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Brides-to-be can often fall guilty of leaving their wedding day accessories until the last minute but this is what completes the overall look and so requires careful thought.

Everything from the headpiece, garter and shoes falls into this category which means some serious shopping.

The accessories will need to be built around the chosen dress and while they can help make a style statement ladies have to be careful not to go too OTT. As a general rule brides opting for a detailed dress will choose to keep their accessories simple and those with plainer gowns will look to more striking add-ons to attract attention.

Starting from the top brides-to-be will need to decide if they would like a veil, headpiece or even a flower crown to head-up their attire. The traditional veil is back on trend and comes in various lengths to suit different styles of dresses, from fancy floor-length designs to edgy birdcage creations.

Headpieces and hair accessories offer brides even more choice in the form of headbands, combs, pins, slides and forehead bands. Designs can be picked to fit the theming of the wedding, whether it be vintage, Hollywood glamour or effortless elegance, and bride can go as subtle or striking as they wish.

Flower crowns are particularly well suited to those saying their ‘I dos’ outdoors in woodland settings as they emit a natural and ethereal feel.

Next, jewellery. It might be that a bride has a precious item passed on from a relative that they will wear on their wedding day, or that the groom is planning to present their wife to be with some special sparkle for the occasion. Whatever the case a bride should again make her choices in line with the gown. So if the dress has a high neckline a necklace will be out and a bride may instead opt for some dazzling earrings to pick up on the detail in her dress and perhaps a bracelet to match. Alternatively if the dress is strapless a necklace, statement or simple, would be a worthy addition.

Some brides will also consider a decorative belt to complete their chosen outfit, particularly if their dress is a fairly simple in terms of detail. A bejewelled belt is not only an effective way to add interest but can also improve a bride’s silhouette by nipping in at the waist.

Garters are also an optional extra, though in the name of tradition and fun most brides will slip one on, plus it can be a good way to conceal their something blue.

Shoes are possibly the part of the accessories shopping that gets ladies most excited. Out of all areas it’s certainly worth splurging more on fancy footwear as it’s the one part of the outfit a bride is likely to wear beyond her wedding day. At one stage a not a lot of fuss was made over wedding shoes but now they tend to be photographed as a point of interest both before and during the celebrations. Ladies can go all out with designer heels, add a pop of colour to proceeding with vivid footwear or go for something a little out of the ordinary. For brides who suffer from aching feet there is also the option to buy two pairs; heels for day and flats for night to ensure they can party into the small hours.

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