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Bridal Styling Secrets from my Favorite Fashion Blogs

It should come as no surprise that most of my time is spent perusing wedding blogs, but when I get the chance to mix it up a little, I have some amazing fashion blogs that get added to my reading list. My favorites are Go Fug Yourself and Tom & Lorenzo – not only are they absolutely hilarious but the bloggers bring plenty of constructive criticism to the table. Rather than just ripping apart an outfit on a deluded celebrity, more often than not they take the time to point out styling decisions and tweaks that could have made the pieces into a gorgeous look.

I’m not exactly what I would call a fashionista, but I’ve found myself hearing my ‘fairy blogmothers’ voices when it comes to picking out an outfit for the day or when I’m considering new additions to my wardrobe. For the most part, they are all about celebrating style and giving real women the tools to create a fabulous look regardless of their designer budget. I wanted to combine my two passions – weddings and fashion – and put together a bridal styling guide for wedding day looks, engagement shoots, and bridesmaids!

Styling your Wedding Day

Let’s be serious – the bride and groom are the focal point of the wedding day, so whatever your wearing will have all eyes on you. It’s your Oscars Red Carpet, your Cannes photo call, except that most of us only get one. The most important thing to keep in mind – whether you’re walking down the aisle or making your red carpet debut – is to consider the person inside the clothes. Your wedding day style should be a hypersaturated version of your everyday look, something that you will be comfortable in and feels like ‘you’, but a you on a day when every head turns your way.

Modern Glam Wedding Day Style | Joel Bedford Photography | See More!

Photography by Joel Bedford Photography, Dress designed by Rosa Clara via Wedding Chicks

A Perfect Boho Chic Autumn Bridal Look | Paula OHara Photography | See More!

Photography by Paula O’Hara, Styling by Alise Taggart Wedding via Wedding Sparrow

Start with your personal style and build from there. Ultimately, your entire wedding should be a reflection of you and your soon-to-be-spouse, so your big day style should fit in with that scheme. Loose and relaxed boho, elegant and classic, chic and modern – your wedding styling should grow organically out of the looks you choose for yourself on a daily basis. Choose accessories in-line with your dress style to keep your look cohesive – more on that to come!

Perfectly Styled Romantic Glam Tea Length Gown | See More!

Grace Wu in Giambattista Valli

Relaxed Glam Blush Vera Wang Wedding Dress | James Christianson Photography | See More!

Photography by James Christianson Photography, Dress by Vera Wang via Style Me Pretty

Styling your Engagement

The engagement shoot is where you have a chance to really cut loose with your style! Wedding days have certain expectations when it comes to fashion – chances are high that someone will be wearing a big, white dress – but all bets are off when it comes to the engagement. You’ll still want to dress and feel like yourself, but this is your chance to have some fun! If your taste runs to prints and patterns but you’d rather keep your wedding day look classic, the engagement session is the perfect time to bring them into play.

Romantic and Relaxed Engagement Style in Cranberry and Taupe | Anastasiya Belik Photography | See More!

Photography by Anastasiya Belik

A Preppy Red, White, and Blue Engagement Shoot | Hunter Ryan Photography | See More! Floral Patterned Wedding Dress | Feather and Stone Photography | See More!

L: Photography by Hunter Ryan Photography

R: Photography by  Feather and Stone, Wedding Dress by Alex Perry via Ruffled

Incorporate elements of the look you envision for your wedding – if the big day will have a boho vibe, why not a pleated maxi dress with layered necklaces? If you’re rocking an A-line princess dress for the wedding, pick a flirty cocktail length frock with a little swing in the skirt. Short and sequined is the perfect prelude to a slinky, sparkling wedding dress!

A Boho Chic Coral and Lace Engagement Outfit | Creatrix Photoraphy | See More!

Photography by Creatrix Photography via Hey Wedding Lady


Romantic Vintage Black and Red Engagement Style | Acqua Photography | See More!

Photography by Acqua Photo, Styling by Amorology Weddings via Inspired by This

Not everyone’s engagement budget runs to Vera Wang (honestly, whose does?!) but if couture is the look you’re going for, Rent the Runway is a great resource for champagne taste on a beer bottle pocket. They even include a second size in your dress of choice to ensure that you’ll have the right fit! Splurge on upscale accessories with long term wearability, since they can be easily incorporated into everyday looks after the portrait session, and come with fond memories.

