Now that you have found your dream wedding dress; it’s time to accessorise! Knowing what kind of jewellry and accessories work with your gown can elevate your look and add personality. But between jewellry, shoes, veils and other pieces, there can be a dizzying amount of choices to make. Before you buy anything, read our top style rules for accessorizing your wedding dress.
Consider Your Décolletage
Sweetheart or Strapless neckline
This is the perfect opportunity to wear an elaborate necklace. The simple strapless design of your dress also means that a big jewellery item won’t look ‘too much’. Remember to keep the rest of your jewellery understated, allowing the statement piece to shine.
If you are looking for something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet.
Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant, is an elegant way to accessorize. A 50 – 55 cm chain will generally fall below the collarbone. If you are looking for a classic choice, you can never go wrong with pearls (single or double stranded). And finally, for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement neckless with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.
High and asymmetrical necklines
For these styles, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Choose some magnificent drop earrings and a beautiful headpiece instead to balance out your look.
Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding up do, be it a sleek bun or loose ponytail. But it headbands aren’t quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins.
Collar necklaces, chokers and classic pearls look exquisite with straight bodices and bateau necklines. Because a straight neckline really shows off your shoulders and collarbones, a shorter necklace will really accentuate this area.
Wearing a Veil
If you’ve chosen to wear a veil, you’ll want to choose jewellery carefully. It shouldn’t look too overpowering – or be so ornate it gets tangled in the veil. A simple pair of diamond studs or sleek drops will add the perfect touch of elegance and sparkle.
There are some things you should keep in mind as you narrow down the type od veil you plan to wear:
- You want the veil to match the exact shade of your gown.
- If your dress has a lot going on, stick with something simple that won’t steal the spotlight.
- If showing off the back of your dress is a must, choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle.
Match Your Metals
Some metals look better with certain dress colours. A general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or pearl detailing. You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown, it looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colours of your accessories.
Top It Off
Veils not really your thing? Try using hair combs or fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to top off your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with up-dos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type when picking your accessories. Most importantly, make sure whatever you pick feels secure while you’re moving around.
Add a Bit of Personality
Add a belt or a sash. Just because your dress doesn’t come with one, doesn’t mean it won’t look great – a fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. The key to choosing the perfect waist accessory is to find one that works with your body type. Think belts are best suited to short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. As a general rule, stick with a style that’s no more than 8 cm wide; you don’t want to overpower the rest of your gown.
Keep It Comfy
No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes. Of course, you’ll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don’t forget: You’ll be standing for long periods of time, and you don’t want to be cringing in pain before you’ve even hit the dance floor.
While shopping, consider the height of the heel, the type of straps and the material. Look for high-quality natural materials. They’re infinitely more comfortable than synthetic ones and also a lot more durable. For the best fit, go shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen from activity, and give yourself plenty of time to break in your new kicks before the wedding.
Thank you for reading,
The GWM Team