Jewellery expert shares his styling tips for brides with wheelchairs
Planning your dream wedding look can be stressful at the best of times, but even more so if you use a wheelchair. Here, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery shares his tips for looking your best on your big day.
With the summer finally here and restrictions easing in the UK, wedding season is officially upon us. But, 52% of Brits have admitted that they find planning a wedding stressful, according to a poll of 2,000 British married couples (Independent).
Everything from finding the perfect dress to choosing your wedding jewellery takes some careful planning — according to the Independent poll, brides will try on four different dresses on average! And, for brides with wheelchairs, there may be a little extra to consider before your big day arrives.
With this in mind, you may be looking for a few extra tips to help the day go smoothly. From choosing your perfect dress, hair, and makeup, to picking out your wedding jewellery, I’ll be offering my tips to ensure you look your very best as you head down the aisle.
Choose your wedding jewellery
Picking the perfect wedding jewellery can really help to elevate your whole look, so it’s worth taking some time to find the ideal pieces. The kind of jewellery you choose can depend entirely on the look you’re going for, as well as what style of dress you’re wearing. Some brides choose to go for a simple dress, accessorising it with stand-out pieces, while others go for a sparkling decorative gown, matching it to simple jewellery.
Of course, the accessories you choose depend entirely on your personal style. For weddings, diamonds are a popular choice, as they’ll add a decadent touch of sparkle to your bridal look that’s bound to get heads turning. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile, so they match a wide variety of dresses — you can even continue to wear them long after your big day.
You should also consider the metal colour for your jewellery. Traditional white gowns pair beautifully with silver and platinum accessories, while the yellow tint of an ivory dress coordinates perfectly with gold jewellery.
For an extra touch of beauty, why not incorporate your wheelchair into your look with a few accessories? For example, if you’ve planned a bohemian style wedding, then decorating your chair with floral garlands that match your bouquet could be a lovely touch.
Pick your dream dress
Your wedding dress is one of the most important elements of your bridal look, so you’ll want to find the perfect one. When you’re in a wheelchair, this can be a little more difficult, and trying on lots of different dresses can be exhausting to say the least. Luckily, you can make the process easier by narrowing your search down to a few different styles.
Remember that long dresses and excess material could get caught in the wheels of your wheelchair. For this reason, sleek and minimalist gowns are a great option, as well as a mermaid and trumpet styles. These dresses are hugely popular at the minute, so you’re bound to find a style you love.
Alternatively, you could opt for a shorter hemline. Your bridal tailor will be able to adjust your dress to the most suitable length for you, so this is always an option if you’ve found the perfect dress, but the skirt is a little too long. And remember, if you can’t go for a full skirt, you can go all out with the top instead to achieve the ultra-glamorous bridal look of your dreams.
While choosing your dress, it’s a good idea to have your overall look in mind. This will help you narrow down the finer details, such as your neckline and sleeve length. For example, if you’re thinking of having a statement diamond necklace or a pair of drop earrings as part of your bridal look, then a low neckline, such as a sweetheart neckline, will help you show it off.
Similarly, beautiful bracelets may be hidden under long sleeves, and there’s a chance they could get caught on the material. So, if you’ve chosen a large bracelet, then shorter sleeves, such as a three quarter or cap sleeve could be an option, as well as strapless and spaghetti strap styles.
Plan your bridal hair and makeup
The morning of your big day will be filled with anticipation and excitement as you and your bridal party all get your hair and makeup done. It’s helpful to plan your look in advance, so you can make sure your hair and makeup matches your bridal style. This also means your makeup artist and hair stylist know what to expect on the day.
The kind of makeup look you go for can depend entirely on your preferences and your wedding theme. For example, a bohemian-inspired wedding would suit a natural makeup style with subtle, muted tones. On the other hand, you may want to go for a bolder look for a grand, glamorous wedding. Why not add a touch of sparkle to match your beautiful wedding jewellery?
If you can’t decide how to wear your hair for your big day, then it can be helpful to consider the rest of your look. For example, if you’re in a wheelchair, you may have chosen a dress with lots of detailing at the top, some dazzling diamond drop earrings, or a statement necklace to elevate your bridal look. If so, then a beautiful updo will help you show them off and ensure they’re in all of your wedding photos.
You can always add some extra hair accessories too, such as small, embellished hair pins or a headband. Match them to your jewellery for a beautifully cohesive look that’s bound to get heads turning.
Achieving the perfect bridal look can take a little bit of planning and preparation for any bride. But, for brides who use a wheelchair, there may be even more things to consider before the big day. These styling tips should help make the process as stress-free as possible, so you can relax and enjoy the day.