BRIDAL ACCESSORIES TO SUIT YOU Introduction: Bridal accessories can be a bit of a wedding minefield! So many questions come to mind. Does it match your skin-tone? Does it suit your hair colour? Does it go with your wedding dress? Is it suitable for the season? Will it still be fashionable after the wedding?
Before we can go any further, there’s one tip that we must impart onto you… buy the wedding dress first! Don’t buy your bridal accessories first and then buy your wedding dress, as chances are - they won’t match. It’s easier to match wedding accessories to a wedding dress, than it is to match a wedding dress to bridal accessories. The bridal dress will dictate the mood, style, theme and colour of your wedding accessories. Chosen your wedding dress? Fantastic! Urgently need to discover bridal accessories to suit you? Need to research bridal accessories types? Here’s how to choose the best wedding accessories for those ultimate finishing touches.
No outfit truly is complete without a pair of shoes. The type of wedding shoes you wear is totally dependant on your wedding dress (I will repeat here - buy your wedding dress first before you start hunting for those Cinderella glass slippers!). When it comes to wedding shoes to suit you, they are shoes that not only suit your wedding dress, but shoes that:
You can walk in.
Are not too high.
Are comfortable to wear.
Not painful to wear.
You can wear again.
Are suitable for your wedding venue.
As you can see, unlike wedding dresses that suit you due to your body shape and height, wedding shoes to suit you, come down to mainly one common denominator - their comfort levels, which is different for everyone. A pair of shoes that are so insanely comfy, like walking on a cloud for you, won’t feel like that for everyone. And if a pair of shoes are comfy, you are more likely to feel good. Ultimately, the shoes that suit you, are the ones that make you feel amazing!
Summer Petal Pins & Hattie Backlace
Your hair, I’ll rephrase, your wedding hair. Now that’s something almost as important as the dress itself. However, you are styling it for your big day - it certainly needs a beautiful wedding hair accessory to elevate your look. Wedding hair accessories depend on your hair colour, hair type and wedding dress. If you have thin and fine hair, you may want to opt for an accessory to help inject some volume into your ‘do. Equally, if your hair is very fine, you can opt for snap clips that work fantastically in fine hair, or you can have pinned sections of hair, where you can attach vines and headbands, which stay in fine hair extremely well. The most important decision is choosing a hairstylist who specialises in wedding hair, as they will know all the tricks to keep your hair accessory in place.
On the flip side of the coin, if you have a lot of hair, you will want to keep it under control and make sure that your wedding hair accessory is suitable for your ‘do. An accessory that’s maybe a little larger that won’t get lost in your hair, a hair comb, band or pins will work extremely well for those with thick hair. There’s lots of wedding hair accessories to wear for your wedding day - veils, tiaras, headbands, hair-clips, bridal floral hair pins and designer bridal hair accessories. Shop around and see what you like.
Jules adds that: ‘If you are opting for a statement headpiece, I would always suggest that other accessories are played down, to avoid looking overly-accessorised. Although a beautiful bracelet will always still look good.’
Katherine Vine & Ivory Pearl Silver Heart Bracelet
She also says that: ‘Many brides ask whether they are limited if they are wearing a veil, but I’ve seen many brides pull off this look successfully. Careful placement of the veil can work beautifully with a vine, comb or hairpins, whether that’s a full detailed piece or a smaller pin-in piece. It’s always good to have the hair accessory left in place, once the veil is removed after the ceremony.’
When it comes to your hair colour, we have some tips about which hair accessory shades are best for your hair colour.
Raven Hair: Dark hair suits the ivory shades best and ivory wedding headpieces look stunning on glossy black hair. Brunette Hair: Silver shades with sparkle look fantastic with brown hair. Research brides with tiaras and diamond bridal headpieces and you’ll see what we mean. Blonde Hair: Gold tones are always a winner with blonde hair. Depending on the shade of blonde, you can pull off silver tones too. Red Hair: Warm tones such as the champagne and gold shades look beautiful on ginger, auburn and strawberry blonde hair. Think bridal floral hair pins.
Eva Bracelet, Diamante Drop Necklace, Celestia Earrings.
Like your wedding hair, your wedding jewellery is also dependant on a number of factors, such as your skin tone and facial shape. Jewellery can be very versatile and there are a lot to choose from, making it hard to know what is best for you to wear!
We have it covered for you right here.
Round Faces: This facial shape suits hoops and dangle earrings and necklaces with a pointy pendant, to soften the round facial features. Oval Shapes: Oval facial shapes luckily suit all kinds of jewellery, especially earrings with angular shapes. Rectangular Shapes: Rectangular shapes need to avoid elongating their face further through wearing short necklaces such as choker necklaces. Opt for small bridal accessories earrings such as oval shaped earrings and avoid wearing dangle earrings. Heart Shapes: Those with a heart shaped face need to bring balance by wearing jewellery that gives the impression of a wider jaw line, such as teardrop shaped earrings and beaded necklaces.
Cool Skin Tones: Those with cool undertones suit jewellery such as: diamonds, platinum, white gold, silver and cubic zurconia. Warm Skin Tones: Those with warm undertones can wear jewellery such as: yellow gold, kundan, copper, golden pearls and jewellery with colours such as yellow, orange, coral, turquoise and olive.
Whilst we have given you a bridal accessories checklist, your bridal accessories should reflect your personality and personal style, which will suit you. If there’s a bridal piece you like and you want to wear it for your wedding - go ahead and wear it!
Laura Driver is a Content Writer for Guides For Brides. Originally from Newcastle and now living on England’s south coast, she is an experienced copywriter, regularly publishing articles on topics ranging from weddings, art and interior design, to technology, science and construction.