{Guest Post} How To Choose Glasses For Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is planned to be the best day of your life and a celebration of the union between you and your partner. It is on this day that every bride hopes to look her best as she is admired and photographed by all her friends and family. For this reason, many brides spend an average of £3000 on wedding attire, including the dress, shoes, accessories and hair and make-up. But what are the options for bespectacled brides?

How To Choose Glasses For Your Wedding Day

For those of us who suffer from poor vision and are reluctant to resort to contact lenses, glasses may be the only option. However, certain problems can arise when wearing glasses for an all-day wedding celebration. Let’s take a look at the issues, how these could be resolved and the perfect eye wear to suit your special day.

The veil

A traditional wedding dress is not complete without a matching veil covering the face. However, for a bespectacled bride, the veil will not gently drape over the face as it is hindered by a pair of spectacles. If a veil is an important part of your planned outfit, there are various options available to you. For example, some veils simply drape from the top of the head, down the back for a stylish, contemporary take on the traditional style. Alternatively, why not invest in a pair of delicate rimless frames. Without a heavy acetate frame, rimless styles are a great subtle way to support your vision, without affecting your outfit. There are a variety of rimless styles available, including metal, acetate or titanium arms, round, oval or rectangular lens shapes. For a feminine bridal look, why not try gold or silver metal arms with oval lenses. These are often softer than sterner rectangular shapes.

How To Choose Eye Wear For Your Wedding Day

Comfort

One reason why many people with vision problems turn to contact lenses is that wearing glasses all day can be uncomfortable and irritating. The only way to resolve this would be to choose your frames carefully, ensuring you obtain a perfect fit without slipping. Many frames are designed with adjustable nose pads to ensure they sit comfortably on your nose. Alternatively, try opting for a silicone nose bridge which extends over the entire bridge of the nose for a secure fit. As with nose pads, a silicone bridge is transparent for a subtle design.

If you find the arms of your glasses are uncomfortable, look out for frames with flexible hinges as these have been designed specifically to suit wider faces. Unlike ordinary hinges, the flexible hinges will adapt to suit your face shape, rather than gradually becoming wider and slipping off your head.

Prescription

For those of us with stronger prescriptions, the lenses in glasses can look thick like magnifying glasses, resulting in an unwanted bulging eye appearance in photos. When you order your new glasses, you can request that they are thinned during production. This helps the lenses to sit more neatly in the frame and to create a sleeker, smarter appearance. Don’t want a reflective glare under the camera flash? Try requesting an anti-reflective tint be applied to the lenses.

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Style

If you want to embrace your bespectacled style, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose a pair of striking acetate frames. There are many smart designer styles available in natural, neutral colours to complement your wedding attire. For example, the Alexander McQueen AMQ4142 frames feature a rectangular acetate frame with curved, narrow arms for a contemporary, feminine finish. Each pair features a delicate rose detailing on the arm, ideal for a traditional white wedding. Alternatively, try opting for a frame in a pretty pearl shade for a natural look.

So as you make your wedding preparations, do not neglect to consider your eyewear. Whilst many brides will choose contact lenses, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t simply choose a pair of frames to complement and flatter your wedding outfit.

 

Victoria is a fashion blogger for leading glasses retailer, Direct Sight. 

Images: 1 via Clary Photo / 2 via Off Beat Bride / 3 via My Wedding

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Las Vegas Desert Wedding Shoot

Today we’re starting the week with some gorgeous wedding style inspiration from Megan Small Photography. Shot in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada this stunning wedding shoot brings together the unexpected mix of chic formal style against a stark raw background. We totally love it with a capital L!

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Photographer Megan shares: While attending the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International Conference, better known as “WPPI” in Vegas this year, I decided to make the trip even more worth it and signed up for Gavin & Erin Wade’s styled desert shoot. Myself and 15 others hopped in a van and headed down the rural freeway to an open clearing of desert for miles and miles. It was so fun to leave the strip for a bit, and to be able to shoot an amazingly cute couple. Kate and Chris were married this past June and still have the newlywed glow, where just a glance makes the other smile, a photographers dream!!

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Submitted via Two Bright Lights

European Bridal Fascinators Inspiration Shoot

Good morning lovely people! Let’s jump right in to this Monday with some chic European wedding style. Do you know what happens when a bridal house owner takes a trip to Europe? Well, you can bet she is bound to come back with a suitcase of goodies and inspiration galore. And that’s exactly how this gorgeous shoot came about. Put together by an amazing team and beautifully shot by Kaylee Eylander it features a stunning collection of bridal fascinators, veils and hats. The perfect look for the vintage, modern or glam bride! 

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Photography: Kaylee Eylander Photography / Hair Stylist:  Northwest Hair Design / Event Designer:  BB Jean Events / Dress Store:  Alicia’s Bridal / Location:  Bellingham WA / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

 

 

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Wedding Style Inspiration: Raw Silk Ruffle Dress

Wedding Dress Inspiration Ruffle Dress

Here is some wedding inspiration for the chic urban bride who wants her gown to make a statement. This full-length one-shoulder gown from Rachel Gilbert is not only stunning but also dramatic. The ‘Tash’ dress is made in raw-silk and features a a large single ruffle across an asymmetric neckline resulting in a bold and dramatic look.  A wedding dress definitely not for the shy or understated, rather the fashion forward bride with glamorous attitude!

