Choosing your bridal accessories is undoubtedly one of the BEST parts of wedding planning. Why? Because the pressure is off! You’ve found your dream dress, and now it’s time to shop for those incredible finishing touches that will bring your desired look together.
To help when you reach this super exciting stage, we’re sharing our Guide To Bridal Accessory Shopping. This includes advice on purchasing-prep and where to shop, along with an overview of the different types of wedding accessories available and who they suit best.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, we’re also sharing some of our top Bobby Pin tips for choosing bridal accessories. So, be sure to take note, ladies, as this one’s full of practical advice and oh-so-pretty inspo!
How To Shop For Your Wedding Accessories
Prepping Makes Perfect
Just as you will have researched wedding dresses before booking your bridal boutique appointments, it makes sense to do a little homework on accessories too.
So, before the shopping gets underway, look at the available bridal accessory options and search for styles you have in mind. Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiration, although the amount of content can be somewhat overwhelming. To help, try searching key terms in line with your initial ideas, such as ‘gold wedding accessories’, ‘boho bridal hair accessories’, or ‘statement bridal earrings’.
Wedding magazines and blogs are also super helpful in gathering inspo, whether via real wedding features, styled shoots, designer spotlights or accessory inspiration articles.
Where To Shop
Your bridal accessory research will have hopefully thrown up some designers that create the types of finishing touches you’re drawn to. For example, here at The Bobby Pin, we’re known for making beautiful, trend-led accessories for the modern bride with a love of sparkle.
It will then be a case of finding out where such designers sell their products. For example, it might be that you can shop online (such as here at The Bobby Pin!) or in-person at bridal boutiques, which usually stock pieces from several wedding accessories designers.
If buying online, you will likely have a wider choice of accessory options available. Meanwhile, shopping at a boutique means having a professional bridal stylist on hand to help you piece together your dream look.
Types of Wedding Accessories
But before taking the purchasing plunge, question is, what types of bridal accessories should you consider, and who do they suit best. Here at The Bobby Pin, we offer the following wedding hair accessories and jewellery options:
Hair Vines - A Bobby Pin bestseller, bridal hair vines are favoured for their dreamy looks and fabulous versatility. These lightweight pieces are placed on combs or ribbons and work effortlessly with different hair types and styles; simply secure in place using grips.
Wedding Hair Pins - Small but mighty, hair pins are a go-to for brides wanting to add something extra to their bridal attire without distracting from the dress. Available in various sizes and designs, they can be incorporated into many bridal hairstyles, either clustered together or scattered apart.
Bridal Headbands & Crowns - Striking wedding hair bands and crowns are ideal for those wanting to make an impact with their accessories. As one of the easiest bridal accessories to wear, they tend to be placed in a classic tiara position and stay put without additional pins, making them particularly popular with short and fine-haired brides.
Hair Combs & Clips - Available in various sizes and styles, bridal combs and clips can be placed in multiple positions. Use these pretty pieces to accentuate up or half-and-half dos by securing at the crown or, if wearing tresses down, place on the side of the head, just above the ear, for a timeless glam vibe.
Bridal Earrings & Jewellery - Choose from glistening stud, bracelet and necklace jewellery sets to suit your style and coordinate with ease. Or alternatively, pick standalone pieces, such as bold bridal earrings, to make an impactful big day statement.
Bobby Pin’s Top Tips For Choosing Bridal Accessories
Stay true to your style - The wedding accessories you pick should elevate and personalise your look. As such, they will need to suit both your personal and wedding style as the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or out of place. So think about the accessories and jewellery you like to wear - the metals, style, and adornments - as well as your wedding theme/styling - the colours, decor, feel and setting.
Consider your wedding dress style - Bit of an obvious one, but the aim is to pick pieces that will complement, not clash with, your dress. For example, if the gown is heavily embellished, you might choose subtle sparkle in your accessories to pick out the dress detailing without going OTT. Meanwhile, if you have a pared-back dress design, you can afford to up the ante with your accessories. Strapless gown? Then perhaps choose drop or hoop earrings, or a necklace, to avoid your shoulder area looking stark.
Switch up your look - If you’re spoilt for choice, it could be that you do an accessory switch part way through the day to change up your look. Within our new 2022 Pure Collection, we have ‘twinning’ accessories that are perfect for this. These are beautifully coordinated bridal hair vines, pins, crowns, clips and earrings that can be built up and interchanged for different elements of your celebrations, giving you multiple looks with one consistent theme.
Don’t forget about your bridesmaids - Likewise, our ‘twinning’ pieces are a dream for your bridal party’s accessories too. So, you could pick a stunning bridal headband and earrings to wear and then select the coordinating hairpins to accessorise your bridesmaids’ attire. We also have a separate range of gorgeous bridesmaid and flower girl accessories and gifts, meaning you find everything you need in just one place.
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