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If you’ve recently said yes to the dress, you’re probably ready to put up your feet (perhaps with your beverage of choice) and take a bit of a break from shopping. We certainly encourage you to do so, but not for long—it’s time to look for your accessories! From shoes to jewelry to undergarments, there are actually quite a few wedding accessories to investigate.
Here are nine things you'll need on your wedding day accessories list.
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Whether you want sky-high heels or comfy flats, you’ll need to select your wedding shoes before your first dress fitting so that your gown can be hemmed perfectly. When selecting your wedding shoes, consider your comfort, of course, but also your wedding venue and style. For example, if you’ll be outdoors on grass or in the sand for most of your wedding day, stiletto heels likely won’t be comfortable or appropriate—stick with wedges, sandals, or flats instead.
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You have a lot of options when it comes to how you should wear your hair—up, down, or in between. You’ll also need to decide if you’ll wear any hair accessories. Of course, there’s the traditional veil. From a super-long cathedral-length veil to a mid-length fingertip veil, or a short birdcage veil or blusher, there are lots of veil options to choose from. Remember, though—you don’t have to wear a veil to look or feel bridal.
If you choose to go sans veil, there are lots of other options to choose from. It’s all about figuring out what will look best with your dress and will complement the feel of your wedding day. Flowers make a natural hair accessory, whether you choose a single blossom or a boho-chic flower crown. Your can wear fresh flowers in your hair (ask your florist for help with this!) or if you’re worried about the blooms wilting, opt for fake flower accessories. There are also more glam hair accessories, like crystal headbands, hairpins, tiaras, clips, combs, barrettes, or bun wraps. And for a vintage touch, opt for a fascinator or even a hairstyle with feathers!
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The most obvious bridal accessories you’ll wear on your wedding day are your engagement ring and wedding band. But in terms of additional jewelry, it’s up to you to decide what looks best with your dress. For example, a necklace can look great with a strapless neckline, but might not work well with a detailed illusion neckline. Our best advice is to avoid going overboard with the jewelry: one or two carefully chosen pieces is likely all you’ll need to shine.
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Once you’ve selected your wedding gown, talk to your bridal salon about the undergarments they think would look best with your gown—and if any support can be built in. You may need to purchase shapewear, a specific type of bra, or seamless underwear to ensure your gown looks picture-perfect and your undergarments stay invisible. It’s a good idea to bring your wedding undergarments to your first dress fitting to ensure everything looks right.
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Whether or not you’re planning on having a garter toss as part of your reception, you may wish to include a garter as one of your bridal accessories for tradition’s sake and to have a keepsake from your big day. It can be a nice way to incorporate a family heirloom as your “something old” or to add a splash of color to your look as a “something blue.” You can also have some fun with your garter by having it decorated with a favorite sports team’s logo, your wedding colors, or a pattern you love.
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Jacket or Wrap
There are a few reasons why you may want to wear a shawl, jacket, wrap, or other form of outerwear on her wedding day. The most obvious would be if you’re marrying in the chillier months but still want to take photos outdoors. A (faux) fur wrap or stole would do the trick, and give your look a vintage-inspired touch. Or, if you’re looking for a more casual look, we’ve seen brides don everything from plaid flannel shirts to denim jackets to bright cotton cardigans over their gowns for great photo-ops. Or perhaps you’re wearing a strapless gown and would like a bit more coverage for your ceremony, particularly if you’re marrying in a house of worship. You might look for a bolero or shawl to match your gown.
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For a very traditional, vintage-inspired look, some brides choose to accessorize with gloves. Bridal gloves come in a variety of lengths and styles, from wrist-length to over-the-elbow, in fabrics such as lace, satin, and crochet. Just note that if you are wearing gloves for your ceremony, you’ll have to remove them during the ring exchange.
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If you’re wearing a relatively unadorned gown without much beading or embroidery, you may want to jazz up your bridal look with a sash. Not only do sashes flatter the figure by emphasizing your waist, they also can help infuse your own personal style into your wedding day. From crystal-adorned glam sashes to nature-inspired sashes featuring fabric flowers and leaves, there are lots to choose from.
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You probably won’t want to carry a purse during your wedding—you’ll likely be carrying your bouquet for much of the day and you may end up misplacing it. However, if there are certain items that you’d like with you during the reception—makeup for a touch up, breath mints, or tissues—you can certainly put them in a purse or clutch and enlist a bridesmaid or close friend or family member to keep it safe for you.