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Picks on Paper - Personalize Your Wedding Day Look Wednesday, May 30, 2012 ~ 9:45 a.m.

Congratulations! You have found "The Dress," and it's everything that you dreamed it would be and more (well, hopefully). So now what's next? Don't worry! Because there is still more fun to be had ;) You'll need shoes, of course, "Something Old," "and "Something New," "Borrowed," and "Blue". You'll need some jewelry, a clutch and undergarments, of course.


These little additions, in my opinion, are where you can really think outside of the box. You have the gown that you have always wanted, and it's gorgeous, I'm sure, but let's be honest...it's still white. You may want to have a little bit of fun with your look! Wear a pair of tall and sparkling high heels, a hot pink bag, or even sport some pretty blue nails. Have fun with it, and do whatever feels right to you. To be honest, I never even thought of going a little outside of the box with my wedding day style. For one, Pinterest didn't exist yet, and two, it's not really my style to go outside the box. I tend to gravitate toward the more classic and traditional, when given the choice. Although I wish that I had the confidence and creativity to have a more distinct sense of style.


Anyway, I hope that you have thought about how you would like to look and feel on your big day - do you want to be traditional like I was, casual and comfy, or bold and memorable? It's important to have an idea of how you'd like to feel, and keep that in mind when you're pulling together your entire bridal look. For instance, if you want to be comfortable, you might want to stay away from the Louboutin's! Then, remember that if you do have something bold that you'd like to wear, but maybe you're a little nervous about wearing it during your traditional church ceremony, you can always choose to wear some extra fun pieces just for the photos.


I'm sure you'd agree that some of the cutest bridal photos are ones when the bride is rocking a bold accessory. I know I pin any photo of a bride wearing cute cowboy boots, a plaid top, a chunky statement necklace or bold red lipstick. She may not wear those pink Hunter rainboots anywhere else except in photos, but it's a fun addition to that elegant white dress! I encourage all of you brides out there to consider adding a little bit of fun to your bridal look on your wedding day. Showcase your personal taste, personality and sense of style, and try not to worry about what is expected of you. If you wear glasses all the time, wear them! If you're always in boots, slip those puppies on! If you think you'll be cold (or if you're always cold), wear your favorite cardigan! Even if it's just for your wedding photos or the reception later on, I have no doubt that you'll be happy that you did it after the fact.


If you're interested in jazzing up your new white wedding dress and grandma's pearl earrings in some way, but stumped as to how to go about it, consider today's Picks on Paper! I've pulled together five of the best ideas that I've come across to make your wedding day look, your own.



Brides in boots Brides in cowboy boots and rainboots
Sarah Rhodes Photography via Lovely Little Details | Ryan Ray Photo



Bridal belts and sashes Bridal sashes and belts
Ellie Grover via Green Wedding Shoes



Bridal hats and headbands Bridal hats and headbands
Mi Belle Photography via Style Me Pretty | Nectarine Photography via Ruffled | Bridal Bandeau by Doloris Petunia



Brides in TOMS Brides in TOMS
Photos by Kim via Green Wedding Shoes



Brides in cardigans and tops Brides in cardigans and tops
Kina Wicks Photography via Ruffled | Blue Bottle Photography via Style Me Pretty



Personalize Your Wedding Day Look

  • You can find Hunter rainboots at most major department stores including Nordstorm and Bloomingdales, as well as online at Zappos.com. I found mine on sale on Gilt one day! Cowboy boots are pretty popular and easily found, as well, but I found a super cute pair on Ariat.com, if you're stumped. UGG boots now have a special Wedding collection, if you're planning a warm and cozy winter affair. There are also plenty of sites out there that allow you to custom design your own bridal shoes, like Milk and Honey.

  • Check out David's Bridal, The Little White Dresser and Tessa Kim for some more traditional options for bridal sashes and belts.

  • Twigs and Honey has some gorgeous and incredibly intricate, avant garde headpieces and bridal caps. Lo Boheme and Handmade by Sara Kim also have some pretty headbands and fascinators with big, bold flowers, feathers and beading. If you're looking for something more sleek and modern, with a lot of the glam factor, Jennifer Behr has a pretty cool collection of headpieces.

  • TOMS shoes can be purchased on TOMS.com (they have the best variety), and can be found at Nordstorm and other select department stores.

  • I found my plaid shirt at Old Navy, but I think a denim blue chambray shirt, like this one from J.Crew could be just as cute for a spring or summer wedding! I have one of them, and I wear it so much, I'm really considering getting a second one!


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