Bridal Accessories & Accommodation


Accessories are such a fun part of getting ready, so enjoy picking them out.

“There are no absolute rules for accessories,” says fashion stylist Desiree Lederer, who’s worked with A-listers like Scarlett Johansson.

There are few pointers that can help

  1. Don’t stick to bridal accessories. They’re often more expensive and really predictable,” she advices to shop around.
  2. Don’t overdo it if you’re wearing a dress with lots of embellishment. “You might only need one extra thing – some sparkle in a pair of earrings, or maybe your hair and makeup will give the finishing touch. Less is more.”
  3. Do look to the red carpet for inspiration. A-listers often wear just one piece of statement jewelry with gowns.
  4. Do try on everything, even things you’re sure you wouldn’t be seen dead in, from traditional veils and tiaras to sashes, gloves and jewelry that’s outside your comfort zone.
  5. Do look at vintage accessories and costume jewelry.

Want to buy vintage accessories?

Clare Borthwick, Christie’s vintage couture and accessories wardrobe has this advice for brides:

Buying vintage accessories

  1. Always buy what you love – Then you’ll be happy with it for years, regardless of its value.
  2. Buy the best of what you can afford
  3. Buy well-known brands
  4. Care for things, and they will last
  5. Always buy from a reputed source – Not only will one be able to answer all your questions and advise you, but you’ll be able to answer all your questions and advise yo, but you’ll be able to answer all your questions and advise you, but you’ll be able to buy with confidence.


If you’re having a destination wedding or there’ll be overnight guests, put together a list of local hotels, motels, inns and B+Bs.

Group discounts

Hotels often give discounts if you reserve a block of rooms for your guests and are prepared to give a credit card as advance guarantee. But it is not always the best thing to do. In the early stages you don’t always know exactly how many guests will need rooms, so it can become stressful. It’s better to e-mail your guests two or three website links to hotels that are near the ceremony and reception site, so they can choose where they want to stay and which hotel fits their budget. If you do arrange preferential room rates, let your guests know the cutoff date for confirming rooms.