Details do count. What shoes will set your dress off and still be comfortable? Should you wear a veil and if so, what kind? What about jewelry? Should you keep your look simple or go for glam? And don't forget lingerie. It can make - or break - your look. Here's a top twelve checklist of accessory considerations.
Bra/Bustier: you may not need one, but if you do, try on several styles with your dress to ensure comfort and the right look for your gown
Underwear: consider everything from a thong to control top but be sure the fit is perfect. You want to avoid panty lines at all costs and it's hard to fix a wedgie in a wedding gown.
Garter: Whether you remove it at the reception or not, a garter is a nice touch and a popular "something blue" accessory.
Pantyhose: depending on the time of year and your dress style, you may not need pantyhose. If you do, bring an extra pair, just in case.
Slip: A slip can smooth your look, allowing your dress to glide over your body. It's also important if your gown material is thin.
Shoes: should you wear flats or heels? Simple or strappy? Match the style of your gown and be sure to wear them during fittings so your hem is perfect.
Headpiece: will you wear a veil or tiara? Decide based on your gown and the hairstyle you want to wear. Bring your headpiece to gown fittings and to your hair and makeup sessions to be sure everything works together.
Wrap: depending on the season and decorum, a shawl or wrap can be a nice touch. It can keep you warm and add a nice finishing touch to your dress. It may also be essential if your dress is a little daring for a traditional religious ceremony.
Engagement ring and wedding bands, of course.
Necklace: Your necklace will be in all the pictures so be sure to match your neckline and dress style
Earrings: Try on earrings with your planned hairstyle, headpiece and necklace to be sure the look falls into place.
Bracelet: A pretty bracelet can complete your look as long as you're not overdoing the overall jewelry effect. By the way, skip wearing a watch.
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