Fashion Focus: My Fave Celeb Wedding Dresses

I can’t be the only one who is looking forward to May and finding out what royal bride to be Meghan Markle will be wearing when she weds Prince Harry. Harry is one of my fave royals and Meghan is already looking to be an interesting addition to ‘The Firm’ and a super stylish one at that.

I love weddings, am a total sucker for romance and seeing two people start their life together. These days Bijou Weddings are about everything, from the choice of venue, to the car or mode of transport used. Wedding tables must be set with favours, floral arrangements, personalised touches and beautiful glassware and place settings. Luckily, all these things can be found at Confetti Shop, making your task a lot easier. But with all these things sorted, the bride can concentrate on the most important and exciting aspect of the wedding – the dress.

For inspiration, you can look to Instagram and wedding websites. Or, if you are a lover of celebrity, you can always take a look at some of the most beautiful wedding dresses worn by the rich and famous.

Here are a few of my faves.

Selma Hayek

When Selma Hayek married french billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR- a group that owns brands like Gucci, YSL and Sergio Rossi, it was a moot point that the bride would look stunning. She certainly did that, with a dress that focused all on the heavily beaded bodice and full skirt.

I loved that fact that her hair was swept of her beautiful face, and that the look had a simplicity to it.

She looked perfect.

Kate Moss
Kate Moss wore John Galliano for her wedding to Jamie Hince. The dress was very rock and roll, but exquisite too, with a slight ‘Great Gatsby’ 1920s flapper gets married feel. I love that the gauziness of the dress gave it a sexy feel without being overtly sexy, and wearing her hair loose and tumbling also gave the look a slight country girl style, perfect for a supermodel who lives in the country when she’s not escaping to London.

Sofia Vergara

When Sofia Vergara got married, the bombshell actress apparently said that she didn’t want to look like a virgin. What she did look was totally amazing, like a goddess, with her curves poured into a truly stunning dress that was true to her style and image. I loved the brocade heaviness of the dress which gave it a theatricality and drama.

Miranda Kerr

Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a wedding dress that had its inspiration in the iconic dresses worn by royal princesses of days gone by. The stunning gown was demure and surprisingly covered up, and owed more than a nod to the dresses worn by Grace Kelly when she married Prince Ranier of Monaco, and the much loved dress worn by Princess Margaret. Miranda showed that demure elegance is always a winner.

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Amal Clooney

Even though I find it hard to accept that she took my place in marrying my one time man crush George Clooney, it has to be said that Amal made a stunning, elegant bride. Tall and beautiful, the softness of this dress, and the fact that she avoided a full skirt, made this look one to savour.

Do you have a fave celebrity wedding dress?

Wedding Dress Shopping: Knowing What’s Important and What’s Not for Your Special Trip Down the Aisle

So, you accepted the proposal, and now you’re thinking about your wedding day. What sort of flowers will surround you, what will the music be like, and which guests shall you and your partner invite? More importantly, what will you wear to your once-in-a-lifetime event? Before you lose your mind to excitement, learn what’s important (and what’s not) when selecting your perfect wedding dress.


Put your priorities in place

Before you spend a penny on your trip down the aisle, determine precisely how much you can spend. Then choose what you will spend it on. Planning a wedding without knowing your budget is not unlike heading out on a road journey with no gas gauge in your vehicle, says Martha Stewart magazine. Once you know your budget, consider which components of your nuptials is most crucial to your happiness. Do you want to recite short vows and get on with the reception party? Do you want to fly only your best friends to a secret beach and spend zero money on wedding shoes?

Be realistic when it comes to setting the top price you can pay for your wedding dress. Don’t forget to factor in shoes, lingerie, a veil and other essentials. Bear in mind that your dress can be slightly used and still shine as if it just arrived from a designer rack.

Be sure to give yourself ample time to find the dress of your dreams. Experts say to allow six to eight months to choose an ideal wedding dress. Shop often, though, especially when browsing resale shops. Inventory changes often, and you don’t want to miss a great deal on your perfect wedding dress.


Spend a bit more here, scrimp on something there

Think about this. The more you spend on your wedding dress, the less you can spend on roses, caterers and the like. Brides on a budget appreciate the ease with which they can find a splendid selection of gently used weddings dresses on the POWD website. Weddings are wonderful events, but they are no excuse for spending an outrageous sum for a luscious dress you might wear only once.


Sticking with tradition is not required

If you think white is trite, you might be right, say wedding writers at Huffington Post. If you’re not the sort of girl who feels wonderful whilst wearing taffeta and pearls, you might want to go with something that is more suitable to your personality than a typical, virginal white wedding dress. If it suits you, wear something blue. Turn your groom’s head when you wear something red. And so on. There are no set rules when it comes to what you wear at your wedding. Individual venues may have rules, however, so be sure to check them out before you reserve a chapel.

When you purchase a scrumptious wedding dress for a fraction of the price of brand-new, you can spend more money on caterers and musical entertainment. Buy a bargain gown and dance all night.

Bride on the Beach: Beautiful Hair, Makeup and Outfit Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding

Whether you’ve decided to have your special event in Cancun or the Bahamas, for a beach wedding your dress, hair and makeup is not the same as it would be for a church ceremony. You want to look beautiful on the big day, but remember to pick a bridal gown that is suitable for the environment.

Choosing the Right Bridal Gown

You won’t want wanting a dress with a long train dragging through the sand, or a heavy dress that’s going to be uncomfortably hot to wear in a warm climate. A pre-owned wedding dress can save you a lot of money, which will leave you more to spend on your destination wedding. Pre-owned bridal gowns like these are available in a wide range of styles and colors, many with designer labels.

Even beach wedding sites can vary so pick a dress that matches your environment and the level of formality whether it’s a formal gazebo or a bamboo canopy. Choose a dress with a natural fabric, like silk, that will breathe with you. Also, think about how well the dress will travel to your wedding destination.


Getting your Hair and Makeup Right

A beach wedding requires hair and makeup solutions that are in keeping with the weather. You want to fit naturally into the beach environment so your hair and makeup should not be overdone,  otherwise you will look out of place.


Keep hair in place: When you’re planning how to style your hair think about any extra products you may need to use so that it will hold up in a humid climate. For example, if you’re wearing it down, you’ll need a spray to hold the curls in place and block the humidity. It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner leading up to the big day so your hair won’t dry out.

Be true to your skin: As for your makeup, if your skin tend to be oily, you will need to keep extra powder and skin blotters at hand. If your skin is on the dry side, you will need extra moisturizer.


Match your foundation and powder: Under the bright sun, if your foundation and powder don’t match, it will be glaringly obvious. Make sure they blend together well so you won’t have visible makeup lines on your wedding photographs. It’s a good idea to have a makeup try out before your wedding day.


Accessorize your hair: Enhance your locks with real flowers to create an organic, natural look. You can use barrettes to hold them in place and to keep the beach breezes from snatching at your hair. Small, jeweled hair pins can add a touch of sparkle.

An important thing to remember for your beach wedding is to stay hydrated, you don’t need to be fainting at your reception. Stay cool and don’t overdo it and you are sure to have a wonderful day.

Katherine Richardson is sales assistant in a wedding dress boutique. She loves sharing her ideas and insights online. Her articles mainly appear on family and lifestyle blogs.