10 Gorgeous Wedding Makeup Looks

It’s your special day, and you get to be a princess who is all dolled up, whether it’s for the ball or the beach! There are so many different gorgeous wedding makeup looks that you can choose from. To start narrowing down the look you want to go for, pull your favorite makeup stylings from magazines or Pinterest and study them closely to decide on your bridal-makeup purchases.

Ask yourself questions like, ‘matte foundation or dewy skin?’ and ‘lots of eye makeup or no eye makeup?’.

Then, book a pre-trial with your makeup artist, and make sure you see yourself in the light — outside, indoors, bright sun or dark night — that you’ll be in on your wedding day.

Also, consider keeping your makeup artist around post-ceremony. They’ll be able to put you back together for family photos after crying during the ceremony and before entering the reception.

Another must: make sure to frequently re-apply lip color. If you are not carrying a purse, have your maid of honor keep your lipstick in her purse or give one to your groom to slip into his jacket pocket for easy access.

The following are 10 beautiful bridal makeup looks to get your beauty juices flowing!

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1. Glam hippy. She’s sugar and spice and everything nice. Peachy lips and cheeks, natural eye colour with loads of false eyelashes and liner. Oh, and floral headpiece to match!

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2. Rock-star romantic. A nude, yet present, lip and a frosty-smoky eye balance each other out on this romantic bride.

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3. Bronzed Bond girl. Are you naturally tan or planning to get your tan on pre-wedding? This sexy bridal look makes your eyes pop with hues of brown and black, a light pink lip and pink cheekbones.

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4. Girl-next-door pretty. Let your natural beauty and flawless skin shine through with a barely-there look like Natalie Portman is sporting here.  The key to making this work: blemish-free skin. Don’t attempt it without it.

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5. Ethereal forest princess. Add a little bit of shine and shimmer in gold shadows and a delicate pink lip and cheeks, and you have yourself a super pretty face for the runway…your aisle! Tip: Dust some body shimmer over your chest, shoulders and arms for a subtle luminescence.

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6. Vintage smoky eye. This show-stopping wedding makeup look amps up the eyes in a major way with a full brow line, black full-shadow cat eyes, and a medium-pink lip that complements in a big way.

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7. Retro fabulous. If you like to channel the 1950s in your daily wardrobe and makeup application, why not go for it for your wedding day as well? This look dons a bold red lip and black liquid-liner cat eyes with a neutral eye shadow. Va-va-voom!

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8. Fresh and bridal. This is the quintessential bridal look — natural, yet done, and 100-percent pretty.

Red Lipstick Make UpPhoto credit: Codrean Photography

9. Red lip lovely. Oh, hello, beautiful! Red lipstick makes this bridal makeup style a total “wow.”

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10. Regal bride.
Look closely and you’ll see hints of colour around this Queen-worthy bridal look. The hints of the shimmery green paired with a dark-brown eye and sugary-pink lip equals perfection.

What bridal makeup look are you going with for your wedding?

Tori and Scott’s Real Harry Potter Wedding

Here at Bride & Groom Direct we love real weddings, full stop. The inspiration, the love and the chance at spotting all the dainty touches that make a wedding so unique and so you. Beautiful. So when we were offered the chance to feature a Harry Potter, yes the big HP, themed wedding, we could hardly contain ourselves with excitement!

With all the charm, allure and magic included, may we introduce Tori & Scott, a young couple who took their love for Harry Potter and all things wizardry to celebrate the biggest day of their lives.

Tori and Scott

Wedding Date… 5/25/14

Where did you meet…

We met through a Dallas meetup. It’s a very active community, and I decided it would be nice to meet new people. I met Scott and here we are!

Tell us your proposal story…

He proposed in a field by my parents’ house when we were visiting last summer. It was about 1am, and I took him to a field that was my “safe spot” where I used to go and stare at the stars for hours. We both love space and stargazing, and I wanted to show him. We had looked at rings, but I had no idea he had already bought one! He had my hand and was pointing out constellations, and he said, “ooo, look at that star! And that star! And what about this star?” as he pulled out the ring. The ring box had a light shining when it opened, so the diamond really did look like a star. I started crying for about 20 minutes before he finally asked me, “sooo, is that a yes?” We live in Dallas, so it was really cool to be able to tell my parents in person the next morning.

