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Something Blue: 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Buying a brand new wedding dress seems a little overrated, especially considering the fact that you’ll be wearing it only once.

Splashing out so much cash on a dress isn’t sometimes cost-effective, but buying vintage might just be the next best option. We have created an edit of our top ten pre-loved wedding dresses to inspire your own wedding!

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Lace sleeves

Long sleeves are ideal for winter weddings since they provide an extra layer of warmth to the bride. This classic look is usually accompanied by glamourous makeup and minimal accessories.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Tulle

A voluminous, tulle dress is every girl’s dream dress – especially one which is accompanied by a satin bow!

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Backless

Spice-up a standard white dress with a low, sexy back which is perfect for a summer wedding. We promise the wedding photos will look absolutely breathtaking.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Spaghetti straps

Throw it back to the early 2000s with this glamourous wedding dress featuring sexy spaghetti straps. The style is flattering for the summer months with a coat of illuminating cream to reflect the suns rays.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Off the shoulder

A popular choice in the eighties was of course the off-the-shoulder look, but it’s certainly making its comeback!

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Lace brocade

Keep it classy with lace brocade which is a little on the heavy side, and ideal for a winter wedding.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Sequin embellishments

Try a 20s inspired wedding dress which is adorned in sequins, crystals, and intricate beads (oh my!). Pair with gold or silver stiletto heels to complete the look.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Cap-sleeve

A sophisticated cap-sleeve is the best way to show off your decolletage and create a flattering neckline. Choose simple, minimalist necklaces to highlight this area!

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

Empire neckline

Finish off with a flattering empire neckline which is best for bigger chests, and looks amazing with an undo.

Wedding: Something Blue - 10 Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

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8 Wedding Makeup Mistakes To Avoid

Are you planning to do your own makeup for your wedding? Bridal makeup should look natural and never too heavy – especially for those crucial wedding photos! So, to ensure you achieve a flawless base on your big day, here is a list of common makeup mistakes to avoid:

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1. DO: Prime

Always use a primer to create a flawless base for your makeup. This is crucial if you have dry or oily skin which is hard to manage at the best of times.

2. DON’T: Try something new

Your wedding day isn’t the best time to try a new product which might react badly to your skin. Stick to what you know and use products which will complement your skin type and texture.

3. DO: Book a trial

If you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, book in a trial a few weeks before your wedding. This is crucial since the makeup artist will try a few different looks on your skin, and also so you can determine which one is best for your wedding day.

4. DON’T: Contour

Self-contouring is never really a great option, especially if you don’t have the correct tools or techniques. If you are going to contour, use a light hand and carefully accentuate the cheekbones with a slightly dark, matte bronzer. Leave the concealing and highlighting to the professionals for this one.

5. DO: Wear lipgloss

Lipgloss is typically easier to maintain since it’s so quick and easy to apply – even without a mirror! Matte, shimmery, or even long-lasting lip colours can bleed on the lips and need to be re-applied with care every few hours.

6. DON’T: Wear SPF

Any type of foundation with SPF is going to create a white caste in your wedding photos – this is just a fact of life. To avoid this, use a blotting powder to decrease the shine, or simply take your wedding photos at the beginning of the day.

7. DO: Stay natural

A natural makeup look is a safe option since you know it will suit your skin tone. Anything too dramatic will look rather out of place in your wedding photos and might not match the look of the bridesmaids.

8. DON’T: Fake tan

While it might seem tempting, you should skip the fake tan on your wedding day. Not only can it stain your dress, but it isn’t a good combination for the warmer weather. If you do want a natural glow, use a body shimmer on your decolletage, arms and legs.

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5 Films Every Mother-Of-The-Bride Should Watch

According to Runaway Dream, more than 120,000 weddings take place in Australia each year which means 120,000 mother-of-the-brides are helping their daughters out behind the scenes for her big day. However, being the mother of the bride comes with a great deal of responsibility and stress which is why it is a great idea to get the popcorn ready, put your feet up and watch a few helpful (and seriously entertaining!) wedding themed movies to give you some much needed inspiration, guidance and a good laugh along the way.

1. Mamma Mia

This musical, featuring the talented singing voices of Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, is based on the story of a bride-to-be in search of her real father whilst her mother tries her best to cope with the reality of her daughter growing up and leaving home. This is a perfect choice for the mother of the bride because it shows the hardships that not only the bride has to face but also her loving mother. They sing ABBA songs the whole way through the movie so it’s a great sing-along option as well.

2. Monster in Law

If you’re not really sure what a mother-of-the-bride should be doing up until the day of the wedding, Bride Online will give you a better idea whilst Monster in Law will teach you the mistakes that you should definitely avoid! This is a hilarious movie about a fearless mother in law who makes it her life goal to destroy the relationship between her son and his new fiancé (Jennifer Lopez).

3. Father of the Bride

This comedy film about a father unwilling to let go of his beloved daughter is a great choice for both the father of the bride and the mother. The bride will need support from both of her parents and by watching this film, the mother will be more aware of the possible concerns the father might have about the wedding and vice versa. It’s a light-hearted film and one that the entire bridal party will love to watch.

4. Bride Wars

Despite the mother-of-the-bride not actually being present in this movie, it is still worth a watch because it emphasizes the importance of organization. According to www.wisegeek.com the mother of the bride is expected to take care of certain tasks, such as the guest list. This involves gathering names and addresses from both sides of the family. Watching Bride Wars may give you some much needed inspiration and thoughts on organizing a wedding as you watch two brides (and former best friends) schedule their weddings on the same day.

5. Runaway Bride

This is a classic wedding movie favourite and displays the problem of ‘cold feet’ perfectly. It is based on a reporter (Richard Gere) who has to write a story about a woman (Julia Roberts) who has repeatedly left a number of finances at the altar. Spot the signs that your daughter may be second guessing her wedding before the big day and help calm her nerves thanks to the witty revelations of a soon to be bride.

1960’s Inspired Wedding Dresses

What isn’t there to love about fashion in the 1960s?

Hemlines were getting shorter, white lace was was way too common (but who is complaining?), and the wedding dresses were purely magical.

If you need a little inspiration for your own bespoke wedding dress, take a few style tips from the swinging sixties.

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Swing dress

Not only does this style flatter the tummy area, but it suits almost any body type! Perfect for brides who want to show a bit of leg on their wedding day, or want their shoes to shine.

1960's Inspired Wedding Dresses

Long sleeves

If your wedding is taking place during the colder months, why not choose a long-sleeved dress. The show of leg is worth the extra bit of cold, we promise. A style like this will look classic in your wedding photos, especially if they’re black and white.

1960's Inspired Wedding Dresses

Layered skirt

Create the illusion of extra curves with a spectacular layered skirt. Not only did Olivia Palermo do it (she was also married in a sweater), but it can easily be worn again as opposed to sitting in your closet.

1960's Inspired Wedding Dresses

Cinched waist

If you want to keep to a traditional style, then a cinched waist is an absolute must-have. The sleeveless design won’t constrict you from dancing all night long, and the fuller skirt balances out the entire outfit.

60's Inspired Wedding Dresses

Baby Doll

A sixties inspired wedding dress would be nothing without a classic, baby doll style. Not only can you incorporate some white lace (we can’t let it go), but are free to wear heels, flats or anything in between!

1960's Inspired Wedding Dresses

Images via Austin Wedding Blog, ASOS Marketplace, Ali Express, Green Wedding Shoes and Style

Classic Jewellery Options For Brides

Finding accessories which are understated to match your wedding dress are often few and far between. For most brides, delicate earrings, minimal bracelets, and fine jewellery are the best options since they don’t take the focus away from the main piece, which is of course the wedding dress.

We have picked out a few favourite styles which are perfect for the bride who wants to add a finishing touch to her entire look.

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Hair clips

Take your hair to the next level with some amazing hair accessories for your wedding day. Clips are perfect if you choose to style your hair up or down, and bring a classic look to any ensemble.

Jewellery Options For Brides

Pearls

Stick to basic pearls if you want to keep your look fairly minimal, and can only choose one piece of jewellery to wear. Not only are pearls an investment, but you can also wear them after your wedding has passed. They never go out of style!

Jewellery Options For Brides

Tear-drop earrings

For a statement piece of jewellery, you can’t go past a pair of tear-drop earrings. These are almost an essential if you choose to wear your hair in a classic updo. They became the main focus of your accessories, and can even be worn by women without pierced ears.

Jewellery Options For Brides

Headband

An embellished headband is one of the easiest ways to transform your look, and keep hair neat and tidy throughout the wedding! This is also an amazing option for women with a front fringe, since it will keep it in place – regardless of windy weather.

Jewellery Options For Brides

Dainty necklaces

If your wedding dress is strapless, then a dainty necklace or choker is the best way to accentuate your décolletage. Stick to something simple such as an infinity sign or your initials, since it’s a nice way to tie everything together.

Although sterling silver is most popular, rose gold and gold pieces are also trendy at the moment, and available at almost every single budget.

Jewellery Options For Brides

Ear cuff

Another popular option of the last few years are classic ear cuffs. Australian designer Ryan Storer creates a number of bespoke pieces which are suitable for both brides and the maid of honour. To highlight this look, keep hair parted onto one side, and clip back to emphasise the ear cuff at all times.

Jewellery Options For Brides

What are some of your favourite jewellery options?

Images via Lullia, Bridal Brid, Catherine Nicole, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Tuula Vintage, Pinterest

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