First of all, congrats on saying yes to your dress! I know it can be a fairly stressful process but I hope you truly enjoyed the process. So now that you have your dress, you are probably stressing about accessories. What would look good? What would be too much? Veil or no veil?? So the answer to those questions highly depends on your wedding dress, your personal style, your wedding theme and also venue.
Let’s talk about veils. Many feel veils are the final touch to your wedding look, it’s the final piece to complete the bride look. Veils come in various lengths and styles. If your dress is heavily embellished, I recommend going for a simple veil with a bead or simple lace trim as you don’t want to take away from your wedding dress. If your dress is made of a heavy lace pattern, again, you may want to consider a simpler veil. Make sure if you do a lace veil on a lace dress, that the lace matches! As for length, for walking down the aisle, it is absolutely stunning to wear a long cathedral veil but if you are doing a more casual destination wedding, perhaps a shorter veil will be less clumsy and more convenient to walk around in. Veils also comes in many different shades, so make sure you get the proper shade/colour. Best to try on veils with your wedding gown on and take pictures!
Crowns is one of those accessories where it’s really up to the bride-to-be’s style. If you are a princess or like to feel like one, then crown is your thing. Crowns can be worn with your veil as well. Who doesn’t want to wear a tiara on their big day??
For open necklines, such as strapless, sweetheart or off the shoulder styles, a simple drop necklace would be pretty. But if your dress is heavily embellished, I would recommend either a simple pearl or diamond necklace, or even no necklace. For off white dresses, I usually recommend gold or rose gold necklace, and for white dresses, silver looks amazing. For any dresses with a higher neckline or collar, I recommend letting the dress do it’s magic and stand out without any necklaces.
Again, we want to look at necklines of your dress. If your dress is strapless, a long drop or chandelier earring would be stunning. For lace dresses, I find that pearls really stand out. Now, if your dress has a higher neckline, go for a simple pearl or stone stud earring or a small chandelier earring, but definitely not something that is too long in length. Remember, we try to accessorize only to make the dress more beautiful, we are not trying to steal the show here!
Bracelets are a great addition to any dresses with the exception of long sleeves dress, simply because you won’t be able to see them. Unless, you wear a pearl bracelet outside of your sleeves. If you do so, make sure the bracelet stands out yet does not look over done. Otherwise, any simple stone or pearl bracelets are perfect finishing touches!
From hair clips to headbands, what matches and what doesn’t? This will highly depend on your dress style. If you have a dress that is light and fun, I would do some individual floral pins and randomly place them throughout your up do. If you have a vintage styled dress, perhaps a more Gatsby style head piece would be stunning. For a ball gown, I would recommend a rhinestone comb that you can place at the side of your head.
At the end of the day, the accessories is entirely up to you. If you have a special piece of jewelry from a special someone, you will probably want to wear that on your special day. As long as you are happy, then you have picked the right accessory, as your smile is the best accessory for your big day!
Bonnie C., Owner & Designer of Je Vis Bridal