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Must-Have Wedding Accessories


If there's one thing I look for in a great wedding, it's the attention to detail. It could be a tiny feather in the
bride's bouquet that was a gift from her future father-in-law, or the perfect set of cuff links that were worn by someone special that was passed down to the groom. Unless you know the couple very personally you may not know the reason behind the details, but they exist nonetheless.

The majority of a couple's wedding day is calculated. I'm not referring to totaling numbers, which is a daunting task in itself. I'm talking about the details, the accessories, the pieces and parts of a day so important that put an even bigger smile on the guests faces. It's the color of the string wrapping the stems of the bridal party bouquets, it's the coordinated striped socks that the groomsmen wear to match. It's the pretty little things that matter just as much as the vows and that make an important, traditional day that much more heart-warming and interesting.

I love being at a venue and seeing all of the little details. If you check out blogs like Style Me Pretty, you'll see the legnths that bride's and wedding planners go through to get the details accross. It's truly unbeliveable. Of course people will tell you weddings are about the bride (obvi), and while the dress may be the latest and greatest piece from Vera Wang's exclusive collection, it doesn't do much if there aren't the perfect accessories (or intricate details) to play it up. Luckily, Martha Stewart Weddings has compiled a list of must-have wedding accessories and I want them all.

For starters, the first slide in this ridic pretty collection is the look I hope to accomplish on my wedding day. This model took her glam look to the next level with fluttery ostrich plumes and touches of sparkle. Her Jenny Packham's shrug top is perfectly accessorized with satin Jimmy Choo's and simple clutch.

Clutch--To me these bags have two meanings: one is to get you through the wedding day with only the essentials (let your bridesmaids do the rest) and two, if styled correctly, it can be used and worn again and again with that special memory that it was utilized on one of the most important days of your life.

Bolero's--With the unpredictable nature that we call Fall in New York, I opted for a faux fur bolero to wear on my wedding day. Last November it was 70 degrees on my date of choice, but only two weeks prior we had one of the biggest snow storms in October in history. There are many ways to go with bolero's, if you're having a garden wedding you may want to opt for this gorgeous Reem Acra "Love" bolero for a more elegant soiree perhaps one with a bit more sparkle and for a winter wedding, this vintage fur jacket is totally major.

Shoes--More specifically heels. You may have read about my great debate with my husband-to-be about my wearing heels on our wedding day. I wasn't buying ANY heels to wear under my dress, I was strategic and practical but also elegant and that's why I turned to Nina Shoes. My adorable, practical and EVERYTHING wedding shoe will be worn again and again. I'll just have to make sure that my fiance doesn't look under my dress on our wedding day.

Jewels--They say that diamonds are a girls best friend, and I have to admit they're right. From the rock you get when your significant other proposes, to the wedding band they slip on your finger at the altar, to the little details in the rest of your accessories like a headband instead of a veil or a chunky bracelet or a belt, the list goes on and on. For that I also turn to Nina. Her accessories line has everything you could want at a reasonable price. I am LOVING this Kiera Bracelet, it's vintage inspired with a 1920s glamour feel and it would complement the bling on my dress.

Veil--My other great debate for my wedding is wearing a veil. I want to feel like a bride but not LOOK to bride-y. I can feel Randy, from Say Yes to the Dress, freaking out from where I sit, but I think you know what I mean. This veil also from Nina, is SO adorable and kind of funky in a way that I will feel like a bride but not over the top.

What are some of your must-have wedding accessories?


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