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The gown is just one element when it comes to putting together a big-day ensemble. To get all the additional details in place, we rounded up some of our favorite tips gathered over two decades in publication. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, here is our advice for selecting your accessories.
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PARIS by Debra Moreland
“Pick accessories out at the bridal salon where you get your dress and not try to piecemeal it together elsewhere. The textures and lines of your dress are subtleties that need balance and it is hard to see it without being in your dress.” —PARIS by Debra Moreland
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Have a chic shrug on hand to lend warmth to chilly photo ops or, if desired, modesty in a chapel. Jackets and shawls are also a great way to diversify your wedding fashion.
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Veil Trends Couture & Revel by Veil Trends
“The challenge for brides is the distinct difference between their ‘bridal look’ and their ‘everyday look.’ When brides are confident and play with their style—try on veils and accessories of all kinds—the look comes together.” —Veil Trends Couture & Revel by Veil Trends
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Choose jewelry that works with the neckline of your gown. For example, this shimmery collar beautifully mirrors the curves on a sweetheart bodice, while v-necklines call for long earrings and delicate pendant necklaces.
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“The veil is the biggest challenge. It’s not something that you have worn before. Make sure to keep your height and dress style in mind. A long veil will give a taller appearance if you are short, and a fingertop veil will cut you in half, so will be better for a taller person.” —Dessy Group
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Consider a Clutch
Most brides wear their gowns just once, but a great evening bag—especially one with a timeless shape—is something to have and to hold again and again.
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Bel Aire Bridal
“Taking the veil off too soon sacrifices emotional moments and gorgeous photos! A beautiful veil sets the bride apart and magically transforms close-up pictures with unique wedding-day charm.” —Bel Aire Bridal
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If wearing fresh blooms, like the tuberoses, nerines, and campanulas on this birdcage veil, choose flowers that will last out of water for more than a few hours. Orchids, gardenias, and lilies also work for a lovely—and wilt-free—look.
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Sara Gabriel Veling & Headpieces
“I love that brides are starting to think less traditionally about the headpieces they wear … and are even starting to incorporate pops of color! I think a bride’s choice of accessories is the best way for a bride to show her personality, and it’s wonderful that they are starting to think outside of the box and do what they want to do!” —Sara Gabriel Veling & Headpieces