Once you’ve selected your wedding dress, it’s time to turn your scavenger hunt to those all important wedding accessories. Wedding shoes, jewellery and maybe a bag should be the next items on your style hit list. Of course, you will need the shoes for your first fitting but with most dresses taking at least three months, you probably have time to shop around. But don’t rest on your laurels, my wedding shoes had quite a trip around Europe before they finally arrived on the day of my first fitting (thanks to Antonia & her Dad), so it’s best to hop to it asap.
When it comes to jewellery, this may be something gifted by your partner or their family, so it’s worth discussing in advance what will work with your outfit on the day. And when it comes to bags, this is very much a personal choice and may depend on what kind of day you have planned. If you’re moving between venues, somewhere to store your necessities is great but just be sure someone else has eyes on it too as you should also be able to lose yourself in the moment, not lose your purse. Think about what you will actually need on your person on the day that someone else can’t keep hold of – try to abandon your phone for the day and just enjoy the moment. It will go so fast, so if you can keep hands-free, do! Nominate a family member, bridesmaid or friend who hopefully won’t get too plastered and ask them if they wouldn’t mind looking after whatever you may need during your big day.
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Wedding shoes, like the rest of your day, are entirely personal. If you’re a high heel wearer, it stands to reason that you’ll want to keep up the tradition for the big day. But if like me you can’t remember the last time you wore heels, don’t feel that you need to embrace them for your wedding unless you specifically want to. For the most part no one will see your shoes, so really do opt for something you’ll be comfortable and happy in. Remember there is a lot of walking, standing and dancing (yay) on the day, so factor this in to your footwear. There is nothing worse than wearing shoes that leave you in agony before your first dance. In the weeks leading up to the big day, try to wear your shoes in round the house if possible to avoid blisters and discomfort on the day. If you can’t, a small tin of Vaseline could be a lifesaver on the day for any rubbing so make sure you or a bridal party member has some to hand!
With that in mind, here are some of my favourite wedding day shoe ideas. And remember, you don’t have to break the bank… unless you want to, of course!
All that glitters
New Look is a great place for wedding shoes. They have some super cute sparkly metallic and neutral hued styles that will ensure you feel party ready.
Ballet pumps are an elegant choice for a flat wedding shoe. These gorgeous quilted Pretty Ballerinas are dishing out some serious Chanel vibes and as a flat shoe, you should be able to party all night long.
If you’ve always wanted a designer pair of shoes, then this is your moment. You will never possess a greater reason and excuse to splash the cash (although Antonia and I are big fans of the Treat Yourself school of thought for multitudes of occasions), so if you’ve hesitated, now’s the time to add a pair of Jimmy Choos or Louboutins to your arsenal. But remember, wear the shoes in round the house, you don’t want to be blistered and uncomfortable on the big day.
Kate Middleton is a big fan of LK Bennett shoes, keeping her look classic with flesh toned high heeled LK Bennett pumps on a regular basis. So channel a bit of royal style with these sleek shoes that you can certainly wear loads after your wedding too – a great investment piece.
Love the embellished look but not the price tag? We hear you. But you really don’t have to spend loads to get great detailing and these impressive Shein shoes are testament to that. If you’ve got a long dress, the shoes really are more for you than anyone else, but if you want to keep things fun and fancy, these slingback flats under £20 are an amazing choice.
Of course there are a multitude of brands that specialise in making your wedding day Dorothy dreams come true, with bridal styles to suit a range of tastes. From classic white courts, to bowed pumps and glitzy, deco styles, these designers are here to service the bridal industry and get what you need from your wedding day shoes. Labels like Emmy London also have a range of coordinating accessories, such as matching clutch bags to shoes too.
I am an absolute trainer fiend, so I am all about sporty wedding shoes. This collaboration between Keds and Kate Spade is perfect for wedding attire. Sparkles? Check! Ribbon shoelaces? Check! If you wanted to keep it sporty but smart, this is the shoe for you.
Depending on your wedding day, a bag may or may not be relevant. Of course a chic and stylish clutch bag that compliments your outfit and shoes is the ideal but as we said earlier, if you can go hands free to allow yourself to be fully in the moment, do so. Otherwise here are 5 stylish wedding clutch bags for brides to be.
This beautifully sculpted bag is quite a statement piece and one that definitely ticks the bridal box, without being too wedding-y. You can certainly use this again as a sweet summer clutch on nights out.
If you’ve gone for a laid back, bohemian feel, then this crafty woven bag is a perfect accompaniment to your wedding attire. The chain is also super handy for hands-free dancing later in the day.
The pouch is one of the most sought after handbag silhouettes and you can’t go wrong with this Bottega Venetta boucle bag. As the model shows, this again will be a favourite long after your wedding day, but this little clutch is certainly another treat yourself moment.
High Street Hero
But you don’t need to go designer to inject some sparkle into your day. This glitzy, hardshell clutch will fit your essentials and ensure your accessories keep the party vibe going. Again, it doubles as a great evening clutch post the big day.
BEAUTIFULLY – Silver, Diamante Embellished Clutch Bag, £195, Dune London
Woohoo, Jimmy Choo!
This delicate, nappa leather clutch, with sparkle clutch detail is simply divine. With the option for a shoulder chain, this is definitely at the higher end of the budget, but if you can’t indulge at your wedding, when can you?
Pearls are obviously a beautiful choice for wedding attire – glistening white, fresh and pure, they symbolic fit with the feel of the day too. These sweet and simple freshwater cultured pearl drop earrings from Pandora are a stylish and subtle choice.
In all likelihood, your dress will do the talking on your wedding day, so keep wedding jewellery simple and meaningful. Opt for subtle, slim bracelets that delicately complement the details of your outfit, as opposed to detracting from the main event.
Individuality Should Still Be Encouraged
Just because it’s your wedding and there is huge pressure to ‘conform’, don’t feel you have to be devoid of personal touches. Yes, you probably want the dress to do the talking and you may want to embrace tradition (even just for one day) but you can still add personality into your accessory choices. Whether that means with sleek, but more edgy jewellery, or more sculptural pieces, it’s important you feel like you. After all, that’s who your partner is marrying.
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