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The Top 10 Essential Bridal Accessories Every Bride NEEDS

The perfect accessories can make or break your bridal style. And this list will help you with the top 10 bridal accessories that every bride NEEDS.

After you find your dream dress, you then have the task of finding the perfect accessories to finish your wedding day look. And accessories are key to ensure that your look is complete for your big day. But where do you even begin? With so many options, accessorizing your bridal look can feel a bit overwhelming. So we have gathered a list of the top 10 essential bridal accessories that every bride needs. This list is the perfect starting point for finding all of those accessories that are must-haves to make sure that your bridal look is complete and perfect before your big day.

01. Bridal Shoes

This may seem like an obvious one, but shoes are an essential part of your wedding day wardrobe. And they are something you want to consider early on in your journey. When you start going in for dress fittings, you want to ensure that you have your shoes dialed in, so that you have your dress hemmed to the proper length. When it comes to shoes, some brides prefer statement heels, and other brides prefer flats. This may depend on your dress and whether or not you will see your shoes. And ultimately, choosing what you will be most comfortable in matters more than anything!

Black Suede Studio: Strappy Heels

Black Suede Studio at Anthropology
Black Suede Studio at Anthropology

Make a statement with these strappy heels from Black Suede Studio. We especially love these for shorter wedding gowns. But even in a full length gown, these will surprise everyone each time they make an appearance!

Dolce Vita: Bridal Flats

Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita

Not every bride is going to feel comfortable in a pair of high heels all day. That is why we are loving these chic little flats from Dolce Vita. These adorable flats are crafted from breathable mesh fabric and are accented with trending pearl details. These are the perfect little bridal flats you have been searching for!

Dolce Vita: Cowgirl Bride

Dolce Vita at Anthropology
Dolce Vita at Anthropology

If you want to show off your western loving side, then you won't be able to resist these chic white western booties from Dolce Vita. Adorned with pearl embellishment to give them that ultra bridal look.

Kate Spade: Bridal Sneakers

Kate Spade
Kate Spade

For the girl-next-door bride, who is determined to stay comfortable all day long, Kate Spade has you covered with these chic glitter sneakers. We love the pop of blue on the inside which has you covered for "something blue!" And you will want to wear these again and again on your honeymoon as well.

Etsy: Comfy Slippers

Etsy
Etsy

We love the idea of having a cute pair of comfy slippers that you can wear on your wedding day. These are perfect for while you are getting ready. And you may reach for them later in the night when your feet are sore from hours of dancing! And it is hard to resist these adorable fuzzy slippers with "Bride" embroidery on them.

02. Veil

One of the most traditional bridal accessories is obviously a veil. But this is also an accessory that many modern brides are opting out of. If you are thinking about wearing a veil on your wedding day, you can decide on length, material and style. You can customize a veil to work with your look perfectly.

Grace Loves Lace: Traditional Long Veil

Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace

If you want to go with a more traditional veil, then we are loving this stunning ivory tulle veil from Grace Loves Lace. A traditional full length veil that is sure to leave everyone in awe.

BHLDN: Modern Short Veil

BHLDN
BHLDN

If you love the ideal of wearing a veil, but are not too sure about a full length style - then a more modern, short veil may be just what you are looking for. This adorable bow veil from BHLDN allows you feel traditional, without having to wear a full length veil. This veil gives you just the right touch of whimsy and romance.

Twigs and Honey: Vintage Inspired Birdcage

Twigs and Honey
Twigs and Honey

Our vintage loving brides out there may love the idea of a birdcage veil. This sweet style has a timeless and romantic look to it. And its less-is-more style will have you feeling gorgeous without having to deal with a full length veil.

03. Hair Accessories

If you are opting out of a traditional veil, you may want to go with an alternative hair accessory. And when it comes to hair accessories, your options are endless. But we are going to cover a few of the top options to help you narrow things down.

Lele Sadoughi: Magnolia Hair Clip

Lele Sadoughi at Anthropology
Lele Sadoughi at Anthropology

Hair clips are a great way to add some formal intrigue to your wedding day look. They can dress up a simple hairstyle or match your wedding day theme. We are just in love with this floral hair clip from Lele Sadoughi. It is so elegant, and natural. Perfect to add some nature inspired romance to your wedding day look.

Christine Elizabeth: Elegant Bow

Christine Elizabeth
Christine Elizabeth

A bow is a classic and elegant hair accessory for your bridal look. This refined bow comes from Christine Elizabeth. It is crafted from the most luxe 100% silk faille, with freshwater pearl details. Simple and elegant - you can't go wrong with a bow like this.