The Wedding Dress is from…

Circle Park Bridal. I can’t remember the designer, sorry!

The Bridal Accessories are from…

The Wedding Cake was from…

The talent ladies and gents at Jenny Layne Bakery

The Venue…

The beautiful Le Beaux Chateau

We Spot a Photobooth…

The photobooth was from the fabulous Blue Booth

Where did you get the inspiration for a Harry Potter Wedding?

We both adore Harry Potter — one of our first outings together (still just friends) was a Harry Potter trivia night in the Summer of 2012. I have been obsessed with Harry Potter since elementary school, and same with him. He actually suggested it, and I ran with it.

And finally, who took the fabulous photography?

The photographers were Vision 5 Photography

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We’d love to see — and feature — your wedding photos too! You can submit them by sending to social@brideandgroomdirect.co.uk along with details about your wedding and you two as a couple.

10 Wedding Accessory Ideas to Glam Up Your Wedding

Whether you want to add a unique twist to your wedding gown or have a reception that’s truly unforgettable, there are countless ways to accessorise your wedding and make it your own. From glamorous, beaded headpieces to adorable party favours, try one of these trendy wedding accessory ideas on for size.

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Want everyone’s jaw to drop as you walk down the aisle? Add some of these accessories to your gorgeous getup.

1. Bold Belts & Sashes. Bring a splash of colour or pop of texture with a belt or sash around your waist. Whether you choose rhinestones and crystals, vintage beads, faux roses, or a silk ribbon in a classic colour, these flatter your figure and give your gown a unique look. Many handmade options can be found on Etsy.

Bridal Dress Accessories Photo credit: Lavender by Jurgita

2. Colourful Shoes. White shoes may be traditional, but who says you have to stick with the norm? Pick a set of glam shoes in a vibrant colour, such as green or purple. With most wedding dresses, your shoe colour will stay a surprise until you hike up your dress for the garter toss or during photo opps. Whether it’s sparkly silver TOMs or bright blue Louboutins, choose the statement shoes that will make you feel like Cinderella.

Multi Coloured Bridal ShoesPhoto credit: IntimateWeddings.com via lovetheschultzes.com

3. Lovely Headpieces & Fascinators. Not into the idea of a long, traditional veil? Try a headpiece or fascinator instead. There are as many types of headpieces as there are types of wedding dresses—metal ones that make you look like a Greek goddess, clip-ons like intricate barrettes, beaded headbands, and even some with lace that serve as partial veils covering only your eyes. Fascinators can be similar to headpieces—many could be called both—but some wedding fascinators are more like small hats that add major British style!

Bridal FasinatorPhoto credit: Klaire Van Elton Bridal Adornments

4. Warm Wraps. Tying the knot in a cool location or during a chilly time of year? Select a bridal wrap, jacket or shawl (also called stole, bolero and a variety of other names, depending on the style). Some are functional and meant to keep you warm (especially those made of fur or faux fur), while others are purely for style. You can go with a traditional white wrap, or pick one in another colour to make your ensemble more interesting.

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5. Glamourous Gloves. You may assume gloves are old-fashioned, but give them a chance! Gloves have come back into fashion in recent years, along with everything vintage. You don’t have to wear dowdy gloves that go from elbow to fingertip—many modern bridal gloves go on your hands only, while others don’t cover your fingers at all. Many have see-through lace, so you can still feel a little sexy instead of covered up from head to toe.

Bridal Wedding GlovePhoto credit: LoveMyDress.net

Wedding Accessories

Now that you’re dolled up to perfection, try some of these wedding accessories to make your ceremony and reception stand out!

6. Bubbles for Your Departure. Gone are the days of guests throwing dry rice at the exiting bride and groom. To be more eco-friendly and leave less of a mess behind, many couples now opt to depart in a sea of wedding bubbles blown by their guests. It’s loads of fun for everyone, makes for great photos and no residue is left over. Another idea is fresh rose or flower petals, which sweep up easily and are biodegradable.

Bubbles at WeddingsPhoto credit: The English Wedding Blog

7. Guestbook Alternatives. There’s nothing wrong with having a traditional wedding guestbook, but some brides and grooms prefer something related to their common interests. For example, if you both love music, have your guests sign vinyl records (this can be done with silver Sharpies). Or try a message in a bottle, where your friends and family can leave you private notes in a keepsake bottle. Years down the road, you can open it up on your anniversary!

