Congratulations. There were millions out there, yet you managed to find “the one.” Or maybe you’ve chosen two? (If so, no one’s judging—a shorter reception dress is a handy option for the dance floor.) Either way, now you can move on to assembling your wedding-day trousseau—from jewelry and a veil to shoes and night-of lingerie.
While your wedding dress is decidedly the eye-grabbing foundation of your big-day wardrobe, shoes and accessories are the finishing touches that express your distinct personality. That leaves a lot of space to experiment. You can go big, go subtle, go bohemian or go retro.
Because there are so many options out there, we’ve rounded up a few tips and accessory ideas to help you get started. Also, if you’re surrounding yourself with a bridal party, you’ll want your bridesmaid outfits to reflect a similar aesthetic—so get your supporting ladies in on the search.
From glistening earrings and necklaces to high-bling bobby pins, the statement pieces can pile up fast. Choose a few that will complement your hair but won’t distract from your dress or its neckline.
If you’re rocking an updo, chandelier earrings will rev up the drama. If you’re leaving your hair down, sparkling studs or minimalist drop earrings can have a cool peekaboo effect. And while we’re on the subject of hair, don’t underestimate the show-stopping impact of a crystal-studded bobby pin or fascinator on you or your bridesmaids. For a more casual wedding, a decorative hair accessory can easily take the place of a veil.
Veils, the most iconic of bridal accessories, come in many varieties—from cathedral lengths (à la Princess Diana) to retro-chic birdcages. The trick is to choose one that syncs up with your dress’s color and silhouette. If your dress is pulling out all the stops with pearly beading and floral embroidery, go simple with a clean, sheer veil.
For many brides, wedding-day shoes are the most important wardrobe piece second only to the dress. You might opt for a pop of brilliant color—like peacock blue or fuchsia pink—to peek out from the hemline, or you might go traditional-ornate with pale satin pumps encrusted with jewels. Again, it all depends on the style of dress and your personal preference.
Finally, the sexiest part of the big day: those gorgeous, delicate underpinnings. You can wear something practical for the social event (the power of comfortable, seamless shapewear is not to be underestimated) and then rev it up with a colored ensemble when it’s just you and your beau, or you can sport fancy, frilly intimates for the entire day. If you’re on a tight budget and want to limit your lingerie spending, there’s plenty of beautiful, lacy shapewear that can function day and night. Just choose pieces that won’t show through your dress—unless it’s that “something blue,” which you can usually find in a light baby-blue hue.
It goes without saying, but your choice of daytime lingerie should support the style of your dress. If you’re at all unsure of what type of bra to get (strapless, sheer, push-up or just adhesive tape), lean on a Nordstrom Wedding Suite Stylist to guide you in the right direction. (If you’re not within driving distance of a Nordstrom Wedding Suite, you can chat with a wedding stylist online or visit any Nordstrom lingerie department.)
And don’t forget you’ll need a pretty robe for your hair and makeup prep, especially if you’re paying a photographer to capture behind-the-scenes footage you’ll be looking at for years to come.
Remember, it’s your special day. So as long as you love everything you and your bridesmaids are wearing, you can’t miss the mark. The goal is simply to look the most spectacular version of you.