Sure, you’ve scoured Pinterest, Instagram, and your favorite bridal mags for wedding dress inspiration – there is SO MUCH to consider! But, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, if you find yourself feeling like nothing you’re seeing is really “you“, really matching your vision for your wedding day, think about this:
Your Own Closet
The person wearing your wedding dress is going to be you – don’t forget that. It sounds silly and extremely obvious, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in an idea of a wedding that, after a while, can start to feel forced. Take a look around your own closet for style inspiration. Are you into neutrals? Perhaps color makes your heart sing!
Kudos to you if your closet looks even half this organized…
Is your everyday style more J. Crew or more Nasty Gal? Sure, it’s fun to dream about taking a departure from the everyday, but, you still want to feel comfortable. If you’re a more conservative lady on the daily, consider how you might feel in a lace bolero or traditional silhouette. If you love color, think about incorporating a colored sash or a bright, happy floral crown. Start your style search by thinking about being the best, most beautiful version of yourself.
Your Parents’ Wedding Album
Yes, we’ve all seen the photos….
…and while you might not be caught dead in a mutton sleeve or high volume veil, you may subconsciously (or quite intentionally) find yourself longing to infuse elements of your parents’ wedding day style into your own. After years of looking at the wedding portrait on your parents’ mantle, perhaps the idea of a long sleeve (shoulder pads not included), or a lace trim blusher, or the use of baby’s breath, or a certain fabric just feels right, feels like home. Go with it! What a wonderful way to honor mom’s style and marriage!
Your Friends’ Wedding Photos
Checking out photos from boutiques and designers’ social media accounts are absolutely wonderful, but, sometimes the best inspiration comes from looking at photos of real brides… how does that all crepe sheath look “in real life”? How did your friend Olivia pull off that “backless” showstopper of a dress… and that veil! Will my photos look weird if my bridesmaids all wear a different color (answer: no way!)?
#whitedressmkebride, Olivia | Danielle Rider Photography
Turning to photos from real weddings (especially those you attended for those you admire) is a wonderful way to determine what kinds of dresses will appeal to you.
Ask him what he thinks! Because, really, at the end of the day, you and your fiancé are the only two people whose opinions matter 💕
#whitedressmkebride, Lauren | Elizabeth Haase Photography