Accessories are the icing on the cake for any look, especially on a day like your wedding. You may think brides only need to worry about picking out a necklace and a pair of shoes to accompany their dress, but in reality, there are endless accessorizing options for the modern bride that can make your look appear complete. To help you out, we’ve put together this handy guide on choosing the best bridal accessories for your special day—from shoes to jewelry!
Think of the headpiece
What’s the one thing that is just as eye-catching on your wedding day aside from the dress? You guessed it: the veil. Not every bride wants to rock a traditional tulle veil at their wedding. They could wish to pair it with another hair accessory, such as a tiara or flower crown, or leave out the veil altogether and wear one of those alternative headpieces. That’s why you need to put a lot of thought into choosing your headpiece to ensure it matches your gown — and the hairstyle. That’s why trial hair and makeup appointments are crucial. You certainly don’t want to purchase a stunning headpiece only to find that it doesn’t work with the hairstyle you’ve already decided on for the big day. If you’re going to keep it simple yet still stylish, look into delicate headbands or clips.
Bring out only the high-quality jewellery
While it’s possible to find cute and eye-catching jewellery for low prices, your wedding day isn’t the best time to wear a $5 bracelet made of beads. Your jewellery can instantly cheapen your bridal look if it isn’t made of quality materials like gold, silver, or natural stones. Whether you want to flaunt a family heirloom at your wedding or find an online jewellery store and buy a few new pieces from your favourite brand, ensure the jewellery is up to the standard of the entire event.
The best way to find excellent jewellery is to go for well-known brands and pay attention to the materials’ quality. You can also get a good idea about the quality of a piece by looking at its craftsmanship, including details like how well it’s been made and how smoothly the stones are set.
Be careful when you combine
When it comes to accessories, less is more. Of course, you don’t want your outfit to look cluttered or like you’re trying too hard. But, on the other hand, if you’re going for a minimalist look, be careful that none of the accessories overpower the other visually.
Don’t wear too many necklaces—you should only wear one at a time (or two if they’re long enough). Also, don’t mix big earrings with small ones; choose one style and stick with it throughout the day (except maybe when you go out at night). Finally, be careful how many bracelets you add—three or four, max! This rule applies especially when wearing multiple bangles: two is ideal, but three can work as well, depending on their size and colour contrast against your skin tone.
Don’t be afraid of mixing metals, but do it thoughtfully
If you’re going for a more dramatic effect, try mixing different types of metals in one ensemble: say, a silver bracelet paired with a gold watch, or even if it’s just as simple as wearing silver earrings with gold rings thrown in there too. Mixing metals is a great way to add texture and interest to your outfit. But it’s essential to do it carefully—don’t just grab any old jewelry and throw it on with an otherwise neutral look. Matching metals can look great, but they don’t always have to match precisely. Instead, use the same metal as the main piece of jewellery (a necklace or bracelet). If you want to mix and match, try using two different colours of metal that go well together: silver with gold or rose gold with bronze, for example. (These are called “tonal” combinations.)
Go Minimal or All Out
Some brides throw a wedding oozing with luxury and sparkle — and the bridal outfit shouldn’t be anything less. After all, the only thing that can top a statement-piece bridal gown is a crystal-encrusted crown or perhaps a necklace with an eye-catching sapphire stone in the middle. Then, based on your dress and the day’s atmosphere, choose the direction of your accessories: do you want to go simple with dainty accessories or take the bling to the next level? Whichever approach you choose, make sure it’s clear and consistent in your look.
If you’re buying a necklace, then choose matching earrings to go with it
If you’re wearing a necklace, it can look nice to have matching earrings. They can complement the outfit and finish off your look by creating a complete style, especially if you have a hairstyle that reveals your ears. When choosing jewelry for your ears, make sure that it matches the size and shape of your necklace. For example, if you bought a pendant with multiple diamonds, select some studs or danglers with similar shapes in their design so they will appear balanced when worn together.
Find the perfect bridal clutch
A clutch is a stylish addition to any bridal look and comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colours. Though it may seem like you can’t go wrong with any clutch, there are some parameters to consider when choosing one for your wedding day.
- Choose a clutch that is in keeping with your wedding dress. This means it should match the rest of your accessories: white or cream (or another shade), dainty and delicate.
- Consider how big you need the inside of the bag to be. A small purse will do if you have only a few essentials that need storing, but if you want something roomier to not worry about leaving anything out at home, then opt for a giant bag instead.
- Make sure whatever size bag selected feels comfortable when held close up against one’s body during photos – especially since plenty will likely be taken throughout this eventful evening! Or, at the very least, ensure you have somewhere trusted to store the bag (i.e. leaving it with someone) for the day.
Find the Right Shoe(s)
This is a no-brainer. You want your shoes to be comfortable and stylish, but more importantly, you want them to last all day. If you are having a long wedding day and plan to dance the night away, your feet will thank you for choosing flats, wedges (or any shoe that can provide comfort). Remember when selecting your shoes—if they’re too narrow or pointy at the toe area, they may rub against your foot uncomfortably from all those hours spent standing around talking with friends and family members earlier in the evening.
Remember that you can change shoes throughout the day by wearing a classy heel for photos and the ceremony but slipping into something more comfortable for the rest of the day. However, if that is your plan, it’s best to pick out both pairs of shoes in advance instead of spending the night before your wedding trying to find the perfect comfy shoe to bring along for later. It will save you both time and nerves.
Don’t overdo it with your accessories
When choosing accessories for your wedding day, don’t overdo them. While a few stylish accessories are always welcome, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself or your guests with too many details.
Here are a few tips for keeping things simple and stylish:
- Don’t wear more than one statement piece at once. For example, if you want a necklace and earrings, choose one that’s big enough to stand out without competing with the other—and don’t wear both at once!
- Don’t go all-matchy-matchy. It might sound fun to match everything in your bridal look, but too much matching can look tacky. Instead, choose accessories that complement each other rather than compete for attention.
- Don’t overdress the dresser in costume jewelry—unless that’s what you’re going for! You can still add sparkle by choosing exciting details (like an oversized brooch) on top of plain pieces like pearls or gemstone studs.
When planning a wedding, accessories are often the easiest thing to overlook. But our bridal accessories can make all the difference in how we feel on our big day—and how well we look in photos for years to come! Choosing the right wedding shoes or hair accessories can be challenging, but if you follow these tips and get creative, you’ll find something that works well with your dress and style.