Bridal accessories are to your dress, what your dress is to your wedding day – they can make it or break it. Here’s a list of expert tips to help you pick the right accessories that pull your bridal look together.
1. Balance jewellery with dress design
It’s important to maintain balance. If you have a heavily decorated dress it will look best with understated jewellery items. On the other hand, a simple gown allows for eye-catching accessories and big statement jewellery items.
Always match the shape of your neckline with your earrings and necklace. For instance, a halter neck would look too busy with a large necklace, but would combine perfectly with lavish diamond drop earrings.
2. Be inspired by fabrics
Let the materials of your wedding dress, or even your groom’s attire, guide you to choose perfect details and dots of colour for your look. Also, colour accents drawn from your overall wedding decor will draw together your bridal look and make you look stylish and cohesive.
- Vintage lace looks stunning with darker accents, like dark red gemstone jewellery or fuchsia flowers in your bouquet.
- If your dress is made with unusual shapes, ruffles, feathers, or other unique details, you could opt for rose gold accessories or a hair vine to keep in with the iconoclastic feel.
- If you have a satin or silk ball gown that evokes luxury and glamour, then a sparkling diamond bracelet or a tiara is a good starting point.
- When in doubt, think pearls. They are the time-tested bridal accessory that go with any style.
3. Mix it up
The saying, ‘something old, new, borrowed and blue’ has never been as true as it is now. Combining heirloom accessories with new pieces is a great look to go for. But only mix vintage items with similar styles. For example, a sparkling Victorian antique pendant could look fabulous with a lavish Art Deco style bracelet – but wouldn’t go well at all with a geometric 80’s bangle!
4. Dress up your bouquet
Flowers are one of the most essential bridal accessories. But don’t be afraid to decorate the decorations. A floral vintage handkerchief, leftover lace from a couture dress (or his waist coat) and a sparkling brooch can give a sweet and chic touch to the stem of your bridal bouquet.
5. Finally, be meaningful
Do you have an emotional piece of jewellery that you inherited from someone you love? Now’s a great time to wear grandmother’s gemstone earrings or that locket your mother gave you. It’s a great feeling on your special day if at least one of your bridal accessories has a personal meaning! But don’t worry if you don’t have any heirloom accessories – if you choose a new one with a timeless design, you’ll get lots of wear from it after your wedding, and later, you can start your very own tradition by passing it onto your own children.
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