{wedding wednesday: the accessories}

The Accessories


I don’t really have a whole lot of advice for you today. There aren’t too many rules about how you should shop for accessories, or what to buy.

Don't Overdo It

Simple is always much better when it comes to accessorizing for your wedding day. Can you imagine wearing a blinged dress, plus a cathedral veil, tiara, earrings, necklace, and a bracelet? It can done tastefully, but you have to be really, really careful. If you find something you like though, get it! You can always tone it down on your wedding day.



Types of Veils

fingertip // birdcage // cathedral // no veil

I would highly encourage you to try on your veil with your dress before you buy it. That means picking it out when you get your dress, or during a fitting. That way you can match the color and style. And if you’re unsure about it, buy it anyway and decide on your wedding day. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Traditionally, the veil is worn during the ceremony and removed for the reception, but you can wear it all night if you choose.

Something Blue

dress with broach // shoes // dress with date // garter

According to the Knot:

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme ("Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe"), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms. Don't stress too much about them -- they are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and attendants will give you at the eleventh hour (although you can give them to yourself, too). Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.

Other ideas for your old, new, borrowed, or blue:

Tie your mom’s wedding ring to your bouquet
Borrow a veil
Buy blue panties for under your dress
Wear your grandmother’s pearl necklace
If it doesn’t overwhelm your dress, go with blue jewelry



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Betsy said...

sixpence in the shoe... I love it! even though I'm American, I can do that because my wedding's in England, right? (Say right, please!)

The Pink Growl said...

Love these ideas! I'm definitely a keep it simple person with the accessories too. My birthstone is sapphire so it will be easy to naturally incorporate something blue for me! :) Love WW posts!

Nicole Rene said...

My favorite is the blue shoes! I think that is such a cute way to incorporate blue! :) Plus then you have some killer heels you can wear again!

Sar said...

I loved that you used Bethany and her adorable little birdcage veil!

Emily @ the Anna Delores blog said...

Thanks for sharing the "Something Old, Something New..." meaning behind the tradition.

And I LOVE those shoes in the first image in the post! I saw them in a bridal magazine yesterday and totally swooned. Gorgeous!

bethany said...

Love this post! (And not just because I got to be 'birdcage'.) I love that longer veils are coming back in, too. :)

When I was trying to put together my accessories, I was so overwhelmed. But ultimately, I just bought the things that spoke to me. Some of them I wore on the day-of, a few of them I left off. (Like my custom-made garter that I totally forgot about.)

You're so right: if you're unsure, just buy it! Better safe than sorry for sure. :)

Candice said...

I love those shoes!! They remind me of the gorgeous shoes I got to wear as a bridesmaid in May!!!

I'm still so torn on veils.
I would loooove to wear a fingertip veil for my ceremony out of tradition, but I adore birdcage veils...so have been thinking of swapping the fingertip after the ceremony for a birdcage for the reception. What do you think about this?
I would love to know you opinion :)