Many little girls dream of their wedding day: the dress, the venue and, of course, the prince charming.
Picking out the perfect dress is one of the most exciting parts for the bride to be, but it can be difficult to know how to put all the pieces together. From the veil to the jewellery, accessories can have a huge effect on the overall look of the dress and it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether you’ve picked one out already or are just getting started, here are the do’s and don’ts of accessorising your wedding dress.
Don’t: Distract from the dress
As much as we all enjoy a bit of glitz, the dress should be the main attraction. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of choosing your accessories, but take a minute to pause and think about what will look best. Don’t choose brash or bold pieces that distract from it but rather complement it in a more subtle manner. A pair of sparkling diamond earrings paired with a matching necklace should be enough to turn heads for the right reasons without upstaging your dress.
Do: Match metals
In everyday life, there’s nothing wrong with mixing and matching your metals if this is the style you like. However, this can be distracting, especially when contrasted by a white or ivory dress. Stick to one type of metal, preferably one that matches your engagement ring and wedding band to create a more succinct style. Can’t decide which metal to choose? Consider your skin tone and what normally flatters you rather than going in the opposite direction. While you can experiment with your style, it’s best to stay within your comfort zone on the big day so you feel as confident as possible.
Don’t: Leave it too late
You’ve sorted out your dress way in advance, the venue is booked and… you’ve forgotten to pick out your jewellery in advance. It isn’t as simple as rushing out and buying the first piece of jewellery you see; what if it doesn’t fit, or the matching set isn’t available? Your choice of accessory can really change up the style of your dress and is arguably just as important. You certainly wouldn’t leave the dress to the last minute, so get those little details ironed out way in advance too.
Do: Try on accessories with your dress
It may sound obvious to some, but it’s easy to get so tied up in the excitement of wedding planning that you forget to actually try your jewellery on with your dress. Bring your chosen pieces along with you at your fitting appointments or try on a similar design in the shop to ensure you’re happy with what will be the finished look. This way you can make changes if you wish or at least be confident in your decision.
Don’t: Wear a watch
Unless you have a sentimental reason to, make sure to take off your watch before walking down the aisle. Watches are bulky, distracting and take away from the elegance a wedding dress offers. This is particularly true if you have a sports watch or tracker; as interesting as it may be to count how many steps it takes to make it to the altar, it’s not a great look for such a formal event. Regardless of if you’re planning a traditional wedding or a super modern affair, leave the tech at home.
Of course, the most important ‘do’ of them all is to pick out accessories that make you feel on top of the world. Always go with what you want; listen to your heart when it comes to accessorising your wedding dress and you’re guaranteed to be happy with the outcome.
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