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Becoming a Stylish Bride by Julie Sabatino


June 3, 2024
Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of various

Planning a destination wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect attire for your special day. Julie Sabatino, the worlds first bridal stylist and owner of The Stylish Bride, understands this better than anyone. Her new book, Dressed, Styled, and Down the Aisle: Becoming a Stylish Bride, is a must-read for any bride-to-be, particularly those planning a wedding away from home.

Sabatinos book is more than just a guide to picking out a wedding dress. It’s a comprehensive manual designed to empower couples to feel confident and beautiful on their wedding day. Described by wedding insiders as a “sanity-saving manifesto,” this elegant hardcover is packed with insider tips and expert guidance.

One of the standout features of Sabatino’s book is its inclusivity. She emphasizes that her guide is for every bride, regardless of size, shape, age, or background. This inclusive approach is refreshing and essential in an industry that often promotes a narrow definition of beauty. Sabatinos mission is clear: she wants every bride to feel their absolute best on their wedding day. She writes with empathy and a deep understanding of the vulnerabilities people face during the dress selection process.

For couples planning a destination wedding, Dressed, Styled, and Down the Aisle is particularly valuable. Sabatino offers practical advice on creating a wedding weekend wardrobe that suits the unique demands of a destination event. From the welcome dinner to the farewell brunch, she covers all the bases, ensuring that couples look and feel their best throughout the entire celebration. Her tips on packing and travel-friendly fabrics are particularly useful, helping to avoid common pitfalls and stressors.

Sabatino also delves into the details of styling the entire wedding party. She provides strategies for coordinating looks that complement the bride without overshadowing herand offers solutions for common challenges, such as dressing a diverse group of attendants.

One highlight of the book is Sabatino’s focus on self-love and confidence. She understands that a brides emotional well-being is just as important as her physical appearance. In the end, its not about how a bride looks, but how she feels,” Sabatino explains. This philosophy is woven throughout the book, with exercises and reflections designed to help brides silence the noise of external pressures and hone in on their unique style.

Dressed, Styled, and Down the Aisle: Becoming a Stylish Bride is a beautifully crafted guide that combines practical fashion advice with a heartfelt emphasis on self-love and confidence. Julie Sabatinos wisdom and warmth make this book an invaluable resource for brides, ensuring they walk down the aisle feeling their absolute best. Whether you’re a bride or a mother-of-the-bride, this book is a perfect gift and a wonderful way to start the journey toward a memorable and stylish wedding day. 

For more on Julie’s book and more styling tips and advice, listen to our most recent podcast episode. 

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