Brides With Glasses: How to Style Your Eyewear for Your Big Day
August 25, 2023 • 7:02 AM
To see or not to see on your wedding day? Most of us would prefer to see, but glasses might feel distinctly non-bridal. If you’re worried that your eyeglasses might interfere with your look on your special day, we’re here to set your mind at ease.
As a bride with glasses, your eyewear can actually enhance your look. Plus, of course, you’ll be able to physically see all your loved ones who’ve come out to celebrate you and your groom, bride, or partner.
Let’s explore how to wear a pair of glasses with style on your wedding day and feel beautiful. It’s all about how you put your look together.
What to Consider When You’re a Bride With Glasses
As the bride, you’re the star of the show and all eyes are on you. It’s totally worth investing in a new pair of glasses that complements your face and works well with your wedding day look.
Of course, you could ditch your glasses entirely and go with contact lenses. But if you don’t normally wear contact lenses, we don’t recommend you start on your big day. You want to be as comfortable as possible, not dealing with dry and itchy eyes — or scrambling around on the floor looking for a lost lens. Most importantly, you want to look like yourself, and many glasses-wearers feel at odds without their specs adorning their face.
Do get your new glasses well in advance though, so you have plenty of time to get used to them. Plus, you’ll need to take them to every wedding appointment you’ve booked, so you can make sure they complement your bridal look right from the start.
Let’s go through what you need to consider when you’re a bride with glasses.
Your Face Shape
The style of your glasses should complement your face shape. For example, if you have a round face, try rectangular, square, or cat-eye glasses to help balance out the curves. Or if your face is more angular, add a little softness with round, oval, or cat-eye frames (yes, cat-eyes again — they suit most face shapes).
If you’re not sure what works best for you, try on a few different pairs. If you’re buying online, your eyewear retailer may have a virtual try-on feature on their website to help you decide, like we do at Pair.
Your Wedding Dress
Your eyeglasses should complement your wedding dress — not fight with it for attention. Choose a pair that works with the style of your wedding dress. So, for example, if you’re going retro, look for vintage-style frames to match. Alternatively, if your dress is simple and classic, you might choose a neutral pair to fit the elegant theme — or you could look for colorful glasses that stand out a bit more, making them a feature.
If you’re wearing an updo, keep it soft. Anything too sleek, and you could end up looking like a schoolteacher, instead of a bride with glasses. Do a practice session with your hairstylist beforehand and ask them to work with your glasses and hair accessories to create the beautiful style you want.
Your glasses are accessories themselves, and they need to complement any other accessories you’re wearing. If your glasses are fairly neutral, you can get away with more eye-catching jewelry, but if your jewelry is ornate, you may want to tone down your glasses to create some balance.
Your Eye Makeup
Brides with glasses need to take special care with their bridal makeup look. Glasses can cast shadows on your face, so use some light-reflecting concealer to make sure you don’t look like you have bags under your eyes. Also do a little contouring, working around your glasses to create a flattering look.
Choose your eyeshadow and eyeliner to complement your frames and help your eyes pop. If your lashes are long, use an eyelash curler to curl them upward so they don’t brush your glasses every time you blink. Then add a volumizing waterproof mascara, rather than a lengthening one.
DIY makeup for glasses can be tricky, so practice beforehand to get it right. Otherwise, it may be worth hiring a makeup artist to do it for you, rather than stressing on the day. Let them know you’re wearing glasses, and bring them to your makeup trial.
Bonus Wedding Day Tips for Brides With Glasses
Beyond how you look on your wedding day, there are a few other elements you might want to take care of so you can look back on your day with no regrets.
Reduce the Glare
When you’re a bride with glasses, you want everyone to see how happy you are. Make sure they can see your smiling eyes by investing in an anti-reflective coating for your glasses. This cuts the glare both for you and for your guests and ensures your eyes won’t shine in the wrong way, both on the day and in your wedding photos.
Plan Ahead for Your First Kiss
You’ve probably worked out the logistics by now but it’s worth mentioning, especially if your partner wears specs too (we’ve got a guide for stylish glasses for the groom if that applies to you!). Bearing in mind you may be a little stressed at the time — especially if you’re not completely comfortable up there in the spotlight — have a chat with your intended to decide how you’re going to handle this. And of course, there’s no harm in enjoying a few practice sessions beforehand!
Mix It Up in Your Wedding Photos
While you still want to look like you — glasses and all — consider taking your specs off for at least some of your wedding photos. Then you’ll have a range to choose from. After all, those wedding photos will be around forever.
Where to Find Your Wedding Day Glasses
The easiest and fastest way to find the perfect wedding glasses for you is to visit Pair Eyewear. We offer a range of high-quality specs that are perfect for brides with glasses, and we cater to any single-vision, progressive lens, or reader prescription. So whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, we’ve got a pair for you.
That said, perhaps the best thing about buying your glasses from Pair is that you can get a pair of Base Frames that will take you from your rehearsal dinner to your wedding day to your honeymoon and beyond. Simply add a beautiful, magnetic Top Frame for your big day and swap in another for all the big events surrounding it. Or, just wear the Base Frames on their own.
Use our Virtual Try-On tool and our Size Guide to find the best Base Frames for you. Then pick a Top Frame that reflects your personality and adds the finishing touch to your wedding outfit.
Our Special Occasion range is specifically designed for events like your wedding day. Try The Something Blue Floral Lace or the Mr. and Mrs., Mrs. and Mrs., Mrs. and Mx., and many other gender variations.
Of course, if you’re not wearing some variation of white or cream, feel free to choose a Top Frame that picks up the colors of your dress. Try The Confetti, The Rainbow Mermaid, or one of our stunning frames in the Limited Edition or Frida Kahlo ranges.
Brides With Glasses Deserve to Feel Gorgeous
Every bride deserves to look her best on her wedding day and then to be able to look back on the wedding photos with pure happiness. Getting that right simply requires a little planning, especially when you’re a bride with glasses.
Make things easier for yourself by starting with a visit to Pair Eyewear to pick your glasses.
You need to consider how your glasses will work with your face shape, your wedding dress, your hairstyle, your accessories, and your makeup. It may sound like a lot, but you’ve got this — you’re the bride and it’s your big day.
And although there are plenty of factors to consider when you’re a bride with glasses, in the end, the best specs for you are the ones that suit you and make you feel comfortable — because then you’ll naturally be your most beautiful, radiant self, no matter what else you’re wearing.