Written By: Katie Pierce
A wedding is never not a big deal. It only happens once (ideally, but hey, we don’t judge!) in a person’s life, and one can’t go looking too plain with only a wedding dress and a bouquet in hand. The bride and groom are the focus of the ceremony, so it’s not an overstatement to want to stand out even more on your special day.
When it comes to wedding accessories, there are always new trends that brides-to-be need to be aware of. As 2023 sweeps in, we can expect to see some sophisticated pieces becoming popular choices in complementing classic bridal wear. If you want your wedding to be on trend, make sure to incorporate at least one of these accessories into your look!
Veils are timeless pieces that have become popular mainstays during weddings, and that’s just as they should be!
We’ve seen floral embroidered veils shine at the Spring 2022 Bridal Fashion Week and they’re actually here to stay. But this time, on shorter lengths that give the bride a chic, edgier look. Mini-length veils have made an appearance in the 2023 Bridal Fashion Week, and they unexpectedly look good paired with both a short dress and a ball gown! Sure, they look a little more unique than the traditional ones, but it adds the same touch of whimsy and femininity to the wedding look of a blushing bride.
Belts seem to never go out of season, and we expect to see it in 2023 too! This bridal wear accessory can add a pop of color or texture to your gown. They can also accentuate the waistline of your dress, giving you a more fitted look on your special day.
Whether you choose stylish leather, simple satin sash, or sparkly beaded ones, belts are great for adding a bit of definition, and personality to your wedding dress, as it creates a focal point for your ensemble.
A plus factor is that these can be easily removed after the ceremony, so you can enjoy and dance the night away without any restrictions.
Embellished gloves or ‘glam gloves’ can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any wedding dress, and they’re the perfect accessory to make you feel like a princess bride. They’re versatile in the sense that they’re a great option for brides who want to cover up their arms stylishly, and they can be worn either during the ceremony itself or for the reception. These gloves come in a variety of styles – from opera length to lace and satin – and can be made from various materials so you’re sure to find something that fits your own aesthetic.
How Can You Practically Apply the Trend?
Weddings can be pretty pricey affairs. But that doesn’t mean you’d have to break the bank just to rock the latest trends. You can still look fabulous without blowing up your budget. Take, for instance, the trend toward the three bridal accessories mentioned above. If you’re looking to add a little extra something-something to your wedding day look, you might want to consider shopping for vintage finds at your local thrift store. You might just find the perfect pearl-studded gloves or rhinestone-encrusted veil for a fraction of the price you would pay at a bridal salon.
Also, don’t forget that a little DIY can go a long way when it comes to bling – a trip to your local craft store can yield all sorts of sparkly trimmings that you can use to upgrade and personalize an off-the-rack belt or veil. So go ahead and start getting crafty!
Bonus: Wedding Jewelry
Wedding jewelry is a whole category on its own, and it can never be absent from any bride’s repertoire. Whether it’s something new, or a precious family heirloom passed through generations, it surely has to be incorporated into your picture-perfect bridal look.
While a pair of diamond earrings might seem like a no-brainer, don't forget about the neckline of your dress. A choker can add just the right amount of sparkle and polish to your look. Plus, it's the perfect finishing touch to show off your neck and shoulders. Whether you’re going for classic elegance or modern edge, a choker will take your wedding look to the next level.
Pearl necklaces have long been associated with weddings – and for good reason. A single strand of pearls is classic and elegant, and it can be worn again and again, long after the wedding day is over.
Pearl necklaces are beautiful and timeless, and they complement almost every dress style in existence. Plus, they're the perfect way to show off your “something borrowed'' - after all, pearls are traditionally given as gifts from mothers to their daughters on their wedding day.
But of course, the star among them all is your wedding ring! It’s not just a statement piece to complement your overall wedding look, but it’s also a symbol of your and your partner’s sacred union. In short, it’s something you’d want to flaunt and show to the entire world.
Diamonds are forever, the saying goes! They’re undeniably breathtaking, but most of them can cost an arm and a leg. If you want to be more practical, though, without sacrificing the chance of having a stunning wedding ring, there is a wide selection of moissanite jewelry in the market that you can choose from. They’re cheaper, but certainly a very durable alternative for diamond pieces.
Weddings are all about tradition, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for some fun and creativity when it comes to choosing your accessories. After all, this is your big day, so you should feel free to choose which trends suit you best and would perfectly express your personal style!
If you’re planning a wedding in 2023, feel free to experiment and incorporate these accessory trends!