Your gown is just the beginning. Work around the dress to emphasize the style and period of your gown when you go shopping for your accessories. Is it a romantic, full-skirted gown? Is it a sophisticated body-revealing mermaid?
Current trends cover the universe from soft and romantic to hard-core contemporary. Look for colours from pastel to bold.
You’ll discover outstanding pieces in semi-precious stones, pearls and Swarovski crystals – all worked within precious metals and natural materials.This season the most sophisticated styles are bold and eclectic in style.
If you will have bare arms, consider a cuff. Check out the options so you choose a style that matches your gown. If you’re going for a vintage look, look for pearl details. For a modern look, check out dazzling crystals.
Around your face, choose between glorious showstopping earrings and a grand necklace. If you opt for the necklace, wear small earrings. If your choice is long, dramatic chandeliers, don’t wear a necklace.
An oversize crystal teardrop will be flattering because it catches the light and lets the earrings make the fashion statement.
You will want a small bag to carry a few essentials such as a handkerchief and makeup for touchups. Include powder, no-smear lipstick and blush. Some brides have a soft silk bag made that repeats their gown material. Any small gold, silver or white silk beaded bag will fit the occasion but you might be wise to have a strap that will slip over your wrist rather than having a clutch. Put it over your arm and forget about it.
If you can maintain an elegant walk in high heels, consider these for going down the aisle. If you aren’t accustomed to high heels, however, give them a pass. (Notice how many celebrities on the red carpet or as they walk on to meet Letterman or Leno, have an awkward, ungraceful walk. They can’t handle the heels and look so inelegant.) If you do opt for a high heel, consider also buying a low-heel or no-heel shoe for dancing at your reception.
Your hair has so many possibilities! If you’re wearing a veil check out the glamorous options in tiaras, flowers, feathers or a cluster of jewelled hairpins.