Think “Classic” and “Pretty” for Your Wedding…

Wedding season is certainly here! If you work in the wedding business, you are probably already booking appointments, looking at current trends and helping friends shop for dresses. I am booking appointments for spring, summer and even fall, and thrilled to do it.

I like to tell brides, when you pick makeup colors, wedding colors, etc., think “timeless.” You don’t want to look back on your wedding photos–you know the ones you’ve spend thousands of dollars on–and think, oh that was the “teal” era. That’s when cat eye black liner was king. Or, that’s when shiny, curtain-like fabrics were all the rage. I know I’d like to look classic like Grace Kelly, the princess and movie star, than be associated with a certain era.

I was married 13 years ago. I didn’t know very much about makeup then, but I used soft, classic colors. rosy pink lipstick, pinkish blush, dark mascara, a little eyeliner. I picked bridesmaid dresses that fit my young nieces. They just happened to be light blue and light pink. They looked so sweet in their up do’s and long, cap-sleeved dresses. I can honestly say when I look at my photos, they don’t look dated or trendy. They are classic, show my beautiful family members and that’s why I love them.

Another often hard decision is what the mothers of the bride and groom wear. Mothers don’t want to steal the spotlight from their children; yet they don’t want to look matronly either. I always encourage these ladies to err on the side of classic. Stay away from shiny materials, glittery additions, loud florals, etc. Think about excellent cut and fit of your outfit, colors that flatter you, and something a little fun, especially with your shoes. Put your shine, glitter, embellishment there.

You can certainly incorporate some trends in your wedding plans…but remember not to overdo it. Pick makeup and wedding colors that flatter you–your body shape, skin tone and personality. That way, years from now when you celebrate your wedding anniversary, you will think I was a pretty bride. And, I had good taste!

PS…to save money on flowers, ask your florist what is in season during your wedding your day. Believe it or not, rose may not be more expensive than other flowers.

Beth Divine, Your Indianapolis Personal Stylist