How to Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

  It has never, ever been enough to wear just a wedding dress on your wedding day. Think about it. All the most beautiful wedding day looks include some sort of bridal add-on: a veil, a tiara, some earrings. Bridal Specialists at Anya bridal Warehouse will tell you how important it is that you visualize the  entire wedding day look from head to toe. Some brides can dream up the complete look in their minds, and others need a little help. In other words, ask your specialist  to "snatch you up"! Here are several tips to help you jazz up your wedding day look.

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The first thing you will decide after you pick the dress of your dreams is whether or not it needs more embellishment on the neckline. Some wedding dresses have fully beadibng bodices or a heavily jeweled neckline trim. In such cases, a necklace might compete with the design of the dress, causing the eye to be drawn away from the more favorable elements of the dress. Also, determine your own style preferences. Some brides consider themselves to be more low-maintenance and less flashy. These are the brides who prefer a more simple, modest neckline. If that's you, consider a thin-strand neckline with a simple teardrop or pearl versus a bedazzled show-stopper necklace.

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The need for earrings or a necklace can also be interchangeable. In many cases, a bride might opt for one over the other, as having both extravagant chandelier earrings and a full diamond necklace might be too much ( unless of course glam fabulous is the theme of your wedding). With that said, a simple chandelier earring can really top off the look, especially if your gown is strapless with very little beading.  

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Obviously, wearing an informal watch on your wedding day is not necessarily appropriate. However, there are some pearl-adorned watches that have a more vintage, bridal feel. You can also opt for sporting a lovely pearl or platinum bracelet or nothing at all. Bracelets are great opportunities to wear something borrowed, like a heirloom piece from your mother or grandmother.

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Ahhh, don't we all just love a beautiful veil? The fun part about picking a veil is that there are so many design options to consider: lace trim, beaded trim, cathedral length, finger tip length, etc. But at the end of the day, the style you choose should complement the style of your dress. Many simplistic style dresses look amazing with extravagant veils and vice versa. On the other hand, the silhouette of the dress can determine the veil length that you select. Many mermaid styles work great with either an elbow-length or cathedral length veil. You should also decide how you want to walk down the aisle. A bride marrying in a cathedral wearing a traditional ball gown may be more likely to float down the aisle in a cathedral veil versus the bride having an intimate garden wedding. Play around with different styles, until you find the one!

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The tiara is a classic bridal touch. Most brides know from the jump if a tiara is something to incorporate into the look or not. A great tiara will add a hint of elegance to your look. Anya Bridal offers beautiful tiaras through our partners at Mariell and En Vogue. You can opt for a tiara with Swarovski or Austrian crystals and Freshwater pearls. But be sure to take your tiara with you to your hair appointments so they your stylist can help to create a style that will work beautifully with your tiara.

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A headband is a great alternative to the tiara. Some brides love the idea of framing the face with a beautiful piece of jewelry, but aren't necessarily in love with the tiara look. In that case, a headband will offer the same level of intricate design in a slightly less causal way. 

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Clearly, the options are endless and there's no limit to what you can do to add an extra touch to your wedding day style. When you visit, talk to your bridal specialist about both the dress and the accessories to go with it. Have fun!  

Model: Mersiha Ramic Dress: Allure Bridals Photographer: Kara Yates  

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