Head Over Heels
Two special items of bridal attire are often purchased quickly, and with less consideration for style and comfort than for price and for necessity: Bridal millinery and bridal shoes. Both play an important part in your day, although in quite different ways.
Take special care in choosing your headpiece and veil—they frame your face. When we envision a “radiant bride”, we see her face surrounded by her headpiece and veil. Well designed bridal millinery forms the background for your wedding portraits, so you want it to look perfect and fit comfortably. A bridal milliner designs head-wear that not only enhances your face and fits your hairstyle, but complements your gown. Custom designed millinery is usually no more expensive than ready-made and does not have to be ordered months in advance. Choose pearls, sequins, beads, lace, bows; or a smart bridal hat. A milliner is like a hair stylist—he or she creates the style especially for you!
Now, let’s talk about shoes: They must be comfortable! Break them in at home on a carpeted floor. Make sure you can dance in them. Choose shoes that complement your gown in style and color. Shoes can often be dyed to match the shade of the dress they’ll be worn with. Attendants should wear the same heel heights, if possible (not too high—it’s difficult to walk naturally). Take your shoes to all fittings—hemlines are measured up from the floor when you are wearing your shoes. It’s worth repeating: buy for comfort, even if it costs a little more!
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