PARIS, FRANCE—This year, when we discovered the wonderful wedding gowns of Ana Quasoar, we were also pleased to learn that this highly talented designer also dreamed up a precious guide for all future brides regardless of their age or background.
This little book of advice—only available when you visit her beautiful Parisian store—is simply titled “Advice for future-brides-to-be on wedding preparation.” The motto of the booklet is wise: “There are as many ways to get married as there are to fall in love.”
“Marriage is the ideal occasion to express your dreams,” Ana writes. “It’s not enough for your ideal wedding gown to be beautiful—it has to be ‘waoh’.” She adds: “Forget the clichés. Whether you are slim, round, petite, or tall, and whatever your age, expect to discover many surprises!”
What fun! She strongly advises that selecting your dress should begin at least a year in advance, so you study different looks and possibilities. But don’t despair: if this is a last minute wedding, she has seen brides find the dress of their dreams in less than two months.
Be sure to be a little daring, when you choose your gown. “It’s in being innovative and in telling a story that truly resembles you, that you will create your own magic,” she notes.
The location of your wedding will also influence your choice of dress, she continues. You certainly won’t select the same dress if you marry in a picturesque chapel or if you wed in a grand cathedral. Think about the ambiance and where the wedding will be taking place, she advises.
You may want to select the dress with your mother or a close friend, who is the bridal party. Make sure this person is a close confidante and a person you can trust and whose advice you value.
When it comes to hairstyle and makeup, there is nothing more ravishing than an artfully natural look. A glowing complexion, as if you were just back from vacation, lightly enhanced lips and eyes, will make you look truly sublime. Do a test in advance with pictures, and choose the best veil and accessories for your dress and your photography.
Any accessories you choose, including necklace and earrings should bring out the light and beauty in your face without overshadowing your gown or the overall effect. Your lingerie should be comfortable and invisible—lace and exquisitely embellished lingerie can be worn under some corseted gowns and full skirts.
As for shoes, Ana has a preference for platinum, silver, gold or nude. “They look like jewels and melt into the color of your skin. Do not forget that you will be standing a lot on your wedding day, so be sure they are comfortable!”
(We know some brides who change into espadrilles and running shoes when they expect to be up all night dancing into the wee hours of morning).
Ana suggests that some platform shoes allow for both height and comfort and some low shoes give a lovely shape to the foot—if is best to try on shoes with bare legs, and only to buy them if they enhance your ankle, leg and figure as a whole.
But even as you focus on looking your ultimate best on “the big day”—remember that the most important thing is the love and admiration that you have for your husband and soul-mate. Knowing that, you will glow with happiness throughout the day, and this inner joy is all you need to feel both beautiful and loved.