DIY Styling Tips For The Unconventional Bride

If you haven't figured it out already, we're not the type to dream about getting married in a fluffy tulle pillow sham. Your wedding day should be as extraordinary as that special someone waiting for you at the altar, and that means eschewing your bridal mags, residual prom aspirations, and (ugh) those opera gloves. That's why, with a little help from Molly Guy, creative director of NYC bridal showroom Stone Fox Bride, we're sharing 12 simple styling tips to rock the chapel (Or rooftop. Or courthouse.).
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Leave Your Hair Alone — If your day-to-day look doesn't include torturing your hair into updos, why are you going to fight nature on your wedding day? If your dress is all sorts of fancy, we love the idea of keeping your hair simple, undone, and tousled.

Photo: Via Nina Ricci Resort 2011
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Cap It Off — A vintage chapeau is an unexpected alternative to a veil that feels both traditional and iconoclastic at the same time. Just don't veer too twee and choose a fascinator — leave that styling trick to the royals.

Photo: Via Laure de Sagazan.
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Lash Out — If you haven't tried out eyelash extensions, now is the time to do it. They’re beautiful, super-easy to maintain and won’t smear if you shed some tears while you’re saying “I do.” We love Ebenezer Eyelash in NYC — in less than an hour (and for less than a hundred bucks), an eyelash professional will glue them to your peepers while you catnap. You’ll walk in a mere mortal and exit Elizabeth Taylor. Plus, they last for up to a month.

Christion Dior Couture Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Black Is The New White — There is something really pristine about an all-white gown — but purity might not be the vibe you’re going for. Plus, white can make certain skin tones appear totally sarcophagal. Why not get married in black instead? It’s highly flattering, super-chic, and packs a big punch in the statement department. But take note: Black is best for a night wedding, especially when paired with a smeary smoky eye.

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride
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Bold Steps — A big mistake brides make is wearing a reliable old kitten heel or standard wedding pump — both are major yawns. Why not go for a really sexy pair of nighttime stilettos — something strappy and wild and totally at odds with the prim and precious vibe that so many brides go far? And don't, by any means, feel like you have to stick with plain old white. A studded, strappy or colorful heel — provided it's in a hue that works with your dress — can make an otherwise pedestrian look feel positively exquisite. It is, after all, your day — so strut, glide, kick, and prance while you walk toward your one true love. This might be the only time in your life when all eyes are truly on you. Forget the aisle; Think of it as a runway.

Gucci Mary Jane Sandal, $1,195, available at Nordstrom.
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Thinly Veiled — This is one of the only opportunities in your life to wear a veil, so seize it! These stunning birdcage styles are old-timey in the best of ways.

Myrakim French Bandeau Veil, $160, available at Etsy.
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Nailed It — While nudes might be the color-of-choice for brides, a true nail art fiend wouldn't forgo a fun manicure on her wedding day. This "grown-out" mani is classic, but still unconventional. Layer a silver polish underneath for look that's got even more of a bite.

Photo: Via Ashley Jahnke
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Accessorize Like You Mean It — Leave your mom's weird beaded sateen bag and pearl choker in the closet where it belongs. When it come to accessorizing, up the ante with something unpredictable and chic. We are obsessed with the custom-made buttery Indian-embroidered clutch with a fringe tassel by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels (schedule a trip to Stone Fox if you're interested in making it a part of your own wedding!). You also don't have to store it away after the big day — it totally translates to post-wedding life and can be worn with all sorts of other looks.

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride
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Tee-Off — For the really casual bride, there's nothing like sticking it to the man and getting married in a T-shirt. Never mind the price-tag — it's your wedding after all, and if Susie Q can spend $5K on a dress, you can spend $500 on a little piece of Lanvin.

Lanvin Appliqued Cotton T-Shirt Dress, $550, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Embrace Your Natural Radiance — To ensure that your skin looks fresh, dewy and flushed, stay away from thick foundation, cake-y powder, or anything else that Vanna White might own. We are huge fans of Stila Convertible Color Cream Blush — it makes your cheeks all glowy and sun-kissed — perfect for pictures, super-easy to apply, and it will make your S.O. fall in love with you all over again.

Carolina Herrera Photo: MCV Photo
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Belt It — This wouldn't be a Refinery29 styling story without a tip involving belts. A thin belt tied around the smallest part of your waist breaks up the line and keeps things from looking too fussy.

Photo: Via Elie Saab Spring '12
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Forgo Your Pearls And Diamonds — Stay true to your usual style mantra on your wedding day... that means that if you're big on costume jewelry on your non-bride days, you should embrace the look when you're getting married, too.

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride
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