It can be difficult to think past the dress – but once that all important detail has been squared away, there are a number of accessories that can be taken into consideration.
Veil or not to Veil
Many Brides know instantly whether they are interested in a veil or not. However if you are undecided there are a few things that you can think about.
Gone are the days when the veil had to cover the Bride's face, now that is just one of a plethora of options! Thicker veils can be worn high on the head, for the optional covering and a rich halo that lends itself to the princess-like category. Veils of medium thickness can be worn on the back of the head, and thinner veils can be worn lower, underneath an up-do for an understated but still glamourous look as the veil flows sedately down the back.
If you have opted to purchase a dress without a train due to the potential hassle – you can still achieve that flowing look while you are walking down the aisle by wearing a cathedral length veil. This veil will trail behind you, beautiful and ethereal – and best of all, you can remove it when it is time to dance. No mess. No fuss.
Feathers, Frill and Fun
Hairpieces can be combined with a veil and are often found to be especially stylish when paired up with a birdcage veil. They are also a very common alternative used to accent the perfect 'do'. A hairpiece can be as simple as a delicately embellished comb, a sparkling tiara or an elaborate feathered concoction – it all depends on your personality and preference! They can be used with hair that is styled down or incorporated into an up-do.
If you are doing trial hairstyles before the wedding, be sure to bring any hairpieces along. And of course, when the big day arrives make sure that it is very carefully secured in your hair to avoid any mishaps!
Sparkle and Shine
When it comes to jewellery, many Brides will choose pieces that have personal value to them such as a piece that belonged to a family member or close friend. It is a great way to honour those who mean a lot to you. However, if there is no such jewellery available that complements your dress don't worry - the options are practically endless!
Popular choices include handmade lace necklaces that seem almost too delicate to wear, the elegant 'strand of pearls' and stunning 'drop' earrings.
Strut your Stuff
Garters are where even the most conservative brides can go a little crazy. No one will see it during the ceremony so don't hesitate to wear whichever one catches your eye! Purchasing a garter and toss garter set will enable you to take part in the entertaining and mildly embarrassing garter toss without forcing you to give up a wedding memento to the cause.
There are no restrictions on shoes, with Brides wearing anything from high top trainers to flats if they aren't interested in the classic heel. Of course if you are going with a heel there doesn't have to be anything classic about it. Custom shoe clips and the immediate acceptance of brightly coloured footwear serves to make your options virtually limitless.
Make sure to buy your shoes before you get your dress fitted and take them to every one of your alterations. An inch either way may not be terribly noticeable in a short dress, but if you have a floor length gown it can be the difference between elegance and tripping on the stairs!
Most importantly, choose accessories that make you feel like the beautiful and confident bride that you will be.
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