Every bride spends hours, days or even weeks choosing the perfect dress, but there are other accessories she wears down the aisle. While they don’t need the time investment the wedding dress does, you need to put thought into the styles, etc. for your big day. You don’t want to be stuck at the last minute trying to find something that matches your dress.
Next to the dress, your bridal headwear is the biggest star of your wedding ensemble. It’s something people see during the ceremony and is front and center. There are two main styles of headwear: the tiara and the headband.
A tiara is a small crown and makes a woman look like a princess. You’ve likely seen them before in pageants and awards shows. They tend to be bejeweled and sparkly to show off their royal countenance. They also tend to be a little sturdier than a headband, but that all depends on the tiara.
The headband is a simpler design and usually isn’t jeweled and instead goes for a more natural look. Some headbands are fashioned with beads, banded twigs or outfitted with leaves, berries or feathers, depending on the style of wedding. They are often less expensive than tiaras and can be homemade.
Regardless of tiara or headband, either is used to attach the veil. The veil is part of a long wedding tradition, and you can choose to take part in it or not.
The amount of jewelry a bride wears on her wedding is up to her. Clear gems such as diamonds are often used for earrings, bracelets and other jewelry as they go well with the white wedding dress. Most brides will wear earrings or other piece of jewelry that has emotional value such as a mother’s bracelet or ring.
Jewelry looks great in pictures, but be careful, especially in outdoor weddings, as they can easily fall off. No one wants to lose their grandmother’s diamond earrings on their wedding day. Wear them for the ceremony and pictures, but then place them in a safe place prior to the reception.
If you’re having a non-traditional wedding and wearing a dress other than white, then choose jewelry and gems that complements the outfit.
Many brides like to spend a lot of time on shoes, but people probably aren’t going to see much of them and you’ll want to change into something more comfortable for the reception. It never goes well when the bride dances to techno in high heels.
Shoes for the actual event can be anything you want…it is your day after all. If you’re comfortable wearing high heels and have no worries that you’ll trip on your dress, then go for it. You can go for some attractive and comfortable pumps that give you a little lift without fear of tripping. Some brides will even go with white tennis shoes because they’re comfortable and easy to walk in.
Once the wedding is over and it’s time to head to the reception, it’s fine to change into something more comfortable. You’ll be there for several hours, standing, dancing and walking around.