Five Tips on Accessorizing Your Bridal Gown

1. The Look: Weddings are all about picking a theme and going all out with it. So first of all, think about the feel and the look that you are going for. Do you want a 1920’s vintage feel? Then try incorporating a bird cage veil, or a feathery headpiece with a lace applique. Are you looking for a Spanish feel? Then try a big flower headpiece, or a Mantilla veil that will drape beyond the edge of your train. Or are you going for classic elegance? Then try and keep your accessories to a minimum. Pick your accessories and gown that go with the feeling that you are going for, and that feeling will be conveyed to your friends and family.

2. Match: It is also important to match accessories to your gown in order to bring out its’ beauty in the right light. For example, if your gown has a belt that has some pearls and beads on it, then find earrings or a veil that has both of those items. It is best to keep the accessories in unison to have them flow right into your dress. If your gown has chunky beads on it, don’t accessorize with pearl earrings. Try and match the items as closely as possible.

Veil & Belt

3. Compliment: Take a good look at your gown and see if it is simple or busy on its own, as they both have their pros and cons. Simple dresses allow for more accessories and chunky jewelry or statement pieces. Try on beaded belts, big earrings, or thick bracelets. Sometimes a simple belt can dress up the gown to a whole other level, and give it a unique look. If your dress is very busy with lace or bling, refrain from using thick laced veils or chunky jewelry. Less is more with these gowns, and simple accessories add to its beauty without detracting any attention from it. Otherwise your audience will be too busy trying to figure out where to look instead of looking at you. Also, if you are wearing a bracelet, be sure to wear it on the opposite hand as your engagement ring. It will compliment and even out your bridal look.

4. Try On: It is really hard to match accessories without having your gown around, or without even having it on! So be sure to try on different veils, head pieces, and jewelry while you have the gown on your body. A good time to do that is usually once the dress comes in and you go in for your try on appointment. It can be a bit overwhelming to try and pick everything on the same day as you picked your gown, so wait until your dress comes in to do so.

Earrings & Belt

5. Ask: Be sure to ask your consultant for any accessory suggestions. They have a pretty good eye in finding the appropriate accessories since they are around the gowns constantly and know what goes well with what. Be open to their suggestions and have fun with it! They will enjoy dressing you up until your look is completed to perfection.

Out With The New, In With The Old

Today’s brides often go for modern looks and latest trends in the fashion and wedding industry. We turn to online beauty channels and bridal magazine for ideas, or even a celebrity’s wedding look for inspiration because we want our special day to be perfect. Who doesn’t, right? That’s why you are here at Bridal Hot List because we provide you the hottest trends and resources in helping you plan the perfect day! As much as I enjoy contemporary wedding styles, there is something about classic and elegant pieces that completes a bride’s overall feature. Here are some wedding accessories and must-haves for any bride-to-be. Get ready to stun the love of your life, as well as your family and friends with these precious little gems because you will look like a blushing, classic bride at your wedding.

Pearls – From the traditional Princess length pearl necklace to a stunning pendent earrings, or even a bracelet pearls mixed with other precious gemstones, there is something about pearls that completes a bride’s look. It is very feminine that will add a classic touch to your wedding gown. Wear it however you please and you will look absolutely exquisite! Even bridal headpieces, veils, and gowns are adorned with pearls to create a sophisticated effect.

Diamonds are not always a girl’s best friend. If you want to channel Grace Kelly or the fictional character of Daisy Buchanan, a simple pearl accessory like these adorable bracelets are perfect. Sophisticated, Glam and simply Gorgeous!


 Marry In Blue, Always Be true, So Wear Something Blue – A twist to the classic saying, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of incorporating “Something Blue” in any wedding ensemble. If that is not your style, you can always find other ways to include something blue in your look. Invest in a pair of Hangisi Satin Pump by Manolo Blahnik (Sex and The City fans, you know what I am talking about) to add a pop of color to your ivory or white gown. You can also include blue embroidery, sapphire beading, aquamarine nail polish, or even adding a flower or two of “Something Blue” in your bouquet. Either one you choose, it will definitely add a subtle touch of blue to your glamorous wedding.

Can’t find “Something Blue” to incorporate in your wedding look? Check out these cute rhinestone shoe applicator that you can apply at the bottom of your shoes.


($10, Francesca’s Collections).

Family Heirloom – Incorporating a piece of family heirloom to your wedding look is also important because it contains sentimental value. These pieces have probably been passed down from generation of family members so it definitely has a significant meaning. A friend of mine recently got married and opted for a simple, gold necklace surrounded by Amethyst rhinestones as her only piece of jewelry. She didn’t have any accessories with the exception of the necklace and looked absolutely gorgeous! Not only the necklace complimented her make-up look and her breathtaking cream gown, it has a very special meaning to her since it has been worn by three generation of women in her family: From her Grandmother, Mother, and now her. Opting to choose your (or your future husband) family’s heirloom definitely adds to concept of “Something Old” with a twist of contemporary influence. So if you have a family heirloom or looking to start one, be sure to include it in your look! From a necklace, bracelet or even a simple bridal comb,  your distinct jewelry will mesmerize everyone at your wedding as you walk down the isle.

A unique and retro necklace I found at an Estate sale. It makes a very bold statement that reminds me of a Maiden’s signature neck-piece during the Victorian Era. So vintage and stylish!


If you plan to combine a classic look with a twist of modern style for your overall wedding look, these three must-haves will definitely catch everybody’s attention. It’s not only vintage, but it is also creative and very très chic. What bride doesn’t want that?

Bridal Stilettos

We adore a little sparkle here at BHL. Glittering bridal shoes are at the top of our list. We can not get enough sparkle. We are excited to share crystal bridal shoes from Angelesque Stilettos.  They are dedicated in creating bridal stilettos which are each hand straussed using 100%  authentic Swarovski rhinestones. What is straussing? Jenna Williams at Angelesque Stilettos tells us “Straussing” is the process of crystallizing shoes with genuine Swarovski rhinestones.

What we absolutely love about Angelesque Stilettos is that they are ready to make you sparkle for your big day. They create dazzling, one-of-a-kind shoes to make any bride feel fabulous on her wedding day. Every bride needs a little bling on their wedding day, right? We adore not only the glitter, but the pearls, gemstones and lace which can also be incorporated on the shoes.  These days your bridal shoes don’t have to be plain white, you can have a pop of color or bling. If you love shoes as much as we do, then why not look and feel your best with some amazing stilettos?

Since their launch in August 2011, Angelesque Stilettos has been featured in Wedding Noouveau Magazine, and Poshy Magazine.

Want a sneak peek into some of these fabulous stilettos?  They are just so stunning, we had to share!