your own music show. First check with the venue to see what kind of music system it has and if it is compatible with an iPod or other device. This option will take more of your time and planning, but boy can you dance when you’re not paying to boogie.
Heels vs. flats? Sandal vs. white satin pump? You might be able to find a gorgeous shoe that you actually will wear again. There are many websites that offer free shipping and returns so shop away and discover your new options. The right shoe is out there for you. This tips works great for grooms, too.
An awkward hand placement can ruin a perfect photo. Have your groom place one hand behind you with the other holding your hand. Your other hand can then rest on your lap. The kiss on the cheek photo is a must. It’s a classic pose. It’s somewhere in between intimate and playful, so pick your best side and pucker-up.
Mar Jennings is a lifestyle expert and the host of Northeast Living on Fox CT.