Monthly Archives: June 2013

To Veil or not to Veil

I get asked all the time whether a bride should use a veil or not.

It really depends on the style of the gown and the bride.Veils traditionally “hide” the bride from her groom until the “ta da” moment in the ceremony, when the blusher is flipped back and the new wife is revealed.

Very few brides use blushers anymore, the layer that covers the face. But a veil can make you feel more like a bride. And there are so many beautiful styles to choose from. The right one can really finish off the look.

For a more contemporary look, no veil is popular or the “birds nest” works for some styles. If you decide not to use a veil, make sure your hair and makeup is flawless because your face and hair become the focus. A gorgeous up-do works well, especially for a formal gown. For a more casual look, the long curls work well.

Ask your wedding professional whether a veil will work for you or not but ultimately, it’s up to you…there is no wrong answer!

Hot Wedding Season

Short Dress for Outdoor Wedding

Short Dress for Outdoor Wedding

I feel sorry for all brides who are having their weddings this weekend in our Northern Californian town of Redding. It’s supposed to be 109 degrees. Outdoor weddings are really popular around here and I can understand why. We have gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. We have the river and all the lush vegetation that goes with it. Big oak and cottonwood trees. I GET that people love the outdoors here.

But wedding gowns and tuxes are hot! And I don’t mean that in a sexy way…I mean, the temperature way.

If you really want an outdoor wedding, and you live in a hot climate, maybe you should think outside the box a bit. How about a short wedding gown? Or a lightweight chiffon gown instead of satin?  For the guys, you might consider chinos and white shirts. If you have to stay formal, how about tux pants with the vest instead of a jacket? Linen for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is a great casual look for summer as well.