Your wedding day look doesn't stop with a dress. You need to think about it from head to toe – hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and especially the bridal accessories! And nobody knows bridal accessories better than Kata Banko Couture. Colleen, the designer behind this Pittsburgh-based company (a Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member!) is visiting today and sharing her 10 best tips for choosing your wedding day accoutrements!
In my years of working in the fashion and bridal industries, I have learned much about the ins and outs of pulling your look together with accessorizing. I would love to share some insight with you. I realize that it can be overwhelming: everyone has an opinion, everyone wants to sell you as much as they can, and somewhere in between all of this, the look you envisioned becomes lost. So here are some tips on how to bring your entire wedding day look together!
1.) No one knows you better than you know yourself.
First and foremost, never abandon your personal style. Just because you are getting married doesn’t mean you need to go outside of your personal style. If you don’t normally wear a lot of jewelry, don’t start now. If you are more laid back in your everyday look, keep it simple. In most cases, less is more!
2.) When it comes to accessorizing, start with the dress.
That’s where it all begins. If your style is heavily beaded or blinged out, keep your accessories minimal. Choose a plain veil, which is super classy, and forgo the necklace. Actually, in fact in most cases, forgo the necklace, unless it is a dainty little heirloom that is special to you. If your gown is plain, you have more options: add a belt, do a crown, add some lace or florals into your veil, or keep the entire look chic and simple.
3.) To match or mix metals?
Match your metals. If you are wearing rose gold earrings, you want to keep that rose gold flowing. On the other hand, you can also have a fair mix of metals. Just make sure they are cohesive.
4.) To veil or not to veil?
I always say veil. You are getting married; the veil is a tradition just as much as the gown. Do it…but!…
5.) Choose a simple, little hair accessory for after the ceremony.
When it comes to choosing your veil, always remember you probably will not want to wear it at your reception. With every hug, the veil gets tugged. So having a hair accessory to add for the reception is always a nice touch.
6.) Too much bling is possible.
You want to be careful with over embellishing. You want the eye to be focused on how beautiful you look in your gown. The gown should always stand out more than the accessories.
7.) Skip the matchy matchy look.
Lace dress, lace veil, lace accessories. It’s just too much and it takes the focus off of your whole look. Even worse, you’ll get lost in it.
8.) Incorporate something old with something new.
I always create custom items for brides, incorporating heirloom veils, lace from grandma’s dress, etc. This can be very beautiful and it’s one of a kind.
9.) Work accessories into your wedding day budget.
Be prepared to spend money on your accessories, just as you are prepared to spend money on your dress.
10.) And the most important advice of all…
Be yourself and be comfortable.
This process should be FUN! But it can be daunting, I know. When you look through magazines and on Pinterest and see all of these editorials, remember this – they are not real brides. Most of the time, they are styled, edited shoots, which are great for inspiration but aren’t always realistic.
Thanks for dishing your expert advice, Colleen! Be sure to check out Kata Banko Couture for the most amazing head pieces, veils, belts, and even luxe bridal garters. Then comment below and tell me what accessories you'll be wearing on your big day!