How to Accessorize a Simple Wedding Dress

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Accessorizing a simple wedding dress with bridal jewelry and a headpiece should be easy! But the fact is, it can be surprisingly difficult! That’s because more ornate wedding gowns have their own embellishments that serve as a guide. For instance, a wedding dress with pearls ought to be paired with pearl wedding jewelry. A dress splashed with rhinestones calls for the same. But a simple wedding dress? Has nothing to guide you as you shop for your bridal jewelry and headpiece.

But bridal accessories can make or break a wedding day look. And that’s also part of the problems brides-to-be face when accessorizing a simple wedding dress. Accessories like jewelry and tiaras should not overpower the dress. Overdoing it is way too easy in a plain sheath or something similar. With a simple wedding dress, accessories should be a focal point but not out of control. Here are my 5 top tips for picking the perfect accessories to complement a simple wedding dress:

1. Choose a statement piece.  This is your chance to wear something big, fun, and glamorous like our Elegant dangle earrings or our Crystal Fascination set. A pop of color may be big right now, but with a very simple wedding dress color can steal the show and make your overall look feel less formal.

2. Simple dress, simple veil. It’s a rule of thumb that’s made to be broken, but it’s also one I stand by. A very basic veil with no beading or edging harmonizes with an unembellished gownand let’s accessories rule.

3. Don’t over accessorize! A huge necklace paired with huge earrings and a big bracelet plus an over the top updo will make your simply elegant gown look positively plain. Let your statement piece guide your other choices.

4. Headbands, headbands, headbands! Specifically ribbon headbands – as long as the whites match ribbon headbands look amazing when paired with simple wedding dresses. Not a fan of ribbon? Choose something small.

5. Be bold! This is your chance to show off and a simple wedding dress makes a great canvas for things like our Divina headpiece. Unusual? Yes, but breathtaking on almost ever bride.

 


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How to Pick the Perfect Bridal Accessories

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Finding that dream dress feels like big moment in a bride-to-be’s life – and it is. But she’s not done once the deposit has been paid. Bridal accessories are the finishing touches on her wedding day ensemble – enhancing her look and making her feel like a million bucks.

Your wedding jewelry? Should be more than just an afterthought! Ideally you should be shopping as carefully for a wedding jewelry set and bridal headpiece as you did when you were searching for your gown. Here are 12 tips that will help you find the perfect accessories for your big day:

1. Decide on the dress first because the style, cut, and neckline of your dress will help guide you as you shop for your jewelry and accessories.

2. Keep a picture of your wedding gown in your purse or on your phone so you have it handy while you’re browsing necklaces, earrings, headpieces, and veils.

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3. Know your bridal style – are you a romantic? Do you want to look like a princess? Are you 1950s flounce all the way or Boho chic?

4. Let your gown’s embellishments guide you for an elegant, coordinated look. For instance, if your wedding dress is embroidered with white seed pearls, pearl wedding jewelry is a safe bet.

5. Match your bridal hairstyle to your hair accessories. Whether you pick a hairdo first or a tiara, headband, or hair pin, make sure your bridal hair accessories will work with your ‘do.

6. Ask your stylist for help. Your hairdresser can help you choose an amazing bridal headpiece to make your favorite hairstyles.

7. Be patient! Have fun shopping for your wedding day accessories. Browse in stores, shop online, read blogs, and flip through wedding magazines to find inspiration.

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8. Use Pinterest to find photos of real brides wearing the sorts of accessories and jewelry you like best. Seeing headpieces, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets on real people will help you see how they’ll look on you.

9. Pick a bridal veil that matches both the look and feel of your wedding dress and the formality level of your ceremony venue.

10. Your gown’s neckline should determine the length and type of your bridal necklace. Similarly, your hairstyle will influence the length and type of earrings you choose.

11. Think balance. A sky-high updo that includes a tiara should be a focal point, so pair them with simple stud earrings. A simple headpiece might be paired with dramatic statement earrings.

12. Remember to coordinate your bridesmaids’ accessories with your own. Make sure that their jewelry doesn’t outshine yours but don’t skimp on the sparkle!


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Too, Too Demure: Victorio & Lucchino at Barcelona Bridal Week Spring 2015

If you’ve dreamed of getting married in something a little more modest but feared that your options would be few, you’re going to find this is a great year to be a bride!

Included in your frock choices you’ll find the 2015 wedding dress collection from Spain’s Victorio & Lucchino, which is called Amor, Amor – a more than appropriate because we love, love it! It’s definitely a pioneering collection in the bridal fashion world. It debuted at Barcelona Bridal Week with diaphanous and luxuriant wedding dresses with lots of covered shoulders and hardly a peek of decolletage.

