It’s the little things in life.
Especially on your wedding day. Little details like your shoes, jewelry, veil and/or tiara can make a big impact, which is why shopping for the perfect accessories for your perfect wedding gown can be daunting.
The first thing to ask yourself: What’s the style of your dress? While a conservative or traditional look screams pearls, a modern or trendy gown needs to be paired with a dramatic or statement piece of jewelry. In the age old debate of necklaces versus earrings (versus bracelets), there is no winner. Typically, you can’t go wrong with a necklace; it adds elegance and interest to your look.
With earrings, you want something that will highlight your face and match your hairstyle (and obviously your necklace if you have one, too). Dangling earrings are classic and look good on everyone, especially on brides whose hair is worn down and half up. Stud or smaller earrings looks great with an intricate ‘do so as not to distract from it.
Just be sure to try on the jewelry with your wedding dress ahead of time. Aside from the fact that it’s fun, it’s also a way for you to find out if a necklace hits “weird” on your throat or that your earrings clash with your veil.
The decision of the veil is much more complicated than it seems. Veils add the finishing touch to your bridal presence. A veil needs to be chosen hand in hand with your hairstyle, so be sure to keep that in mind. It might go without saying, but your veil also needs to match the color and beading of your dress. As The Knot so eloquently explains, face shape is a major factor in choosing a veil. Round face? Better buy a veil that falls along the sides of the face, so as to seem sliming. Not just face, but body shape does play a part in picking the most flattering option. The taller you are, the more of a veil you can have. The last thing you’d want on the most important day of your life is to be overwhelmed by a voluminous veil!
A last tip when trying on veils is to make sure to be standing in front of a full-length mirror, one with mirrors showing multiple angles, if possible.
Picking out shoes is no easier task. Shoes might seem easier because no one will see them, right? Wrong. Sure, your dress will more than likely cover them up, but wedding shoes are in numerous photographs from the big day, and fun ones can not only enhance those pictures, but your mood. Feeling confident is key to knowing when you’ve found THE shoes. Whether spike heels or sneakers or somewhere in between, do make sure they’re comfortable. Also be sure to start shopping for a pair as soon after the dress is ordered, as you’ll need to wear your shoes to all fittings to make sure the length is just right.
Speaking of comfortable, undergarments are an often overlooked accessory for a bride. Now, photographs aren’t usually taken of these, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t matter in terms of your look. Bra cups, garter, Spanx- don’t forget to add them to your shopping list!
The bridal shop where you purchased your gown can likely help with suggestions on the best accessories. Other places to peruse in town include department stores like Von Maur and Younkers. An online option for all brides is Etsy.
When it’s all said and done, accessories like these should account for less than three percent of your overall budget.