Like Chanel and Cara Delevingne, some things are meant to be together. Wedding accessories are one of these bonds, a beautiful duo, standing as the second most important part of your bridal look—so yes, it’s very important. Yet, there are classic rules to play in the game of great accessorizing, ensuring that you don’t go overboard with glitz, while also not being too plain jane. To guide your accessory quest, follow these 6 rules for accessorizing your wedding dress.
“Fashion is architecture, it’s a matter of proportions.” Coco Chanel
Your accessories should not be the centerpiece, but rather the décor. Essentially, the pieces you choose should complement the flow and style of your dress without creating too much weight. For instance, if your dress is intensely dramatic and bedazzled, you should stick with delicate pieces, but if your dress is slim and understated, you can wear chunky statement jewelry.
“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” Giorgio Armani
2.) A Photogenic Look:
Unless you’re a full-time supermodel, your wedding day is the time you’ll be photographed more than you have in your entire life. To complement the camera, you’ll need to choose accessories that work well in the photos. Certain colors and textures may clash more in photos than to the naked eye, so do a test run of your entire look in the wedding hall, considering lighting, as well as every angle.
Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” Coco Chanel
As much as you’d love to shine bright all night, you also need to consider your comfort level—at least to a practical degree. Think about how you’ll be on your feet, in heels, all day, and throughout the reception. So if you’re going to pull out all the bridezilla stops, including painful shoes, a push up bra, double spanx, hair extensions and bulky accessories—the accessories may be more glamorous in your head than in real life. If you want to truly enjoy the night with ease, treat comfort with importance.
“Fashion is over quickly, style is forever” Ralph Lauren
4.) Keep it Classy:
Although you should certainly consider modern trends, it's best not to go overboard with new bridal gimmicks. Styles like the vine headband or feather earrings may seem like a good idea to a fashionista in the moment, but you may not feel the same when looking back. It’s that same feeling you get when observing your old high school photos, questioning your tacky self-tanner and belly ring. To avoid such disappointing memories, choose accessories that are timeless and less trendy.
“Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends” Kate Spade
5.) Prepare in Advance:
It goes without saying that your bridal look is not something to leave to the last minute. Arrange your makeup and hair stylists in advance, allowing you to choose your matching accessories and bring the entire look together. Many brides treat their hair, makeup and accessories as separate concerns, which can interrupt the harmony of your ensemble. Prepare every detail in advance, even if you are a hopeless procrastinator.
“Fashion is about something that comes from within you” Ralph Lauren
6.) Have The Final Say:
You’ve had parents, future inlaws, pushy bridesmaids and even nosey strangers give you advice on everything from the cake, to the decor of your wedding, to whom to include on the guestlist. While it's great (sometimes) to be offered input from those trying to help, the final say on your bridal look should adhere to your personal style not your mother in laws, or anyone else. Because it truly is your day, don’t second guess your ideas.