Wedding Dress Accessories

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There are a wide variety of different types of wedding accessories that are available for brides to choose for their most important day of their life.  Some types of common wedding dress accessories include veils, gloves, various head pieces, and several pieces of jewelry including inexpensive wedding bands and precious wedding bands.  These accessories are discussed in detail in this post.  Other accessories include the wedding shoes and wedding handbags, which are discussed in another article.  Important wedding accessories include invitations, wedding favors, wedding coasters, note cards, and labels.  In addition, a bride-to-be should seriously consider a wedding website and a free universal wedding registry.

Another important item on every bride’s list should be the all imporfant name changing ritual.  To avoid the stress of this chore on top of all the other important things to do for the big day, here is a handy checklist of all the places that you would need to change your name.  There is even a simple name-changing kit available that can greatly simplify your life.

In addition, every bride should seriously consider a pre-nuptial agreement with her future husband to protect her assets and finances that exist prior to her marriage.  This will provide a lot of peace of mind and a great start to the marriage.

Wedding Dress with Flower Bouquet

Types of Wedding Accessories

When it comes to wedding accessories, some brides have it all figured out to the tee while others don’t have a clue on what accessories they want or need or simply don’t quite have it on their sleeves. The wide variety of wedding accessories that are available can be overwhelming, but this guide will help you to sort it all out and figure out what you would like in your own wedding.  They add a touch of grace and elegance to your wedding gown and enhances the overall appearance on your most important day of your life.  If you’re not quite sure about which accessories you should choose for your own wedding, here are some ideas for the different options that you have available.


Wedding Veil

A veil is a piece of sheer fabric that a bride wears over her head. There are several types of veils that are classified according to their length. Nowadays, a lot of brides have decided to walk into a wedding ceremony without a veil and ditched the idea of having a veil all together.

However if you are one of the the ones that do want to have a veil in your wedding outfit, read below for a description of the various kinds of wedding veils that are available.

Also, check out the gallery and reviews of a wide variety of wedding veils.

Wedding veil styles

Veils come in different shapes, sizes, and fabric materials.  There are different shapes of wedding veils such as standard cut with round corners, standard cut with square corners, center gathered, rectangular cut, handkerchief cut, oval cut, drop veil, mantilla cut, cascading sides cut, and mantilla cut.  The different sizes of wedding veils include shoulder length, waist or elbow length, hip or fingertip length, floor length, train or chapel length, and long train or cathedral length.  Some types of fabrics that are used for wedding veils include soft tulle with 100% nylon, silk tulle, English net made of polyester nylon, point d’esprit, swiss dot, chiffon and organza.

There are a few types of veils that are based on the length of the veil.

  • Birdcage veil–comes with a short cover-up on the face with a wide range of lengths Some cover down to the eyes, the nose, and sometimes even the entire face. For this kind of veil, it is highly recommended that you wear a sheath dress and add some feathers or vintage brooches as accents to complement the overall outfit. The veil will come so close to your face that you might find it hard to blink especially if you’re wearing fake lashes.  Therefore, it might be best to avoid using fake eyelashes if you are planning to use the birdcage veil.
  • Flyaway veil–a wispy, multi-layered veil that falls behind the head at its shortest and goes over the shoulders at the longest.  This kind of veil is much more suitable for a more casual wedding, especially if it is worn by a simple bride who has a playful personality. If you have short hair, this veil can be placed easily and gracefully over your head.  If you have long hair, a simple, low-key hairdo will work wonders for making this type of veil look great and you’ll be all set.
  • Elbow veil–ends just above the elbow. It’s a long enough veil to instill grace and elegance, yet short enough to be practical and easy to use in a wedding gown. The elbow veil can be worn with short casual dresses as well as with dresses that have no trains or short trains. It is highly recommended that long pencil sheath dresses be used for this kind of veil. The versatile length of the elbow veil works well with any type of hairstyle, whether it be long or short hair.
  • Fingertip veil–extends as far as your outstretched fingertips. This type of veil complements any long wedding dress and is suitable for taller women.   It will not be suitable for petite women since they can easily sink in the cape-like veil.  The fingertip veil is also not suitable for night weddings since its length will greatly interfere with your planned activities such as dancing the night away.
  • Waltz veil–also known as the ballet veil and ends between the calf and the ankle. The waltz veil is usually worn with a double layer and a blusher up front. This type of veil adds a touch of drama to your wedding day and is also unique since not many brides choose this veil for their wedding day.  As a result, you might not be able to easily find it at shops or bridal salons and will have to do a more extensive search if you do choose to wear this type of veil. The waltz veil goes very well with a figure-hugging dress that does not have a train or that has a very short train. When using this type of veil, choose small and understated accessories to complement the veil since the veil already has so much drama going on.
  • Sweep veil and the Chapel veil–often used interchangeably even though there is a small difference between them. The sweep veil sweeps the ground lightly, while the chapel veil extends a few inches above the floor. Both are great veils to use with flowing gowns and floor-length trains. These veils would also look extremely well with wedding dresses made of specialty fabric as they add a wonderful touch of glamour and drama.
  • Cathedral veil–is the longest, most formal, most regal, and most dramatic veil out of all the veils and many times draws more attention than the dress itself. Wearing this veil is an excellent way to make a bold statement and gives the bride a certain presence in the room. The caythedral veil will also bring in a wonderful visual impact as well as as sense of great drama to the scene. The veil extends up to five yards beyond the gown’s train. Because of this great length, this type of veil will give you breathtaking pictures of the entire wedding outfit. When wearing the cathedral veil, always wear long dresses and short dresses do not look good with this kind of veil. Mermaid, trumpet, and ball gown dresses with a wide variety of delicate fabric materials will look perfect with the veil. In addition, add a jeweled hairpiece for a maximum impact.
  • Mantilla veil–actually pinned to the crown of the head and has an unique feel to it. The mantilla veil usually comes with demure detailing on the edges of the fabric of the veil which gives the bride a feminine look.


