How To Accessorize Your Bridal Gown
March 3rd, 2017 Wedding IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND INSIDER TIPS
Let’s all agree that the tough part is over. You have found your dream wedding dress ! Congrats! Now, what comes next is the fun part; accessorizing! Accessories can make or break an outfit and for that reason, we have gathered a list of accessories do’s, don’ts to styling your wedding gown.
Decorate Your Décolletage
Add some accessories to make your décolletage shine. Your dress has a strapless sweetheart neckline. Pair that with a great statement necklace. Or leave your décolletage bare and opt for sparkly chandler or earrings. You have an accent color as part of your wedding color scheme. Now would be a great time to add that to your accessory. A statement necklace or earrings in that color would allow you to shine bright. A fashion trend that has gotten very popular recently are the chokers. Crystal chokers are perfect for wedding gowns with a V-neckline. It is a statement accessory without overcrowding your décolletage. We have seen bridal gowns with halter or reverse halter necklines. With this gorgeous neckline, headbands and hair pins make the perfect go-to accessories.
Less is More
We have all heard it before from stylists. “Take off the last accessory you put on.” This holds true to accessorizing your wedding dress as well. You don’t need everything.
As much as you want to wear everything sparkly and shiny for your big day, it is not necessary. Before you set out for an accessories shopping spree, stand back and really look at your dress. Envision what kind of accessories you may need to complete but not overwhelm the look. Your dress is adorned with timeless lace and as much as you love the simplicity, you want something sparkly also. We get it. Add a beaded belt with a pair of matching earrings. Then step away from the accessories. You don’t want to overwhelm your beautiful dress. If your dress has a high neckline like a bateau neckline , or sabrina neckline it would be better to skip the necklace as this will crowd the area; instead find a bold bracelet or bangle to make a statement. Remember, the accessories are supposed to enhance your dress, not overwhelm it.
Gold. Silver. Rose gold. White. Metal color choices. We know there are different shades of those colors but the majority of your accessories will fall into one of those color categories. So what color metals goes well with what color dress? Our suggestions. For white or off white wedding dresses, platinum, silver and pearls pair great. The brightness of these colors will enhance the color of your dress, bringing out the purity of the white. For ivory wedding dresses, gold accessories will compliment your dress. Gold will brings out the ivory and cream shades on the fabric. When in doubt, go with the hue of your dress. As much as you may think the light gold bracelet would go with your white dress with silver embellishment, it probably doesn’t. Unless it has sentimental value to you, opt for a bracelet in the silver or platinum family.
Much more than just Necklaces and Earrings
Most brides think of necklaces and earrings when they think of wedding accessories. There are so much more options than just those two items. Bridal sashes or belts make wonderful wedding accessories. These could be embellished with rhinestones and gems that matches the color of your dress. Not only that, but picking the perfect sash for your dress can also enhance your beautiful figure. For brides who have long torsos, a thick embellished sash will complement your body. Thin sashes are perfect for brides who have shorter torsos. For brides who have the apple shape figure, a heavily beaded sash, especially towards the center of the sash will give you the illusion of having an even flatter tummy. For petite brides, sashes with a V-shape applique will elongate your body. The sash could be the accessories centerpiece with the earrings playing a supporting role. Just remember, you have plenty of options.
Veil or No Veil
Veils are an accessory to your wedding dress, not part of your dress. The veil design and length depends on your wedding dress. If your dress has elegant lace appliques scattered all over the dress, down to the train, a simple one layer veil would allow you to show off the details on your wedding dress. Shorter veils will frame the body of slender brides, while birdcage veils can add an edgy or vintage feel to the dress. Whatever veil lengths and design you decide, it should complement your wedding dress as another accessory. Still considering veils for your dress, we have a guide to picking out the perfect wedding veil for your wedding dress.
Stray away from tradition and ditch the veil for a floral crown. Perfect for spring and summer weddings, floral crowns brings a sense of carefree style to your big day.. Use the same flowers and greeneries from your bouquet to make your floral crown to tie in your wedding theme. Not a floral princess bride? Accessorize your hair with hairpins. Crystal hairpins can add a subtle sparkle to a simple wedding gown. Whether you decide on a veil, floral crown, hairpins or anything else, let your personality shine bright with your accessory choice.
For those brides who love the cooler weather, winter weddings are magical. Bridal cover ups are a perfect accessories for those cooler months. Caplets and faux fur stoles are the accessories to wear for a winter wedding. They allow you to stay warm without taking away from the elegance and sophistication of your wedding gown.
Your big day will come and go in a blink of an eye. You want to enjoy every second of it while you can. The last thing you want to be bothered by is the fact that your shoes are killing your feet. Keep it as comfy as you can so you can enjoy your day to the fullest. So you have envisioned your dress with heels, make them comfy heels. Pick a pair that has ankle and toes straps for more security. Keep in mind the height as well when picking out a pair of shoes. Opt for a kitten heel instead of sky high stilettos. Trust us, your feet will thank you later. Plus, your dress will most likely cover your shoes. For more comfort, add gel insoles. They will not only cushion your feet but fill in your shoes more if your shoes happen to be a bit loose on you. Another great tip we have for you is, pick a pair of shoes that you will likely wear again. Instead of going for that pure white pair, go for the silver. That way you can wear it with different dresses to different occasions.
The most important accessory you can wear on your wedding day is your radiant smile! No physical accessories will outshine your smile while you’re in your dream wedding dress. Aside from your gorgeous smile, whichever accessories you pick, make sure it shows your true personality. Be yourself and your wedding day will be magical!
Now that you have all the information you need to know about accessorizing your wedding gown, it’s the fun part! Shopping for your accessories! You can also visit your local Moonlight retailer for any questions relating to your wedding gown.