Matching Accessories to Match Your Wedding Dress {Guest Post by BHLDN}

I’ve been a hug fan of BHLDN and and their gorgeous range as long as I’ve been blogging, so when they approached me offering to guest blog on Love Wed Bliss, I was naturally delighted. I know each one of you are in for a treat, and when it’s expert tips on choosing accessories for your wedding gown – from BHLDN‘s fashion guru and stylist, Angela, no less – then you can guarantee it will be superb!

 

You’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, now onto the fun part – the accessories! Accessorizing your wedding gown is often a matter of well-placed sparkle and choosing items that make your heart flutter and let your personality shine. 

Wedding Sparkle Bridal Accessories

Not sure which baubles to choose? A good place to start is by identifying your daily accessorizing tendencies. If you always don earrings, simply choose a more dramatic pair of wedding day earrings. If you love headbands and barrettes, add a little twinkle to your tresses with a sweet bridal headpiece.

Matching Accessories for Wedding Dress

Your wedding gown is another great guide when shopping for bridal accessories. If your wedding dress is heavily textured or embellished, fewer accessories can have a greater impact; choose one or two bridal accessories versus layering on a headpiece, necklace, bracelet and earrings. Alternately, if your wedding gown has a simple silhouette, it can act as a blank canvas for fun add-ons like a statement necklace or beaded belt.

Statement NecklaceBeaded Belt Bridal Accessories

You can also take cues from the style of your wedding gown. Vintage-inspired wedding gowns look great with accessories inspired by a similar era.  For example, a Deco bracelet paired with a beaded 1920’s style gown creates a glamorous Gatsby-inspired wedding day ensemble.  Soft, Bohemian style wedding gowns with lace or tiers of ruffles look great with a whimsical floral crown or jeweled bridal halo.

Deco Bracelet + 1920s GownAccessories for Your Wedding Dress

Brides have more options for bridal head wear, but many feel that their wedding day look isn’t complete without a veil. If your wedding gown has an interesting neckline or intricate back, consider a birdcage veil or blusher to show off pretty details. For a more traditional and romantic bridal look add a veil that hits at your fingertip or longer; today’s brides opting for light, airy veils, sometimes with just a hint of sparkle sprinkled throughout or lace detailing at the edge.

Brida Accessories to Match Your Wedding Gown

When it comes to shoes, the finishing piece of the outfit, it’s important to keep comfort in mind so that you feel your most at ease and can withstand hours of celebrating! Get playful with your wedding shoes by injecting a pop of color, flash of glitter or ladylike bow embellishments. Or, why not select shoes that coordinate with your wedding scheme? Choose sandals for a seaside ceremony or a pair of cowboy boots for a Southern-inspired celebration.

Glitter + Shine ShoesCowboy Boots

Overall, you want a look that’s true to you, so identify the bridal accessories that make you feel beautiful, comfortable and extra special for your big day.

 

For more wedding accessory inspirations, tips and advice, contact ask the BHLDN stylists.

Bridal Gown Horrors and How to Deal with Them

Wedding dress nightmares aren’t rare. They happen. And that’s probably why you already have a kit filled with pre-threaded needles, double-sided tapes, cotton swabs, small towels, baby powder, baby wipes, safety pins, a small bar of soap, and a pair of scissors as you brace yourself for what mishap may dawn upon your bridal gown on the big day. In case you spill red wine over your gown, end up with a stuck zipper, lose a few beads, or tear a small portion of your veil apart, with all these emergency tools, you are definitely ready to make quick fixes without lifting a finger. However, not all wedding gown disasters can be fixed with something found inside your emergency kit, and the best way you can deal with them is to think ahead and prevent them from ever happening.

Can’t Wear the Dress

When you go to the shop, attendants will be there to help you around and make things easier for you. Not to mention, they are experts in knowing how to handle and pull the dress in the right places. But these attendants won’t be around by the time your dress gets delivered and on the wedding day itself. Before you realize that you have to call on to the attendant halfway around town to get you into your dress, assign somebody who will assist you. It could be your maid of honor, your mom, or anyone you like. This person should be with you when you pick your dress and should be aware of the ins and outs of it. Hands and nails must always be kept clean as your dress is handled. Also, whenever you have to go to the restroom during the wedding day, your chosen assistant should be there to accompany you. You wouldn’t want a dress-caught-in-the-pants moment, and believe it or not, it happens! 

Dress is Emphasizing All the Wrong Places

Love at first sight on a dress is not enough reason to choose it. Sure, the dress looks pretty and is the perfect one you have been imagining your entire life, but if it doesn’t complement your assets, maybe it’s the wrong one. Be realistic. Know your body type and embrace it. Familiarize yourself with your greatest assets and allow your gown to accentuate them.

Dress Does Not Fit

Many brides have set unworkable expectations of their wedding dress size. The dress may only end up too small or too large on the big day itself, and for that, the quickest option to fix it may even be too late. Don’t pick a dress too far advanced. Your weight and size can fluctuate, most especially when you are subject to a lot of pressure and stress as you prepare for every wedding detail. Before finally paying for your dress, make sure you get a clear contract on when you should expect it to arrive and give yourself a lose margin to allow time for alterations as necessary. 

If dress is too tight:

Don’t buy a dress one size smaller then plan to lose weight thereafter. Pick the size you are in at that very moment. Be ready to indulge in a body wrap. Aside from the benefits of detoxification, relaxation, and skin tightening, a body wrap can help you get rid of inches in just 45 minutes to 1 hour. It should come in handy in case you need a quick fix for a tight dress a few days before the wedding.

If dress is loose:

In case you find out that you could still fit another person into your dress when you’re just days away, take note of how to reduce your dress size through drastic fixes without having to send the dress over to a seamstress for major alterations. This is something you should discuss with your shop attendant.

Dress is See-Through in Bright Sunlight

You’ve set up a garden wedding where your guests can feel the warmth from the promise of your vows as well as from their sun-kissed skin, but you never tried on your dress under the sunlight. And on the day itself you realize that your dress isn’t built for the bright outdoors as it exposes everything you’re wearing underneath it. Aside from picking the right size and knowing what to do in case your dress doesn’t fit, being responsible for knowing what undergarments are appropriate is equally important. Talk to your shop attendant about it. Try your dress in front of the mirror as well as under the broad daylight, and when you do so, use similar undergarments you would have for the big day. Plan ahead and chose wisely. Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding as much as every wedding dress dreams of the perfect bride to wear it.

Images: Love Me Do Photography / Ayres Photography / via Luxe Redux Bridal/ Judy Pak Photography / via Dex KnowsPaper Antler  &  Kate Webber Photography / Jen Huang Photography

 

About the Author: Ella Simpson has touched the lives of many brides by supplying body wraps for quick wedding dress fixes for over 10 years now. As a nutritional researcher, she has used her own kitchen to formulate body wrap ingredients, which are available through her website Wrap Yourself Slim

Wedding Style Inspiration: Raw Silk Ruffle Dress

Wedding Dress Inspiration Ruffle Dress

Here is some wedding inspiration for the chic urban bride who wants her gown to make a statement. This full-length one-shoulder gown from Rachel Gilbert is not only stunning but also dramatic. The ‘Tash’ dress is made in raw-silk and features a a large single ruffle across an asymmetric neckline resulting in a bold and dramatic look.  A wedding dress definitely not for the shy or understated, rather the fashion forward bride with glamorous attitude!

 

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