5 Bridal Outfits for Every Stage of Your Wedding
If you’re tying the knot in 2023, there’s a good chance your celebrations won’t be limited to the big day alone. Whether you’re planning a wedding ceremony that’s chic and intimate or an all-out party with a guest list to match, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun with bridal style both on your wedding and in the lead-up. From engagement party ensembles to wedding dress ideas, here’s what to wear at every stage of being a bride.
The Engagement Party
You may be feeling the butterflies on your first event as a bride-to-be, so aim to strike a relaxed style note. Off-white suits from The Mannei, Studio Amelia, BITE Studios and more make for chic, cosmopolitan style without restricting you to the typical bridal genre – meaning you’ll be free to re-wear the outfit post-wedding, too. If suiting’s not your thing, smart-casual midi dresses are equally understated yet elegant. Try pairing with a colourful shoe or clutch bag rather than going head-to-toe white, if you want to take it down a notch. These outfit formulas work perfectly, too, for smaller, town-hall style weddings – or for a whirlwind elopement.
- $1 301Now $893
High-Rise Nausa Tailored Trousers$915Now $622
Embellished Midi Dress$1 402
Tailored Midi Dress$476
Sleeveless Amphitrite Waistcoat$779
Wool-Silk Lettini Flared Trousers$552
EXCLUSIVE Gathered-Waist Midi Dress$963
Pointelle-Detail Midi Dress$644
Here’s your opportunity to really have fun. While traditional bridalwear may call for Grace Kelly levels of poise, the so-called ‘last night of freedom’ invites something a little more daring. Put your faith in professional partiers such as The Attico, No Pise La Grama, 16Arlington, Area NYC and more, whose white hen-do dresses offer an abundance of feather trims, crystal embellishments, fabulous fringing and thigh-skimming hemlines.
Some think of the wedding morning as just the staging area, but these are precious moments to share with your closest friends and family. Countless glam sessions with them have led to this moment – attention must be paid. Look the part in time for the photographer’s arrival in Sleeper’s signature party PJs or Morgan Lane and Loretta Caponi’s vintage-style sets with their ‘something blue’ motifs and bows; elsewhere, smooth silks from the likes of Carine Gilson and Olivia von Halle will be enough to soothe any pre-wedding jitters.
Silk Lace Trim Robe$1 975
Double Feather-Trimmed Party Pyjama Set$281
Silk Nicla Robe$1 077
Olivia von Halle
Silk Xena Dress$314
Lace-Trim Sabina Nightdress$963
Silk Bride Sleep Mask$60
Bow-Embellished Maebelle Pyjama Top$102
Cotton Nessa Pyjama Shorts$91
The pièce de résistance – your wedding gown. No two brides are the same, and with the myriad options out there, choosing a wedding dress can feel daunting. The most important thing to remember is to remain true to your personal style. Wear a piece that makes you feel like the best version of yourself, whether it’s head-to-toe embellishment, a slinky silken number or a chic and structured silhouette. Mikael D’s beautifully adorned gowns make for the ultimate entrance, while Halfpenny London leans more traditional in style, and Roksanda’s alternative bridalwear is perfectly understated.
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Now comes the party. As your guests make their way to the dance floor, this is the time to slip into something a little more ‘evening’ in tone and aesthetic. If you can’t do an outfit change on your wedding day, when can you? Opt for a clean silhouette with freedom of movement, so you can concentrate on having fun – rather than who’s stepping on your train – and lean into the celebratory spirit with mirrorball embellishments.
The Best Bridal Shoes
Getting cold feet? Far from it. Elegant footwear – from classic Jimmy Choo heels to something-blue Amina Muaddi slingbacks – will stand you in good stead on your big day and beyond.Read & Shop
How to Choose a Wedding Dress
Whatever your bridal style, all eyes will be on you when the big day comes. So, where to begin? Designer Kate Halfpenny shares her top tips on wedding dress shopping.Read & Shop
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