How to Accessorize Your Wedding Gown

Now that you've found your dress, it's time to accessorize! Here are some things to take into consideration before the ensemble is complete:

1. Match Your Metals

Ivory dress -- gold jewelry

Pure white dress -- silver, platinum, or pearl jewelry

Diamond white -- yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearl jewelry

If your dress is already embellished with beads, use jewelry with the same base as your beads.

2. Less is More

Don't forget who the highlight is: you! A unique touch here and there will add to your natural beauty, but one too many will be a glam overkill. Before you buy jewelry, notice your dress's stand-out features and plan around them. If your gown has an ornate neckline, consider dangly earrings instead of a necklace. If your gown is a simpler style, try a fashionable necklace. With a hairdo that covers your ears, you won't have to be too picky about earrings (simple studs will suffice). If you have an updo, though, some bold statement earrings will accent the look. And lastly, try not to be too matchy-matchy -- avoid designs that too closely mimic the design of your dress.

3. Veils, veils, veils

The veil is the most iconic bridal accessory.

Color -- Match the veil to the exact color of your gown

Style -- Be mindful of the style. If your dress has a lot going on, stick to a simple veil that won't steal the spotlight

Dress back -- If you've got an eye-catching back of your dress, choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle

Body size -- Longer waltz or floor-length veils will elongate a petite frame while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow-length veils, can visually cut you in half, making them an ideal pick for taller brides. Short styles, like a birdcage or bandeau, work for all shapes and sizes and add a fun, retro vibe to your look.

4. Top it Off

Veil not really your thing? No problem. Combs, fascinators, flower crowns. . . you've got plenty of options when it comes to hair accessories. Make sure you decide on your hairstyle before you pick out hair accessories! Flower crowns are best with loose locks. Dainty accessories pair well with fine hair, as thick locks can sometimes cover up subtle hair adornments. Above all, make sure that your hair accessory is secure and won't be wobbling around (since you will be on the move quite a bit throughout the day!)

5. Go Beyond Earrings

There are several simple ways to add a little personality to your dress. (Or possibly create the illusion of curves, if you're looking for help in that department) One such way is to add a belt or sash. Just because your dress doesn't come with one, doesn't mean it won't look great—a fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. And whether you go with a classic satin sash or a metallic leather belt, it'll give your dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist-cincher is to find one that works with your body type:

Short torso -- thin belts

Long torso -- wide belts

Apple shape -- beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection

Petite -- belt with V-shape applique will elongate your body

**don't go more than three-inches wide (you don't want to overpower the rest of your dress!)

6. Comfort is Key

No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes, and your wedding day is no exception. Of course you'll want the jaw-dropping shoes to go with your gown, but that doesn't mean you should sacrifice comfort. You'll be standing for long periods of time, and you don't want your feet to be on the verge of falling off before you've even gotten on the dance floor!

Height of the heel -- the higher the heel, the greater the chance of pain

Type of straps -- Your feet should be well supported with ankle and toe straps, rather than slip on heels.

Material -- try to stick to ones made with high quality, natural material. They'll do your feet a favor and will be more durable than syntethically-made shoes.

It's a good idea to buy your shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are slightly swollen due to the day's activities. Once you've got the perfect pair, make sure you wear them around and break them in before the big day. Take note of places that are prone to blister. Then, to make your shoes more comfortable, consider buying moleskin, heel grips, strap stickers or gel insoles designed specifically for heels. You can also pick up a spray, wax or cream that protects against friction or provides anti-inflammatory pain relief to keep your feet as happy as you are.

7. Cover It Up

A stylish cover-up is a must if you're getting married during the cooler months or you are at a church that requires you to cover your shoulders. From boleros to capelets and fur stoles, the options are endless. The key is to choose one that strikes the perfect balance with your gown. Simple, understated styles can be paired with more embellished cover-ups, like a beaded capelet with scalloped edges or a bold sequined or feather bolero for added personality. For already ornate gowns, try a more minimal accent to avoid looking too over-the-top. A delicate lace jacket, sheer tulle cape or a chiffon wrap will keep you warm without competing with your gown. Another option? A classic cardigan, the perfect complement to a rustic or more laid-back affair.

8. Neckline Matching

Sweetheart or strapless -- For something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or add punch with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. If you're going for a flirty, fresh look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with an art-deco-style bracelet or some Roaring Twenties–inspired feather barrettes.

Halter or reverse halter -- For this shoulder-baring style, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding updo, whether it's a sleek bun or a loose ponytail. But if headbands aren't quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins. If you've got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is the perfect number, while brides with thinner locks (or shorter hair) need fewer—just two or three pins will do the trick

V-neck -- Whether you opt for a pendant or a choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant, like a locket, is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single- or double-stranded) are always a classic choice. If you're going for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.

9. Don't Be Too Adventurous

It's your wedding day! Stick to what you know. You may have heard people say you shouldn't try a brand new recipe when you have guests over. Just the same, stick to what works for you. The goal is to be the most beautiful version of yourself!


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