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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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!
9. 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.
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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!