Wedding Belles: Looking the Part

Can you feel the love? Wedding season officially began last week with the event of the century: the royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Whether you're the beautiful bride-to-be or a humble guest, looking the part on this momentous occasion is imperative. Avoid committing a fashion faux pas by following these helpful hints.

Wedding Belles: Looking the Part

Blushing Bride

If a white wedding is in your future, then select a dress that reflects your personal style. The customary ball gown embellished with beads may be the typical choice, but more modern, minimalist silhouettes are gaining popularity. Add the perfect finishing touch with a pair of bow-adorned lace peep-toes. Frieda: Available at

Mother of the Bride

Your baby is all grown up! Give her away in a flattering frock that features such ladylike details as pleats or ruching. Don't be afraid to experiment with vibrant hues — just beware of upstaging the bride! Complete the elegant ensemble with metallic sandals and a corresponding minaudière. Muriel and Serenade: Available at

Always a Bridesmaid

Glamming up is just one of the responsibilities of a beloved bridesmaid. You may not get to pick the dress, but when choosing your shoes, opt for a style that's chic, yet comfortable. A low-heeled metallic, strappy sandal has a formal feel and sensible superiority. Maya: Available at

Gracious Guest

You could be sitting next to Mr. Right Now as your friend or family member marries Mr. Right. Dress to impress without pulling focus by choosing understated items that boast distinct details. Add extra oomph to a sweet and sultry feminine frock with a pair of platform sandals. Lulu: Available at