4 Rules to Follow When Choosing Bridal Accessories
Your accessories can enhance your outfit considerably, and choosing the right ones will take your bridal look to a whole new level. While these items are crucial in elevating your day-of beauty, there are a few things to take note of when selecting your desired pieces. Here are 4 rules that you should follow when shopping for bridal accessories.
Keep it cohesive
You may have found a collection of exquisite accessories to wear on your wedding day, but if none of them match, combining them together may achieve a reverse effect. When buying accessories, the most important rule is to keep the theme consistent. We recommend choosing the items based on your dress - the styles, hues and material should complement your wedding dress to obtain a cohesive look. You can start by finding colours that match your gown. A bright white frock will look good with silver, platinum, or pearl adornments; while cream or off-white hues pair better with warmer accents, such as yellow-gold or rose-gold. Work around the dress to pick out accessories that can add to its beauty, but not overshadow it. You can buy deeper colours to create a unique style, but make sure that the tones of every item complement each other. To ensure that all your accessories go well together, try them all on a few weeks before the wedding day. This will give you enough time for last-minute shopping if any of your ornaments clash with the overall ensemble.
Keep it you
We understand that your wedding day is a good chance to put on stuff that you wouldn’t normally wear. However, try not to stray too far from your regular style. The goal is not to create a whole new you; but to conceive an upgraded, more elegant version of yourself. Even though a brand new style may wow guests, you may not feel comfortable in it, and may end up cringing at the irregular photos years after. Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid focusing purely on trends. Wedding trends come and go, and they change very quickly, thanks to social media and the array of wedding blogs out there. It’s better to find pieces that can accentuate your features, instead of throwing on an ill-fitting item just because it is trendy. This is not to say that you can’t embrace the latest fashion; but remember to not force it if the most popular accessory nowadays does not go well with your face or body shape. One good example is choker necklaces, which are gaining popularity in the wedding space lately. These necklaces work best with heart-shaped faces, so if you do not belong to this group, maybe a more classic pendant or a strand of pearls will be a better choice.
Keep it simple
Accessory-shopping is a very exciting activity, especially if done together with a group of girl friends after a boozy brunch. Because of that, it is very easy for brides to just pile on any shiny piece that “seems to go well with the dress”, and end up over-accessorising. Coco Chanel once famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,” and this quote unfortunately applies to many brides that we know. Although accessories bring out the best of your dress, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing, and this is even more true if you did not choose items that go well with each other. To avoid going over the top with this, first jot down the style and standout features of your wedding dress. You can then base your shopping around those details, and pick only adornments that enhance the gown. For instance, if your gown is heavily-beaded or embellished, then adding a thick statement necklace and huge chandelier earrings will end up looking cluttered. Instead, opt for a simple chain, or forego the necklace completely and wear a pair of elegant earrings and a bracelet.
Keep an open mind
Just because you have never put on a hairpiece in your entire life, doesn’t mean that it will not look good on you. Even though we recommend staying true to your personal style, it’s all right to take a few risks when trying on new items. After all, trying is free, and you may end up loving a new accessory in the end. Some brides can be very rigid with their demands, and may be unwilling to put on anything that they deem unsuitable. When it comes to accessory-shopping, the best thing to do is to keep an open mind, and listen to the advice of experts (i.e., your wedding dress atelier or designated stylist, not the whole group of gushing girl friends). You may not think that a sash will look good with your gown, but it may end up elevating the whole outfit instantly. Similarly, you may wonder if a veil will go well with your backless dress, but a sheer one of the right length may just be the thing that you need to complete your look.
When putting together your wedding attire, every single detail matters. Although your wedding dress is still the main emphasis, complementing it with a tastefully-chosen set of accessories will amp up the elegance greatly. Make sure that you find the most suitable set of accessories by following these rules, and you can be certain that every pair of eyes will be riveted on you as you walk down the aisle on the big day.