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.
Now I hate to be confusing. If you follow my posts you know that I’m always saying anything goes, do what you love, wear what you want, etc. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some style mistakes that should be avoided. You can wear what you love and look a bit silly – or worse, look back and realize you don’t really like how you looked on your wedding day. For that reason alone it pays to pay the tiniest bit of attention to some simple style rules.
So what are the bridal jewelry mistakes you might be making without even realizing you’re about to commit a fashion faux pas? Read on!
1. You buy your bridal jewelry before your dress.
I’m not going to say there’s not a single reason to grab jewelry before the gown – a good sale is a good sale, after all – but how can you accessorize your wedding dress if you don’t even have it yet? Even if you’re in love with your necklace, earrings, bracelet and shoes, and headpiece, too, you may end up with an overall bridal ensemble that looks incomplete or mismatched.
2. You’re upstaging the dress.
You find the ultimate wedding gown and now you’re draping it in every bit of crystal and every pearl you can find. That’s wonderful except… your perfect dress is already embellished to the max. My advice – take it down a notch. Think about balance. A beaded, lacy gown with lots of bows and ruffles may call for simpler bridal jewelry than a simple sheath that can be dressed to the nines. But be careful. Sometimes a bold dress demands bold jewelry.
3. You have ignored your skin tone.
You were so careful when wedding dress shopping to differentiate between ivory and cream and diamond white, now you’ve descended upon the pearls with nary a thought to your own coloring. Are you a gold or silver girl in your day to day life? Stick with the tones that work well on you. Gold wedding jewelry may not be as popular as silver but if it looks gorgeous on you, who cares?
4. You’re getting too trendy.
Your wedding day will be over in a few hours; your wedding photos will be there forever. Make sure you still love looking at them years later by thinking timeless. Sure, no piece of clothing or accessory is truly timeless but some trends are more long-lasting than others.
5. Your thinking is limited.
This is a great time to play dress up. You’re shopping – try something new! Maybe you always wear tiny stud earrings. It’s fine if you want to wear them on your big day, too, but why not think outside of your usual repertoire and have some fun. Try on pieces that don’t immediately call to you. It’s like wedding dresses – the one you fall in love with isn’t always the one you thought you’d like!
6. You’re getting too matchy-matchy.
Maybe you have a special accessory you inherited from your grandmother and you’re trying to build your bridal jewelry ensemble around that. Don’t worry about achieving perfect harmony. Your gran’s pendant can be the standout piece that takes center stage. No one is going to notice if its gemstones are champagne while your other accessories are crystal clear. In fact, the difference could make that pendant all the more striking!
7. You’re wearing a veil when you’d rather not.
Yes, it’s traditional but so was capturing brides back in the day. You can wear a tiara, a headband, or nothing at all! The same goes for almost everything else. If you don’t want to wear earrings, don’t. If bracelets make your wrists itch or you can simply never find the right size, why feel obligated to wear one. They’re accessories, for goodness sake. They should be fun. If they aren’t, move on!
How much time have you spent shopping for your bridal jewelry?
One of the least lasting parts of your wedding will be the invitations. While you may hold on to an invite or three for a memory box, chances are your guests will (at best) recycle them and (at worst) throw them in the trash. You can minimize the environmental impact of your wedding invitations by doing the trendy thing and shopping around for eco friendly invitations. The good news is there are now big invite companies and indy artists designing and printing earth-friendly wedding invitations that are every bit as beautiful as the less green options out there.
Here are some examples we love:
It doesn’t get much more conscious than this all of a piece invite from Paper Lapin! It’s a wedding invitation, a map, and its own envelop – printed on recycled paper that was created using only green energy.
Did you know that cork is a sustainable material? I didn’t! Cork Country Cottage creates wedding invitations (and save-the-date cards) out of cork and also wood. The text is laser engraved instead of printed, which makes this way more of a keepsake than your everyday invite.
I am so in love with the invitations designed and printed by A Bird & A Bee!
Eco-friendly, green, natural, and traditional is how Beacon Lane describes their wedding invitations, and how could you not agree? The best part is that the company offers complementary customization on almost every option you can think of.
Simple and unique, the designs on offer at Appleberry Ink are not only earth-friendly and adorable but also affordable. Great news for any bride who wants to respect Mother Earth while keeping to a budget.
Eco friendly letterpress? YES! Bella Figura is an upscale letterpress studio in upstate NY. They use things like tree-free paper, recycled envelope liners, and FSC-certified pocketfolds. Learn more about green printing options here.
This wedding invitation suite comes from K&V Crafts, which has committed to using as many green raw materials as possible in its invites and other stationery. So beautiful for a rustic wedding, and good for the planet to boot!
Seriously, how can you not love these? When in doubt, chose soy-based inks, recycled papers, and consider seed paper – your invitations become flowers. Amazing!
