Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Accessories to Complete Your Look for the Big Day
Accessorizing is also an excellent opportunity to make the dress more ‘you.’
Once you’ve found the perfect dress at your local bridal boutique, follow these industry tips on how to accessorize for your wedding dress.
What to Consider Before Accessorizing:
Before you start shopping for your bridal accessories, take some time to think about:
- Your dress style, colour, and material;
- The theme of your wedding; and
- What styles go with what accessories; think about your neckline, shape, and length of your dress when it comes to veils, jewellery, and shoes.
Expert bridal stylists can help you choose the perfect bridal accessories for you and your dress.
Less Is More (And Keep Comfort in Mind)
While some accessories will add to your unique look on your wedding day, too many accessories can take away attention from your gown. When in doubt, base your accessory choices around your gown’s most prominent features.
- If your dress has an ornate neckline, wear drop earrings instead of a necklace. But if your gown is simple, you can wear a bold necklace or a fascinator that makes a bold statement.
- Wearing your hair up? You can wear dramatic drop earrings—but make sure they don’t match your dress too closely. If you’re wearing your hair down, wear smaller drop or stud earrings.
- If you’re wearing an ornate gown, wear a simple cover-up, and vice versa, if your wedding day is chilly or you’re getting married in a church that requires your shoulders to be covered.
Discover what stacey & meghan are up to
and get a sneak preview of Sinder's Bridal Guide for free!
Wear Accessories That Flatter and Bring Out the Best in Your Dress
Long veils, like cathedral-length veils, will elongate your frame, and elbow-length veils will shorten your frame. Drop earrings (instead of studs) will lengthen your neck, while belts and sashes will accentuate your curves while slimming your waist.
Accessorizing, From Top to Bottom:
Veils, Tiaras, Headpieces – How to Match These with Your Dress and Hairstyle
Before deciding on your headwear, choose your hairstyle for your wedding day. Your hairstyle will largely affect your choice in headpieces.
For those who want a traditional veil, it should match the exact shade of your dress. If your dress has several embellishments, keep your veil simple so it won’t distract from your dress.
If you want to show off the back of your dress because it has embroidery or beading, opt for a sheer veil instead of two layers of tulle.
For petite brides, long veils will elongate your frame. Fingertip or elbow-length veils are ideal for tall brides. Short veils, like birdcages and bandeaus, work for brides of all sizes who want a fun, retro look on their wedding day.
There are many types of headpieces available for brides who aren’t into veils, such as hair combs, flower crowns, and fascinators. When choosing headpieces, make sure they suit your hairstyle and feel secure when you move around.
Lighter hair accessories work for those with fine hair, but won’t be as noticeable for those with thick, wavy hair. Flower crowns look great on loose hair, either loosely tied up or hanging down, but not on tight up-dos.
Picking Earrings, Necklaces, and Facial Jewellery That Matches Your Style and Dress
To make sure you feel comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day, stick with jewellery that doesn’t stray too far from your usual style. If you don’t normally wear elaborate jewellery, then you likely won’t feel comfortable wearing it on your big day.
Keeping your personal style in mind, use these tips for inspiration on the type of jewellery to choose based on the neckline of your dress:
Sweetheart or Strapless Dresses
You might want to consider a choker or a shorter necklace. You can also wear no necklace at all if you want to wear elegant drop earrings, like chandelier earrings.
For a sleek look, wear crystal earrings, or add colour with a gem, like your birthstone, or a colour that matches flowers in your bouquet.
Consider wearing a simple pendant necklace, crystal choker, pearl necklace, or a statement necklace with matching earrings.
Halter or Reverse Halter
With halter necklines, you don’t need a necklace. Instead, choose earrings based on your hairstyle, and consider dressing up your hair with a headband, comb, vines, or pins.
Some jewellery also looks better with some colours of dresses than others, so keep these colour tips in mind when choosing your jewellery:
- Ivory dresses pair well with gold.
- Pure white dresses look good with silver, platinum, or pearls.
- Champagne gowns look great with gold or burnished silver with rhinestones.
- Blush gowns are well-complemented by rose gold.
- Diamond white (a barely off-white) looks good with pearls, silver, yellow gold, and rose gold.
- If your dress has beadwork, match your jewellery with the embellishments—e.g., wear gold jewellery if your beadwork is gold.
Also, consider adding bracelets and gloves that match your gown. This is a simple, yet very elegant touch for a stunning look that’s sure to get attention.
H4: Belts and Sashes – Accessories That Add More Shape to Your Gown
Metallic belts or satin sashes will accentuate your curves and the leanest point on your frame. Find one that works with your body type:
- Thin belts for short torsos, wide belts for long torsos, and no wider than 3 inches since belts any wider can distract too much from the rest of your dress;
- Embellished (e.g., beaded) belts to flatter the midsection of apple-shaped torsos;
- A belt with a V-shaped appliqué to elongate the torso for petite frames.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Pair of Shoes
When it comes to bridal shoes, the perfect pair will be comfortable. Since you will be on your feet all day and likely dancing all night, you want to minimize foot pain as much as possible, so choose shoes that go with your dress, but that won’t compromise your comfort.
Keep these tips in mind when shopping for the right shoes:
- Shop at the end of the day when your feet are swollen from activity.
- The higher the heel, the greater the potential for pain.
- Ankle and toe straps provide stability, whereas slip-on heels don’t.
- High-quality natural materials are much more comfortable and durable than synthetic materials.
- Break in your shoes starting a couple of weeks before your wedding day. Wear them around your house and take note of any blister-prone areas.
- Use moleskin, heel grips, gel insoles, or strap stickers to make your shoes more comfortable.
- Otherwise, use a spray, wax, or cream that prevents friction and blisters or provides anti-inflammatory pain relief.
If you’re unsure about what style or height of bridal shoe you’re looking for, you might want to think about try a shoe with a removable heel. This will give you flexibility on your wedding day, and allow you to choose the style that you want right up until the last minute.
Do’s and Don’ts When Accessorizing Wedding Dresses
- Don’t over accessorize—stick with one or two eye-catching pieces, so your accessories don’t distract from your dress too much.
- Don’t wear your watch.
- Don’t opt for a tiara—unless this has always been your dream. Until royal weddings became huge again a few years ago, tiaras were super outdated. After Megan Markle’s wedding, though, the wedding industry went crazy for tiaras.
- Don’t choose accessories made with flimsy materials.
- Don’t forget to accessorize your bridesmaids and maid of honour with pieces that complement their dresses and personality.
- Do choose accessories that suit your personal style.
- Do choose subtle looks and colours that aren’t too loud and distracting.
- Do consider getting recommendations from passionate experts at a bridal boutique.
When shopping for wedding accessories, take some time to stop by local bridal boutiques for expert advice and recommendations. Our bridal stylists are passionate about making your dreams come true on your big day and will have the right accessory tips for you and your dress.