Before we begin, let’s make one thing clear: A bride should wear whatever makes her happy on her wedding day. No matter what I or any other editor or magazine says, ultimately, the decision is yours and as long as you wear what you like, you’re choosing the right thing.
Nonetheless, with my own nuptials exactly one month away, you can imagine how often these things are discussed, just within the WWW office alone. And, after telling countless tales of how hard it was navigating the overwhelming world of bridalwear, and especially accessories, I decided to share some of the dos and don’ts I came to settle on.
Not to give too much away, but the general motto here is that: When I imagine looking back at my wedding photos 20 years from now, I’d like to avoid having to defend my choices with: “It was trending on Pinterest.”
So, without further ado, see the items this editor won’t be sporting on her big day, and continue to shop the pieces I totally would!
Not quite sure how this became the wedding shoe of our generation when there are so much more forward and flattering options out there! A peep-toe pump has the all the extra foot coverage of a pointed-toe pump without the flattering aspect: the elongated, pointed toe, and if you’d rather opt for a sandal, a pretty and more delicate two-strap style would do the trick.
To be honest, everything about the garter tradition makes me just a tad uncomfortable. First, the just thought of wearing it on my upper thigh for more than five hours makes me itch. Second, the idea of having it retrieved and tossed to all the single men at the reception in front of all my closest friends and relatives sounds truly mortifying. Kudos to you, if you can handle it, but as far as wedding traditions go, I’d rather stick with something blue.
My take on flower crowns is that they’re fun for a few minutes (aka one photo), at say, a bridal shower, or intimate girl’s gathering, but on my wedding day, which will take place in New York City (not on the countryside and nowhere near a grassy field), I’d prefer to skip the Woodstock references and opt for something sleek and timeless with my hairstyle.
Don’t get me wrong, I love some good waist accentuation, but in my opinion, an ornate ribbon is not the way to do it. Instead, why not opt for a delicate belt à la Elie Saab, a simple ribbon, or have your dress fit tightly at the waist during the (many) fittings?
Now, I didn’t even know was a thing until I was knee-deep in my Pinterest search of “wedding accessories,” and I couldn’t escape them. See what I mean at your own risk. Nonetheless, I’ll definitely be passing on the bejeweled or floral anklets and “barefoot sandals” as they are apparently called, and letting a delicate earring, bracelet, or even watch do the talking.
SHOP EDITOR-APPROVED WEDDING ACCESSORIES
We’ve never seen bridal shoes like these before.
After the big day, make this part of your everyday jewelry routine.
If you want to opt for a second ring at the wedding, why not pick a personalized one?
We love a celestial touch.
Silver and white are one of our favorite combos.
Because of the contrast, this is especially amazing for brunettes.
Let these be your something blue.
Feel like a fashion girl on your big day with this Attico pouch.
Satin may be extra trendy now, but it’s actually a timeless fabric.
We love this unexpected hair accessory.
These feel a bit edgier than your average wedding earrings, and we love that.
Anything grosgrain is a yes in our book.
Depending on your hairstyle and wedding dress’s neckline, you can play around with how and where you tie the bow!
Bride-to-be or not, we all need this bag.
We’d take any excuse to buy these.
If not for the big day, I’d plan another wedding-related party just to wear this.
“Delicate” is always a safe route.