Bridal Accessories

Once the big decision of choosing a dress has been achieved, it’s the perfect time to find accessories that will subtly transform the look of your wedding gown to perfectly suit your individual style and wedding day theme. The famous line “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is a great sentiment to consider when coördinating your bridal attire. As you were growing up you may have daydreamed about your future wedding, reflecting back over these memories will give you a good sense of your ultimate femininity. Did you imagine yourself as a ballerina, sweeping gracefully down the aisle in a tulle dress? Perhaps you have always seen yourself as a true romantic, meeting your groom at the alter in a classic white wedding dress, surrounded by abundant floral bouquets. Or your style might be more modern, with simple and sophisticated lines, a striking minimalist bouquet and a sleek hairstyle; the epitome of elegance. Before you start planning your wedding day outfit think about what accessories would best suit these looks.

Shoes

The perfect pair of shoes are to the wedding gown as the bridesmaid is to the bride, providing a gorgeous harmony of colour, intricate aesthetic detail, a touch glamour and very importantly; support! When you begin looking for your wedding day shoes it can really valuable to reflect on your overall wedding day theme, and consider your individual style. Factors such as the length, style and colour of your gown, your height and build, as well as the location of your wedding celebrations, will be important when selecting your footwear. High heels have long been a popular option for brides, and they certainly have a myriad of benefits; instantly improving posture, accentuating the line of the legs and providing the perfect support for floor length skirts and sweeping trains.

Serendipity recommend choosing your shoes early on in the wedding planning process, that way you can have them on during dress fittings, ensuring any adjustments in gown length and volume perfectly suit the height of the shoe. It’s possible to exactly match the colour and material of the shoes with that of the wedding dress. To save you the momentous task of trawling through each and every shop in your city to find the perfect match (this can be like trying to fins a needle in a haystack!) If you’re planning to get your shoes custom made, why not order an extra length of your wedding dress material which can cover the shoes. Another option is getting in contact with a designer or company who is able to dye the shoe to the exact tonal specifications. Of course you may not want your shoes and dress to match, and a contrasting effect sounds much more desirable.

If you’ve opted for a white or pale ivory gown, a pair of shoes in a vibrant complementary colour can add a distinctive flair to your wedding day attire and provide a striking feature in wedding day photography. Looking for inspiration beyond your dress, such as matching your shoes to a flower in the bouquet or to the colour of bridesmaids dress can create a beautiful overall harmony. Accessories are full of subtle power.

Jewellery

After you have chosen your dress, found the perfect shoes to match, and have a clear vision about your wedding day makeup and hairstyle, what better way to put the finishing touches on your wedding day ensemble than with some special pieces of jewellery. It can be really helpful to think about the overall theme of your wedding: classic or rustic? Romantic or contemporary? The role of jewellery is to work harmoniously with the wedding gown, so if your dress includes elaborate beading or fine lacework, keep the jewellery more simple. Coco Chanel once said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” This advice still applies today, for you don’t want to lose sight of your own natural sparkle by overdoing accessories!

Think of your dress as the main guide when selecting the jewellery. It may help to bring possibilities in to a dress fitting, see how pieces look in the mirror, and perhaps even ask if you can take a photograph for later reference. A good tip is to match the beading of the dress with that of the jewelry, if your bodice features crystals then choose jewellery with crystals and so on. Also keep in mind the colour and tone of your dress; ivory and cream shaded gowns work best with gold-tones, whilst silver and white pearl jewelry are the perfect complement for traditional white dresses. It is also wise to mirror the necklace with the neckline of the dress. Symmetry is always flattering. If you’ve chosen a V shaped or sweet heart neckline, then a V-shaped necklace that comes down to a drop would be a gorgeous match. Dresses with higher necklines are often a striking feature in their own right, so as a beautiful complement consider some chandelier earrings, or add some glamour with a unique head-piece or tiara.  A well chosen piece of jewellery can increase the wow factor of your dress, or stand out as a exquisite detail in its own right.

Veils and Headpieces

One of the exciting things about being a bride is the chance to wear a veil. Veils can be both beautiful and fun, and create a sense of delicious drama and femininity.

Photographers love veils—at Serendipity we use veils in lots of imaginative ways to create exciting and beautiful bridal photos: Picture yourself in the dress of your dreams, with your veil flying up into a blue sky, or draped softly, setting off your face as it flows to creating a slender silhouette.

For most brides, because your wedding gown is the centre-piece, the simplest veil is often best. Keep in mind that it’s often preferable to have as light as possible a veil, for its soaring and floating qualities. Follow the link here to our accompanying page dedicated to the veil!

Wedding headpieces have become a sought after option for brides. Whilst some more elaborate designs can serve as a striking alternative to the traditional veil, the variety of styles and intricate aesthetics of headpieces mean they can also provide a stunning complement to the bridal veil. Serendipity recommend as well as looking for inspiration in bridal magazines and specialty stores, it’s worth booking in a consultation with your hairdresser, who will be able to provide professional advice and create a unique style to suit your hair length. Whether you choose a tiara or a floral detail, a wedding headpiece is an elegant way to bring a sense of regality and sophistication to your overall look. The final touch fit for a princess!

Each detail from the shoes, the floral bouquet, unique objects such as a fan or beading, right down to the jewellery you select — perhaps a sparkling tiara or a precious ring, will help to beautifully complement your wedding dress and provide uniquely stunning details and eye-catching features on your wedding day photography.

