*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! Here, Moda Operandi cofounder Lauren Santo Domingo is dishing her best big-day tips. Steal her bridal style secrets to nail your more important outfit yet. *
Work with the weather.
"A friend, designer Olivier Theyskens, made my dress, and we had some confusion about the climate in Cartagena, Columbia where I was getting married — possibly a simple mix-up between Celsius and Fahrenheit, or perhaps he didn't believe my pleas about the temperature. But both of my dresses were better suited for cooler weather. The heat became too much to bear, so we cut my feathered after-party dress just above the knee for the reception."
Think outside the box.
"It wasn't realistic to fly peonies, my favorite flower, imported to Cartagena, so I asked my designer to have them incorporated into my silk dress."
Your dress should go with your venue.
"Before one even begins looking for a dress, consider the tone of the event — at any event, the hostess sets the tone of the evening, and a bride and her dress even more so. I was once told that the wedding gown should fit the size of the room: a large cathedral or ballroom requires a large, full dress. And vise versa. Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey is a great example of one. Carolyn Bessette's wisp of a dress in a quiet, rural ceremony was a great example of the other."
Less is more.
"My something borrowed, something blue, and something old was my great grandmother's rosary beads, which were old, blue and borrowed. I'm nothing if not efficient."