finding the right wedding dress accessories for your style
Although accessories are probably the last thing you’re thinking about when your mate pops the question, don’t be lulled into complacency. They will become, at some point, your driving focus, your reason for waking in the morning. It may seem silly, but the truth is that finding the perfect accessories for your wedding dress can honestly feel like the exclamation point your wedding day deserves, and without them you may feel as though you’ve been cheated somehow. But, you can find the veil, the jewelry and the shoes that really tie everything together for you, and ensure you feel like a princess from tip to toe when the day comes to take the big matrimonial leap.
That holy grail, the perfect shoes for your dress are dependent on so many things. Don’t fool yourself – even if you’re more of a Birkenstocks or cowboy boots kind of gal, your wedding shoes need to be perfect. Not just in size – although that’s a definite requirement considering how long you’ll be standing in them through the ceremony and pictures – but the style, the height of the heel, the color and the comfort. Here are some things to help you pick out the shoes for your wedding dress:
- Comfort – you’re going to be standing around in these shoes for a while, making comfort a necessity. Don’t consider sacrificing comfort for style, or you may find yourself limping around the reception, even if you change your footwear after the photos.
- Height – how long is your dress? While it should be hemmed for your height, you should always make sure that your fittings include shoes in the height you plan on wearing. Other than that, choosing height is all about how tall you want to be, and again, how comfortable you are in higher heels.
- Style – it’s not being picky, it’s rounding off your dress. While you may not be able to find the shoes that exactly match your dress, at least not without spending hundreds of dollars more than necessary, finding shoes in a matching color is always a good idea – unless of course you like the drama of adding a punch of color in the form of your shoes. If your dress is restrained, elegant, you may consider wearing shoes with flair – likewise, if your dress is ornate, maybe opt for simplicity in your footwear.
The jewels you wear with your dress are like the icing decorations on a cake – not really necessary, but they sure do make an impressive display. And finding the jewelry that really complements your dress can leave you feeling like a million bucks, even if they’re made of paste and glass. When you’re on a quest to find the jewelry to really finish off your dress, don’t settle for the first baubles that catch your fancy – you should still have plenty of time to make a decision, so make sure you take your time. Otherwise, you may find yourself face to face with the perfect jewels 2 weeks after you bought a different set.
- Your jewelry should complement your dress, not detract from it. If your dress is full of beading, embroidery or other embellishments, try to avoid jewelry that is equally as flourished. This can cause an over-wrought appearance – you may even choose to stick with a set of drop earrings and a jeweled bracelet and forego a necklace altogether.
- A simple, unadorned dress almost screams for sparkles. If your dress features a low back, you might consider a necklace that has a drop pendant in the back, for drama. Matching bracelet and studs can turn your jewelry into a classic statement that enhances the simplicity of your gown.
- On the other hand, you can almost never go wrong with classic pearls. They’re a standard for a reason – they simply glow and add elegance to your overall appearance. Try a shorter, single strand for a billowing dress, and multi-layered, longer strands for a more streamlined gown.
The headpiece is the pièce de résistancefor your bridal ensemble. Traditionally a veil, your headpiece can be anything from a ribbon garland to a flower to simple, embellished clips. The choices are endless, and really are only dependent on your preference and what you’re looking for in your wedding look. When you’re trying to decide what headpiece to wear, here are a few ideas:
- Veils – these traditional accoutrements can be of fine mesh or chunky fishnet, of a cathedral length that rivals your train or a simple birdcage over your eye. You can wear a veil that completely covers you in layers of tulle, or a simple, thin cascade of film tucked under your up-do. Unembellished or lacy or embroidered – the possibilities in a veil are limited only by your imagination.
- Flowers – growing in popularity, flowers can come in any hue, any variety. You can choose to have scads of them woven through your hair or place a solitary bloom within your tresses.
- Rhinestones and Ribbons – whether a tiara, combs or simple little twists, your hair can sparkle and shine with the strategic placement of rhinestones throughout the styling for a hint of interest. Ribbons, either as a headband, garland or woven through a braid, can add whimsy and romance to a fairy-tale wedding.
No matter what your preference, you simply can’t underestimate the power accessories can have on your wedding ensemble. From tip to toe, finding the right accessories for your style is just as important a decision as the dress itself – even if you decide to forego certain accessories for effect.