Ok, so you have bought a beautiful wedding gown for yourself and still feel that it needs to still be ‘a little different from the others’. Well the details count, especially in taking a dress form plain to WOW! Choosing your wedding accessories well will surely ensure that you stand out!
An inherent part of any wedding is the veil. Veil is perhaps the most important wedding accessory too. Veil adds mystery, drama and enigma to the wearer and as such, while choosing a veil, much thought is put into it.
One layer veils
Wedding accessories : Veil
The most popular amongst wedding accessories is the single layer veil option. Usually made in the net fabric, which is dyed to match the colour of the main wedding gown, this is the simplest of the veil options you may come across. As the name suggests, the fabric in this veil is in a single layer and may have interesting variations by having a satin or ribbon edge, a scalloped embroidered edge. You may even opt for a rhinestone or pearl lined edge to add some shimmer and glamour to an otherwise plain veil. You could choose to have the veil cover your face completely or just hang towards the back side.
Two layer veils
Similar to a single layer veil, the wedding accessory of two layer veil – has two layers of fabric and can have multiple options as discussed above to make it interesting. Two layer veils look great as they add a certain body to the veil, without taking away its mystery and charisma. Method of wearing a veil could be many and varied – choose one which makes you feel confident.
As the name suggests, covers your face. Made in net fabric with bigger holes – almost resembling fishnet, this veil is not for the faint hearted as this wedding accessory is usually considered fashion forward. Cage veils are usually shorter than traditional veils and are adorned with feathers, corsages, flowers and sometimes even mini hats. Choose this veil, if you want to stand out from the other brides as this wedding accessory has the power of transforming you in seconds!
The next popular category in wedding accessories is the head pieces. Crystals, pearls, hairpins, flowers, headbands, and tiaras – the options available in headpieces can be really confusing. Many of you may have a rough idea about what you are exactly looking at. The choices available in this category of wedding accessories are plenty and it is easy to get confused. Wedding accessories for the hair are versatile and are available in many forms, shapes and textures.
Wedding accessories : Tiaras
The good old tiara has been a favourite wedding accessory with the brides. And it is easy to see why – a tiara can make any bride feel special and a princess in her own right, instantaneously! However, owing to the vast choice of different kinds of hair accessories available in the market today, these are slowly being replaced with other, more inventive hair accessories. Tiaras in crystal, semi precious metal and pearls are the most popular. Nature inspired tiaras incorporating natural flowers, twigs or shells look great too, if you plan to have a beach wedding.
Wedding accessories : Headbands
While tiaras are becoming predictable, headbands are increasingly growing in popularity in the segment of wedding accessories. The reason of the sudden surge in their popularity is, that unlike a tiara, a headband is more contemporary and since it lies flat, can be worn with many different kinds of hair styles. The options available for headbands can be many and varied – right from a simple band of studded stones to a more intricate pattern incorporating crystals, flowers and ribbons. If you are planning on buying a wedding headband, there are many designs to choose from. My suggestion is to seek out as many as possible – on the net, in the shops and then decide what will look the best.
Wedding accessories : Flowers
Flowers can look elegant and very contemporary and young. Again, there is no dearth of options available in the market – right from the natural and fresh flowers to the cloth and plastic flowers and of course metallic flowers, encrusted with stones, crystals etc. From the very popular roses and plumerias, these days you also find the exotic orchids and hibiscus designs. The best part about using artificial flowers is that they can be dyed to match you outfit. You could wear the floral wedding accessories in the form of a rubber band, a hair clip/ barrette or a hair comb. Usually these are worn near your ear – towards the backside of the head. Choose a style that you personally like in terms of design, colour and pattern – you would be surprised to see what the market has to offer in terms of floral wedding accessories.
Feathers are a great choice especially if your tastes are exotic. Plumage is available in many colourful options, apart from the basic black, white and brown. Like flowers, feathers could be a part of a hair comb, a barrette or a rubber band. Opt for feather hair wedding accessories if you wish to don something really unique on your special day!
And now comes the favourite part of all wedding accessories– jewellery! After your dress and smile, the kind of jewellery that you choose to adorn will really cast an impression about you. Usually wedding jewellery is kept minimalistic, however, each to her own. A few must pieces that usually brides in general wear are:
Necklace is the most popular of the wedding accessories jewellery. Necklaces could be something as simple as a string of pearls or diamonds, matching your wedding dress or more intricate patterns, which show off your eclectic taste. The ground rule of wedding accessories jewellery is simple – keep it elegant and non fussy. Classic designs work better than contemporary pieces, when it comes to necklaces. Opt for wearing heirlooms or choose a style that is a classic and will always be treasured for its simplicity. While there can really be no ground rules, generally, an intricate necklace works well when you have a low cut wedding gown, as the neck is emphasised. Whereas a simple necklace works well when you are wearing a traditional cut wedding gown.
Earrings as wedding accessories have their fair share of fan following. Earrings could be something as simple as ear studs, a little fancy such as drop earrings or something as lavish as chandelier earrings. Again, the general rule here is go simple if you have an intricately designed necklace and go a little more flashy if you plan to wear nothing at the neck or just a plain simple string of pearls/ diamonds. Pearls, diamonds and coloured semi precious and precious stones are considered the wedding accessory classics here.
Bracelets and watches
Bracelets look great, however, are not very popular. Perhaps, as a wedding accessory, they may add too much clutter or may be too expensive. Broad wrist clasps or thin diamond or pearl bracelets look great if the rest of the ensemble is not too busy. Wrist watches as a part of wedding accessories are usually not worn, unless they have a sentimental reason to be worn on the special occasion.
Purses and shoes
Wedding accessories : Purse
Purses are usually not very popular as wedding accessories, however, there are no ground rules and you may decide to carry one, once all the ceremonies are over. While choosing a purse, ensure that it is a small, petite looking clutch or handbag. Unconventional designs, patterns and colours are a strict no-no when it comes to this wedding accessory. You could opt for sling bags as well. Ensure that the colour matches your main ensemble and the material is a classic such as leather or satin and nothing tacky or very contemporary.
Shoes are important and often ignored part of your wedding accessories list. Here, you may end up asking the forever question of whether to opt for flats or heels. My advice – go in for something that you are comfortable wearing. Flats have a great way of comforting you and are perhaps your only choice if you are tall and your better half is not as tall. On the other hand, heels look great, make you feel sexy and your gait becomes more feminine. Always remember, you may have a long day ahead and the last thing that you would perhaps want is achy feet. When it comes to this wedding accessory, you could choose from open styles such as sandals or closed styles such as pumps. Opt for colours matching your wedding ensemble to look great and feel super confident. Shoes often also come in dye-able colours so virtually any colour that you may want would be available in the market.
Your wedding is your special day – go out, try as many options of wedding accessories discussed above, as possible to choose the best and look every bit a star that you truly are!