Looking for wedding planning ideas and bridal accessories that aren’t going to make the trend lists? I feel you! Once a wedding planning idea hits the trend lists chances are everyone and their sister will be using it in their ceremonies and receptions. So here’s what you do – you stay away from the wedding trends lists that are practically ubiquitous. You look at inspiration without an agenda. No theme. No must-haves. You do what you love. And you mix it up with ideas like these:
Botanicals (omg ferns) are going to be a big deal in 2015 but simple tables? When are simple wedding tables ever really trendy? Pillar candles and not much else can make a wedding reception table feel complete.
Glitter, glitter, glitter! If you love sparkle, unleash a glitter bomb on your DIY wedding decor and put it on everything. It’s okay – sometimes too much is just enough!
Industrial weddings may be a 2015 trend or not. I have my doubts it’s going to make it much past the pages of the bridal mags so if you love this look you’re probably going to be in the minority.
Boring white folding chairs? AS IF. Take your outdoor wedding to the floor with picnic blankets, baskets, and bottles of wine. (Though be kind and put out a few chairs for older guests who might have trouble getting back up once they’re down.) via fresnoweddings.net
How cute is this pictorial table runner I found on Bellatheblog.com? Yes, it’s great for an engagement party but why not use it as sweetheart table decor or a way to gussy up your cake table?
Who loves s’mores? Everyone loves s’mores. For fall and winter weddings, s’mores favors are not to be missed! via ohlovelyday.com
This glitter – yes, glitter – arrow I found on 100layercake.com guides wedding guests to the ceremony spot in the most fabulous way. That’s one way to wow your guests before they even see your gown.
If you love this coloring book for the kids at your wedding, just think about how much your littlest guests will adore you for having it ready and waiting on reception tables! Or skip the DIY and just print the ready made coloring book here.
Embroidered initials on the lining of your gown is okay – if you plan to keep your dress. If not, DIY a dress charm with symbols that are special to you and your spouse-to-be. After the big day, it’s a keepsake you can actually keep with you.
Super traditional and not at all trendy, wedding matches are making a modest comeback as favors your guests will actually use.
And finally, the wedding photobooth is super played out but still a big hit because, well, it’s fun! You can take the idea to the next level with a video wedding guestbook that will be fun to watch for years to come.
What are you doing at your wedding that WE won’t be seeing at any of the weddings we attend next year?
Are wedding terrariums trendy? You bet. But even as this hipster bride must-have becomes ubiquitous, I still think it’s a wonderful idea. I mean, a wedding reception centerpiece your guests can take home? What is not to love? They can get a little expensive – even if you’re buying the tiniest ones – for a wedding with 100+ guests but there are ways to cut costs.
It’s not the most difficult DIY in the world once you get the knack for arranging terrariums at speed. There are even kits. And my guess is that even if you’re not the fastest terrarium arranger, there are much more stressful to-dos to check off of your wedding checklist. Arranging plants and flowers – some people do that to relax. Maybe this is one DIY that will actually lighten your load.
But wait, what is a wedding terrarium, anyway? Wikipedia says: A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. Not all plants require or are suited to the moist environment of closed terrariums. Tropical plant varieties, such as mosses, orchids, ferns and air plants, are generally kept within closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. Open terrariums are better suited to dry plants such as succulents.
I say opt for succulents. They’re totes in and they’re just about the easiest plant to care for so you’re not saddling wedding guests with a new plant that requires an extra green thumb.
The leaves are finally falling off the trees around our studio but since the brides planning autumn weddings are hopefully done by now or have a year – or more – yet to go, we’re feeling springy! Maybe you’re a bride-to-be who still has long months and months to wait before you say “I do,” in which case you’re probably pouring over Pinterest every chance you get to find something gorgeous, whether it’s bridal jewelry or ceremony decor or wedding dresses or whatever.
We love Pinterest, of course – omg follow us – but we wanted to give you something gorgeous right this second! And here it is, botanical wedding inspiration that’ll knock your socks off. You’ll swear it was springtime!
I love everything about this bridal bouquet from the HUGE pink blossoms to the surprising amount of greenery – the greens to blooms ratio, you might say.
Bridal headpiece au naturel? More blooms than you might find in most bouquets make a pretty radical statement.
Wedding cake alternative plus big, bold, and beautiful blossoms? YES.
This wedding ceremony backdrop is definitely different. Don’t expect to see one at the next wedding you’re at unless that wedding is your own.
Ditto for this UHMAZING outdoor wedding ceremony decor.
No blooms to be found here, but plenty of botanicals! These reception escort cards come complete with a tiny touch of Mother Nature’s best.
Love the font. Adore the styling for the photoshoot. Who needs vases?
When it comes to wedding DIY, it doesn’t get much easier than this dramatic arrangement of greenery above and plain white pillar candles below. Adore it.
Just remember, if you’re using natural greens in your wedding you want to treat them as carefully as your flowers so they look fresh all day long!