Most couples go down the traditional route for their weddings, but what about those who want to do something a little different? For instance, one couple decided from Essex, UK, to exchange their vows inside a fish tank at an aquarium. While this example may seem on the extreme side to some, you could opt for a destination wedding, or an unconventionally-coloured wedding dress to make your day more special and personal. Most importantly, as a bride, you want to stand out from everyone else, which is why we’ve explored four quirky wedding accessories that might not have crossed your mind to incorporate into your big day.
Vintage rings are a great choice for brides who don’t want to pick something up off the shelf. This could be a ring you’ve inherited from your family, or a treasure you discovered in an antique shop or jewellers. “Vintage rings are a wonderful way to find something different,” antique experts 1stDibs explained to Bride.com. “Regardless of their style, these have handcrafted elements that you won’t readily find in contemporary work.” What’s more, there’s a distinct romantic appeal to a ring that has a past of its own. From coloured gemstones like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, to rough, raw cut diamonds, a vintage ring is likely to be unique, as well as a little imperfect, adding to the charm. Some of the most popular vintage ring trends include art deco styles, 19th-century Russian rings, and Edwardian cluster designs.
While some brides opt to swap their glasses for contact lenses on their big day, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue to wear your specs like normal — embrace your personal style and keep your frames on! This could also be the perfect opportunity to pick a pair you wouldn’t wear on a day-to-day basis. And there is a huge range of possibilities, from brightly coloured designs or an unusual frame shape, to even splurging on a designer brand. For instance, a luxury pair of Burberry glasses will not only add style to your wedding outfit, but prove to be an investment that will always remind you of the special occasion.
Traditionally, most brides wear a gorgeous veil on their wedding day. However, one accessory you might not have considered instead is a tiara — after all, it might be the only acceptable time in your life to wear one, so why not? Commonly linked to royalty, with Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie all adorned with tiaras on their wedding days.
These are rooted in ancient times as a symbol of innocent loss through the crowning of love. So, if you want to leave tradition behind, purchase a beautiful tiara. There are many different styles, from extravagant ones studded with gems or luxury pearls for a regal look, to simple, minimalist designs packed with dainty Swarovski crystals.
Jewellery is a great way of adding some extra sparkle, and statement headpieces are the way to go to catch everyone’s attention. It can perfectly tie your wedding outfit together and suit any type of bride, whether your look errs towards the modern, traditional, or bohemian. As with glasses, there are many possibilities, and your headpiece can be as simple or glamorous as you like.
You can experiment with different elements such as size, colour, gems, fabrics, and ornamental pieces. For example, a pearl headband or comb is a chic option for the classic bride, while sleek, sculptural pieces in either gold or silver suit a minimalist approach.