The look is ultra feminine and just a little old fashioned, and Victorio & Lucchino’s 2015 collection definitely is on trend with its emphasis on the back! Stunning backlines reveal while otherwise modest lines conceal. Barcelona Bridal Week’s description said the collection is imbued with a message of love, and we couldn’t agree more. Nothing says romance like gauze, georgette, organza, Mikado silk, and soft tulle along with more than a few yards of lace!

Have a look:

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What’s your favorite 2015 bridal collection?


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Bride Has Got Back: The Newest Trend in Wedding Dress Design

Have you gone wedding gown shopping lately? If so, you’ve probably noticed that while the simple wedding dresses are still there there is a revolution in style underway. You have to remember that gown fashion changes slowly. Think about how long strapless dresses reigned supreme! But change is afoot in the world of wedding fashion and I, for one, am loving what I’m seeing!

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Gorgeous beaded and otherwise embellished backs are suddenly all the rage. And it makes sense when you think about it. How much time might a wedding guest spend staring at a bride’s back during the ceremony or while she’s being waltzed around the dance floor? Answer: plenty!

Veluz Bride wedding gown

While the traditional long line of pearl buttons will probably never go out of style, there’s nothing to say a bride can’t wish for a little flair on top of the shine! Designers like Veluz Bride are delivering in droves with lace, pearls, beading, and other tricks and treats that make bridal jewelry all nearly unnecessary.

Anna Campbell gown

Gorgeous, no? Think of it like a little something sweet for your wedding guests – and your wedding photographer! But p.s., I was only kidding about not needing wedding jewelry. You might choose to skip the necklace, but wedding earrings are still a must. Choose jewelry and accessories that share the same elements as your embellished back, like lace and pearls or sparkling rhinestones. Coordination is key to creating a harmonious wedding day look!

christa terry for usabride.com


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Who Needs Jewels? Not In These Wedding Gowns!

For 2015/2016, backless gowns are IN. Wedding dresses with amazingly complex embellishments in back are just as hot. And now we’re excited to say that bodices are finally catching up. This is one of the few times you’re going to see me say wedding jewelry? Meh. These gowns bring their own sparkle and shine to the table, no necklaces necessary. Brides, prepare to be inspired!

Riki Dalal

Serious neckline love from Riki Dalal

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Bling is the thing at Essence of Austrlia

Calla Bridal

Old Hollywood glamor from Calla Bridal

Marchesa wedding dress

Perfect art deco style from Marchesa

Hayley Paige Bridal

I can’t take my eyes off this Hayley Paige Bridal neckline

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Here’s a closer look – LOVE!

Monique Lhuiller

Super sparkle (and great fit) from Monique Lhuiller

BHLDN

Big balance from BHLDN’s Harlow gown

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Not sure who made this beauty but wow!

Monique Lhuiller

A simply gorgeous gown from Monique Lhuiller

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More from BHLDN

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This Elie Saab gown is a very cool nod to the past

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham has clearly made necklaces unnecessary

Are you loving these new lovely necklines as much as I am?

christa terry author of iDo


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You’re Not Fully Bridal Without…

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A veil! That is if bridal veils are your thing. Many women just don’t feel like a bride without one and that’s okay. How often to you get to wear a veil, anyway? If you’re like most of us, not that often. And that’s probably what makes bridal veils feel so special. Put one on and you immediately feel different. More regal. More beautiful. More bridal!

wedding veil - lace wedding veils - rhinestone bridal veilCan you be a bride without a veil? Of course, you’re every bit the bride even if you’re saying your “I dos” in jeans. But even if you have never considered wearing a bridal veil, don’t miss out on the opportunity to don a very fun wedding accessory because it’s unfamiliar. When you’re gown shopping, try one on!

In fact, try on several in different lengths to see what you like, what you definitely don’t like, and what works with the dresses you love. Even if you end up buying your bridal veil online (which I highly recommend you do for the discounts) trying on a multitude of veils in person is the best way to find the one you really and truly want.

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While it might seem like veils are a pretty straightforward wedding accessory, they’re actually quite complex when it comes to the options available. In general, longer veils are considered more formal and shorter veils less – birdcage veils being the least formal of all. But length isn’t your only option! There are rhinestone and lace edges, thick and thin, single, double, and triple layers, corded veils, beaded veils, and more. It’s actually a bit dizzying when you’ve already been asked to choose a dress and jewelry and all the other bits and pieces that will become your wedding day look.

bridal veils - lace bridal veilYou’ll never hear me faulting a bride for skipping the veil, of course. I didn’t even wear one myself! But if I can tell you a little bitty secret, I actually kind of regret it. I felt beautiful on my wedding day but not particularly bridal, and since I don’t plan on ever getting married again it’s an experience I’ll never get to have.

christa terry author of iDo


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Why Where You’re Getting Married Matters

No one is going to wear a winter coat to the beach. Or a tank top while skiing. Would you wear club attire to church – or vice versa? So doesn’t it seem just a little weird that no matter what the season, what the setting, and what the weather, wedding dress options seem frightfully limited? Even when you’re saying your vows, your surroundings should play a role in your sartorial choices.

