10 Wedding Accessory Ideas to Glam Up Your Wedding

Whether you want to add a unique twist to your wedding gown or have a reception that’s truly unforgettable, there are countless ways to accessorise your wedding and make it your own. From glamorous, beaded headpieces to adorable party favours, try one of these trendy wedding accessory ideas on for size.

Bridal Accessories

Want everyone’s jaw to drop as you walk down the aisle? Add some of these accessories to your gorgeous getup.

1. Bold Belts & Sashes. Bring a splash of colour or pop of texture with a belt or sash around your waist. Whether you choose rhinestones and crystals, vintage beads, faux roses, or a silk ribbon in a classic colour, these flatter your figure and give your gown a unique look. Many handmade options can be found on Etsy.

Bridal Dress Accessories Photo credit: Lavender by Jurgita

2. Colourful Shoes. White shoes may be traditional, but who says you have to stick with the norm? Pick a set of glam shoes in a vibrant colour, such as green or purple. With most wedding dresses, your shoe colour will stay a surprise until you hike up your dress for the garter toss or during photo opps. Whether it’s sparkly silver TOMs or bright blue Louboutins, choose the statement shoes that will make you feel like Cinderella.

Multi Coloured Bridal ShoesPhoto credit: IntimateWeddings.com via lovetheschultzes.com

3. Lovely Headpieces & Fascinators. Not into the idea of a long, traditional veil? Try a headpiece or fascinator instead. There are as many types of headpieces as there are types of wedding dresses—metal ones that make you look like a Greek goddess, clip-ons like intricate barrettes, beaded headbands, and even some with lace that serve as partial veils covering only your eyes. Fascinators can be similar to headpieces—many could be called both—but some wedding fascinators are more like small hats that add major British style!

Bridal FasinatorPhoto credit: Klaire Van Elton Bridal Adornments

4. Warm Wraps. Tying the knot in a cool location or during a chilly time of year? Select a bridal wrap, jacket or shawl (also called stole, bolero and a variety of other names, depending on the style). Some are functional and meant to keep you warm (especially those made of fur or faux fur), while others are purely for style. You can go with a traditional white wrap, or pick one in another colour to make your ensemble more interesting.

amilee-ivoryPhoto credit: So You’re Getting Married

5. Glamourous Gloves. You may assume gloves are old-fashioned, but give them a chance! Gloves have come back into fashion in recent years, along with everything vintage. You don’t have to wear dowdy gloves that go from elbow to fingertip—many modern bridal gloves go on your hands only, while others don’t cover your fingers at all. Many have see-through lace, so you can still feel a little sexy instead of covered up from head to toe.

Bridal Wedding GlovePhoto credit: LoveMyDress.net

Wedding Accessories

Now that you’re dolled up to perfection, try some of these wedding accessories to make your ceremony and reception stand out!

6. Bubbles for Your Departure. Gone are the days of guests throwing dry rice at the exiting bride and groom. To be more eco-friendly and leave less of a mess behind, many couples now opt to depart in a sea of wedding bubbles blown by their guests. It’s loads of fun for everyone, makes for great photos and no residue is left over. Another idea is fresh rose or flower petals, which sweep up easily and are biodegradable.

Bubbles at WeddingsPhoto credit: The English Wedding Blog

7. Guestbook Alternatives. There’s nothing wrong with having a traditional wedding guestbook, but some brides and grooms prefer something related to their common interests. For example, if you both love music, have your guests sign vinyl records (this can be done with silver Sharpies). Or try a message in a bottle, where your friends and family can leave you private notes in a keepsake bottle. Years down the road, you can open it up on your anniversary!

Messageinabottle
8. Shapely Wedding Favour Boxes. Your guests will feel like it’s Christmas when you leave them with lovely wedding favour boxes in cool shapes, like these Pyramid Favour Boxes. Fill them with candy, loose tea or other treats they’ll enjoy far more than a tangible item they’ll never use. A variety of pretty box and ribbon colours are available!

Pyramid Wedding Favours9. Quirky Table Plans. Receptions with assigned tables require a display telling guests where to sit. Countless options exist, including floral patterns, painted windows, artsy chalkboards and even a hand-painted chart on repurposed wood, like this one pictured.

