10 Things Brides Overlook When It Comes To Their Wedding Day Look

This is a guest post from our good friend Minh at du soleil photographie, all for our bridal event Aisle Style, in Philadelphia on December 10th! 

When it comes to your bridal look, there is a lot of options to choose from. One search on Pinterest can be quite an overwhelming experience. To help you select the right bridal look for you, I've interviewed a few wedding professionals who share their tips for brides-to-be when they're searching for that perfect look for their wedding day. Read on to find out 10 things Brides may overlook when it comes to their bridal style.

From Priscilla Costa Bridal:

Tip #1: Know which dress silhouette suits you by looking in your own closet

Are you unsure of what silhouette to go with? Start in your own closet! Which of your dresses do you feel most beautiful in? What silhouette is it? Is it form fitted, A-line, empire... that’s most likely the silhouette you will like your wedding dress to be.

Tip #2: Don't forget the comfort when it comes to your wedding dress

It’s very common for brides to overlook the comfort aspect of their wedding dress. They forget they will be in that same dress for more than 10 hours! For example, if you want a fitted mermaid dress, make sure the material of the dress stretches a little bit, so you can achieve the fit you want and still function in the dress, like sitting and dancing. Also, very low back cuts and deep plunge necklines come with a cost. You will have limited support, and most likely you won't be able to wear a bra. So if you are a well endowed bride, this might not be the best option for you.

From Polka Dot Events:

Tip #3: It’s never too early to start talking about your bustle!

Think about how long it will take and who will be doing it - french bustles are beautiful but with all the snaps and strings can take a while, and could be very difficult for your Mom, Maid of Honor, or Planner! You don’t want to miss your cocktail hour because no one remembered how to do the bustle correctly!

Tip #4: Start that packing list for the weekend of the wedding as soon as you pick the dress!

Writing down the specific accessories and undergarments you’ll need with it will be so much easier while the dress is fresh in your mind rather than a couple weeks before when you haven’t thought about it in ages!

From Pretty On Arrival and Air Hair and Makeup

Tip #5: Keep your makeup natural

You don’t want to not look like yourself but rather a flawless version of yourself. Also, narrow your inspo pics down to 2; too much inspo can make you second guess what look you really want. Pros know what’s best for you let us be your beauty guide!

Tip #6: Scheduling a hair and makeup trial is crucial in the process of preparing your look

You will never know whether the makeup or hair from Pinterest picture matches you and looks the way you imagine it until you actually wear it!

Tip #7: For inspo photos, try to find a model that has similar features to yours.

Same hair length and texture, similar skin and eye color, lip and face shape. This way the result is more likely to meet your expectations.

Tip #8: Wear white for your trial if possible

The color of clothes you are wearing reflects on your skin and may influence the colors your artist chooses for your makeup.


From real Brides who have been there done that:

Tip #9: When dress shopping, bring only those who matter (and will be helpful!)

We all know too many chefs in the kitchen is never productive and may frustrate you. Ask those whose opinions truly matter instead of organizing a dress shopping party.

Tip #10: When all of the dresses start looking the same, it may be a good sign you want to create a custom gown that's unique

This turns dress shopping into such a personal experience without the pressure of finding exactly what you want off the shelf. You end up with a one of a kind gown that’s so much more special because it comes with a story behind it. Knowing what I know now, I would jump at the chance to go to an event like Aisle Style (find out more here), where you get to spend a fun day with your friends and family trying on gowns and different looks to get a sense of what you want, knowing everything can be customized to create that perfect look for you.


And one bonus tip from du soleil photographie: Your makeup always looks lighter in pictures, so ask your Hair and Makeup Artist to kick it up a notch from what you'd normally like and it will look perfect in the photos!

For many more tips and on-site dress and makeup trials, check out this upcoming event Aisle Style. Attending this event may just be the best decision you make when deciding on your bridal look!

Recap of Tyler Gardens Grand Opening

Tyler Gardens in Newtown, PA is an incredible wedding venue that just opened its doors this past January. The property is the stunning backyard of the old Tyler family estate in Bucks County, built in the 1920s and modeled after French and Italian sculpture gardens. When Rae from Open Aire Affairs reached out to us to design and plan their Grand Opening Party, we knew we wanted to bring in 1920 and Art Deco design mixed with romantic, European style.  From there we helped create the ultimate wedding set up with some of Philadelphia' top wedding vendors!  Check out the photos below by the talented Carly Fuller Photography for some highlights of the event, and  you can find links to all the participating vendors here:

Polka Dot Events I Open Aire Affairs I Tyler Gardens I Flutter Social I 13th Street Cocktails I BHLDN I Cake Life Bake Shop I Carly Fuller Photography I Courtney Space Events Dish Catering I Du Soleil Photography I Elephant Limbo I Fresh Designs Florist I Haley Richter Photography I His and Hers Productions I Insta Shack I Jennifer Designs Events I Joey's I Modern Relics I Nutmeg Cake DesignOpen Door Valet I The Paperly Studio I Papertree Studio I Pat and Sean Kelly I Piccolo Trattoria I The Red Cedar I Schon Photography I  The Sister Winter Duo I Solidity Films I Something Borrowed Philly

Can't wait to put hundreds of candles on these stairs :) 

Tyler Gardens Grand Opening and Wedding Expo

It is with great pleasure that Open Aire Affairs, Polka Dot Events, and Flutter Social invite you to…

The Tyler Gardens Grand Opening

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Polka Dot Events has teamed up with our friends at Open Aire Affairs and Flutter social to create the ultimate wedding at Tyler Gardens – and you’re invited!

On September 10th spend the evening sipping on cocktails and snacking on canapés while enjoying Tyler Gardens’ stunning grounds, including beautifully landscaped lawns, dramatic stone walls, bronze sculptures and a view of Neshaminy Creek.

The Tyler Gardens tent will be transformed and decorated by Philly’s most talented florists and event rental companies surrounding a curated collection of vendors ready to meet you and discuss your wedding.  Enter raffles and win prizes, including a free engagement photo session from Haley Richter!

Whether you're searching for your perfect venue or interested in getting to know Philly's top wedding professionals, you won’t want to miss this!

Tickets and Information: bit.ly/2tB246b


Come join us at Philadelphia Wedding's Bridal Brunch!

We're so excited to be a featured vendor at Philadelphia Wedding's Bridal Brunch, presented by Bloomingdale's! We'll be sharing wedding planning tips, chatting about the latest trends, and of course enjoying brunch. Come stop by on April 30th to plan your big day with some of Philly's best vendors! Tickets and more information can be found here