Inside our August/September 2015 issue you'll find our "How It Girls Do Bridal" series, where our favorite fashion girls share their been-there-rocked-that advice for looking (and feeling) beautiful on your wedding day. But we're giving you an exclusive sneak peek by spotlighting one of the very stylish ladies every week! To kick it off, Something Navy blogger Arielle Charnas (formerly Arielle Nachmani) is dishing her best big-day tips. Steal her bridal style secrets to nail your more important outfit yet.
Try on everything.
"Go to all the stores you know. Try on as much as you can. It's overwhelming, but it's like dating: After going out with a few guys it helps narrow down exactly what it is that you're looking for (in someone and a dress)."
Make sure your dress feels like you.
"I originally wanted to do something super simple for my wedding gown, but then I thought to myself, 'It's my one special day, I should wear something that really represents me.' I designed my gown with a mix of modern and traditional with Christian Siriano. I love him and I think he totally gets me and my style. His work is feminine and glam but also clean and classic. The mix is exactly who I am."
Don't neglect the footwear.
"I think a shoe truly completes a look, it's the most important accessory in my eyes. For my big day, I went with Rene Caovilla — her shoes are literally made for weddings. I searched for months for a shoe because I didn't want to do the typical strappy sandal; I wanted something different that jumped out at me. When I saw those, I really fell in love. The pearls and shells on the straps were so Miami and the fabric was satin which was so elegant and chic. I'm all about a pointy toe too, so the mix of all of these things seemed so perfect for me. Even though you couldn't even really see them, I knew what they looked like and I knew how much I loved them!"
Pack a party dress.
"I didn't plan on wearing a second look, but my older, wiser sister had a short simple white sheath overnighted for the wedding. Thank goodness she did, because dancing would've been a nightmare in my tulle gown! The dress she bought didn't fit, but I was so happy that I didn't even care."