Creative Place CardPhoto credit: Brides Up North

10. Creative Place Cards. If you’ve decided to do assigned seating at your reception, you need place cards for guests. If you want to try something other than white cards on metal stands, jump on the chalk trend with chalkboard place cards. These not only add a fun element of personalisation, but they prevent you from having to buy separate cards and holders—it’s all in one!

Chalkboard Place CardWhich wedding accessories and bridal accessories did you incorporate into your special day?

Wedding Colour Inspiration: Green Envy

green wedding partyPhoto Credit: Grey Likes Weddings via Bridal Guide

Get keen on some green! We’ve fallen veil over heels for stunning green hues this season. Whether you go bold with big splashes of it or use it as a lovely accent that delights, your wedding colour scheme will thank you. The colour can be elegant and understated in emerald or pea green. Or, the colour can signify an eco-conscious wedding in earthy incarnations. Likewise, it can be funky and offbeat with a hue like lime green. You can pair it with a palette of brown, cream, grey or charcoal, or even a lighter or darker shade within the same colour way. Here are some inspiring items to get in the mood for a green wedding!

botanics green wedding invitation by mandalayBotanical beauty. Hello, pretty invitation. Will you please tell my guests about the super-fun affair in their near future? Yes? Why, thank you, Botanics Day Invitation by Mandalay. Your sweet field of flowers in two different green tones and grey mixed in sets the casual and sweet tone…

green bridesmaid dressPhoto Credit: Debenhams

Greek ‘Maids. Your ladies in waiting will be the talk of the town in this sexy, richly hued Debenhams one-shoulder maxi. The colour works well, whether your girls are dark-haired and tan, or blonde and fair-skinned—there’s literally no one it won’t flatter!

champagne bubblesBubbling over. These adorable Champagne Bubbles not only sport a darling emerald shade, they make a great alternative to throwing rice or confetti after your I dos. Go on, blow it up!

green wedding cake orange flowersPhoto credit: Jim Smeal

Patterned piece. You might not want your entire wedding cake to be green—a bit much—but try it in a pattern. We love this cross-hatched grassy green and white cake with orange accents. It’s the perfect mix of sophisticated style and wedding cuteness.

green wedding shoesPhoto Credit: Nordstrom

Peep show. Go gaga for this Nina Forbes Peep Toe Pump that screams “straight-up, now tell me, are you gonna love me forever?” (Flashback moment with famous Paula Abdul song.) It’s time to work on that aisle strut like the ‘90s singing queen! You’ll be very well heeled in this vintage-inspired number perfect for kicking up your heels on the dance floor (reasonably high heels = happier feet).

green wedding beverage napkinsTake a nap. Spread the royal hue at your wedding cocktail reception with these nifty Beverage Napkins that can be printed with your names, wedding date and your choice of design. You’ve been served.

green wedding favoursIt’s a match(book). These Personalised Matchbooks come in a rich green, complete with your names and wedding date in the lettering style and foil colour (silver or gold) of your choice. Pop them in your guests’ favour bags for a fun takeaway. Speaking of favour bags…here’s a coordinated option: Organza Favour Bags!

green wedding flowersPhoto Credit: The Knot

Add some greenery.Get inspired by this fabulous centrepiece that mixes a bunch of different greens together with a smattering of white roses. Beautiful and classy with a mature vibe to it.

groom green wedding attirePhoto credit: The Knot

Guys in green. Lime green vests and ties make your groomsmen stand out on the altar (the groom himself can go classic black and white to differentiate himself), and give their getups a dose of whimsy. Love. It.

Did you use a lovely green colour in your wedding? We want to see some photos!

Wedding Colour Inspiration: Oh-So-Hue Blue

Blue Wedding Table SetPhoto credit: CustomWeddingsColorado

No need for a something blue when you choose the colour to decorate your wedding day! You’ll have many something blues. Feel the style blues come on as you peruse the following oh-so-hue blue wedding colour inspirations for your wedding day!

jasper teal day invitation‘I do’ be blue. Whether you’re a classic cutie or vintage Princess, the Jasper Day Invitation in teal may just suit your wedding look. The layered gatefold invite showcases a semi-transparent cover with light blue florals and buttoned up with a satin blue ribbon in a deeper incarnation.

blue wedding cake

Photo credit: Rustic White Photography via Wedding Chicks

Aqua-mazing. This cake reminds us of a mermaid for some reason! It’s ombre layers almost look like scales, in the un-fishiest of ways, as they travel from a creamy white with blue undertones to a medium-deep, rich aqua. It doesn’t need any additional embellishment because it’s so lovely just the way it is…hmmm….like you!

