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Pic Wolf & Rosie
It’s happening everywhere. Brides with dresses on order, hairstylists booked and florists paid for, have had to reschedule their weddings again… some for the umpteenth time. With winter dates looking more likely*, if your pre-Covid wedding look suited a sunnier time of year, here’s how to make it work even when the temperature is a whole lot more shivery….
Let’s start with Your Dress
Between lockdowns, I met many brides who were seeing their dress for the first – anxious – time since ordering it up to a year before. Worrying whether they would still like it was way higher up on their stress list than worrying whether they would fit into it!
Some brides were concerned that their former dream wedding dress may not suit the rejigged date or venue. In all honesty, getting married in December a few years ago didn’t determine the dress I chose in any way, shape or silhouette. My wedding was never going to be weather dependent – and that’s a big bonus when being a winter bride. I went for short sleeves, a low v-neck and masses of sequins…. my dress would have suited a faraway beach just as perfectly as it did a fairy-lit barn.
If you are thinking about making changes, that’s the beauty of a well-designed wedding dress and a skilled seamstress. You can ask your bridal consultant to order you in extra lace from the designer for a fee. Your seamstress can then add sleeves, construct a higher neckline, sew in a lace topper or add in extra netting under your skirt to give you a less summery silhouette if that’s what you want. Rest assured, it can be done. It can be undone pretty easily too if you decide on a sunnier ‘sequel’ wedding later on….
Pic Stella York
What about The Flowers
Here’s where you can make your wedding really ‘belong’ in your (hopefully) last save-the-date. Switch to more seasonal blooms in deeper shades of plum or crisp winter white surrounded by juicy berries and lush greenery. Your florist will be hard pushed to find summer flowers out of season anyway.
Why not carry the floral theme to your hair accessories? Ask your florist to craft you a flower crown or petal-cover a clip or comb to push into one side of an up or down do. I wrote a post about wearing floral headgear a while ago which you can take inspo from here. Oh, and don’t forget the other joy of not being a hot weather bride – zero chance of frizzing, flopping or sticky-looking partings!
You could add A Jacket
PI opted for a snuggly white faux fur shrug when I got married years ago, but I’m 100% sure that if my big day was looming now, I’d go for a customised leather biker jacket instead. Over a white dress, it’s my favourite latest addition to wedding wear. I’m hook-line-and-sinker in love with the rocky jacket above by Wolf & Rosie. You send super-talented illustrator Rosie Harbottle your leather jacket and she hand paints you an incredible ‘wifey’ design on the back surrounded by roses. Alternatively, Etsy is awash with transfers which you can try ironing on yourself.
And go for Bolder Make-up
The beauty of lockdown (this is me always seeking positives) is that it’s given us insta-access to some of the world’s top make-up artists offering easy-to-follow tutorials to score some stunning make-up looks. I’ve witnessed lots of these pros working their magic up close on shoots and at beauty launch events for the likes of Bobbi Brown, Max Factor and Benefit so I’ve devoured these tutorials. Click on @hannahmartinmakeup, @carolinebarnesmakeup and @lisapotterdixon to see what I mean.
As far as winter make-up colours go, ’tis the season you can stray away from classic bridal neutrals and go for bold. Pick one feature – eyes or lips – to play up, and pair the rest of your face down. If you prefer the focus up at eye level, try a softer alternative to a stark black smoky eye with shades of bark, dove grey or teal. If you’d rather your lips do the talking, a statement stain of pinot noir will look stunning against a white (or more likely, ivory dress.) My fave is Diego Dalla Palma’s Cardinal Red, £16.
Dip your nails into a bottle of pinot noir too. After all, they’ve a busy day ahead of them – holding the bouquet, signing the register, showing off your new wedding band and cutting the cake. Because all of this IS going to happen….
Don’t forget Your Accessories
2020 forced us to reacquaint ourselves with what our hair likes to do naturally. If you’ve fallen back in love with the texture Mother Nature gave you, allow it to do it’s thing. Dress it up with pearly pins, vintage clips or a cloth-covered headband like those from Hermione Harbutt eased onto softly tousled hair. If you’re ready and waiting to wow by going full-on glam, silky Hollywood waves that gently fall across your forehead and shine with health will ‘lock’ beautiful.
Pic Hermione Harbutt
Or Your Shoes
You can still wear those diamante-studded flip-flops or strappy sandals rather than let them sit in their boxes. Or, if closed shop doors prevented that exciting shopping trip, you could think about little silver ankle boots with sky-high heels. (Again, I’m reimagining my own wedding if it were happening this year.) Because I’d spent no money on holidays, (honeymoons or hen) nights out, I’d splash my saved-up cash on Louboutin’s £865 Delicotte 100 Smooth and mirrored-leather ankle boots. If I was “encouraged” away from being such a big spender, my budget boots would be FSJ’s Silver Glitter Stiletto Booties, £64.03.
I hope this has shown you that it’s easy to adapt your original look. How are your re-planned plans going? With restrictions easing and wedding guest numbers rising, hopefully around 400,000 couples will make it to the ‘I do’ this year. Let’s chink a glass or few to that….
*fingers tightly crossed