My take on the day of the wedding and after...

Wedding Style & Decor
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Courtesy of Vera Wang

The day of the wedding
Allow extra time for getting ready. Dress in a separate room from everyone else. Once hair and make up are done, put on undergarments, unzip your gown and step into it. Drape a towel over the dress before any hair and make up touch-ups. The headpiece, veil, blusher, jewelry and lip color should be put on last.

As so many weddings today take place at night, there is frequently no big send-off for the bride and groom. In scripting the wedding scenario, the master of ceremonies or best man should advise all guests of the couple's intentions so everyone can be present for the departure. Decorate the car, carriage, bicycles or whatever for the final exit. If need be, have a change of attire handy.

The day after
When held in an unconventional venue, such as at a seasonal resort, a wedding may become a prolonged affair with multiple festivities. For a treasured few or for those who have traveled a great distance to be there, a brunch or a casual luncheon is a special way of acknowledging guests on the day after the wedding. It also brings closure to such a significant rite of passage and serves as a gentle transition from the excitement of the wedding celebration to the relaxed intimacy of the honeymoon. Schedule the brunch at an hour that is leisurely and convenient for everyone.

May your wedding day be the foundation of a union that stays lovingly bonded today, tomorrow, forever. May all your dreams come true. —Vera Wang

Thursday's entry: From the veil to your shoes, Vera covers all your accessory needs.
Wednesday's entry: Vera talks bedding, tabletop and more.
Tuesday's entry: Read about Vera's take on the wedding gown.
Monday's entry: See what Vera has to say about verawangweddings.com.

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