Blue Wedding CentrepiecesPhoto credit: Simple Wedding Stuff

Fluid florals. Who said centrepieces need to be big to be bold and beautiful? Choose a blue flower that you love, find vintage, glass medicine bottles in shades of blue and clear (so that there’s some contrast) and fill them with the flowers. One or two flowers per bottle is great. Definitely a budget-friendly idea! So that you can spend your mula on…

blue wedding shoesPhoto credit: Abiddabling

Blue heeled. These showstoppers will have you skipping down the runway, er, aisle! Yes, sireee!

weddingwalkoutPhoto credit: I Love You Man

Your blue valentine. Oh wait, that’s Paul Rudd…well, one can still dream. Ha! Kidding. We love his blue tuxedo-suit (from the movie I Love You Man), and if you’re having a blue wedding, we say, why not outfit the groom in the colour?! Your pretty white dress and blue accessories will pop standing next to groomy in this swoon-worthy getup.

blue wedding garterPhoto credit: Selinish Design

Secret bridal blues. Whether you choose to do a garter toss or not during the actual wedding day, it’s still fun to wear one—even if your new hubs doesn’t discover it until after the wedding is over!

Did you choose blue for your wedding colours? What was your favourite blue accent?

Wedding Colour Trends: Anything-But-Mellow Yellow

Yellow Wedding DecorPhoto Credit: D Weddings; Jason Kindig Photography

Yellow is such a happy hue, which makes it the perfect fit for your wedding colours. There are so many shades of this sunny sweetheart to choose from — mod neon to golden lovelies! It’s FRESH! Get inspired by all the brightness and cheerfulness of the following real wedding inspirations.

The pic above is one example of a head-to-toe yellow affair. Wow, look at those ombre chair ribbons — so very pretty. And the hanging ball of yellow flowers? Just stop it already with the cuteness. Yay for summer weddings!

flourish yellow day mandalay invitationsWedding sweet! This adorbs Flourish Day Invitation by Mandalay in yellow, grey and white is just right for your day of celebration with its lovely swirls and shimmering backing. It’s such a versatile style, and can be used for a garden-party wedding or a fancy estate affair!

Yellow Floral Bouquet

Photo credit: Wedding Light Events

Farm fresh. We are in love with this beautiful little bundle of joy. The bouquet is filled with yellow flowers with white and green accents and secured with a burlap ribbon — how fitting for this de-constructed arrangement that looks like it was plucked from a sea of wildflowers on the farm (in a very, very chic way!).

Yellow BridemaidsPhoto Credit: Aga Jones Photography

Kick up those heels! So, you can go two ways with incorporating the not-so-mellow yellow into your bridesmaids’ attire. You can go the pretty yellow dress route, or you can go the pop-of-colour accessories route, displayed here and nicely paired with grey (one of the BEST hues for yellow because of its nice contrast).

Yellow Wedding CakesPhoto Credit: SugarLab

We’re seeing spots! Fabulous little yellow ones…all over this fabulous little cake. And doesn’t that flower look REAL? Cake perfection. We hope someone ate that sugary goodness on top. Fun idea (if you like lemon): you could do a lemon sponge cake inside. Mmm mmm good.

yellow wedding drinkPhoto Credit: WeddingChicks

Colour-coordinated refreshment. Love this idea! Why not bring the drinkies into it, too? You can choose to do so with a non-alcoholic bevvie like this one, or you can make signature cocktails with lemonade. Delish!

Yellow Wedding FavoursPhoto Credit: Aloha Cakes By Andrea

Party favours. Sa-weeeet! What does every guest like? A favour they can munch on after your big day is over. The perfect package: lemon candies in a jar with a contrasting favour ribbon.

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