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
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!
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)