Sep 10, 2017

Surviving Wedding Season: Fall Edition

Image by Wedded Wonderland

Surviving Wedding Season: Fall Edition

By Isobel Macondray | account executive, beauty/lifestyle

Though summer has traditionally been considered wedding season, I’ve noticed more and more friends choosing to get married in the cooler fall months. This year I went to three summer weddings, and have two more nuptials to attend before the year is over. And according to XO Group (aka the wedding experts), fall is officially the most popular wedding season, with 40% of couples getting married in September or October.

Since you may have a lineup of fall weddings to attend as well, I thought I’d share a few of my fashion, beauty, and gifting tips and tricks for the weddings on your fall calendar.

1. Dress For the Season: I swear by a maxi dress. It’s not fussy, great in any weather, and feels super appropriate for fall. Plus, since I’m on the taller side at 5’9”, a maxi is the perfect way to get away with wearing sandals! It makes dancing the night away so much more fun and comfortable. I love this one (below left) and this one (below right), both from one of my favorite boutiques, Vici.

   PREORDER - Esmeé Floral Applique Maxi Dress

Images by Vici

If you prefer a shorter option, I’m obsessed with the Realisation Par Mary Jane Sunflower Dress (below left), as well as this amazing midi from SWF (below right). I love the colors of both for fall!

The Mary Jane - Sunflower   

Images by Realisation Par and SWF

When I opt for a mini or midi dress, I make myself wear heels (slightly against my own will). PreHeels spray, combined with a block heel (love this option from Schutz), makes a shoe with height more than bearable. Just spritz the spray onto points of the feet that are prone to rubbing, and a magic barrier is created!

Image by PreHeels

2. Make Your Makeup Last: There is nothing worse than walking out the door looking fabulous, then looking in the mirror three hours later only to see a melted face. Weddings are LONG, and the bride isn’t the only one who wants to look good all day (and night).

  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my holy-grail foundation. I swear, this stuff makes me look like I just had a facial that resulted in the most gorgeous, even-toned complexion ever.

  • Even though I’m a die-hard for Giorgio, for a special occasion like a wedding, setting spray is an absolute must. I use Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinävia—it’s seriously bulletproof.

  • I love a natural-looking, feathery brow. Thanks to celebrity brow guru and my complete girl-crush, Kristie Streicher, I SWEAR by Mary Kay Brow Gel. It has such a strong hold without ever feeling flaky.

  • For a little va-va-voom on the lips, I love to use Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL. This line of glosses does not mess around—the tingling sensation lasts at least 30 minutes after application, which I love. I like it when I know my products are working.

  • I never go to a special event without a little drama in the lash realm—for this, I always pop on a set of falsies (with long-lasting glue, of course). I personally love NYX Wicked Lashes in the style Risque—they create a wispy, feathered look that feels dramatic yet natural.

3.  Give a Gift that Won’t Break the Bank: We all know weddings can get expensive. After buying an outfit, booking a flight, and reserving a hotel room, purchasing a wedding gift as well can feel overwhelming. While it is important to give a gift, you don’t have to select something fancy off the couple’s registry. I’ve found some amazing, unique gifting services that eliminate the hard work, and offer creative options under $200. I love the Comforts of the Home box from Simone le Blanc (below left), and the Celebration Box from Valleybrink Road (below right).


Images by Simone le Blanc and Valleybrink Road

Hope you enjoy my wedding season survival tips, and if you happen to be one of the beautiful brides, congratulations to you! Cheers to all the beauties out there surviving wedding season, no matter how long it may be!