While it’s of course a cardinal rule to look and feel your very best on your wedding day, there are so many other bridal occasions in the build-up to the special moment and afterwards (hello, honeymoon). Discover our modern wedding must-haves, including editor-approved looks for all the events in your bride-to-be calendar, whatever your personal style.

Words: Victoria Lancaster  

Fashion: Joey Ebbutt 


Whether you’re planning to mark your engagement with a large-scale soirée or an intimate get-together, there is a lot to play around with in terms of style. Pre-wedding events offer an opportunity for brides to lean into prints and bursts of color — though that’s not to say it’s too early on in the celebrations to wear white. If you’re planning a springtime party, opt for pastel-hued and floral engagement party dresses from Alice + Olivia and Aje. For cocktail parties, opt for sleek looks from Rasario and Sleeper.  

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(L-R): Veronica Beard Lisa pumps; ROTATE Birger Christensen gown (coming soon); BITE Studios Page blazer from our Considered Edit; Roksanda Milena bridal gown 


There are an abundance of silhouettes and textures to consider when selecting your wedding day dress, from streamlined to princess cuts and slinky silk-satin to entrance-making tulle fabrications. Our ultimate tip for modern brides is not to feel constrained by purely bridal collections and to find styles that reflect both your personal taste and the event. Sartorialists who are planning a city wedding may opt for crepe or satin power-tailoring from Bite Studios, while destination brides can air on the side of barefoot bohemian chic in Roksanda. Once the dream dress is secured, it’s time to find the perfect finishing touches. Comfort and simplicity are key when it comes to wedding shoes – we love these elegant, satin pumps from Veronica Beard, perfect for gliding down the aisle, dancing all night, and wearing for occasions beyond the big day. 


Your wedding after-party is when you get to loosen up and your much-anticipated outfit change moment follows suit. This is the time to prize textures, embellishments, and silhouettes comfortable enough to dance in late into the night. Think feathers, sparkles, mini dresses, and jumpsuits from Badgley Mischka and Rotate Birger Christensen. Top off your look with scintillating earrings from Cornelia Webb that will catch the light brilliantly on the dancefloor and in flash photographs. Find a clutch or a handbag to stow your lipstick for late-night touchups — opt for an azure hued style to double as your something blue.


… And breathe because by this point you’ve made it to the great unwind, and you can relax on your romantic escape with effortlessly chic honeymoon looks from our Vacation Edit. If you’re headed for a beach vacation, invest in gilded swimwear, breezy dresses, and low-key pieces you’ll wear for your post-wedding recharge and for years to come. When you do want to elevate your look for beach clubs or balmy dinners, you’ll be happy you packed a luxe one-piece from Zimmermann, a pair of bold earrings from Rosantica, and a failsafe pair of heeled espadrilles from Gianvito Rossi. Embrace fashion and comfort equally because relaxation on your honeymoon is key.  

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