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Planning your look can seem overwhelming, but there are ways to make it less of a challenge. You can try collecting looks from magazine clippings, on pinterest or even through taking pictures on your mobile phone.

Serendipity Photography love the beautiful way accessories highlight –and in many cases complete — the look of your wedding gown. Whether your style is classic, modern with a touch of elegance or dramatically glamourous, details such as a subtle pair of earrings, a unique necklace or a pair of truly eye catching shoes are the perfect way to bring out your personality, complement your dress and provide fine details in your wedding day photography!

7 Responses to “Bridal Accessories”
  1. Vicky and Arthur 13 May 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I love my Maggie dress from Raffaele Ciuca and chose flowers from Lilypad to match our historic, romantic theme. It took me a while to put all the accessories together but I just love the look. We were very happy with Serendipity who captured absolutely everything from the whole day — including all my beautiful details
    Thanks so much, Vicky :)

  2. Vanessa 29 May 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Our wedding had a vintage theme which was reflected in all our accessories. After the dress choosing my accessories was one of the highlights of the planning process — so much fun! My dress from Amaci Bridal wear was like a princess gown; floaty and had very subtle embossing on the bodice, so I knew it would only take a few simple accessories to complete the look. My necklace, earrings and bracelet added a gorgeous sparkle (as all good accessories should!) as they each featured real crystals. The final touch before I stepped out the door was a spray of La Perla perfume. Perfect!

  3. Samantha 20 April 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    My dress is quite detailed so I’ve chosen quite simple, elegant accessories. My bracelet is made by Cerrone, I’m really happy with the finish — the look is beautiful.

    I got my earrings custom made in China as they were a quite specific and unique design –modeled on the ones that Kim Kardashian wore at her wedding. They are tear drop shaped crystal — vintage look earrings.

    My shoes were a fun part of the planning — but took a lot of work to find the right pair! I first imported a pair of shoes from overseas which where incrusted with Swarovski crystals, however these were picked out before I had decided on my dress… During one of the fittings I soon realised they must be changed as they were getting caught on the dress!

    In the end I found a pair from the local market which I love and went beautifully with my dress.

  4. Kimberley 16 March 2012 at 12:44 am #

    With a casual romantic wedding, I opted for a less is more approach, emphasis on my shoes and pearl and diamond drop earrings — a gift from my gorgeous man! The dress itself has a softly ruched skirt with silver lace detailing. Happiness and radiant smiles are the very best accessory, its good to keep the focus on you as a bride. For a casual affair we felt that it was the right thing to focus on all our friends and the simple things in life!

  5. Yipin 5 March 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I chose my wedding dress in a Shanghai boutique. Very much made to order but the turnover is very much faster than Australia! The dress was custom fitted and altered all within one day once it was made.

    I liked the fine lace detailing very much, and I chose a dress with a sense of femininity and real romance, simple but also elegant. I wanted a dress that flowed and sat nicely without needing a hoop and wasn’t totally over the top.

    The necklace and earrings were bought here in Australia from Swarovski, and I loved the crystal detailing on the edge of the veil. It falls in folds, complimenting the detailing on my dress.

    For some advice, its good if you know where to shop, to consider overseas for the gown, but I wouldn’t try online unless you had plenty of time to try again, and a handy dressmaker to help! However online is good for other dresses for your day — great for some indulgence and a bit of a splash. Often it will take several weeks to get a boutique dress made overseas, so allow a bit of time!

    Yipin

  6. Kasia 5 March 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    The perfect wedding dress needs to be accented by the perfect shoes and jewelry. After doing some internet research, I knew that I wanted a shoes that would match my dress — it had to be ivory and silver. After days of searching, I found the perfect shoe! Appropriately named ‘Kasia’, my shoes were made by Piotr Antoni, found on Waverly Rd. After traveling to the shop, I met with Piotr Antoni himself who gave me some hints and tips on which shoe was the right one. I was thrilled with my shoe choice. On the wedding day it was comfortable, easy to walk in, and most importantly — didn’t give me blisters!
    The jewelry that I wore on my wedding day was made by Swarovski. I had earrings and a matching necklace that was understated, elegant, and matched my dress perfectly. The set was called ‘Ivory’, and according to the sales assistant, it was a set favoured by brides due to its simplicity and elegance. The silver and clear Swarovski crystal set will be most definitely passed on to my future daughters, for them to wear on their wedding day.
    As well as this, on my wedding day I also wore a silver bangle that was passed onto me from my mother. I had always admired the bangle since I was young, and so it was very special and significant to wear it on my wedding day. I would most definitely recommend that brides aim to wear even a single piece of jewelry that is meaningful to them.
    The veil that I wore on the day was bought from the same place from where I got my dress– Baccini & Hill. The veil was two tiered, ivory in colour, and fingertip length. It was wonderful to have a veil as I felt like a beautiful bride!

  7. Julie 20 February 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    With a high fashion themed wedding accessories were very important — hence taking a lot of time to work through fashion and wedding magazines and planning sites for inspirations. I have loved fashion since I can ever remember, so this was just a perfect occasion to coördinate my style.

    I opted for a tiara to wear at the church and a hand designed headpiece for night. I kept my earrings simple with two diamond studs. I wore a personalised bracelet that a jeweller made for me with the intials J & N hanging from it. My necklace was a diamond and crystal drop necklace that complimented the neckline cut of my dress. I had two matching wedding bands made to sit on either side of my engagement ring made by my Jeweller in Elstenwick. The bling factor was big for me!!

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