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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


We are in the midst of wedding season, but 2014 brides are beginning to surface with questions about their big day.  The Dress is always first on their minds and today, Monica Fortini of CC's Boutique in Tampa, Florida has some great ideas about accessorizing your wedding gown.  So, if you are about to walk down the aisle and want to know what is hot or if you are about to shop for that one of a kind dress, here are some wonderful tips for an expert.     

How to Accessorize your Wedding Dress

Women all over the world spend many years fantasizing about their wedding day, the groom, the flowers, the venue, but especially the wedding dress. Your wedding is your day to be the most beautiful woman in the world. After you have said yes to the dress it’s time to figure out how you will make it your own. What’s the best way to accessorize a wedding dress to get it ready for its center isle debut?

Photo Courtesy of Sweetwater Portraits

The first thing you will notice is that it’s pretty easy to get carried away with jewelry. You need to determine whether or not you need a necklace, is the neckline of your dress intricate enough to avoid needing one, do you have a halter-style dress, sweetheart strapless, or capped sleeves? A good pair of dramatic drop earrings or chandelier earrings might be all you need to accent your dress.


All brides tend to stick to one tradition, something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Something old might be a very valuable family heirloom, but it might not go with the style of your dress. Try adding it to the front of your bouquet if it’s a brooch or rosary. If you have a veil that has been passed down you can modernize it a bit or restore it as best you can. Get creative with something borrowed from your bridesmaids. Create a sash or belt from the same pattern or material from their dresses. This will help tie everyone together and give a pop of color to a neutral dress.

Shoes are a much bigger part of the outfit than anyone realizes. These are the shoes that have to get you through pictures, the walk down the aisle, and through the first dance as man and wife. In these modern times, it’s not uncommon for brides to pick shoes that don’t match the dress or are relatively funky or plain depending on their personal style. Whether its flats, heels, or a slight wedge it’s always a good idea to buy something comfortable and appropriate enough to wear again.

There is something to be said for your unmentionables. One tradition that is still carried on in most ceremonies is the garter toss. The sexy music comes on, the spot light is on you and your hopefully toned thighs as the groom slides it off in victory. They are designing garters with NFL logos on them, camouflage prints, and exotic colors with ribbons and lace. This is the one personal piece that everyone at your reception will see, why not make it something memorable and customized to you and your new husband’s chosen lifestyle.

Some brides like to take things down a notch for the reception so they can boogie all night long. Accessories are a great way to transform your dress without having to completely change it. Many brides don’t have the cash to buy another dress so changing from a veil to a tiara or hair brooch, changing from high heeled shoes to ballet flats, or cutting back on the sparkle of your ceremony jewelry can give you a whole new laid back look for the reception.

This post was written for Bridal Affairs by Monica Fortini. Monica is the fashion purchaser for CC's Boutique, the premier Tampa bridal salon.

Thank you, Monica for some great advice!  Happy Shopping, ladies.  

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