5 min­utes with Vik­to­ria No­vak

As she cel­e­brates her name­sake brand’s 10th birth­day, we asked the millinery queen for her best ad­vice for brides

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BE YOUR OWN PER­SON

Re­mem­ber that the day is about you and your fi­ancé. We all ap­pre­ci­ate ad­vice and tips, but too of­ten I see brides wor­ry­ing about that one neg­a­tive com­ment rather than fo­cus­ing on what re­ally mat­ters. Re­mem­ber to do what you love!

STOCK UP ON SHOES

No doubt you’ll have beau­ti­ful wed­ding heels but, as a backup, maybe in­vest in some flats or a smaller heel. Af­ter your cer­e­mony, you’ll most likely be run­ning around hav­ing pho­tos taken, so sav­ing your feet with some comfy shoes will help you get through the rest of the day.

HAIR YOU WON’T RE­GRET

My tip is a sim­ple one: don’t wear your hair up if you al­ways wear your hair out and vice versa. Hair­styles can make or break your con­fi­dence, so in­vest in a few hair tri­als un­til you’re happy.

CHOOSE A STATE­MENT PIECE

The per­fect ac­ces­sory can take your look to an­other level, so choose a piece you love and that will be fea­tured through­out the day. A head­piece or crown is al­ways a beau­ti­ful op­tion, as your face will be con­tin­u­ally pho­tographed.

PRE­PARE FOR RE­PAIRS

Ask a loved one to make a re­pair kit of tis­sues, de­odor­ant, mints, a nee­dle and thread, Band-Aids, hair­spray, hair grips and any other essen­tials. It’s al­ways bet­ter to be over­pre­pared than un­der­pre­pared!

TRAUMA-FREE TRANS­PORT

Choose your trans­port care­fully if you’re wear­ing a vo­lu­mi­nous dress. You’ll want to be comfy on the way to the cer­e­mony, so hav­ing enough room for you, your dress and any pas­sen­gers is es­sen­tial.

DOU­BLE UP ON AC­CES­SORIES

Don’t limit your­self to ei­ther a head­piece or veil – do both and wear them to­gether! It’s a stun­ning look that you won’t re­gret. And, when you take off your veil, you’ll love that you’re still wear­ing a crown.

CAP­TURE THE MEM­O­RIES

When you get a mo­ment to your­self just be­fore you go to bed the night be­fore your wed­ding, write down how you’re feel­ing. Then each year on your an­niver­sary, pull out your diary and read what you wrote to re­mind you of that night.

DOES MATCH­ING MAT­TER?

I of­ten get asked whether headpieces need to match the dress, and the an­swer is no. Treat your head­piece as a fea­ture piece that com­ple­ments your over­all style. What­ever you de­cide to wear, make sure you’re com­fort­able and that you can look back at your pho­tos know­ing you loved how you felt and looked on your wed­ding day.

$795, Vik­to­ria No­vak (vik­to­ria no­vak.com.au)

$895, Vik­to­ria No­vak (vik­to­ri­anovak. com.au)

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