So the big day is fast approaching. You have all the ‘big’ items sorted – you have found the perfect dress, the ideal venue, a tasty menu lined up for guests and the partner of your dreams.
While you are sure to wow everyone on your wedding day in your gorgeous dress, it is important not to forget the role that the correct accessories and jewellery play in creating that perfect look.
We all know that accessories can make any outfit seem more special and personalised, and this rule also applies on your wedding day! Here are our Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to choosing the perfect bridal accessories:
Do Number 1: Choose your dress first
While this may seem obvious, many brides will fall in love with a certain piece of jewellery, and make an impulse purchase before they have even decided on their wedding dress.
This can cause some problems down the line when you do finally find your dream dress, and find out that the jewellery or accessory simply does not match. Since the wedding dress is the main centrepiece of the bridal outfit, first decide on the dress and then shop for jewellery and accessories that match.
Do Number 2: Add a splash of colour
While traditionally wedding dresses are white, perhaps try mixing things up a little by adding a splash of colour to your outfit. Accessories are a perfect way to do this – add a coloured birthstone or gemstone to your jewellery.
Do Number 3: Accessorise the bridal party
Even though on the big day all eyes will be on the bride , it is important not to forget the bridesmaids! The bridesmaids are a very important part of any girl’s wedding, so let them all shine by giving them matching jewellery and accessories.
Do Number 4: Add your own personal style
With plenty of options available for accessories and jewellery, you are sure to find something to match your style and budget!
If you are keeping to tradition with your wedding dress, then let the accessories and jewellery be the thing where you break tradition and add your own personal style. For example, some brides may love animals so incorporate some animal jewellery into your wedding ensemble.
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Do Number 5: Be yourself and be comfortable
Although obvious, many brides will sacrifice their own wants and their own comfort to please others. This is your day and you deserve to have the special wedding day that you want.
As the bride, you should feel comfortable during your own wedding, so accessorise accordingly. While those crystal-studded stiletto heels may look pretty and match your dress , four hours standing up, dancing and mingling with guests, your feet will be paying the price!
Don’t Number 1: Overdo It
While it is often easy to get carried away with pretty and shiny accessories – sparkly shoes, shiny necklaces, pretty bracelets, cute hair pins – too many bridal accessories and too much flashy jewellery will no doubt just end up ruining your whole look. You may just end up looking more like the disco ball, than the radiant bride!
Stick to classic accessories, warm colours, and simple jewellery pieces; if in doubt, remember that less is more when it comes to accessories.
Don’t Number 2: Leave anything until the last minute
Planning a wedding can be hectic! While there are lots of things to think about and lots of things to plan for your big day, be sure to write a list to avoid forgetting anything.
Do not forget the accessories, as you do not want to be rushing around finding jewellery and other accessories last minute. Plan ahead and try on accessories and jewellery once you have your dress – and when shopping online, leave plenty of time for your jewellery to arrive before your big day!
Don’t Number 3: Be tied down by tradition
Most girls have dreamt about their picture-perfect wedding for a long time. They have visions of the classic white dress and long veil trailing behind them as they walk down the aisle. However, do be sure to not let tradition tie you down or sway you from the wedding day you really want.
Although traditionally pearls were worn by brides as a symbol of wealth and beauty, you should feel free to wear exactly the accessories that you want.
Don’t Number 4: Get carried away with the price tag
Buying expensive and extravagant accessories just isn’t necessary. Shop around before you make your final decision on what accessories to buy. Shopping online is a great way to browse lots of accessories and jewellery and to find something in your price range.
Don’t Number 5: Not think beyond the wedding day
While it is your special day, choose jewellery pieces that are versatile and that you can wear again; have a look for pieces that will go with other outfits and occasions.
Choosing the right bridal accessories can truly complete any wedding outfit. Bridal accessories are all about balance – wear just the right amount and right kind and find pieces of jewellery you will wear again.
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice about accessorising – I love the idea about buying special pieces that you can wear again after your big day.