I’ve gotten to the point where nothing planning related feels as good as checking something off my list. And I just knocked off a big (at least for me) one—I nailed down my bridal accessories.
If you read my post on accessories from a while back, you know I was seriously waffling about what to get. But at this point, I’ve got it nailed down…and I’m thrilled with the final look.
I ended up deciding to mix gold with pearls on my accessories—and even though the actual rings are silver (remember how pretty they are?!?) I think it’ll work. Of course, I don’t have a picture of my final “bridal look” on me…but as a refresher, here’s what I’m doing.
Hair: I fell in love with a couple of hundred-plus-buck hair combs at BHLDN, but given that my day-to-day look is a ponytail, I couldn’t justify the expense. Enter Etsy, and BridalShopCollection, a local (to me) vendor who does beautiful, affordable combs—and she’s QUICK with custom work, too.
I love the mixture of pearls and rhinestones, and it really pops against my hair color. It’s about five inches long and SO delicate. | Image via BridalShopCollection
I loved a lot in the shop, but I only wanted one longer, asymmetrical comb, so we worked on a custom piece that I’m obsessed with.
Jewelry: Honestly, I was obsessed with the BHLDN necklace from my gold collage in that initial accessories post—it’s perfectly shaped for the dress, a beautiful mixture of gold and pearls (to pick up on my pearl straps), and I loved it. I was going to buy it with my tax return, and BOOM…it sold out before Christmas.
But it turns out, Mr. W had noticed I’d kept visiting the site—he was using my laptop for a week and probably stalked my browser history, and he bought it as a Christmas gift.
SO pretty | Image via BHLDN
It’s even more beautiful in person, and it really picks up the details in my dress. I’m so excited to wear it for the first time on our wedding day.
I’m definitely leaning toward no earrings—they drive me INSANE, and I’m considering a very simple pearl bracelet. I may see if my mother has one I can borrow…and if not, I’ll probably pick something up in Chicago the week of the wedding.
Belt: I’ve actually decided to belt my dress (and to belt the dress I wear for the rehearsal dinner, when I finally get my act together) with the same belt. I’ll probably also wear it for our at home reception in May.
The detail on this is insane. | Image via BHLDN
The dress is beautiful as-is, but I’ve worked really hard to whittle down my waist, and I want to accentuate it. And this belt is SO cool up close—it’s kinda crocheted gold wire with little pearls and beads. I can’t wait to wear it.
Veil: I’ve got a veil and I AM going to wear it…for the ceremony and a few pictures, at least. I mean, first communion aside, your wedding is really the only time you can wear a veil.
The veil I picked | Image via Yuri C Wedding Shoppe
I went with a simple ivory drop veil—just a single layer. I didn’t want to cover the details on the dress or that pretty hair comb too much. And I loved that I got to support another local, woman-owned business in the process!
Shoes: I’ve been breaking in my blue glittery shoes by wearing them around the house with socks to stretch them out, and I THINK it’s going well. I’m committing—they’re going to be my something blue.
So I’ll be wearing them for pictures and the ceremony, and as far into the night as I can. And since my dress is the perfect length with heels, I’m throwing a second pair into the mix—they’re so beat up I’m not sharing a picture, but they’re gold cushy wedges I can dance forever in.
And of course, the dress: It’s been altered, and it is PERFECT. And since I’m a terrible blogger, I took no pictures whatsoever during the alterations process.
But it was possibly the easiest alterations job ever. I worked with Lara of Folklore Dress Studio here in Los Angeles—yes, another small, woman-owned business. Are you sensing a theme?
And all the dress really needed was a bustle, some cups in the boobs, and for the lining to be let out a hair in the thighs.
I can’t say enough about how fantastic my experience with Lara was—she was quick and accommodating of my schedule, and did beautiful work at a reasonable price. Plus, she was able to fit me in with little notice. (Who knew alterations people book up MONTHS in advance?!?)
Honestly, I wish I’d known about her before I shopped000she does beautiful custom dresses, too.