On your wedding day, there are few very important things that you must have on hand always your make-up essentials, phone, hair brush and tissues. So, you certainly need a bridal handbag to carry all these items. You should choose this accessory carefully, so it not only serves the purpose, but looks great as well.
Here are some tips from the fashion experts at Best for Bride to help you with this important choice.
1. Your bridal handbag and dress do not have to match perfectly
Do not worry about finding a handbag that matches your dress perfectly. Instead, look for one that is practical, stylish and appealing to you. You can even choose a colorful bag to add a welcome pop of color to your outfit. Find a chic bag that matches the colors in your wedding palette or goes with the color to that of your bridesmaid dresses for an interesting effect. Or if you are fond of wedding traditions, you can even choose your bridal bag as your “something blue” on this special occasion.
2. Keep the overall look cohesive
We just mentioned that you do not have to match your hand bag to your wedding dress. Nevertheless, your bridal bag and wedding gown should pair well. Aim for a cohesive look with a hand bag that complements your dress style. Choose details that match the color or style of embellishments on your wedding dress for the best effect. So, if your dress has silver embroidery or pearls, look for something embellishments in your bridal purse. You can also choose the same shade of white as your dress, for a simple but elegant finish. If you decide upon a colorful purse, find one that has the same finish of your dress or features similar embellishments for a coordinated look.
3. Base your selection on your wedding theme
Every accessory that you wear on your wedding day should look like it belongs in your wedding setting. Your bridal handbag is no exception. So, choose a style that goes with your wedding theme. For instance, a bag with art deco details is suitable for a vintage theme, while a glittering acrylic bag or a printed clutch is ideal for casual themes. Details like lace and beads look good in traditional weddings. Bold, modern themes may call for unconventional choices, like purses with glamorous lettering splashed across the front.
4. Size does matter
Although you need a purse that is big enough to hold the items you will need throughout the day, it should not be too big and bulky. Look for compact, structured designs that are just the right size to hold your emergency kit. Another option is to stash your emergency kit in an easily accessible place and carry only a clutch with the most essential items you will need.
5. Shop with an open mind
When it comes to choosing your bridal hand bag, most brides go with classic white or ivory choices. Do not limit yourself to these typical choices. Instead, think of your bag as an extension of your personality and choose a handbag that appeals to your unique taste. If your wedding dress is simple, you can even make your bridal handbag a statement accessory. Or consider wearing a colored purse and matching shoes for more impact.
6. Consider re-usability
Since you must invest in a stylish bridal handbag, why not make the most of your budget by choosing one that you can use again on other occasions as well. Whether it is an ornate clutch or an elegant hand bag, choose a high-quality bag that will serve you well even after your wedding. Since your accessories are an extension of your personality, choose items that you will be comfortable carrying on other occasions too.
7. Consider the practical aspects as well
You may have to entrust your bridal handbag to a bridesmaid during the wedding ceremony or while you dance. Nonetheless, it is a clever idea to get a bag with a detachable sling chain. This will allow you to wear it easily and free your hands, in an instant. While choosing your bag, avoid opting for wide straps. Instead, bags with discrete snake chains or wrist straps are better choices.
8. Ensure that your overall look is uncluttered
One of the main do’s of choosing bridal accessories is finding the right balance. You can end up with a cluttered look, if your dress and accessories have too many details on them. This can also happen if you mix and match too many style elements. Find the right balance by wearing only those accessories that enhance your bridal look. If your dress is very ornate, keep your accessories simple and opt for a sleek, elegant purse. However, if your wedding dress is very simple, opt for large, flashy accessories to balance the effect.
Author Bio: Best for Bride has been helping brides from Canada and around the world find the perfect wedding dress for over a decade. Operating from four store locations and with an active online shopping channel, this bridal boutique has designer wedding dress collections, accessories, wedding day services and everything else the modern bride needs for her wedding day. You can also find outfit options and accessories for the rest of the wedding party at Best for Bride. Find out more about their collections, services and amazing offers at their website, here.