When it comes to making a wedding day your very own, it’s the little things that can make all the difference. It’s tempting to get carried away with accessorising. Just walk around a bridal fair and see all the wonderful ideas. The options seem endless. So how do you decide?
- Choose a style that reflects you and your partner .You might need to do some research. Ultimately it’s about deciding upon a style that reflects the couple as well as the individuals. Think mood and vibe – it might be modern or vintage, relaxed or formal, offbeat, classical, funky… you name it. If you’re keen you could create a style board (or Pinterest page) made up of images that capture how you would like your wedding.
- A splash of colour. The clever use of colour enhances a look. The over-use of colour dominates and distracts. If you’re having ten bridesmaids, think of the sea of colour that their combined dresses will bring to any picture. But even the whitest of wedding dresses can get away with a spot of colour, if used wisely, and can reflect personality.
- Once you’ve settled on a style, stick to it. With a style in mind, decisions become easier. And it’s not just the big choices like locations and wedding dress. Attention to detail and ensuring your accessories work with your style will really pay off. If you’re going for a vintage theme, choose items that fit the era. Make sure even the smallest detail – name-tags on tables, the groom’s cufflinks, the bridesmaids’ earrings – are all in keeping.
- Don’t be too rigid. While we’re not advocating throwing your style board out the window, sometimes it OK to relax a little. Personalities need to shine through and accessories need to highlight, not distract.
- Don’t overdo it. Accessories should complement not dominate. A hairstyle completes the bride’s outfit, not the showpiece. Perfume shouldn’t distract. If you want to make an impact, less is more and one or two statement pieces is better than going overboard.
It’s your day. Often the pictures in bridal magazines are staged photo shoots. A wedding is a very personal occasion. Wearing that special garter that belonged to your mother-in-law, even if it’s not the right colour, will truly make it a special day.
Written by Lisa Kesteven