Finding your perfect wedding dress is one thing, but what about accessorizing it? Remember, you’ll look back on your wedding day photos for the rest of your life. The last thing you want is to be overly-accessorized or have a veil or shoes that doesn’t look right with your dress. You want a complete bridal look, not just a dress, and wedding accessories can be tricky. Below is a quick guide on how to create a seamless look by accessorizing your wedding dress the right way for your big day.

Don’t Overdo It

You don’t need necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, anklets, toe rings, a capelet, hair ornaments, a veil, and a tiara when accessorizing your wedding dress. Overpowering your entire look with too many accessories is just unfortunate! Instead, look at your wedding gown and go from there. Plan your accessories around the dress instead of trying to wear all your favorite pieces of jewelry. For example, if your dress is fairly simple, a couple statement pieces will work nicely. If you have a very ornate neckline, skip a necklace and choose small but sparkly earrings. If your dress has a capelet, avoid lots of “upper” jewelry and hair accessories.

Choose Your Veil Carefully

If you decide to wear a veil, you have lots of options. There’s classic cathedral veils, sassy vintage birdcage veils, chic elbow-length veils, and everything in between. The important thing to remember is to make sure your veil looks good with your dress. If your dress and veil are both white, they need to be the same shade of white. If your wedding dress has lots of embellishments or texture, keeping the veil simple is better. The veil shouldn’t distract from the dress. If the back of your dress deserves attention, your veil shouldn’t hide it, and you should go with a shorter style of veil, such as a blusher veil or a birdcage.

Hairstyle First, Accessory Second

If you don’t want to wear a veil, you may be interested in something special for your hair. This can be any number of things: flowers woven in, combs, pins, headbands, floral crowns—the list goes on. The best thing to do is to figure out how you’re wearing your hair, then select a hair accessory that compliments the hairstyle.

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Shoe Me The Way

A big mistake many brides make when accessorizing their wedding dress: falling in love with a pair of heels that go perfectly with the dress—and then not testing them out before the wedding day. The result? Their legs go numb halfway through the ceremony while they’re standing in front of everyone. Yes, heels look amazing with most wedding dresses. But be very mindful when choosing wedding shoes. Can you stand in them comfortably? Can you dance in them? The shoes you select should look incredible with the dress and be wearable. Try to break them in before your big day!

Stay Warm Stylishly

You may have decided to wear a cover-up such as capelet, bolero, or shawl with your dress in order to keep warm. Similar to your veil, whatever cover-up you choose should compliment your dress and not overpower it. The styles and colors should work together and not throw the look off.

Be Yourself

Yes, it’s your wedding day—but that doesn’t mean you need to be a different person. If you don’t usually wear much jewelry or makeup, don’t feel the need to start now. You should feel like the most beautiful version of your normal self.

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