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It’s Wedding Wednesday here at The Umstead and today we are talking about wedding weekend attire. You have your dress picked out, your shoes, undergarments, hair, but what about those other wedding weekend events, such as the rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch? With all the planning and energy you have put into the wedding day, these other events are easy to forget. So we are here to offer a few helpful suggestions to make it a little easier.

  • Most brides wear white throughout the entire weekend and to all of their bridal events. And while that is a brilliant idea, you are not bound to those limitations. Feel free to pop some color in there, such as your wedding colors. You can do that in the jewelry you wear or the entire outfit, the choice is up to you.
  • You can also try adding fun textures or patterns if you plan on wearing white. Try white on white patterns such as stripes or polka dots. Consider adding accessories too, such as a belt for added depth. It is a great way to add a little more contrast to the dress.
  • If you are wearing white try wearing it in a different way other than a dress. Perhaps a white jumpsuit, silk white tank top and white pants, or a white crop top and pencil skirt. There are plenty of ways to incorporate white without it being a dress but still looking sharp.
  • While you are getting ready – be it in your something blue romper or button up, be sure it is something you can easily get over your head, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your hair that you just finished getting done. Also consider open toed shoes or sandal or at least shoes with a little give to avoid ruining your freshly painted toes. Even our late fall and winter brides should consider this, as the photographer will be getting a close up of you putting on your garter and shoes and you don’t want any distractions.

Whatever you do, be sure you pick outfits you absolutely love! The only thing you need to worry about is feeling good in what you are wearing.

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It's Wedding Wednesday at The Umstead so we sat down with our Social Catering Manager, Amanda Colfer to discuss The Umstead Wedding world and some of the most common questions she gets asked. One she mentioned was, "Should I wear a veil?"

For some, this is a no brainer and the response is a heartfelt "YES" or "NO". But for others, it presents a real dilemma. And with so many choices today, it can be a difficult decision. Between extra-long, mid-length, birdcage, or vintage style, not to mention the color, fabric, and whether or not you will cover your face, the stress levels can add up.

The concept of the wedding veil can be seen as far back as biblical times. Originally, the veil was intended to protect the bride from evil spirits, as she was seen being easily swayed and vulnerable. It is also a symbol of humility and respect for God as well as a representation of her modesty. Over time, the veil then turned into a status symbol. The length, weight, fabric, and overall quality indicated the wealth and status of the bride to be. This explains why Lady Diana’s was so long!

If you go veil, think about your dress, your hair, the wedding theme, and of course your overall style. If you are more of a vintage bride, a birdcage veil might be best. If your dress is sleek with little embellishments, then perhaps a longer veil is the ticket. The best thing to remember is that no matter what you decide, it is your decision and you should be comfortable with it. It is your day after all!

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