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Wedding 101: Bridal Accessories

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Bridal accessories are the finishing touch for your big day. Jewelry, headpieces, clutches, belts and more can really complete your bridesmaids, flower girl, and bridal gown. Here are some tips for when it comes to your accessories your wedding gowns.

Shoes: Comfort is number one - beauty is second! Find a pair of shoes that will be comfortable. Remember, you will be wearing these for hours and most likely, sitting down for very little of it.

*Bonus tips to insuring you’re able to dance all night in your new Choo’s? 1. Try on shoes at the end of the day, when feet are swollen from the day’s activities. 2. Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot. Sizes between brands can vary, as they are not standardized. 3.Wear them around the house, so they are broken in by the time the big day arrives. But do not purchase shoes in the hopes they’ll stretch. You’ll be disappointed and set yourself up for pain. Flexible materials, like soft high quality leather or suede, will offer the most molding around your foot. 4. Look for shoes with a layer of rubber on the heel to help prevents slips.

Veils, headpieces and fascinators: This one bridal accessory can help convey the style and theme of your wedding. Having a traditional cathedral wedding, consider utilizing that long altar and wear a cathedral length veil. Getting married on a boat? A birdcage veil won’t fly away in the wind or perhaps an elegant comb that adds just a hint of glamour. Looking for a elegant, romantic, Grace Kelly style? A Juliet cap would fit those requirements. Be sure to bring whatever hair accessory you choose to your hair consultation so that you and your stylist will be able to create the best hairstyle to compliment your headpiece.

Jewelry: A good rule of thumb is to match your metals. Ivory and gold compliment each other with their undertones of cream. White compliments platinum or silver. Off-white pairs beautifully with rose gold, silver, and pearls. If your dress features any of these metals or pearls, it’s a perfect starting point for how to pick your jewelry accessories.

Necklaces lengths are also dependent on your gowns neckline. Scoop necks are best complimented with multiple beaded strands or large scale pendants, crew necks look best beset short necklaces, strapless gowns work with all combinations of necklaces lengths from chokers to bold multi-strand necklaces, angular pendants add symmetry to asymmetrical gowns, V-necks pair with V-shaped pendants that mimic the dress neckline, bateau or boat necks are perfect for long, beaded string necklaces, and a sweetheart neckline pairs best with a wide, curved necklace.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: Superstitious or not, we love the idea of fulfilling this old wedding rhyme. Ask your mother or grandmother for something she carried at her wedding: a lace hankie, Bible, or some sentimental jewelry you can wear or carry. Bridal showers are a perfect opportunity to acquire a something new (hint! hint! Maid and Matrons of Honor). Borrowed items again are a great opportunity to carry something of history from a family member or beloved friend.  Lastly, something blue does not always have to be your garter (although this traditional blue accessory is still one of our favorites), think about a sapphire jewelry piece or having your new monogram embroidered in blue in the lining of your gown.

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