Bridal Accessories

If you are a bride-to-be, and you’re attracted to traditional weddings, you’ve probably browsed for months through wedding fashion magazines, trying to find the perfect style of gown. You may have spent weeks traveling from boutique to boutique trying gowns on for size. The bridal gown is indeed the focus of the entire affair, and the right accessories will complete your beautiful picture.

Wedding veils For many cultures, the veil is a symbolic element as important as the ring itself, and traditional wedding ensembles just aren’t complete without a pretty wedding veil. If you choose to wear a veil, be sure that it compliments your wedding gown and suits the theme of your wedding. Traditionally, veils were very formal and measured over ten feet in length. Thankfully, modern bridal fashions dictate that the bride may choose a veil of any length. A shoulder-length flyaway style is a popular choice of veil by many modern brides.

Shoes and stockings The right shoes and stockings are a crucial element to your bridal ensemble. As a bride, you may find it a struggle to find a pair of shoes that complement your gown. If your wedding will be an elegant affair, try to find shoes made of satin, velvet or silk. Some bridal shoes can be embellished with embellished with crystals, beads, sequins or pearls for a more extravagant effect. The most important thing to consider is comfort. You will be spending most of the day on your feet and you will want to appear as happy and comfortable as possible.

Headpieces Headpieces such as combs, headbands, Juliet caps and back pieces are generally used to hold the wedding veil in place. You can make your headpiece as dainty or as breathtaking as you wish by decorating it with flowers, crystals, pearls or beads. What seems like a small and unimportant detail can turn an otherwise dull bridal accessory into a memorable one. If you have a beautiful headpiece you can wear it alone and forego the veil altogether. Tiaras, crowns, half-crowns, bun-wraps and wreaths can be gorgeous stand-alone headpieces.

Jewelry There is no piece of bridal jewelry more important than the wedding band, but don’t forget the impact that your earrings, necklace and bracelet can have. Jewelry should always compliment a dress and not overpower it. Make sure that the jewelry you are wearing is pretty enough to make your guests take notice, without stealing the entire show. Treasured family heirlooms can be the perfect choice to complete your bridal accessory package. Diamonds and pearls can be simple yet elegant choices.

Gloves If your gown is strapless or sleeveless, a beautiful pair of gloves will provide a lovely, finished look. In general, shorter sleeves require longer gloves. Choose silk or satin gloves to bring a sophisticated air to your ensemble.

Handbags You won’t be carrying a handbag during the wedding ceremony or the reception, but this is a bridal accessory that should not be overlooked. You will likely wish to have a small purse handy to contain small necessities for the day, like makeup and tissues. Your handbag shouldn’t be a large shoulder bag. Instead, choose a pretty clutch to complement your shoes and gown.

You will be in the spotlight on your wedding day. Give as much thought to your bridal accessories as you do to your gown. It’s your time to shine, so choose top to toe accessories to be your most elegant, polished, beautiful best.

How to Walk in Your Wedding Dress

Every bride’s biggest fear is falling down while walking down the aisle or at some other point during the wedding. Wedding dresses can be quite difficult to walk in, and since they cost an average of $800 you don’t want to ruin it by mopping the floor with it. There is no reason to worry over what bridal jewelry you will wear or how you will wear your hair because these can all be easily worked out. What’s important is that you learn how to walk in your dress before the wedding day. There are quite a few things you should keep in mind that will affect the way you walk in your dress as well.

The style of your bridal gown will play an important role in how you walk. Keep in mind that if you buy a form fitted dress that is fitted all the way to your ankles that you will have to practice walking in it before the actual wedding day. It doesn’t matter how great the entire ensemble looks from your bridal jewelry to your shoes, if you appear uncomfortable while walking around in your wedding gown, it will take away from your overall look. Of course, the height of the heel on your shoe, undergarments, the ground, skirt length, and more are just a few of the things that will affect how you walk in your dress.

It is important for brides to buy a pair of shoes that are comfortable. Purchasing expensive shoes that keep your feet on edge will make any bride miserable. Keep in mind that if your bridal gown is floor length, your shoes will not be visible. There is no point buying a pair of shoes simply because they look great with your dress or coordinate well with your bridal jewelry–comfort is the most important factor. Shoes that have high heels, no support, or that are otherwise uncomfortable will make it more difficult to walk, increase the likelihood of falling over or stumbling, and will simply take away from any bride’s wedding experience.

It is a good idea to procure your shoes several weeks before the wedding and practice walking in them. This will allow you to break them in. Be sure not to walk outside or on a dirty surface, just in case you decide to return your shoes before the wedding day. Low, square heeled shoes tend to make walking easier. If you can find a pair of shoes that are comfortable and coordinate well with your wedding dress and bridal jewelry, then you are among the lucky few.

A couple of weeks before your wedding day, you may consider trying on your undergarments, dress, veil, shoes, and wedding jewelry to get a good idea of how you will look on your wedding day. You should take this opportunity to practice sitting down, walking down the stairs, bending down, and doing other things that will be expected of you on your wedding day. Be sure that your hem is altered to the appropriate length. If it is too long you will likely stumble over your dress. These are just a few tips to help you learn to walk in your dress before your wedding day so that you will look beautiful and walk gracefully.