Whether you’ve had to postpone or cancel your big wedding due to Coronavirus or just prefer the idea of an intimate, fuss-free ceremony, the reasons to choose a registry office wedding are many. But just because you’re having a smaller ceremony doesn’t mean you need to downplay your look or skimp on style! You’re still a bride and you still want to feel beautiful and confident as you exchange vows (even if the ceremony only lasts fifteen minutes!). But how do you make sure you look chic for a civil ceremony? While there are no rules and you can opt for a look as simple or extravagantly fashion-forward as you like, there are a few ways to help you strike the right balance. Here are our top tips for creating the perfect bridal look for your registry office wedding.
Get your hair and makeup professionally done. One of the best things about a registry office wedding is that they’re unfussy and low-stress. Having a professional handle your hair and makeup will give you even less to worry about and ensure you look amazing. Plus, every bride deserves to be pampered on her wedding day!
Wear what you like. While some wedding venues set the tone for the dress, a registry office setting is a blank slate. Short dress or long, jumpsuit, pantsuit, or skirt suit, modern or vintage, white or colourful – anything goes! It’s all about choosing an outfit you love, that shows off your personality, and that makes you feel beautiful.
Opt for understated, ‘you only better’ makeup. You don’t need to go overboard when it comes to your bridal makeup. It’s all about taking your usual look and amping it up a bit. For example, adding individual lashes or choosing a lip colour that’s similar to what you usually wear, but turned up a notch or two. Your makeup artist will be able to advise and you can test out the look at your hair and makeup trial.
Don’t change up your hairstyle too much. Similarly to your makeup, it’s a good idea to take a hairstyle you feel comfortable with and add some glamour. For example, if you usually wear your hair in a ponytail or top knot, your hairstylist can adapt this everyday style to make it extra chic. Or if you usually wear your hair down, opt for a fabulous blow dry or soft waves, or a half up half down style with some pretty hair accessories.
Jazz up the look with accessories. Speaking of accessories, they’re a great way to elevate your registry office wedding style. For example, a poufy vintage style or birdcage veil, a fashionable hairband, or even a big Bianca Jagger-style hat. A traditional long veil is a bit less functional for a register office wedding, but if that’s what you love, wear it! It’ll look great in photos, especially on a windy day. Whatever you choose, be sure to discuss it with your bridal hair stylist so they can adapt your style accordingly.
Carry flowers. Even if you aren’t having any other decorations or flowers at your registry office ceremony, be sure to carry a small to medium bouquet. The flowers give you the opportunity to add a pop of bright colour, help with posing, and give you something to hold.
Don’t overdo the hairspray. While you want to look sharp for your registry office wedding, be sure that your hair still looks natural, especially if you decide to rock an updo. A textured, ‘perfectly imperfect’ style has movement in photographs and a more relaxed vibe that suits a register office setting well.
Wear a signature fragrance. Choose a beautiful perfume especially for the wedding day in order to create a scent memory of your big day. In years to come, whenever you smell that perfume, you’ll be taken right back to the moment you said “I do”!
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