Now that you’ve found your dream wedding dress, you’ll need the right accessories to perfect your bridal look. While your gown shouldn’t need more to make it stunning, these additions will help define your personal bridal style.
A wedding veil is the ultimate bridal accessory. It creates an air of mystery, can be worn in different ways, and instantly makes you feel like a bride. A long, unadorned tulle veil is always beautiful, but a cathedral-length embroidered, lace-trimmed, or crystal-embellished veil that mimics the details on your dress takes your look to the next level.
Just a pair of bold earrings with no other jewelry—except for that gorgeous engagement ring and new wedding band, or course— helps make your wedding dress stand out. Large hoop or drop earrings with beads, tulle, feathers, or fringe can pick up the embellishments on your dress; and oversize stud earrings with crystals, pearls, or stones look great if you’re wearing an updo.
Stash your day-of essentials—like lipstick, hotel room key, and tissues—in a stylish clutch that compliments your dress or even plays on your wedding theme. Consider one that has a slim, pretty chain so that you could also wear it over your shoulder.
Bridal headbands are not a new concept, but with headbands recently seen on the ready-to-wear runways we know that this popular bridal accessory is definitely on trend. Go traditional with a delicate floral or Art Deco design on a thin band or all-out fashion-forward with a wide headband decked out with pearls or covered in satin.
Accent your hairstyle with a hair comb, pin, or barrette festooned with crystals, stones, and pearls that will sparkle and shimmer each time you turn your head. These clever ornamental pieces are both functional, to keep tresses in place, and fun, as jewelry for your hair.
Wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day adds a touch of romance. This simple, yet versatile detail can go boho or elegant. It also offers tons of options—from clusters of petals worn as floral crowns or embellishments to wild flowers woven into a braid or tucked behind the ear. Consider matching the flowers to the buds in your bouquet for a finished look.
Skip the necklace and go for a simply-tied ribbon worn as a choker in chic black or a hue that compliments your wedding colors. One of the best examples of when less is, this look is very couture, yet whimsical.
Every fashionista knows that the shoes make the outfit, even a wedding gown that commands attention on its own. Choose a pair of bridal shoes that are equally as pretty as your gown, such as satin heels with cutouts or a unique shape to compliment an intricately-detailed dress or sheer stilettos with a bit of bling to play up a sparkly gown.