The Six Bridal Accessories You Must Wear On Your Wedding Day
Updated: Apr 13
Every single aspect of your wedding is money well spent. It all comes together to create your perfect day, the one you’ve always dreamed of and have been planning for months. But out of all the elements that make that day extra special, there are a few things that you should think of as an investment: your accessories. Your perfect wedding dress is something you’ll only wear once, which is why choosing the one is such an important decision, but your accessories, when selected carefully, can be worn on more than one special occasion. We’ve narrowed down the top categories for bridal accessories you should have on your wedding day. Think of it as a mix and match situation where the main objective is to enhance your wedding dress and make you look spectacular.
Veil or no veil
A wedding veil is the quintessential bridal accessory. Its tradition dates back to years of covering brides’ faces in a layer of sheer material, tulle, chiffon and English net blended with silk for an added touch of elegance. The length depends usually on your personal style and the features of your wedding dress. With options ranging from birdcage and blusher that conceal your face, to mantilla which frames with lace appliqué, to the more traditional elbow and cathedral length that drape delicately down your back.
Some brides nowadays are choosing not to wear a veil, replacing it instead with delicate hairpins, embellished headbands, tiaras adorned with pearls or crystals, ultra-chic feathers à la Carrie Bradshaw, flower crowns, or exquisite vintage barrettes that hold their perfectly messy hairstyles in place. The choice is all yours.
When it comes to jewelry, there is only one rule that still applies to this day. If your wedding dress is embellished and embroidered it’s best to keep your jewelry discrete and subtle. For a gown such as our Raven #19106, a pair of cluster studs would look fabulous, or a pair of modern hoops for a strapless like Zara LA20106. Think simple, artistic, sculptured hoop earrings that can elevate any gown and add texture to a satin dress. For the more conservative brides, pearls, pave, and crystal dangling earrings are always the right way to go.
Your necklace depends on the neckline of you dress, or how embellished your earrings are. Some brides can pull off a statement necklace if they’re wearing a low-cut strapless dress with a discrete pair of stud earrings. One way to keep your necklace subtle, modern and sophisticated is to wear a choker. They now come in many different materials, with plain gold, pearls or crystals. You can also skip the necklace, it’s all up to your personal preference.
High heels and platforms look fabulous, but they’re not for everyone. Especially if you’re going to be on your feet for hours, dancing the night away with your partner, you might consider a change of shoes after the ceremony. Not only are there stylish and super comfortable sneakers, but you can also find a cute pair of mules or ballet flats for later in the evening.
The purpose of belts is to accentuate the waist. Your wedding dress will do a great job of doing that, but if you’d like to enhance it a little bit further, a beautiful bejeweled belt is always the right choice. It can also help highlight the discrete beading work in your gown or add a touch of sparkle if needed. You might also find gorgeous wedding dress belts from different fabrics such as satin or velvet for added texture, or even a dark color for a bit of contrast. Your bridal consultant can help you out with some fantastic suggestions.
Don’t forget to stay warm. Whether your wedding is taking place in the middle of the day or in the evening, it’s always important to have something to cover yourself up with. You can get as creative as you want. Some brides like to get custom-made denim jackets with their initials embroidered in the back, or a chic leather moto jacket. You might also be more comfortable in something more classic, like a gorgeous silk shawl, a cashmere wrap or a bolero with floral appliqués.
Just like choosing your prefect wedding dress, the trick with the accessories is to find the ones that speak to you. There might be trends in magazines, photos on Pinterest, and an infinite number of options, but remember the one person whose bridal beauty they’re enhancing is you. Finish up your look with the firm belief that you are going to look absolutely stunning on your wedding day.
The best place to start browsing bridal accessories is a bridal store. Head over to our Store Locator to find the one closest to you. Have fun accessorizing!