Accessorising – adding the finishing touches!

You’ve picked the perfect dress, but it doesn’t end there.  Now you need to make sure that the finishing touches are all in place.  It’s not just about what happens from the neck down.   To complete the whole look you need to make sure your headpiece, veil, if you’re wearing one, and jewellery all work with your dream dress.

Keep it simple:

If you have a fabulously ornate gown, or one with a high neck or an illusion neckline then maybe the old adage ‘less is more’ would apply.  Keep your hairstyle simple and neat and then why not adorn it with delicate pearl or diamate hair pins?   If you do choose to add a veil, a completely plain full length two-tier veil can look classically elegant.

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Family Heirlooms:

You may think that you want to wear Great-Grandma’s necklace as your ‘something old’.  This is a wonderful way to make sure that someone who may no longer be around, is close to you on the day.  It may work if you’re going for an antique, vintage look, but if your gown is the latest thing in cutting edge-forward looking bridal fashion, the two different styles are going to clash!  How about asking your bridal shop if they can make a little pocket inside your gown where you can pop your treasured piece of jewellery, ensuring that it’s safe and and kept to you throughout the day.

Sparkle, Sparkle & More Sparkle!!!

If you’re a bit of a magpie and can’t resist anything that sparkles, shimmers and shines then maybe you should opt for a simple gown and then dress it up with anything you like.  Belts are a fabulous way of adding dramatic detail to a simple gown.  A plain gown also looks incredible with a full length highly sparkly veil or a beautiful lace veil – it can totally transform an understated dress.  If you’re going for a huge, embellished dress, that diamond-encrusted tiara, and the matching necklace and earring set might be a little too much.

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Hair Care

It’s not essential to have long flowing locks like Rapunzel in order to achieve a fabulous wedding hair-do.  Short hair can look funky and stylish too and can really carry a fabulous hairpiece or birdcage veil.  Embrace your short hair and accessorise your gown with an amazing necklace that would be lost under long hair.

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Stunning Shoes

Who doesn’t love statement shoes and to see a pair peeping out from under a full length gown can really give a hint to the personality and individuality of the bride.  Instead of ivory or white, why not have your shoes dyed to match the colour of your Maids’ dresses or a colour that would complement what your groom is wearing?

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A Bride for all seasons!

Regardless of the time of year, in this country we can’t, unfortunately, guarantee good weather on the big day.  However, on the whole, if you’re getting married in the summer you tend to hope that it will be dry and sunny, and girls planning winter nuptials will assume cold and chilly.  Either way, embrace for the season and the weather.  Faux fur wraps, shrugs and jackets look incredible at winter weddings, and even umbrellas can be used to accessorise if the threat of rain is present and make for unique and amazing photographs.

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Chunky jewellery

Statement earrings and statement necklaces are a huge thing in the fashion world, and if you don’t leave your house without a chunky necklace on a daily basis, why would you hold against wearing one on your big day? It’s all about the dress you choose and making sure you keep other accessories to a minimum, otherwise you risk the whole bridal ensemble looking a bit overwhelming.

Sticking to a theme

1920’s and 1950’s are currently two popular wedding themes.  You can really play around with these two fabulously stylish era’s when it comes to hair, make-up and accessories.  If you’ve gone for a vintage themed gown then research the styles of the day and request that you hair-dresser and make-up artist try out hair-do’s and make up that will complement your dress.  Just make sure you don’t mix a couple of different themes and end up looking neither one thing nor the other!

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