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Walking down the aisle in 2015? Consider not only the who and the how, but also the where. Here are four things to consider:

Air temperature and humidity: Did you know some fabrics can literally wilt in the heat? I, for one, didn’t until I started researching this post. If you’re getting married outdoors in somewhere like Florida look at lightweight gowns first. Fabrics like cotton eyelet will keep you cooler, more comfortable, and looking great for longer. On the other hand, do you really want to freeze your buns (and your bust) off in a strapless gowns in the dead of winter? A jacket works wonders out of doors but some ceremony venues can be surprisingly frosty.

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The Mood: Kicky little 1950s style wedding dresses and simple pearl wedding jewelry looks amazing when the backdrop is city hall. A longer-than-long cathedral train? Not so much, but inside an actual cathedral and you’re rocking it. The one crossover option seems to be the basic sheath. You can dress it up with your bridal jewelry or wear it dressed down, Bohemian style, making it the chameleon of the wedding gown world.

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Your backdrop: Will you be walking down the aisle in a church, a museum, or down on the farm? Will you dance the night away in a barn floor or on an old fashioned parquet floor? If it’s the former (and the barn hasn’t been entirely converted into an event venue) pass on the long, lace train and wear a lace wedding veil instead. In any weather, outdoor weddings call for dresses that won’t attract too much schmutz.

The laws of the land: Culture, religion, and even a family’s own culture can dictate what is appropriate and what isn’t when it comes to bridal fashion. Some religious faiths demand that brides wear modest gowns – and what modest means in any given faith can be quite different. One church may have different guidelines from another even within the same faith! Lots and lots of bridal jewelry is customary in some cultures. The less is more approach in others. When in doubt, ask or risk committing a faux pas that’s captured forever in your wedding photos!

How is your wedding venue driving your choices when it comes to your dress, shoes, and accessories?

Images: Sareh Nouri

christa terry author of iDo


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The Most Gorgeous Simple Wedding Dresses of 2015

What’s better than a blog post featuring one gorgeous gown? How about a post featuring all of my favorite 2015 wedding dresses in one place! I am not kidding when I say you are going to adore these dresses – which are beautiful and simple and perfect for accessorizing excessively. You know, if you’re into that. These are the kinds of wedding dresses that let you go absolutely crazy when it comes to your wedding jewelry and accessories. Ready to fall in love? Okay, let’s do this!

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Rosa Clara 2015

2015 bridal collection of Rosa Clara wedding dress

Rosa Clara 2015

Aire Barcelona 2015 Bridal Collection

Aire Barcelona 2015

Amsale Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Amsale 2015

Delphine Manivet 2015 Collection

Delphine Manivet 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Marchesa 2015

Romona Keveza Collection Fall 2015 Wedding Dress

Romona Keveza 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

Rosa Clara 2015

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Sarah Seven 2015

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Vera Wang 2015

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Watters 2015

christa terry author of iDo

 


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Yet Another Trend Alert: Blush Metallics

Rose gold? We’re sold! Remember how in our last post we said we were kind of so over pink? There’s a caveat. Merge pink with the metallics trend and you’ve suddenly got something that’s not only gorgeous, but also elegant. Blush metallics are the grownup answer to pink. A little daring. A little surprising. And a lot of wow.

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Who says the bride has to have a white wedding? A oh-so-light rose gold gown looks amazing next to deeper blush metallics on bridesmaids.

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Of course, if you’ve been dreaming of wearing white since you were a little girl your bridal shoes can be your pop of blush.

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Or your wedding accessories – we love this blush and gold side comb featuring hand wired enamel flowers in the softest of pinks.

rose gold bridesmaids dresses

Don’t forget your bridesmaids! Pick blush bridesmaids dresses that have a ton of sparkle or just a tad. Either way, your girls are going to love you.

blush metallics wedding inspiration reception table

How amazing is this table? Seriously.

rose gold sequin table wedding

Or this one! (Just make sure if you outfit your reception cocktail hour tables in over the top blush metallics you don’t inadvertently have your ‘maids in matching dresses. No one likes walking into a space and realizing they look like a table.

rose gold DIY wedding

Not finding rose gold centerpieces that knock your socks off? How about making your own? All it takes is some pretty old bottles and a whole lot of blush metallic paint plus some candles. Too easy.

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And finally, when you’re outfitting yourself and your bridesmaids and your venue, don’t forget the cake! Rose gold looks gorgeous on wedding cake, too; especially if you can do something like edible gold foil. Très chic!


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