1. LESS IS MORE
 
Coco Chanel said, get dressed then take one thing off - it’s the same with bridal dressing. Choose one striking focal piece and balance it, particularly if it’s adorned in jewels. If you’re opting to keep your hair up then our advise is to go for more statement earrings that will compliment the style of your neckline. 
 
2. TO VEIL OR NOT TO VEIL
 
There are so many alternatives nowadays to the veil, it would be a shame not to at least explore them before going for the seriously traditional. Check out our recent tips on eclectic hairpieces, jewelled diadems, barrettes, headbands to steal a touch of Lady Mary’s style, there’s an abundance of choice, just make sure that the piece doesn’t clash with the style of the dress. Going for a strong look? Then keep the dress simple. Also have you thought of the humble sash? There’s an abundance of beautiful options that are hugely on trend and will compliment many a gown. 
 
3. PERSONAL STYLE 
 
Keep to your style, it’s so easy to get carried away with a classic dress when your personal look is quirky and ethereal. The most unnerving feeling is the uncomfortable knowledge that the gown you’re wearing just isn’t you. The last thing you want to be thinking as you walk down the aisle is, do I look ridiculous? No you want to think exactly what he’s thinking: she looks absolutely beautiful.
 
4. SHADES OF WHITE 
 
There are so many variations in the shades of dresses and accessories; it’s easy to think something is the same colour when in fact it’s just a tone too far. Make sure you look in daylight, stand next to the door of the shop or even venture outside, you’d be surprised how different a colour can look in bright direct sunlight, of course this is super important for brides opting for a summer wedding, whilst bright daylight can be flattering it can also highlight the slightest incongruity. You’ve been warned!
 
5. MAKEUP 
 
It may seem as if we’re stating the obvious but you must must must do a makeup trial with the dress in tow. it’s all about bringing together the various elements to create a harmonious look that complements the dress but most of all flatters the wearer. 
 
6. THESE SHOES WERE MADE FOR DANCING
 
Have you considered comfort above all else? It's wise to be mindful of comfort as you are likely to be on your feet all day long, but don't worry this doesn't mean you have to compromise. Go wild with the most vertiginous of Aruna Seth shoes with cashmere comfort linings or opt for soft silk satin Oscar De La Renta shoes. Heel height and its effect beneath a dress can be overestimated, if you are very tall, go for a mid height heel that will still affect your posture for the better. The Badgely Mischka collection is a must see. 
 
 
And that’s it… You’re ready for a twirl.