5 Unique Accessories to Make Your Bridesmaids’ Dresses Pop

A bride surrounded by her bridesmaids, all wearing bohemian floral crowns.

Are you looking for the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids? Picking the right attire for your bridal party is incredibly important. Not only do you want to look your best, but you want your closest family and friends to feel confident in their appearance on your big day as well. The problem? Bridesmaid dresses can be expensive, especially when you select one with all the bells and whistles. The fancier the dress, the more money you or your bridesmaids will need to spend. There are ways, however, to spruce up a simpler (and less expensive) bridesmaid dress for your wedding. One great way to accomplish this is by choosing exciting accessories to add to the ensemble. If this seems like the right option for you, here are five great items you can use to make your bridesmaids’ dresses really pop for you wedding!

1. Belts

Three bridesmaids with purple bows on their dresses.

Many dresses look extra amazing when paired with a matching or contrasting belt. Some bridesmaid dresses will actually come with a matching belt. A belt can provide a visually stunning break in a long dress, especially if it’s all one solid color. In addition to functioning as a source of bold design and color, belts can also be very flattering. They’re also available in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your bridesmaid dresses.

2. Flowers

Flowers have always had their place in wedding ceremonies and receptions. They are not, however, often used as a fashion accessory for bridesmaids beyond the incorporation of a traditional bouquet. Using flowers to spruce up your bridesmaid dresses may be perfect for your event. If you decide to go this route, be sure to choose flowers that complement the dress you have chosen. Will your bridesmaids be wearing a single shoulder dress? Consider a corsage for the opposite wrist to create a beautiful line of sight that flows from the flower piece to the faces of your lovely bridesmaids. If, on the other hand, your bridesmaids will be wearing a dress with a low or plunging neckline, consider pinning flowers strategically to add additional coverage and aesthetic appeal. If your wedding theme allows, you may also want to have your bridesmaids wear matching flower crowns to add a more natural or bohemian touch to the ensemble.

3. Covers

A bride surrounded by two bridesmaids wearing dark jackets over their red dresses.

Another great accessory worth considering for your bridesmaid dresses are covers. These include both scarves and shawls and are perfect for outdoor weddings, especially in cooler months. If your ceremony or reception take place outside, your bridesmaids will greatly appreciate a little extra protection from the cold weather or wind. If you’re planning to have a winter wedding, heavier cloaks can provide warmth while still remaining aesthetically pleasing. On the flip side, outdoor weddings in the summer can lead to sunburn if your bridesmaid dresses don’t have shoulders or sleeves. Providing your girls with a light scarf made of silk or nylon will provide extra protection from the sun without being too hot.

Apart from function, covers can be extremely stylish. This is especially true if you choose a strapless or off-the-shoulder dress. Sheer fabric allows the arms and shoulders to show through without leaving your bridesmaids feeling overly exposed. A more opaque fabric allows for additional color to compliment or contrast your final dress selection.

4. Jewelry

While jewelry is a relatively standard accessory for both the bridesmaids and the bride, the true power is in how you use it. The impact of an extravagant necklace may be lost if you choose a busier dress. Simpler dress options, however, allow for jewelry additions to make your entire outfit stand out more. Consider purchasing or making a set of jewelry to give to each of your girls as a bridal gift. Remember these tips when picking jewelry for your bridesmaids:

  • Choose metals that match (or appropriately contrast) your dress selection
  • Remember the neckline of the dress when choosing a necklace or earrings
  • See the pairing together before purchasing

Additionally, don’t be afraid to pick something with personal flair. This is your big day, after all, and if you want your bridesmaids wearing peacock feather headdresses and necklaces to match your theme, then that’s what you should get them. Embrace the inner you and have fun picking the perfect jewelry for your wedding.

5. Shoes

Bridesmaids wearing brown cowboy boots.

Finally, shoes are an excellent accessory often used to tie a bridesmaid’s ensemble together. While a simple matching color or design is fine, the shoes you select can go a long way to creating a truly unique look for your bridesmaids. Get creative with your shoe selection, but remember that not every bridesmaid is capable of wearing a steep heel. There are a variety of ways to beautify a look with just about any type of footwear, from flats to wedges. Take some time to look up options online. You can also consider adding your own adornment to shoes, bringing your girls together for a fun shoe decorating party before your wedding for some additional bonding.

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