Emma Katzka: Pearl Headband

Emma Katzka
Emma Katzka

Simple, clean and chic. A headband is an easy and elegant accessory for your bridal look. And the choices are endless. But we especially love this minimalist freshwater pearl headband from Emma Katzka. Easy to dress up or down. This pearl headband is absolutely stunning.

Christine Elizabeth: Pearl Hair Pins

Christine Elizabeth
Christine Elizabeth

Hair pins are one of the most versatile bridal hair accessories. They are easy to use, and can be styled in so many different ways. We love how these pearl hairpins climb down the bride's braid. But they could also be clustered together to one side of an elegant low bun. Hair pins like these will come in handy for all of your pre-wedding events as well. And they can easily be packed to take with you on your honeymoon.

Twigs and Honey: Glam Tiara

Twigs and Honey
Twigs and Honey

If you are looking for more of a princess vibe when it comes to your wedding day look, you can opt for a tiara. And this ultra glam crystal style from Twigs and Honey is timeless and romantic. A bridal hair accessory like this is sure to give you the fairytale ending you are dreaming of.

Etsy: Flower Crown

Etsy
Etsy

For our boho brides out there, a flower crown can be the perfect natural and romantic way to finish off your bridal hair. Whether you opt for an artificial or fresh flower crown, this accessory is sure to have you feeling feminine and romantic on your big day.

04. Bridal Jewelry

Bridal jewelry is another accessory that can get a bit overwhelming. But our biggest piece of advice is this: less is more. Once you have your dress picked out, figure out just a few pieces of jewelry that you want to focus on. If you have a gown with a high neckline, ditch the necklace and focus on statement earrings and an elegant bracelet. If you have a plunging neckline, maybe you want a statement necklace and nothing else. Only choose one or two key pieces when it comes to your bridal jewelry.

Serefina: Pearl Drop Earrings

Serefina at Anthropology
Serefina at Anthropology

Pearls are elegant and classic when it comes to bridal jewelry. And we are just loving these minimalist pearl drop earrings from Serefina. They are a bit more than just a pair of studs, but are still simple and elegant enough that they will only enhance your bridal look, without distracting from it.

A.B Ellie: Chiffon Petal Earrings

A.B. Ellie at Anthropology
A.B. Ellie at Anthropology

If you want to make a bit more of a statement with your earrings, we love these chiffon petal designs from A.B. Ellie. These are stunning with a pulled back hairstyle, like a low bun. And they are effortlessly feminine and romantic.

Emma Katzka: Glam Cuff

Emma Katzka
Emma Katzka

A simple cuff can add some glamour to your wedding day look, without taking away from you or your beautiful dress. This sunburst design comes from Emma Katzka. It is crafted from opals and white stones and is available in both gold and silver.

Tai: Classic Strand of Pearls

Tai at Anthropology
Tai at Anthropology

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a classic strand of pearls. This is also a great way to incorporate "something old" into your look by wearing some family heirloom pearls. You can opt for a dainty strand of pearls for just a little something, or chunky pearls for a bigger statement.

BHLDN: Statement Necklace

BHLDN
BHLDN

If you want to use your jewelry as a way to make a bold, modern statement, those options are always available to you as well. Like with this gilded-leaf collar necklace from BHLDN. We love the idea of pairing this necklace with a classic silk slip dress. And if you are opting for a statement necklace, go for every simple earrings, or leave them off all together.

05. Under Garments or Shape Wear

This is another bridal accessory that you want to decide on early in the process. You can wear your under garments or shape wear to your fittings to ensure that everything looks and feels amazing on your wedding day. When it comes to shape wear and under garments, it will all depend on your preference and the style of your wedding dress. But remember that you want to be comfortable all day long!

Commando: Strapless Slip

Commando at Anthropology
Commando at Anthropology

If you are worried about any sheer elements, or are just looking for a smooth finish, a slip may be a great way to go. And we are loving this strapless design from Commando. This slip would work with so many different bridal necklines.

Spanx: Sculpting Bodysuit

Spanx at Anthropology
Spanx at Anthropology

If you are looking for something that will give you more of an hourglass sculpted look, you may want to opt for a bodysuit like this one from Spanx. Perfectly shaping, and effortlessly comfortable. This will have your feeling amazing all day long.

06. Outerwear or Wrap

Something that brides often forget about, is whether they will need layers on their big day. And even if you are getting married in the summer, that doesn't mean you won't have a chilly evening. And you don't want a wrap or jacket to be an afterthought. This is an essential accessory that you can think through beforehand, to ensure that your look stays amazing all day long. Well thought out bridal outerwear can also make for some cute pictures!

Unreal Fur: Faux Fur Wrap

Unreal Fur
Unreal Fur

We love the idea of a faux fur wrap for a wedding in cooler months. This can give you some warmth when it is colder outside. But it will also make for some ultra glam photos!

BHLDN: Classic Wrap

BHLDN
BHLDN

A wrap is always a classic accessory that will give you some more coverage when you need it throughout your wedding day. But a wrap is easy to move around with you, and will not take away from your look.

Jenny Yoo: Illusion Bridal Cape

Jenny Yoo
Jenny Yoo

A bridal cape is a fun outerwear piece to consider for your wedding day look. It can be worn as an alternative to a veil during your ceremony. While also adding some drama to your overall wedding day look. We are loving this illusion bridal cape from Jenny Yoo. Featuring flutter sleeves and detailed floral embroidery.

BHLDN: Statement Pearl Jacket

BHLDN
BHLDN

If you want to make a statement on your wedding day, consider a bold bridal jacket like this pearl style from BHLDN. This jacket gives you some coverage and warmth, but it can also be used to make a grand entrance on your big day.

07. Gloves

Gloves are along the same lines as outerwear. They can give you extra coverage depending on weather. But they are also an elegant and timeless accessory that can completely transform your wedding day look. Plus, gloves can make for some super amazing photos. So these are an essential must-have in our book. Have some chic gloves, and then you can decide on your big day when you want to wear them.

Carolina Amato: Classic Silk Gloves

Carolina Amato at Anthropology
Carolina Amato at Anthropology

Add a touch of classic elegance to your bridal look with some timeless silk gloves. These gloves from Carolina Amato are sure to a glamorous feel to your wedding day style without taking away from your gown or your own beauty.

Enura: Glam Gloves

Enaura at Anthropology
Enaura at Anthropology

For the bride who wants a little something extra, these next bridal gloves are for you. These sheer tulle gloves from Enaura are accented with crystal detailing. And since some of the crystals are blue, you are covered with your "something blue" for the day.

Carolina Amato: Dainty & Feminine Gloves

Carolina Amato at Anthropology
Carolina Amato at Anthropology

If you love the idea of bridal gloves, but are looking for something a bit more delicate, Carolina Amato has you covered. These elegant bow accented silk gloves will give you that timeless and elegant feel without full elbow length gloves.

08. Purse or Bag

It can be SO helpful to have a purse or bag on your wedding day to keep all of your essential in. Make up, tissues, snacks, etc. And if it matches your look - even better!

Room Shop: Bow Bag

Room Shop at Anthropology
Room Shop at Anthropology

We are just loving the playful design of this oversized bow bag from Room Shop. The elastic handle makes it easy to slip over your wrist as you are busy moving about all day long. But it is the perfect size to hold all of your bridal essentials.

Vanina: Trending Pearls

Vanina at Anthropology
Vanina at Anthropology

Pearls are trending right now, and they are always a classic bridal accessory you can reach for. So it is easy to see why we had to include this chic pearl bridal bag on our list. The perfect size for carrying all of your essentials. But it's so elegant, it is like another piece of jewelry.

Rae of Light: Custom Bridal Clutch

Rae of Light
Rae of Light

A custom bridal clutch like this one from Rae of Light is a great way to have a personalized bridal accessory that everyone will love. This clutch gives you a practical bag that you will love using throughout all of your wedding events. But it is also a keepsake that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

09. Bridal Robe or Getting Ready Look

Having a cute bridal robe or getting ready look is an absolute essential. Some of your favorite wedding day photos will be from those amazing hours before your big day when you are getting ready with your girls. Make sure you plan out a cute robe, or even matching outfits that make these meaningful photos even more amazing.

Rya Collection: Bridal Robe

Rya Collection at Anthropology
Rya Collection at Anthropology

A bridal robe is a comfortable and elegant piece that every bride needs in her wardrobe. A feminine robe like this one from Rya Collection, will make for some stunning getting ready photos on your big day. Plus, as an added bonus, you can take it along on your honeymoon!

By Anthropology: Bride Sweatsuit

By Anthropology
By Anthropology

Not every bride is comfortable in a delicate robe. That is why we are loving this "Bride" sweatsuit from By Anthropology. Get matching sets for your girls with "bridesmaids" embroidered on them, and you will have some of the most adorable photo ever!

10. Garter

If you are keeping with tradition and want to do a garter toss at your wedding, then you don't want to leave this essential accessory to the last minute. And even if you are not having a garter toss, it can be a fun keepsake to remember your big day!

Etsy: Something Blue Garter

Etsy
Etsy

This garter from Etsy has your "something blue" covered with its adorable light blue bow accent. This garter is traditional and feminine. And it is just what you need for that garter toss at the end of the day!

Twigs and Honey: Statement Floral Garter

Twigs and Honey
Twigs and Honey

You can also go with more of a statement garter like this stunning floral crystal design from Twigs and Honey. This garter would create some stunning photos, and would be a beautiful keepsake to remember your special day by.

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