You know the old rhyme. They say you need something old, new, borrowed, and blue, but what you really need are some great accessories that make your ensemble look especially you. There’s so much emphasis on the gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the shoes (that no one sees!), and everything else that it’s easy to forget to accessorize.
You don’t have to go all-out with your wedding day jewelry and accessories, but you shouldn’t go without, either. Whether you’re one for tradition or not, wearing a piece of family jewelry or a borrowed necklace from an old friend can be fun and inspiring for your special day.
A lot of brides wear pearl necklaces or earrings. These are a great addition to the look. They don’t make a huge statement, but they’re delicate and traditional. Sometimes that’s all you want in an accessory. On the other hand, you might want to accent your glowing white gown with a bright blue or purple necklace. Remember that your bouquet will act as an accessory, too, though. We’re seeing larger waterfall-style bouquets all over the place for spring weddings this year, and we love them. You might want to match your necklace or earrings to your bouquet if you go this route.
Whether you choose contrasting or matching jewelry, we recommend keeping it understated. Choose either a necklace or a bangle bracelet, large chandelier earrings or a statement ring on your right hand.
As traditional and expected as you might think they are, veils have become almost optional for many brides. Instead, a lot of brides are choosing fascinators in white or contrasting colors. Consider a deep green or red one as a beautiful and unique accessory with a tiny white veil instead of a traditional veil.
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Of all of your friends and family members, you’ve picked your very best and closest to be your bridesmaids. They’re going to stand up at the altar with you and bear witness to your beautiful day. You get to decide what they wear (be nice!), and you get to boss them around a little bit (be really nice!).
So, of course, you’ll want to show them how much you care that they’ve been there for you through it all. You need to come up with some really wonderful bridesmaid gifts. Here are a couple of ideas.
Delicate Charm Necklaces
It won’t cost much to get them each a silver chain, and then you can add a charm to those chains to make beautiful necklaces that they can wear to the ceremony and any time they want to think of you after that (see why we said you should be nice?).
Choose a charm that will remind them of you and your friendship without being too cheesy. Steer toward something symbolic and pretty, like a bird or a flower, rather than a date or initials.
Clutch Wallets or Totes
What you get for your bridesmaids will absolutely depend on your relationship with them and the kind of ladies they are. If you’re planning a beach destination wedding, tote bags full of sun block, sunglasses, and beach essentials could be perfect.
Are you going to Vegas? Why not give them each a sparkly clutch wallet with a lucky $20 bill in it? You can all go out and try your luck at the Black Jack tables for your bachelorette party.
Whether you choose jewelry, bags, robes, or any other fun accessory for your bridesmaid gifts, make sure that you choose something that will be meaningful and unique to your friendships.
Planning a wedding is a lot of work. It can be stressful, and drama can creep in when you least expect it. Your mom pitches a fit. Your best friend suddenly doesn’t want to be your maid of honor. Your fiancé doesn’t seem to care whether it even happens. What can you do? Take a deep breath. Now let it out. Good. Now do it again. And again.
Everyone gets stressed about wedding preparation, but stress and drama don’t have to take over. Here are a couple of great tips for getting through and keeping things in perspective.
First of all, let’s talk about the quickest way to get mired in a bunch of family drama: letting them pay for it. When you let your parents (or his) pay for the whole shebang, you may feel like you’re getting the best wedding gift ever. However, you’re probably actually getting a whole lot of extra cooks in the kitchen.
Money is power. When you let them pay for your wedding, you’re telling them (no matter what they say to the contrary) that they have control over your big day. Try to pay for as much as possible. Don’t insult your family by not letting them pay for anything, either. When they offer, tell them that they can cover the venue or the floral arrangements. Pick something for them. That way you still have control.
The next big issue that a lot of brides deal with is a “lazy” groom. Your husband-to-be wants to marry you. He wants to be a part of your life for as long as you both shall live. He just probably has no clue how to get involved in all this wedding planning. Give him specific tasks and deadlines. He’ll appreciate the structure, and you’ll have a load off in the planning process.
Above all else, stay positive. This is your big day. You’re going to look back on it with wonder and fondness. You won’t remember the stress and drama when you look back; so don’t worry about it now.