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8. Shapely Wedding Favour Boxes. Your guests will feel like it’s Christmas when you leave them with lovely wedding favour boxes in cool shapes, like these Pyramid Favour Boxes. Fill them with candy, loose tea or other treats they’ll enjoy far more than a tangible item they’ll never use. A variety of pretty box and ribbon colours are available!

Pyramid Wedding Favours9. Quirky Table Plans. Receptions with assigned tables require a display telling guests where to sit. Countless options exist, including floral patterns, painted windows, artsy chalkboards and even a hand-painted chart on repurposed wood, like this one pictured.

Creative Place CardPhoto credit: Brides Up North

10. Creative Place Cards. If you’ve decided to do assigned seating at your reception, you need place cards for guests. If you want to try something other than white cards on metal stands, jump on the chalk trend with chalkboard place cards. These not only add a fun element of personalisation, but they prevent you from having to buy separate cards and holders—it’s all in one!

Chalkboard Place CardWhich wedding accessories and bridal accessories did you incorporate into your special day?

Wedding Colour Inspiration: Green Envy

green wedding partyPhoto Credit: Grey Likes Weddings via Bridal Guide

Get keen on some green! We’ve fallen veil over heels for stunning green hues this season. Whether you go bold with big splashes of it or use it as a lovely accent that delights, your wedding colour scheme will thank you. The colour can be elegant and understated in emerald or pea green. Or, the colour can signify an eco-conscious wedding in earthy incarnations. Likewise, it can be funky and offbeat with a hue like lime green. You can pair it with a palette of brown, cream, grey or charcoal, or even a lighter or darker shade within the same colour way. Here are some inspiring items to get in the mood for a green wedding!

botanics green wedding invitation by mandalayBotanical beauty. Hello, pretty invitation. Will you please tell my guests about the super-fun affair in their near future? Yes? Why, thank you, Botanics Day Invitation by Mandalay. Your sweet field of flowers in two different green tones and grey mixed in sets the casual and sweet tone…

green bridesmaid dressPhoto Credit: Debenhams

Greek ‘Maids. Your ladies in waiting will be the talk of the town in this sexy, richly hued Debenhams one-shoulder maxi. The colour works well, whether your girls are dark-haired and tan, or blonde and fair-skinned—there’s literally no one it won’t flatter!

champagne bubblesBubbling over. These adorable Champagne Bubbles not only sport a darling emerald shade, they make a great alternative to throwing rice or confetti after your I dos. Go on, blow it up!

green wedding cake orange flowersPhoto credit: Jim Smeal

Patterned piece. You might not want your entire wedding cake to be green—a bit much—but try it in a pattern. We love this cross-hatched grassy green and white cake with orange accents. It’s the perfect mix of sophisticated style and wedding cuteness.

green wedding shoesPhoto Credit: Nordstrom

Peep show. Go gaga for this Nina Forbes Peep Toe Pump that screams “straight-up, now tell me, are you gonna love me forever?” (Flashback moment with famous Paula Abdul song.) It’s time to work on that aisle strut like the ‘90s singing queen! You’ll be very well heeled in this vintage-inspired number perfect for kicking up your heels on the dance floor (reasonably high heels = happier feet).

green wedding beverage napkinsTake a nap. Spread the royal hue at your wedding cocktail reception with these nifty Beverage Napkins that can be printed with your names, wedding date and your choice of design. You’ve been served.

green wedding favoursIt’s a match(book). These Personalised Matchbooks come in a rich green, complete with your names and wedding date in the lettering style and foil colour (silver or gold) of your choice. Pop them in your guests’ favour bags for a fun takeaway. Speaking of favour bags…here’s a coordinated option: Organza Favour Bags!

green wedding flowersPhoto Credit: The Knot

Add some greenery.Get inspired by this fabulous centrepiece that mixes a bunch of different greens together with a smattering of white roses. Beautiful and classy with a mature vibe to it.

groom green wedding attirePhoto credit: The Knot

Guys in green. Lime green vests and ties make your groomsmen stand out on the altar (the groom himself can go classic black and white to differentiate himself), and give their getups a dose of whimsy. Love. It.

Did you use a lovely green colour in your wedding? We want to see some photos!