Finishing touches for brides

Too much bling can detract from the overall impact of your gown and often isn't necessary if your dress sparkles or is beaded. A necklace, earrings and possibly a bracelet may be enough jewellery but whateveryou choose should reflect your personality and echo your wedding theme.

Pearls never seem to go out of fashion for brides and vintage jewellery is making a comeback. It could be nice to wear a family heirloom such as a brooch or necklace which add special significance to your wedding. The cut of the neckline will also influence your choice of a necklace and could enhance a low cut gown. Whatever you choose for your neck should match your earrings.

Traditional veils have declined in popularity largely replaced by a gorgeous selection of tiaras in silver or gold, pearl, head bands, hair pins and combs. All your jewellery should be matched to the gown and the shoes. This is where a mood board can come in handy at the early stages of planning.

Whatever your headwear take it along to your hairdresser for your final cut so your stylist can make sure you're on track for the big day.

If your dress is vintage or vintage inspired, a beaded or sequinned clutch bag would make a glamorous accessory.

Shoes should be purchased before the gown is finished. Your designer or dressmaker will need to make final adjustments to length depending on size of your heels. Style, elegance and comfort are important as you'll be wearing your shoes for many hours and they need to fit well.

Consider the venue and pick a shoe to suit the theme - high heels at a beach would be unsuitable. If you have an unusual coloured gown there are companies offering shoe dying services. Finally, make sure you wear your shoes in before the big day.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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