With my own nuptials less than two weeks out, I’ve spent the last nine months in bride mode. And, while it hasn’t been easy, I can say I’ve learned a lot. Among the most surprising things (aside from how much work it really takes to plan a wedding and how many friends my parents seem to have), was the sheer quantity of items a bride-to-be needs.
Fashion editor or not, from the time I got engaged to now, my time (and seemingly, life) became consumed with the plethora of outfits one has to wear and things you must buy up until the wedding day—especially if, like mine, your pre-engagement wardrobe could hardly be described as “bridal.” And, while I can’t do it all over (nor would I want to), if I could change one thing about my experience, it would have been starting sooner. Instead of pushing aside shopping for things like a rehearsal dinner outfit or a “getting ready” outfit for the day of the wedding to as late as possible, I would have gotten a head start shortly after getting engaged, to make the time closer to the wedding a little easier.
So, in hopes that someone will benefit from my experience, today I’ve put together a list of all the things you’ll need, at the bare minimum, plus some optional items. Of course, you’ll end up with countless other things on your list, such as hosiery or something borrowed, but today we’re focusing on the fashion items you can buy today.
See what they are, and shop my picks for each below.
Engagement Party Outfit
While your engagement party outfit will ultimately depend on your dress code, as the first of many wedding-related occasions, try to think outside the box and start with a bang. Consider jeans and a bodysuit, or a fun minidress with your choice of heel height.
Bridal Shower Outfit
Tip: Since most bridal showers take place during the daytime, pair your look of choice (ours is below) with a comfortable, semi-casual and of-the-moment wedge.
Bachelorette Party Outfit
Headed to the beach? A white one-piece swimsuit will be your best friend (in addition to all the bridesmaids). It goes with virtually any cover-up and will make for A-plus photo ops.
Rehearsal Dinner Outfit
Since you'll likely want to keep your wedding day shoes and jewelry on the more classic side for photos, we say have fun with your rehearsal dinner accessories! Whether that means bright shoes, a statement bag, or both, this is your time to take risks.
Due to the often-lengthy order and alteration process for wedding dresses, you'll really want to get a head start on this one.
Engagement Photos Outfit
If you're planning to do an engagement shoot, our only style advice is to stay true to what you'd normally wear in real life (with maybe a bit more ironing and effort!), so you don't see the photos months later and feel like you're looking at strangers.
These customizable velvet ring boxes make for the prettiest still-life shots on the day of the wedding.
"Getting Ready" Outfit
If your wedding video starts with you getting ready, consider a classic PJ set and elevated slippers! If not, a pretty robe will also do the trick.
This can really be anything, but if you choose something they (and you) will want to wear every day, it might make up for any bridezilla moments you may have subjected them to!
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