The service calls for a more traditional ensemble. This may include everything from the style of the gown to the style of the hair. The religious service may require covered shoulders. You may want to cover up enroute to, as well as during, the service. Consider a faux fur or cashmere bolero, shrug, cape or shawl.
Then it’s time to party. Let your hair down – literally. Take off the veil. Maybe change your dress! And generally lighten up.
Have your hairdresser show you how to change your hair style from formal to casual. Be sure to take hairpins and styling products to help with the transition. When you take down an updo, you have the choice of having your hair long and full or, for a more casual look, try a playful ponytail.
This can be the time to broaden your colour base. How about red, low-heeled shoes, ready for the dance floor? How about taking off a veil and tiara and replacing them with brightly coloured flowers or combs?
Some brides, according to their ethnic tradition, change into a different dress for the reception. Most brides, however, are content to remove the veil, remove a detachable gown train, change to shoes with lower heels and loosen the formal hair style.