Bridesmaid Accessorizing Done Right – 5 Tips for Brides
If marriage is on the cards for you, there’s a possibility that you’ve planned everything down to a T already. Or not! Relax! If you’ve been worried sick about accessorizing your bridesmaids right so you all can look like the happiest bunch on earth, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got you covered with these 5 amazing tips on accessorizing your favorite girls for your big day. Read on!
1) Shop for accessories later
While accessories can be mixed and matched to go with any type of dress, let your bridesmaids’ dresses serve as the base on which you’ll work to accessorize each of them. Note that you’ll be able to accentuate textures, lines, and such subtleties in the bridesmaid dresses with the right accessories. So wait until the dresses are finalized before you go shopping for accessories!
That being said, if you want your bridesmaids to accessorize with a particular piece, say a necklace or a tiara, carry a few options with you when you head out dress shopping with your girls. This way, you’ll be able to see the whole picture clearly and make better decisions!
2) Consider what you’ll be wearing
Be clear about how you’re going to accessorize on your wedding day; after all, you want to choose bridesmaid accessories that complement your own look! So if you’re thinking chunky jewelry for yourself, do so for your bridesmaids too. Further to this, avoid mixing materials- for example, if you’re going to be wearing pearls and your bridesmaids sport metal or beaded jewelry, it will make for a rather untoward pairing.
This doesn’t mean you have to pair like for like though! If you’re wearing a floral headband, you can have your bridesmaids wear a sized-down version. Another idea is to have them wear a headband that has different flowers than the ones in yours but following the same color scheme.
3) Consider what they’ll be wearing
Needless to say, your bridesmaids’ accessories should go with their dresses. Here’s how to style different necklines:
- Layered chains or strand necklaces will look great on plunging and V-shaped necklines. Stagger the lengths carefully to fill in the blank space but don’t end up overcrowding.
- Geometric chokers will pair well with turtlenecks. A triangle shaped pendant will also look great on halter-neck dresses. Alternatively, skip the necklaces and just accessorize with earrings!
- An elegant neck piece that sits right at the collar of a crew neck dress will make for a perfect accessory.
- Off-the-shoulder and sweetheart necklines can help show off statement collars or look just as pretty when paired with a simple strand of pearls.
- To accessorize asymmetrical necklines, offset the imbalance with long strands that draw the eye down.
Also, consider if you want your bridesmaids to do their hair in a certain way. Depending on the hairdo, here are some style tips to keep in mind:
- For hair that is worn down, studs will not only look striking but be a practical option as you don’t want your bridesmaids with their hair caught in their earrings.
- If styling hair into a sleek bun, pair the updo with long danglers or chandelier earrings. Ear crawlers can also look stunning, especially on bridesmaids with short hair.
- Pair a side-swept hairdo with pendant drop earrings, or draw attention to earrings with this style! For shoulder length hair, choose earrings that fill the space around the face.
4) Decide: Uniform or unifying theme
You can dress your bridesmaids up such that they all look just the same or have them wear different outfits in a unifying theme. In either case, you can choose to have them sport the same or different accessories.
If you’re going for different accessories, keep the theme in mind- perhaps you want maximum bling or something classic like pearls. Your bridesmaids can choose to wear gold necklaces in varying lengths or wear all-pearl accessories like earrings or hair barrettes.
5) Allow them to have their say
Don’t go all bridezilla on your bridesmaids and compel them to accessorize their dresses exactly as you want. Discuss what kind of look you’re trying to achieve and give them choices to choose from. Be open to feedback and suggestions and see how you can work around things.
Remember that accessories like jewelry, in particular, don’t conform to the one-size-fits-all rule. So while dangling diamond earrings might flatter one of your bridesmaids, another might look better wearing drop earrings!
Final take away
Ideally, the bride should be footing the bill for headpieces or floral accessories, but don’t let that be an excuse to not take suggestions from your favorite girls. Remember to make your wedding a memorable event for them too by helping them pick accessories they’ll love to wear. If your bridesmaids are going to be paying for accessories, ensure they can wear the same to other events too! As a loving gesture, you might consider gifting accessories to your bridesmaids for them to wear to your wedding. With the tips given in this post, we’re sure you’ll be able to make the right choices with your bridesmaids for what will be the most important day of your life!
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