BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: WHEN MORE IS LESS OR LESS IS MORE

With such a wide range of bridal accessories available these days it can be fun but super confusing when it comes to finishing your bridal look.  If you’re unsure of what to get it can end up being a total money pit. You spend time and money buying accessories, only to add them to the maybe pile and then in the end quite possibly not use any of it at all.  With so much to choose from, when has it gone from perfect to over the top?  Here’s a few of my top tips for bridal glory not bridal whorey.

 Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation     Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation     Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

WHERE TO START?

Your wedding dress and the style of your wedding is a great guide when it comes to selecting your accessories.  Try to keep your accessories in tune with the style of your wedding dress and try not to mix too many different styles together and try to make them work. This will only result in a disjointed bridal look. For example, having a mermaid layered dress, with a boho headpiece, a layered bracelet and modern crystal big earrings screams too much and not at all cohesive, even though the pieces individually you might love.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS.

The detailing of your wedding dress can guide you to accessory heaven.  My rule of thumb when it comes to accessorizing is if you have a lot of beading and or sparkles on your dress, less is more and try to stay away from necklaces. 

The goal when putting together your bridal look is that ultimately your dress and accessories should frame you, not overtake you.  Otherwise Your guests will only see your dress and accessories, the last thing they will see is your face. 

If your dress does have a lot of detailing, now’s the time to enhance the detail by maybe adding a slightly bolder earring with a similar style to your dress.  This way there is a subtle connection from face to your dress, framing your beautiful face. 

If you have minimal detailing, depending on the neckline, a necklace is a nice way to include a little bit of detailing and pop the cherry on the top. 

 Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation     Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation     Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

WHAT LINE IS MY LINE?

The neckline on your wedding dress is a great indicator with regards to what jewelry would best enhance your bridal look.

Plunging necklines with minimal detailing on your wedding dress lend to have a necklace with simple earrings. 

Anything that sits higher on the neckline or close to your neck, for example a halter neck or anything sitting above your collar bones would be best suited to an earring only look.  But in this instance, you could go a little bolder with your earring depending on your own style. 

Strapless dresses with minimal detailing can lend towards a necklace, but it would be recommended you stay away from anything too long. 

Having a longer neckline looks elegant. If you are wearing a necklace, definitely stay with studs or droplet earrings and nothing too long. It shortens your neck, especially if you are wearing your hair out.

 Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation    Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

Hair, Makeup & Styling by The Style Federation    Image by Metal & Mirror Photography

BE YOU!

These are guidelines for the bride who is unsure about what jewelry to wear for a polished look.  I am a true believer in letting your own personal style dominate your wedding.  If you do want to wear every piece of jewelry you own, do it and rock.  If you are an accessory queen, keep to a super simple dress and focus your attention on the accessories.  For example, a colourful earring with a coloured statement shoe can look stunning.  Especially if you’re going for a boho style wedding.  The trick is keeping your look balanced so your eye looks at the stunning bride who is individualized.

THE GUARANTEED ACCESSORY WINNER!

Most of all, be happy! The best accessory a bride can wear is a glowing smile, it’s the sparkliest kind of accessory and looks                                                                                        amazing on every bride.  x

(Written by Paula of The Style Federation)