The neckline of your wedding gown plays a big role in determining what kind of necklaces you can wear.  If you have a sweetheart neckline or a strapless gown, practically any type of necklace will go with these types of wedding dresses such as bold statement jewelry or simple pendents.  In addition, if you have a boat type neckline or a wide V neckline, these also greatly support having a statement type of necklace to go with the dress.


In the case of a wedding dress with thicker straps, a high neckline, or a narrow V-neck, you want to be careful about using statement necklaces since it might appear to be too cluttered.  Instead, use a nice pendant and pair with a bold pair of statement earrings.



Let us now discuss the various headpieces that can accompany a wedding outfit. There are a few different types of headpieces and here are the descriptions of those that are the most popular nowadays.  Many of the headpieces come with different jewels such as crystal, rhinestone, pearl, gold, and rose gold.

  • Bridal barrette or hair clip–The bridal barrette or hair clip typically has some jewels attached to it and is perfect if you are planning to keep your hair down for the wedding day. It will help to keep bangs out of your face and keep your hair tidy to keep your hair tidy.  The barrettes are especially good for showing up your lovely curly hair.
  • Hair comb–works very well for creating an jeweled accent to an up-do or embellishing a simple wedding veil.
  • Tiara–For brides who want a fairy-tale type of wedding, this headpiece would be perfect for you. Many different jewels are used for tiaras such as crystal, rhinestone, pearl, as well as gold and rose gold.  You can wear the tiara up on the crown of your head and it will get you the fairy-tale look you most desire. This can go well with or without a veil and works well for both up-dos and loose hair.
  • Fascinator–gives a great touch to your hair and gives a vintage feel to your bridal outfit
  • Flower crown–perfect for a rustic or garden wedding especially during the spring season. Wearing a flower crown with loose curls or a low-do, or braids would greatly complement a casual wedding theme. It would especially complement your entire look if your dress also has floral details on it. You can even use the same kind of flowers that you use in your flower bouquet for consistency in your overall look.
  • Headband–one of the most popular choice in the world of wedding accessories. Metallic headbands are really popular these days and there are also several other different styles. The headbands complement a tidy hairdo or help to accentuate your curly hair. It’s especially good for brides with short hair who might not be able to wear other types of headpieces such as a tiara or a barrette.
  •  Hat–not a popular choice these days, but can instill a retro and stylish vibe to your whole wedding outfit look. Wearing a hat would look really nice for beach weddings to keep the sun of your eyes and to keep your hair from your face.


Let us now move on to gloves which some brides wear to complement their overall wedding outfit complete with accessories. There are different types of wedding gloves.

Wedding Gloves
  • Fingerless glove–is a great alternative glove for the exchange of rings since it eliminates the ackwardness of having to remove one glove for the very important and symbolic ring exchange ceremony.  They exist either in long or short lengths, and they make your hands slim and provide maximum exposure for your wedding ring.
  • Gauntlet glove–is a long glove that doesn’t actually cover the hands, making it look more like a sleeve that goes from the elbow to the wrist.  It is also highly suitable for not having to remove any gloves for the symbolic ring exchange ceremony.
  • Short glove or wrist glove–most appropriate for informal or semi-formal wedding events. This type of glove ends at the wrist which makes it a perfect match for long-sleeved wedding gowns.
  • Elbow glove–ends just above or below the elbow. The elbow glove contains six, eight, or ten buttons depending on the length of the bride’s arm and can also be obtained in a fingerless verison which again is very useful in the symbolic ring exchange ceremony..
  • Opera glove–most formal of all gloves and goes as long as the upper arms and usually contains 16 buttons. This glove looks fabulous and is highly recommended to be used with sleeveless and strapless gowns.  Also, it fits nicely in a glamorous and formal wedding.

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Feel free to leave any comments or questions below about different types of wedding accessories and I will get back to you soon.



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2 thoughts on “Wedding Dress Accessories”

  1. Hi Radha
    It is interesting to see what kinds of accessories there are used for white weddings. Do you produce these pieces your self?
    I have married already but this all looks very pretty.

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