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22 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM By Kourtney Houghtaling, Evie Gordon & Shaunte Daurice House of Maya Bridal Salon The Look Because It's All About The Dress PLAN YOUR WEDDING W hen we think of elements we imme- diately think earth, air, water and fire. We think of high school chem- istry and the countless hours spent memo- rizing a rather overwhelming table filled with letters and numbers that we assumed would eventually mean nothing to us. When we think of elements, what we never think of is the fusion of so many tiny parts- the science behind choosing a wedding gown or styling an entire wedding party for that matter. But isn't that kind of a formula in itself ? Of course it is! With the many designers, silhouettes, colors and trends, among many other things that have swept the bridal market, finding the right bridal look can start to feel a bit reminis- cent of high school chemistry. Luckily, we've got all the elements that you need to create one big bang of a wedding day look! Choosing what you're going to walk down the aisle in can be one of the most daunt- ing parts of planning your wedding day. So many women place the most pressure on themselves to get their dress right, so when deciding what elements will perfect you and your party's look, keep these tips in mind for stress-free shopping! When picking out your dress, remember the vision you have for this momentous day. Regardless of the silhouette, the details on your gown can help to communicate what you want the overall tone of your day to be. Planning a more traditional ceremony? It's hard to go wrong with something timeless. For example: lace. Whether your gown is covered in it or just has a touch on the bodice, nothing quite says classic bride like a lace wedding gown. Want some glitz and glamour in your look? Don't be afraid to actually spar- kle! Or opt for a more subtle shimmer and make yourself the shining center of attention. Or, go minimal! There's definitely something to be said for a simple, tailored gown with clean lines. Don't forget your accessories - they really bring your whole ensemble together. One of the biggest questions is: to veil or not to veil. Regardless of the venue/location, there's a veil for every bride and there is a very spe- cial emotion attached to it. It's hard not to have that "bridal moment" when trying this sentimental tulle adornment on for the first time. Whether you decide to go long or short, or even non-traditional with a birdcage, the headpiece is just another expression of the bride's style, so wear what feels right to you. Even if you don't wind up walking down the aisle in one, there's plenty of other ways to bring in those finishing touches. Additionally, great jewelry can add the right finishing touches, too! A detailed hair comb or beaded headband in your hair is an easy way to bring an extra element of glamour to your ensemble. Belts and sashes play a key role in defining your waistline and can take your gown to the next level. Necklaces and earrings are other key elements to your big day. Keep in mind the neckline of your gown if you decide to wear a necklace - you don't want to over accessorize and wind up taking away from your gorgeous gown; and most importanly, YOU! No matter what, the process of choosing your wedding attire is an emotional one, and figuring out who to bring with you is a question where less tends to be more. The key is to bring people close to you who know your vision for your big day, and who will be supportive of whatever you fall in love with. In the end, the most important thing is to find what you love and what makes you feel like the most beautiful version of yourself. This is your wedding day, you deserve to feel as beau- tiful as the love you are representing. Amanda Manupella Photography Dress by Matthew Christopher

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