1 Take your time
Don’t buy wedding accessories at the same time as your dress (i.e. after you have just made a big decision on the dress). If you spot something you like in the dress shop, go back for it once you’ve had time to reflect.
2 Less is more
Don’t overdo it with your accessories. It’s always better to keep it understated and elegant.
3 Try before you buy
If you have the opportunity to try your accessories on, do it, and experiment with different types to find what suits you best. Many brides who visit our studio come with a pre-conceived idea of what they want to buy, but often leave with something different.
4 Statement earrings
If you have a fussy neckline to your dress, it’s better to go for statement earrings rather than a necklace.
5 Diamond in the dark
Dark hair makes even the smallest accessory stand out, so if have blonde hair you need an accessory of a certain size. Stay away from hairpins unless you use them as an addition to your chosen hair piece and scatter them in your chignon.
6 Bling for blondes
Another tip for blonde hair is to add some bling, because pearls on their own can get lost, so combining freshwater pearls and crystals is a winning combination.
7 Hollywood Glamour
Choose accessories to work with the style of your dress – if you are going for Hollywood Glamour, a faux-fur wrap and sparkly jewellery can look stunning while a side or satin ribbon headband looks lovely with a vintage-style dresses.
8 Rear view
Think about how you will look from the back, because guests will see you from behind for a lot of the ceremony. An elaborate hair comb or lace-edged veil can work beautifully.
9 Comfort is everything
Ensure you are comfortable – don’t choose a headband that pinches or earrings that are too heavy – you don’t want to look like you’re in pain in your wedding photos.
10 Personal twist
Finally, be true to your own personal style, so if you are not a fan of bling, then choose freshwater pearls and delicate jewellery rather than lots of sparkly pieces just because it’s your wedding day.