bustiers to blush
in the details
dress goes along way toward making a bride feel glamorous, but true
radiance comes from the perfect finishing touches. Aimee Guthinger,
owner of Bedroom I’s Boutique in Osterville, ruefully points out
that brides have a tendency to forget that what’s underneath can
really affect how a dress looks.
don’t wait their whole life to get fitted for a bra,” she says.
“They wait their whole life to pick out a dress. It would actually
be a much better thing if they were to pick out the foundations
first and then go shopping with it on. It’s like what comes first,
the chicken or the egg?”
experience, most brides do the opposite. They find a dress they love
and then try to find a way to make it work. While that is possible
in most cases, there are a few instances where brides are
disappointed. That said, Guthinger advises brides who have already
bought their dresses to not despair. Just be sure to bring the dress
in when they get fitted for their foundation garments.
Many brides choose bustiers rather than bras because they feel more
secure, Guthinger says, noting a wedding dress can be quite heavy
and feel like it is pulling. The most popular bustier is Le Mystere
because it has a sweetheart plunge in the front and is low in the
back. It also comes down far over the stomach so there are no bulges
or pouches when the bride sits down.
most brides choose something smoothing so there is a seamless look
for the photographs. If the wedding gown has a lot of layers, a
popular choice is a lacy bottom for a more feminine (code word in
the industry for sexy) look. For brides who are not the blushing
kind, powder blue thongs accomplish two things at once – a sexy
bottom and something blue. Bedroom I’s has an embroidery service so
brides can surprise their hubby’s with their new Mrs. names
embroidered on the front of the thong. Ooh la la!
big last-minute items and the biggest sellers are ones with blue
ribbons on them. But they are just for fun, especially since many
Cape brides don’t wear stockings or hose at all.
“A lot of
times it comes down to shapewear because the dresses are so clingy
these days that people really need something that’s going to give
them a smooth finish,” Guthinger says.
To that end there are Capri length body wraps with both regular and
high waists and bandless hose that offer a smooth line. There are
also pantyhose with thong-style toes to accommodate open toed shoes.
undergarments are picked out, it’s time to plan your skin, hair and
makeup. Sara Gilman, wedding coordinator at Oceanside Hair and
Spa in Brewster, offers some great tips for making sure brides glow
on their wedding day.
“If they’re doing facials they probably want to start those six
months prior to the wedding date, once a month to get their skin in
good shape and hopefully no blemishes show up from the stress,” she
crunch time stress, she recommends having a massage and exfoliation
within a week of the wedding. For brides who want an extra glow, the
salon offers a tanning bed and booth and also does spray tanning.
pedicures are done the day before the wedding to give them time to
set. The most common choices for brides are French manicures
on both fingers and toes or shades of pink.
bride’s hair style is so important to the look she will convey,
Gilman recommends that brides have a trial appointment before the
big day if there’s time.
if they can get in here before the wedding to make sure they’re
going to like what they get done because a lot of times they change
their mind a couple of times,” she says. “And it’s good to just see
it on you because you never really know how it’s going to transpose
from a photo to your head.”
A current popular hair style is side-swept bangs with a little
volume on the crown. A lot of brides with longer hair are opting for
a half up and half down hairdo with a lot of curls.
bring your veil with you for your trial and on the day of bring
whoever is going to be taking it out if you do take it out for the
reception. You want to make sure they know how to get it out without
ruining your hair,” she advises.
Another important tip is to be sure you are wearing a button-down
shirt so you don’t mess up your hair when it’s time to change into
your wedding gown.
Hair and Spa also does a full makeup service that is popular with
brides and bridal parties. Mineral makeup is their first choice
because it’s pure pigment and has anti-aging benefits for the skin.
will say that they want very natural makeup,” Gilman says.
“Sometimes if it’s an evening wedding we’ll do more of the smoky
eyes and a little bit deeper pigments, but most want natural earth
a must so your complexion looks perfect in the photos. That’s
followed by powder, and either a blush or bronzer or a little of
both. Gilman mixes a few colors for eye shadows and recommends a
little eye liner and especially with blondes, some eyebrow
highlighting so their expressions show up well. Finish with a
flattering lipstick with a little gloss for shine and always use lip
liner for longer lasting coverage.
For touch ups throughout the day, Gilman recommends that brides keep
lipstick, deodorant and powder in their purses.