Stylists Anne White and Caroline Dilsheimer, two of the most-trusted pros behind go-to wedding boutique BHLDN, share their favorite secrets and tricks to pulling off the big day in style.
RS: What are some of the biggest style trends you’re seeing for upcoming seasons?
Two main trends top the list for 2016. Brides are loving a departure from traditional white, stepping out of the box with neutrals, blush, and brighter pops of color. Also, the more details the better. From lace to embroidery to intricate beadwork, gowns like the ones from our BHLDN X Marchesa collection combine all of these elements into five show-stopping looks. There is a similar shift with accessories—it’s all about layering in color and texture. Go for mixed-metal accessories or incorporate fresh blooms in unexpected ways.
RS: Should a bride’s dress “match” the wedding locale?
Don’t feel like you have to let the venue dictate the gown. Wear the dress of your dreams and use accessories to make it appropriate to the setting. A full tulle skirt may not be traditional for a beach wedding, but finishing touches like flat strappy sandals instead of high-heeled pumps will tie everything together.
RS: Are there any new style trends when it comes to the bridal party?
Absolutely. Matchy-matchy is no more—mix-and-match is of the moment. You can even take it a step further than having your attendants in varying colors. Tie in a print, swap a dress for separates, or mix in multiple metallics. Creating variation in your bridal party adds visual interest and feels natural and effortless, not to mention it gives your bridesmaids the freedom to pick dresses that flatter their figures and suit their personal styles.
RS: What should a bride-to-be wear to pre-wedding events, like the rehearsal dinner or shower?
These are great opportunities to work in all of the facets of your personal style. Choose a super-sweet sheath for your shower, opt for a sparkly number for your rehearsal dinner, and pick a sleek jumpsuit for your bachelorette party to allow different sides of your personality to shine through. Many brides are also opting to change into a reception outfit after the ceremony, both to showcase a second look, and to slip into something a little more comfortable—and easier to dance in.
RS: What styling secrets do you wish you could share with every future bride?
First, it’s important to keep an open mind during your bridal appointments. Be conscious of trends, but the main objective should be to feel beautiful on your big day! Stay true to your figure, choosing silhouettes that flatter and dismissing trends that don’t.
Second, think outside the box. You can create a look that’s completely your own with separates. Consider pairing a full skirt over a slim gown (or even a cocktail dress) for your ceremony. Slip it off to reveal a new look for your reception and dance the night away.
Third, consult with a tailor. More likely than not you’ll need one to make a few adjustments to your dress in order to get the perfect fit, but a good tailor can also often add supportive elements (like lined cups) to gowns with tricky necklines, so you won’t have to go out of your way to find the right lingerie.
Fourth, pack an emergency kit! The Minimergency Kit has everything a bride needs in a pinch. Having a small, handheld steamer on hand is a lifesaver— those pesky wrinkles from the ride to the venue won’t come out. And don’t forget a lint roller for the groom.
Lastly, remember to enjoy the process and don’t get caught up in other people’s expectations! Your big day should be a reflection of you and your partner and a chance for your nearest and dearest to celebrate your love.