The Final Touch – Accessories

Ask any woman and she will tell you : Nothing compares to a nice piece of jewelry. 

The question of “real or fake?” no longer holds much significance since the cost and quality of good costume jewelry can far exceed that of some ‘fine ‘ jewelry. The real problem is how much or how little do you wear.  I think the best way to do this is to think of  your gown as the cake and your jewelry as the frosting. How much frosting do you want? Would you prefer to be a glittering princess, dripping in ‘diamonds’ or would a modest pearl choker suit your needs just fine?

The first step in the process is to decide on a headpiece. Many years ago headpieces were designed to match a specific gown. Each gown was accompanied by its very own headpiece and veil. The designers spent hours creating the total look and they were sold as such but now, gown designers rarely even produce headpieces.

After you find your headpiece and veil it is important to book a hair appointment to have your hair styled with the headpiece and veil. My suggestion is to book this appointment on a day when you can try on the gown, whether it is for a fitting or not. Once you have a picture of the total look, you can get an idea of how much or how little jewelry you want.  If you have a favorite piece of jewelry or a family heirloom you want to wear, bring it with you so you can see how it looks with the entire ensemble.

The most common mistake brides make when selecting accessories for their wedding is listening to other people. Other people do not live inside your body, they do not know what is comfortable to you  on your skin or what is out of character for you or simply put, what you can afford. Find the pieces you like, big or small and go with it. I can tell you I am very uncomfortable with post earrings, they constantly pinch so I spend all night tugging at my ears and finally throw them in my purse. 

Speaking of purses, don’t forget that you might want to carry a small bag with some touch-ups for  your makeup and breath mints (no gum, please). There are so many gorgeous bridal purses that can be transitioned in to evening purses that it would be a shame not to have one. It doesn’t have to completely match the gown  since you will not be carrying it around with you and I have NEVER seen a bridal portrait or wedding picture where the bride is holding a purse.  Something beautiful will work, something embellished that you could carry to a cocktail party or another wedding would be fantastic.

Another sometimes forgotten accessory is the bracelet. You don’t have to worry about which arm to wear the bracelet. Again this is a comfort issue. your wedding rings will be on  he left hand so the right arm might need a little sparkle. But, if you always wear your bracelets on the left, do what works best for you. You don’t want to be speing the evening adjusting and fidgeting at your wrist.

Do not purchase anything that pinches, pulls, tugs or leaves red marks on your skin no matter what anyone tells you.

Do spend a little extra money for something that is of better quality….you will wear it again and again.

At each and every Bridal Expo we have accessories on stage and manyof our  accessory vendors display their merchandise for you to try on. Call 847-428-3320 today to book an appointment to see a show in your area.

-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago

Purses, pens and pillows – Don’t sweat the small stuff

When your wedding day draws near, there will be about a dozen little things to do that seem insignificant but, can actually make a big difference in the overall day. Its detail time, folks and if you want to to be creative, it’s time to put on your thinking cap and think outside the box!

Bridal Purses used  to be as simple as little satin drawstring  satchels made but now brides are opting for sparkling, jewel encrusted clutches. Invest a little more money and you will have a glittery reminder of your wedding day that you can carry to every black tie function for years to come. No need to carry a ton of stuff in your purse, just  a few makeup essentials for touch ups as the evening wears on. you will not want to carry it down the aisle so have someone like the maid of honor or your mother hold onto the purse during the ceremony or reception.

Guest Books are still very popular but some couples are mixing it up by  having guests sign the over-sized mat on their engagement photo. The photo is then framed and unlike the traditional guest book can hang prominently in their home for years to come, remembering the well wishes they received and reminding them of your friendship. 

Don’t forget the pen! Whether you like l ostrich feather plume pens or sleek sterling stylographs, you can find one that resembles your wedding decor. There are hundreds of styles and colors, just make sure the pen writes easily and is not bulky or hard to use. Beware of fountain pens since most people aren’t used to writing with them any more, they can leak and be very tricky to maneuver.

Ring Bearer Pillow –If you have children in your wedding and you have opted for a ring bearer, you will want to find a pillow that is fool-proof. The image of a young boy in an Eton Suit comes to mind with the rings balanced squarely in the center. In case your ring bearer is not able to perform this task with perfect balance, or gets easily distracted, I would suggest having a ring pillow with ribbons attached so that you can tie the rings  in order to hold them in place. Tie the ribbons securely but so they are easily untied. Easy enough, right?  The traditional ring pillow is white or ivory – the same color as the dress. It can be adorned with lace or whatever fabrics you desire. New versions of the ring  pillow include the colors of the wedding. To me they just look like sofa pillows. Sometimes it is best to stick with tradition.

Pillow alternatives have been popping up all over the place. How about a  satin or silver box with the rings in it for safekeeping? There are also very wedding  bowls with a loop to tie the rings in place, usually etched with the couple’s name and wedding date. Hollowed out books, satin halters for dogs to carry the rings, mini-suitcases and just about everything else under the sun. If the pillow bothers you , there are alternatives. The pillow seems adorable enough to me.

Card Holder – Lets face it, in lieu of gifts it is perfectly acceptable in many cultures to give an ‘envelope’ as a wedding gift. In some cultures it is merely expected. In previous years, the only thing available was a large white satin box with an opening large enough to slip a card into…. even one that was stuffed with cash. Now, there are more options than there are colors in the rainbow!  Custom white wire boxes, wedding suitcases, wedding birdcages, boxes that are shaped to look like a wedding cake and the list goes on. Most of the boxes are fabric covered and some are adorned with ribbons either in white or colors matching the wedding.

Whether you are having twenty or two hundred guests, these little things can make a huge difference in the impact of your day. They can also  add up quickly so make sure you have room in your budget to get creative at the last minute. 

-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago