The significance of an accessory for a bride on her wedding day is paramount, but with that comes a lot of questions. Will it be a keepsake? What does it represent? Does it work with her wedding dress? Is it her style? Is it okay to wear costume jewellery?
The “individually unique” bride is on the rise, wearing whatever reflects her sense of style on her wedding day. And that individually unique bride knows, there is no better way to express your style than with the right accessory.
Want some colour with that?
Let’s start from the first bridal “accessory” – the engagement ring. The engagement ring is generations old and it’s not like brides would let this tradition die any time soon! So, what are the trends today? Renowned jewellers Cerrone have told us that anything colour is in! Rose gold, coloured diamonds, anything goes. “Girls add a splash of rose gold to their engagement ring, either on the halo or on the band.”
Australia is also known for its Pink and Yellow diamonds and these are perfect for creating that unique colourful piece.
Because one isn’t enough…
Another trend brides are onto is the halo. (Wedded Wonderland takes some responsibility for that. The reaction we get on social media for any halo ring is amazing!) A halo is a circle of diamonds around a centre stone and if you can have more than one diamond? We say, why not!
The head has it…
With the launch of the Samantha Wills Bridal range, the headpiece is back. While not all brides choose to wear them, the ones that do can find inspiration for the perfect statement piece. Her whimsical, boho style collection has options for all types of boho chic brides. With a range of traditional headpieces, hair clips and combs, this collection modernises the Gatsby trend with pastels and mixed metals.
Viktoria Novak, leading bridal milliner says, “Brides are opting for a feature headpiece inspired by vintage tones. These headpiece are generally worn to the side or front of the head and feature unique shapes and detailing throughout. Bold Swarovski crystals and fine delicate pearls are in hot demand!”
There’s also a trend towards the classic bride wearing a headpiece as a modern day crown to complete the perfect princess look. For these brides, the traditional gold stays popular.
Traditionally Modern (with a side of punk)
The Dark Horse Jewellery take the standout piece a step further. “More brides are less and less afraid of standing out,” Aleen says. Perfect for the “individually unique” bride, this fashion jewellery take inspiration from the red carpet. From the Met Gala in 2013 taking on the theme of punk, alternative brides are now embracing items like the pearl ear cuff.
For brides who don’t want to take that risk, traditional materials redone with an edge keep everything up to date.
Not This Old Thing
Johanna Johnson is known for her art deco flair and as one of Australia’s greatest designers, creates unique hand crafted pieces for brides. “Depending on the style of wedding and gown, some of our brides like to add a neckpiece or cuff while others like to change their look for the reception by adding a bodychain or headpiece”. Changing looks from ceremony to reception is definitely on trend, but what’s even more on trend? Timeless heirloom pieces that can be worn again and treasured long after the big day.
More than ever, a bride has the opportunity to express her individual style on her wedding day. Our final tip? If it’s not you, it’s not for your wedding day.