Styling your Bridesmaids

One of my favorite trends for bridesmaids has to be the mix and match dresses. Letting your gals pick their own attire – with direction – is a surefire way to make them happy, and can ensure a stunning bridal party! The secret to a great bridesmaid look is to think of it the same way you approached your engagement look. Steer them towards a play on your overall wedding day style to keep things cohesive, but let each ‘maid pick a dress that’s the right fit for her body.

Luxe Metallic Bridesmaids with Burgundy Bouquets | Matt Julie Photography | See More!

Photography byMatt + Julie Weddings via Style Me Pretty

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Navy Blue Cocktail Dresses | Ryan Ray Photography | See More!

Photography by Ryan Ray, Styling by Stefanie Miles, via Southern Weddings

Bridesmaids in Vintage Beaded Gowns | Erich McVey Photography | See More!

Photography by Erich McVey Photography via Style Me Pretty

Blush, Taupe, and Silver Bridesmaids | Jenny Yoo | See More!

Jenny Yoo Collection via Nordstrom

Modern Metallic Bridesmaid Style in Plum and Orange | Landon Jacob Photography | See More!

Photography by Landon Jacob via Southern Weddings

Cobalt and Coral Bright Modern Bridesmaids | Styled by Lady Grey | See More!

Styling by Grey Likes Weddings via Elizabeth Anne Designs

It’s all in the details

Here’s where the real styling comes in – it’s not enough to just pick a really killer dress and call it a day. The key to a fabulously pulled together look is one that considers all of the elements – the hair and makeup, jewelry, and other accessories. Your dress should dictate the overall feel of the look since it’s the focal point, so keep pictures on hand when picking the rest of your pieces.

Statement Red Lips and Gold Bridal Headpiece | Amy Nicole Photography | See More!

Photography by Amy Nicole Photography via Ruffled Sparkling Gold Boho Beach Bride | Nancy Ray Photography | See More! Crisp Gold and White Boho Bride | Eric Kelley Photography | See More!

L: Photography by Nancy Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty

R: Photography by Eric Kelley via Bridal Musings

Use your accessories to elevate the story you are telling with your gown – loose waves may feel out of place with a ballgown, but we all know that a flowing skirt is a smash on the beach, so tie them together with a chunky gemstone necklace and dainty, brightly colored earrings to create a formal but breezy look. A sleek updo and vibrant lips pair best with a crisp, tailored gown, while drop earrings and a jeweled pendant provide tie in with the makeup. The Fug Girls maxim is, you’re never fully dressed without a bracelet, so make sure to pick the perfect one!

Burgundy Boho Autumn Bridesmaids | Alea Moore Photography | See More! Dusky Lavender Beach Wedding Style | Brooke Boling Photography | See More!

L: Photography by Alea Moore Photography via Wedding Chicks

R: Photography by Brooke Boling via OnceWed

Lace Wedding Dress with an Emerald Bracelet | Tory Lea Photography | See More!

Photography by Tory Lea Photography via Burnett’s Boards

Wintery Blue and Sparkling Silver Engagement Style | Blue Barn Photography | See More! Dusty Teal and Antique Gold Bridesmaids Style | This Modern Romance | See More!

L: Photography by Blue Barn Photography  via Style Me Pretty

R: Photography by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

There are some cardinal rules that both blogs live by – no matter how trendy it may be, something sheer will always look better lined, and nude shoes are the most boring punctuation to an outfit possible. If a taupe shoe fits in with your color scheme, pick something with an interesting shape – a strappy sandal or laser cut pump make for a gorgeous accent to your look, and you can never go wrong with a metallic. For my money, the best way to finish off your wedding day style is with a fabulously colored shoe!

Sparkling Silver Wedding Shoes | Maru Photography | See More!

Photography by Maru Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

Taupe Laser Cut Wedding Shoes | Birds of a Feather Photography | See More! Glam Nude Wedding Shoes | Mustard Seed Photography | See More!

L: Photography by Birds of a Feather  via Style Me Pretty

R: Photography by Mustard Seed Photography via Houston Wedding Blog

Fabulous Red Bow Valentine Heels | Pink Peonies | See More! Gold Art Deco Wedding Shoes Modern Glam Wedding Day Style | See More!

L: Heels by Valentino via Pink Peonies

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