Fabulous Friday: Accessorize!

If you've already said "yes to the dress", its time to accentuate your look with a few accessories. But where do you begin? Are wedding shoes about prioritizing style or comfort? Should you go for drop or post earrings? Long or short veil? Headpiece-yea or nay? Like many aspects in planning a wedding, choosing the right accessories for your big day can be a bit overwhelming. That's why we're here to help! 

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Shoes:

As any marathon runner would do, definitely prioritize comfort over style for your wedding shoes. If you aren't used to wearing 7 inch stilettos, you may want to avoid them on your wedding day considering you'll most likely be taking pictures, walking down the aisle, and dancing all night in them. Think in terms of heel height, width, and padding, and don't be afraid to deviate from whites, champagnes, nudes, and ivories. We've had brides rock a bit of a bolder look with marine blue shoes (it's a great way to honor the long-lived "wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue" tradition) ! If you can't part from a certain pair of shoes, bring a second pair that you can change into once dancing kicks off. Our last tip: wear your shoes around the house to break them in a bit before the big day! 

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Jewelry:

The biggest rule of thumb when it comes to jewelry is making selections that will enhance rather than compete with the attention you and your dress deserve. One way of doing this is picking jewelry that best matches your dress color. If your dress is white, then silver, platinum, and pearl jewelry will complement it best, and if your dress is off-white, then gold, rose-gold, and silver embellishments are the way to go. The slight yellow hues and creamy undertone of an ivory wedding dress match beautifully with gold jewelry. Also, a tip to help determine what length your necklace and earrings should be, and whether a headpiece is a "yea" or "nay", is to pay attention to how well the jewelry matches your dress's neckline. Drop earrings, for instance, are always a hit with strapless dresses.

 Photography by Amanda Seifert

Photography by Amanda Seifert

Veil:

Veils have a secret power in how you can use them to manipulate the aspects of your look that you want to highlight or minimize. If you have a small build that you want to accentuate, for instance, a short and wide veil will do just that, whereas a long and thin veil can give the illusion that you grew a few inches. Hence, choosing a length and style for your veil is often easiest if you first decide what aspects of your build and dress you want to draw attention to or hide. Your choice of hairstyle for the big day can also help narrow your selection of veils. If you are thinking of wearing your hair down, for a more "a lo natural" look, halo veils, mantillas, and bridal caps all work very well. Birdcages and blushers, on the other hand, are a safe decision if you haven't decided on a hairstyle before buying your veil because they work with almost every hairstyle!

At the end of the day, the most important tip to follow when choosing the shoes, jewelry, and/or veil that you'll wear for your "I do" is to make sure you feel like yourself in them because your most prized accessory is your personality.