Tonia of our featured couple bought her wedding dress recently. It’s simple, flowy and very Grace Kelly. And while it’s simplicity is what makes it so pretty, Tonia would like to spice it up a bit with some pretty accessories. But she doesn’t want to overdo it. I suspect many of you are feeling her accessories pain. Which ones do you choose? How much is too much? So many questions!
Lucky for Tonia, Emma, of the adorable crafty wedding blog Emmaline Bride, offered to help. Tonia provided these guidelines for Emma: “I love big jewelry and shiny/funky things, but done tastefully. I just never know the right balance … i.e., should I have a veil, earrings, bracelet and necklace with sparkle or is just earrings and a bracelet right?” In addition, she OK’d the color blue and prefers silver over gold.
Emma has put together a photo gallery of accessories she feels will perfectly complement Tonia’s dress. See her overview of the items she selected below and read the captions for more information.
Necklace With this type of gown, you want to find a focal point for the accessories without taking away from the simple elegance of the gown. Instead of a pearl necklace, as the bride above is showing, I opted for something more fun and glamorous. Since Tonia is willing to play with color, and pops of color are all the rage this season, I dove right in and found an amazing brooch necklace I think she will love! This blue statement necklace via Sol Bijou incorporates vintage repurposed brooches, a brilliant blue and glamour.
Veil This one was tricky. I planned my wedding a few years ago and I was unaware of the vast majority of veil options. I am still happy with what I chose (a mid-length bridal veil — the same one my mother wore on her wedding day), but having a few options for Tonia to choose among would help her make a decision. With the statement necklace as our focal point for the accessories, I wanted to make sure the veil wouldn’t cover up her face and the necklace too much. All veil options by Tessa Kim.
Earrings For earrings, I wanted to find a simple but elegant pair that would complement the necklace. I selected a pear-shaped drop earring. I think this pair accentuates the necklace itself without looking over-accessorized. By Nina Renee.
Bracelet I opted for no bracelet with this look. With the necklace as the focal point and a pair of stunning earrings, plus Tonia’s brilliant wedding ring that she’ll be showing off on the wedding day, no bracelet is needed.
Sash To accessorize the gown itself I thought a dress sash would be perfect. I spotted this beautiful sash via Joanne Castillo, which features organza flowers and crystals.
Bouquet I always emphasize the use of handmade flowers for brides who aren’t particularly set on fresh flower bouquets. This bouquet, in particular, is a favorite of mine because it looks so real! Gorgeous, handcrafted blooms with rhinestones for added sparkle. This bouquet is by Emici Bridal.
Clutch A bride needs a clutch for all the wedding day essentials, like lipstick, breath mints, bobby pins, aspirin and more. This clutch by Cady Briar is white and features a rhinestone brooch to complement the rhinestones in the statement necklace, while lending a bit of blue in the inside lining. The second clutch by the same designer is in a stunning shade of blue, which really pops with color.
Shoe Clips Every girl can use custom shoe clips! Tonia can wear these on her wedding day and reuse them forever after. I selected two options — one that I felt complemented the sash well with organza flowers and a rhinestone center (by Absolutely Audrey) and another with a bit more bling (spotted one Lulu Splendor). This way, she has two definite options when selecting her bridal shoes, to see which one would work best.
Garter A garter with lace, a bit of blue and a gorgeous rhinestone brooch is the perfect garter for Tonia. This one by Sweetly Fallen is a favorite of mine because it is feminine and sweet, with just a hint of lace.Pin It