 

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Elie Saab Gowns ~ 2011/2012 Fall Couture Collection

There isn’t much you can fault in Elie Saab’s latest Fall 2011/2012 Couture Collection. Already, a favorite with the Hollywood elite, this Lebanese wedding dress designer is turning heads on the red carpets worldwide. His latest 2011/2012 haute couture is inspired by skyscrapers, but you’ll find nothing stark and concrete in these designs. The stunning floor length gowns feature silhouettes in sexy sheer fabrics, sequins, lace, and embroidered materials. A range of heavenly hues float down the catwalk from snowflake whites to powder blues, sensuous nudes to velvety browns and smoky grays to mystical midnight blues. It’s hard to pick just a handful of Elie Saab favorites – but I’ve restrained myself to selecting just one in each gorgeous color palette.

If you would like to see each and every stunning gown in this collection watch the video below or visit our Elie Saab 2011/2012 Fall Couture Photo Gallery.

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Visit our Elie Saab 2011/2012 Fall Couture Photo Gallery to see the entire collection.

 

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012 Collection

The Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012 Collection is a balance between chic casual and graceful glamour. Monique designed this collection with an intent to dress her clients for an earlier hour – ‘we’re talking before 5pm’ the designer reported. Instead of red-carpet gowns she is reputed for, her Resort 2012 Collection includes a selection of stylish shirt dresses, skirt suits, resort pants and tea length dresses. But of course, it wouldn’t be a Monique Lhuillier show without a display of beautiful gowns. Her evening looks include sexy dresses in fabulous Monet-like patterns and zebra prints. Glamorous gowns in sunset shades of pinks, coral and lavender. Classic gowns in black and gold with shimmering metallic embroidery and adorable tea length dresses in pretty pinks and tangerine reds.  Here are a few stand outs we think would be right at home at a stylish wedding. You can see all our favorites on Facebook in our Bliss Wedding Gallery.

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For me, the show-stopper is this gorgeous Wisteria Silk Organz Draped Gown with cascading floral embroidery. Just as lovely, is the Java Strapless Gown with embroidered bodice and draped silk faille skirt – either would look amazing on a bride wanting to make a fabulous and bold style statement!

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This Poppy Silk Faille Bateau Cocktail dress would be perfect for a 50s inspired bridesmaid and this Navy Cotton/Silk Ruffle Front Vest a stylish sensation for your next After 5 function or rehearsal dinner.

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Watch the sun go down in a glorious Sorbet Silk Organza Gown or a One Shoulder Sunset Print Taffeta Ruched Cocktail Dress.

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Glow from head to toe in a Gold Tulle Strapless Gown with cascading embroidery or a stunning Strapless Fully Embroidered Java Gown.

Monique Lhuillier Collection

Turn heads in this striking Black & Cream Ombre Chiffon One shoulder Side Draped Gown or Indigo Tie Dye Strapless Side Draped Gown.

For prices and availability visit Monique Lhuillier.  In Australia Monique Lhuillier gowns are available exclusively via Helen Rodrigues. For all of our Resort 2012 favorites see our Bliss Wedding Gallery.

Images via: Monique Lhuillier

Lily Allen’s New Vintage Inspired Fashion Collection

Singer Lily Allen and sister Sarah Owen have just launched their debut fashion collection Lucy in Disguise.  Sharing a love of vintage design, the sisters new collection features what Lily calls a “cherry-picked” selection from each of their own wardrobes as well as designs from their Lucy in Disguise Covent Garden store.

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The dress-focused collection features vintage inspired pieces and retro styles from the 20s through to the 70s, each with their own modern twist. We particularly love how comfortable and stylish each piece is, yet still manages to look girlishly pretty and feminine at the same time. Here are our picks which could easily double up as fab summer bridesmaids outfits.

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Lucy in Disguise range by Lily Allen is now available online from Shopbop. Go gettem girls!

Bridal Hair Accessories by Kristi Bonnici

Australian fashion designer and milliner, Kristi Bonnici has an exceptional new bridal hair accessories range – Moments of Trespass. I love this exquisite collection which offers all modern brides a stunning selection of looks from sophisticated elegance, through to vintage glam and boho chic. All of Kristi’s designs are beautifully stylish and totally unique. Feast your eyes on these designs I personally love from Kristi’s range.

Bridal Hair AccessoriesLove Awakened Headband  ~  Young Love Birdcage Veil

Kristi Bonnici Bridal AccessoriesLove & Light Headband  ~  Hearts Intwined Comb

Wedding Hair AccessoriesLowkey Lovin’ Leather Flower  ~  Wrapped Up In Your Love Birdcage Veil

Boho Chic Bridal Hair AccessoriesFields Of Love Garland  ~  Dotty With Love Flower

Vintage Glam Bridal Hair AccessoriesYoung Hands Old Hearts Comb  ~  Full Bloom Birdcage Veil