Wedding Dressing: My Top Tips

Wedding Dressing : My Top Style Tips{Rachel Riley dress (similar dress here or skirt here); Maggie Mowbray headband (which I bought in her sample sale, but I also love this headband that is very reasonably priced too); Rachel Riley bolero (similar here); Audrey ‘Icon’ clutch bag (very similar here); L.K. Bennett shoes (similar here); Kate Spade watch (similar here); Lindex earrings (similar here)}

Over the weekend, I piled on the make-up to cover up my red nose, packed as many tissues as my clutch bag could contain and headed to Ironmongers’ Hall for my friends’ wedding. Happily, in between days of steady downpour, the sun shone brilliantly on Saturday, reflecting the feelings of exuberance and joy on such a happy day.

Ironmongers’ Hall was in fact built in 1925 in a Tudor style to reflect the golden age of craft in the 16th century, and it certainly made an imposing and beautiful setting for a wedding, as well as a stark contrast to the urban jungle that is the surrounding Barbican Centre. A labyrinth of fascinating architecture mixing old and new, I don’t think there’s anywhere else quite like The Barbican. If you’ve never done it, then I urge you to take a walk through the estate’s highwalks: it’s a remarkable experience.

But back to the wedding! I always enjoy getting dressed up for an occasion, and this time I decided to opt for a monochrome, but still summery look of white and navy. Swans are known to mate for life, so I couldn’t think of a more wedding-appropriate pattern, and I had fun continuing the theme with my choice of headpiece. The bride (like me) is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, so of course I had to bring my Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed clutch.

However fun it is, getting ready for a wedding (even when you’re just a guest!) can be rather a minefield, so below I’ve put together my top tips for keeping stylish during wedding season. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

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Wedding Dressing – My Top Style Tips:

1/ Comfort First.

Comfort is crucial. Weddings usually last for several hours, if not most of the day and into the night, and dressing stylishly and yet comfortably should be a number one priority. Don’t wear materials that crease badly (you’ll be constantly sitting and standing, so creases will set in no time) or a dress that is very tight (think of the wedding breakfast and cake, as well as all the nibbles and alcohol that are served throughout the day). Bring a change of shoes too – a pair of sparkly flats is ideal for the evening when your feet are killing you, but you still want to dance!

2/ Bring a bag you can check.

Take advantage of the cloakroom and check a bag filled with some essentials: your change of shoes, a shrug or shawl in case you feel cold, sunscreen, plasters and a bottle of water. Carry a little clutch filled only with what you really need: your phone, money, tissues and a lipstick.

3/ Consider the type of headgear that’s appropriate.

I’m rather opinionated when it comes to hats, and I tend to feel that large, Ascot style ones in particular look a little ridiculous after 6pm. If you’re going to a wedding that lasts well into the evening, with dancing into the night, then a smart cocktail hat or a pretty headpiece is your best option. Ideally, you would have the opportunity to change from afternoon to evening wear (in which case, remove your hat altogether and opt instead for a sparkly hair clip for the evening), but if changing isn’t an option then make sure you choose headwear that will look appropriate on the dance floor! I loved my Maggie Mowbray headband, which I felt carried well into the evening, but could also be easily removed when the dancing started.

4/ Make sure your beauty look is set to last.

A long-lasting makeup and hair style is generally a good idea for any all-day occasion. All the photos in this post were taken after I’d already been at the wedding for 6 hours (and had left home, makeup on, 1 1/2 hrs before that!), and I hadn’t had a chance to touch up at all, so I was glad I’d gone for such a long-lasting look! Take time to set your foundation with powder and layer your eye shadow. Also, remember to wear a little extra blush, as photos often whiten out your complexion. If you feel you’re likely to cry at the heartfelt ‘I dos’ then make sure you’ve chosen waterproof mascara! Putting your hair up and applying a liberal amount of hair spray will keep it off your face and looking sleek for hours on end.

5/ Don’t Spend a Fortune.

I really don’t believe in special shopping trips just for one occasion. In fact, the only item I bought for this wedding was the feather headband (as a sample sale piece, so it was greatly reduced), and I intend to get plenty more wear out of it for other future weddings and ballet outings (I figure I have to wear this outfit to see Swan Lake). The dress is another sale purchase from a few years ago. Rather than rushing out to buy a new outfit, I always advise ‘shopping in your closet’ first. Being creative with how you can pull outfits together in different ways is always a lot of fun, and sometimes all it takes is a pretty headpiece to tie a whole look together. Finally: don’t be boring! Have fun playing with unconventional patterns or bright colours.

What are your top tips for wedding dressing?

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  • Such a beautiful dress!! You look so elegant. Great wedding tips, I agree it’s important to be comfortable and not spend too much!

    Tara x

  • I’m sad that headwear hasn’t been worn to many weddings I’ve attended lately. Disappointing, as I love a good fascinator! x

  • I think I have already said how much I like your dress but I’d also say (and please excuse this), make sure you sit next to a woman like you!
    I have had dinner at Ironmonger’s Hall once when Goldsmith’s hall was unavailable due to re-gilding!
    As to wedding attire, I think your suggestions, female oriented though they are, are sound advice for all who attend one. I think brides in particular should heed them.

    • Ha, you’re too kind! Thanks very much – the dress is a favourite of mine. Hee, I’m not sure the bride would want to heed the ‘don’t spend a fortune’ so much!! xxx

  • Joe

    Lovely to see you at the wedding and this great outfit in person.

  • Zoe

    Hey Miranda 🙂

    I must say, I love that dress! (I think everybody does, I bet you got a lot of compliments). This post comes at the perfect time, as I have to prepare for both a wedding and my graduation ceremony these next two months! I am still stumped on what dress to wear, but I will take these considerations into mind. I think comfort is definitely key.

    PS, that fascinator is the stuff of my dreams – so very swan lake! 😉

    xX Zoe |

    • Thanks so much Zoe! Ha, I remember for my first graduation – I made the mistake of thinking you had to wear a blouse with buttons all down the front to attach the gown. Of course, everyone else wore a dress that could be easily pinned to them. On my second graduation, I made sure to wear a simple but pretty black dress and was much happier!! Good luck planning your own outfits 🙂 And congrats on your graduation! xxx

  • Ali

    Your look is vintage and suits you beautifully. Its nice to see that some women (and men!) still know how to dress properly for an occasion. I look like mutton dressed as lamb in hats, so I think I would go with the sparkly hair clips. That nail polish colour is gorgeous too, may I ask what it is?

    • Thanks so much Ali! The nail polish is Essie ‘Bermuda Shorts.’ It has a very matte finish though, so I always put a topcoat (Chanel’s extreme shine) on top. xxx

  • You look amazing! Perfect wedding dress style. And that fascinator is amazing! I literally take any excuse to wear a fascinator, I love them!x

  • Thank you so much for the great tips. It’s wedding season and I am looking forward to the suitable dress.

  • Love these tips Miranda and your wedding look is just divine! So beautiful! Xx