Acing the accessories

With much more to prepare for than just a dress or tuxedo, the accessories make up the small yet incredibly important extras to pull together a dream wedding. Make a Pinterest or mood board to save options and inspiration when you find it.

Emily Dowdell, photo by Sophie Isabella

Like the gems adorning Caitlin Crisp’s ears, many brides are choosing jewellery that holds sentiment. It is a sweet way to have your loved ones walk down the aisle with you, through heirlooms passed down. If you have a special piece that doesn’t quite fit the theme, consider getting it reworked into something that suits. Stones can be made into drop earrings, while pendants or chains can easily be fashioned into new bracelets or necklaces. If you’re a groom, heirlooms can be worn or reworked into pins or jewellery. Simply choose what feels right.

Caitlin Crisp, by Stephan & Nakita Photography

As the bow trend skyrockets in the fashion industry, so does it for brides across the globe. Jimmy Choo’s Aveline asymmetric mesh bow heel solidified the style, making way for hundreds of gorgeous interpretations. Local brands hold a range of perfect wedding day pumps, from clean neutral styles to those embellished with diamantes, pearls, lace, or bows, and in everything from kitten heels to stilettos. Colourwise, white is popular, while pale pinks and beige shades nicely complement a white gown.

Roses and tulips are favourites for many weddings, for their class, simplicity, and entrancing effect. Yet with thousands of flower possibilities, do search around to find the flower that feels right for you and your partner. Carnations, dahlias, and paeonies bring energy through colour, and hydrangeas make for a colourful big bunch of blooms. Scatter baby’s breath through your bouquet for a whimsical touch. Luckily, with our local flower industry, Christchurch has ample experienced florists to build a bouquet of one flower or a mixture. Always consider the season, especially if you’re wanting florals to be a dominant theme of your wedding.

Jaz Counter, photo by Sally Anne

Creating wedding ambience is about more than the dress code and bridal party accessories. Tablescapes are the finishing touch to the festivities, and for these there is inspiration everywhere. From garden themes of climbing vines and blooms, to colourful ribbons and candles, and succulent or seashell jars, if you’re saying ‘I do’ near the ocean. Have fun with silverware, crockery, tablecloths, placemats, and napkins, adding colour through one or more of these elements. Consider it an opportunity to add subtle nods to your love story too, through small decorations that pay homage to your journey together. Moreso, dedicate time with your partner to crafting your table numbers or place cards, an easy DIY that adds a personal touch.


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