Wedding Expert Colin Cowie's Tips for Styling Your Big Day
Layering Is In
Layered dresses are being seen more and more, Cowie says, and he especially loves the ones by designer Reem Acra. “I always find her collections very inventive,” he told us.
Think of Shoes As Jewelry
Just as a beautiful necklace can pull a look together, the same can be said for an eye-catching pair of shoes, which can be used as a statement piece. Just be sure your decorative footwear doesn’t compete with your dress, Cowie says.
Keep Flowers Simple
Here, Cowie feels that less is more. “A single flower per container goes a long way,” he says. Instead of having a big bowl of flowers as a centerpiece, a collection of different pieces will work as a modern alternative, he adds.
Decorate With Mirrors
Mirror table runners are a big trend, says Cowie, and it’s the perfect DIY project if you’re on a budget. To create the glam look, Cowie suggests removing the frames from an inexpensive over-the-door mirror and placing flowers and candles on top of the finished product.
Serve Drinks From an Expert
Cowie recommends replacing your basic bartender with a mixologist who specializes in the art of concocting cocktails. Ask for each drink to be named after a bridesmaid or groomsman for an added touch of fun.
Create a Wedding Hashtag
Hashtagging your wedding makes it easy for guests to share all of the photos they’ve uploaded to Instagram and Twitter, which can later be used to show off in one big slideshow. Make the hashtag known by placing it on cocktail napkins and other printed materials, says Cowie.
Set the Rules for Social Media
If you’re worried social media will distract from memorable moments, don’t be shy about laying down the ground rules. Before the ceremony begins, Cowie suggests having someone (or something, like a program) tell guests when it’s appropriate to take and share photos online.
Don’t Aim for Perfection
According to Cowie, there’s no such thing as a perfect wedding. While you won’t be able to control everything that happens on your big day, the most important thing is to remember the real reason you’re there-to celebrate your love.