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Top 5 Tips for Choosing Wedding Accessories

It’s wedding season, and inspired by a recent Twitter conversation, I’m offering my top 5 wedding accessory tips. Having accessorized several weddings and bridal parties, including my own, I’ve picked up some advice on how to add bling to your big day.

1) Match jewellery to your hair accessories. If your hair bling has a very different style than your jewellery, the effect could be distracting.  Having a similar look and style brings the whole outfit together and keeps the eyes right where they belong – on you!

2) If wearing a headband, hair piece, tiara, or any other hair accessories, make sure you bring them to your trial hair appointment. It gives your stylist a chance to practice with your hair accessories, and gives you an idea on how they will look, and any adjustments you’d like to make. Also, if you’ll be wearing a tiara, try to choose one with small loops or combs on the ends of the band, as this will make it much easier to anchor into your ‘do.

3) If your dress has any crystals, rhinestones, pearls, or other bling on it, try to match your jewellery to them. If your dress has ivory pearls but your necklace is white, it will stand out and look out of place. If you’re having your dress made, put your dressmaker and jewellery designer in touch with each other so they can coordinate materials.

4) Think about how much jewellery you want to wear, and how big and showy you want it to be. If you’re wearing a big Cinderella-style dress, a tiny chain might get lost in the look. If your dress has a lot of details on it, you may want to keep your jewellery simple, with just a strand of pearls for example, so the jewellery doesn’t compete for the viewer’s eye. Also, remember that you’ll be wearing it all day. Make sure your pieces are a comfortable fit and not too heavy.

5) Jewellery and hair pieces are an accessory, and should accentuate your overall look. Think about your dress and hair style when selecting pieces. What is the neckline of your dress? Think about the shape when deciding on a necklace: sweetheart and v-neck necklines suit pendants, drops, and y-shaped necklaces, whereas a scoop or square neck looks best with single- or multi-strand necklaces without a pendant or drop. If your dress has long sleeves you may want to skip a bracelet. Choose earrings and hair accessories that will work with your hair style.

Have any other wedding accessory advice?  Tell us below!

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The best part about being a crafty bride: handmade wedding

Handmade wedding jewellery

It has been pretty crazy in our household for the past little while, but for all the best reasons.  After a whirlwind two months of planning, we tied the knot this past weekend!  I got to put my organizational skills to use, making lists of tasks to be done and tracking payment dates, pick-ups, and tastings.  Through some solid planning, good friends, and some serendipity, our big day went off as smooth as silk.

If all that talk of lists planning makes it sound like more of a job than anything else, let me change your mind!  If anything, it gave me a framework of what needed to be done, and gave me the freedom to have a lot of fun with the process.  The best part?  I got to put my own personal touches on our day through some of my own creativity.  Of course, I made my own wedding jewellery.  For myself, I went with some gold-filled chain and added clusters of Swarovski pearls and Preciosa crystals, with a large teardrop crystal pendant on my Y-shaped necklace.  The matching earrings had the same crystals, dangling from short lengths of chain.  Even better, I built a great hair comb to accessorize my ‘do, featuring more of the teal- and honey-coloured crystals in swooping twists of gold wire.  It gave a great peacock effect that turned out just like I’d hoped.

Handmade wedding jewellery
Handmade wedding jewellery, made to match our colour theme.
Peacock-inspired bridal hair comb
Peacock-inspired bridal hair comb

I also made the matron of honour’s jewellery.  For her, I went with a floating necklace using the same teal and honey crystals and pearls, and some simpler cluster earrings with the same crystals.

Our ceremony was mid-morning, outdoors at a beautiful estate-turned-museum.  Running with a tea party theme, the groom, a good friend and I took the afternoon before the wedding and made our centrepieces – mismatched pairs of teacups filled with flowers.

Teacup centrepieces
Teacup centrepieces, made by the bride, groom, and a good friend.

Other great personal touches came from our fantastic caterer, Gourmet To Go, who really ran with our tea party theme and made some spectacular scones and shortbread as a part of our garden luncheon.  Also, a great friend, Trisha, made a fantastic Mad Hatter-style cake, topped with a teacup filled with handmade icing-sugar flowers.

Mad Hatter Cake
Mad Hatter Cake, complete with teacup and handmade sugar flowers.

All in all, it was a fabulous day and we both loved adding our own personal touches to make it an extra-special handmade wedding.

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