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Words of Wisdom from Randy Fenoli

I recently attended an event in Orlando for wedding professionals featuring none other than Randy Fenoli, star of Say Yes To The Dress and Fashion Director at Kleinfeld Bridal.

At the end of his presentation, Randy opened the floor to questions.  I asked, “What is the one thing you wish every bride would do before their first dress appointment?”  After the shouts of  “wear underwear!” from every seamstress and bridal shop owner in the audience, Randy answered the question quite simply: bring  in  pictures!

He suggests pulling  a few pictures (don’t get carried away) from magazines of dresses that you like.  He said he can tell a lot from a picture – and it’s not always about the actual dress.  It might be the fabric, it might be the look on her face.  So don’t be afraid to bring in some ideas when you make your first appointment to try on gowns.

Randy has a new book coming out in November, which you can pre-order on Amazon.com.  It will have tons of his tips – and will feature only photos of real brides in real dresses in every shape and size.  We can’t wait to read it, Randy, and thanks for helping make every bride beautiful!

Dull to Dainty: Top Wedding Hair Accessories

So your wedding ‘do is all picked out and ready to go. Now what? Whether it’s an extravagant feathery flower or a delicate headband, these hot wedding hair accessories will be sure to liven up your style.

Feather Flower

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Depending on the hairstyle, this feather flower idea is perfect to stick right into the knot of this up-do.

Crystal Hair Tie

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A more simple accessory would be this crystal hair tie. It really holds these curls into place and is just the right size to not draw too much attention away from this exquisite hairstyle.

Headband

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Windy days are the worst. Especially when it comes to your hair on your special day. In this case, an elastic headband is a great choice to keep your hair tamed, while also looking 100 percent gorgeous.

Wedding Veils 101

Historically women wore veils on their wedding day to hide their face from the groom before they were married, but today veils are more viewed as a bridal fashion accessory. There are many different types of veils to choose from, for example:

Blusher:

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Also known as a birdgecage veil, the blusher veil is very short and has only one layer of material. It falls just below the chin and complements any style of dress.

Chapel Veil:

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This type of veil is considered more formal then the blusher and is made from two layers of material. The first layer covers the face during the ceremony and the second layer extends to the floor. This type of veil works best with wedding dresses that have a longer train and are more formal.

Fingertip Veil:

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This type of veil is made with either one or two layers of material. The length of the veil extends to the bride’s fingertips and looks great with formal, floor length gowns.

Flyaway Veil:

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The flyaway veil is less formal and is made from several layers of material. This veil is worn short and falls just below the bride’s shoulder blades. It can be worn with less formal dresses that are short or ones with no train.

Iconic Bridal Styles

For those brides who are seeking inspiration from fashion icons of their time, look no further then these famous brides:

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Jackie Kennedy’s 1953 wedding to the future president John F. Kennedy where the bride wore a gown created by designer Ann Lowe of New York City. This famous dress is now housed in the Kennedy Library of Boston.

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Grace Kelly’s 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco where she wore a Helen Rose gown that featured 100 yards of silk net, 25 yards of silk taffeta, and century old lace.

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Priscilla’s 1967 Vegas wedding to Elvis Presley where she wore a beaded white gown designed by the bride herself.

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Lady Diana Spencer’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles wearing a gown made by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The dress was made of 6 different fabrics and had a 25 foot train.

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Carolyn Bessette’s 1996 wedding to John Kennedy Jr she wore a silk crepe Narcisco Rodriguez gown valued at $40,000.

Getting In Shape For Your Wedding

A lot of brides think they should lose a few pounds or tone up their muscles before their weddings.   While I’m all for adopting a healthy lifestyle, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about this task,

Do:

  • Start early. Don’t wait until 2 weeks before the wedding to try to lose 20 pounds.
  • Set realistic goals.  If you are a size 20, chances are you won’t be a size 2 in 6 months.
  • Consider meeting with a nutritionist and personal trainer.  These experts can help you determine proper diet and exercise routines based on your height, weight and body type.
  • Use the buddy system.  Find a friend (or all of your bridesmaids, perhaps?) to share your workout routine and diet plan with.  Or, look for a bridal boot camp to work out with other brides to be!
  • Reward yourself.  Sticking to your weight loss plan is great, but having fun is important too! Treat yourself to ice cream on date night, or skip the gym and go for a long walk with your fiance on the beach.

Don’t:

  • Buy a dress that is way too small.  Even if you are dedicated to losing weight, things happen.  It’s always easier to take a dress in than to let one out!
  • Try a new diet every week.  Talk to a professional when you get started, and stick to a steady plan.
  • Not eat.  Fasting makes you more irritable, tired, and less able to deal with stress.
  • Eat too little.  Just like fasting, cutting your calorie count too much can be dangerous.  A bride in England even died of heart failure from eating a measly 530 calories for 11 weeks.  It’s just not worth it!
  • Focus on the wedding day.  Make lifestyle changes so that you will be healthier all around!  Married couples tend to gain weight at a faster rate than their single peers.