Do’s and Dont’s for a bride-to-be

A broad outline of the few most important do’s and dont’s for a bride-to-be.

Here are some tips to start off with

Do’s

Coordinate a color scheme for the family
It looks wonderful during the wedding and in the pictures to have the women in your family color coordinate their outfits. For instance, if you pick pink as the color for your function, have your mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends wear different shades of pink. It holds all of you together as a family. Just make sure nobody wears the same shade or combination as you do.

Wear colors that complement your body type
Don’t pick a color for your outfit just because it is in fashion. Wear it because it suits your skin and body type. The color might look nicer on your wedding day if it is in fashion at the time, but a few years later nobody will remember what the color for the season was. However, they will notice how the color suited you in your albums. So remember to base your color choice on your skin color and your body.

Go with trendy for functions other than the ceremony
It’s always nice to create a different look for yourself for each of your functions. Save the traditional look for the ceremony and go with contemporary for your other functions. Other than the fact that contemporary is extremely in this season and will be for a while, it will create a variety in terms of what you wear, your jewelry and your hair/make-up. This way when you walk in looking like you stepped out of a movie, it will stun everyone.

Mix fabrics and textures in outfits
Looking dressed up isn’t always about a lot of embroidery. Try blending different fabrics and textures . Combinations will make your outfit look beautiful and original. For example, wear a lace lehnga with a brocade top.

Have a bridal party
Make sure you and your groom both have bridal parties that include your siblings and close friends. Your wedding is an experience for you to share with those you love and this is the perfect way to do that. Besides, nowadays the entry of the bride is glamorous having a bridal party will only enhance this.

Flamboyant hair do’s with hair accessories
Even though you might not normally think you look nice with your hair taken up, definitely try it for your wedding functions. Other than the fact that you will be more comfortable with your hair up and in place, it looks so glamorous when you are all dressed up. You don’t have to do a traditional chignon, instead try a more modern hair do. And don’t forget some nice hair accessories such as flowers, crystals, fancy pins or jewelry to match your earrings and neckpiece.

Give yourself enough time when ordering your outfits
You must wear your dream outfit that you have been fantasizing about forever or at least something extremely close to it. Go ahead and custom order your outfit. This way you can be a part of the design process and have your outfit about 1 month before the wedding. You will then have enough time for the last minute alterations.

Do a complete trial with the clothes, hair, jewelry and make-up before the wedding day
Don’t let anybody see you all dressed up but do try the whole outfit on with the shoes and jewelry about 2 weeks before the wedding. This will give you a chance to make sure it all matches, the heels and the length of the lehnga fit, the hair looks nice with the earrings and other similar details all work well.

Don’ts

Stick to traditional bridal colors
This season is all about non-traditional colors. You can stick to the more basic reds, pinks and oranges for the wedding but experiment with a turquoise or a Green for the other functions. It will add some variety to your theme as well.

Wear Lehngas for all functions
Do not repeat a style or cut of an outfit for more than 1 function. Just because you are getting married does not mean you have to wear a lehnga to every function. There is so much available in styles, try to experiment.

Wear heavy contrasts in colors if you are short or a plus size
If you are short or a plus size, stick to single colors. They will make you look slimmer and taller.

Be a part of the planning process 1 month before the wedding
Planning your wedding is a very precious time but unless you do this, you will be the planner at your wedding and not the bride. Arrange a spa weekend with your girlfriends and then pamper yourself and rest. Cherish in the love that your friends and family shower on you through their efforts in making your wedding the perfect day for you.

Purchase large trousseaus
In today’s trendy times, fashion changes faster than you can blink. So as tempted as you are, do not buy yourself large 21 or 51 piece trousseaus, since the styles will change so fast and you may not even get a chance to wear most of your new outfits.

Have your final fitting too long before the wedding
Whether you plan to or not, realize that there has never been a bride whose body didn’t change somewhat in the final month. Nine out of ten brides lose approx.4 pounds in the last week. Make sure you don’t have your final fitting more than 2-3 weeks before the wedding.