6 Options for Accessorizing Your Bridesmaids

The dress is only the beginning.
by The Knot

So you've picked out the dress (or dresses) for your bridesmaids, and now it's time to complete the look. If you're not sure where to start, check out our ideas for accessorizing your bridesmaids with style, below. 

1. Leave it up to them. 

You can let your bridesmaids' individuality shine through by letting them accessorize themselves—especially if they'll all be wearing the same bridesmaid dress, different accents will definitely avoid a "cookie-cutter" look. Ask them to choose their own necklaces, earrings, bracelets, shoes and so on. You can even give them some parameters: Stay in the pearl family or wear metallic accessories. If you want to add guidelines (like necklaces and earrings only), that works too. 

2. Opt for minimal (or no) accessories.

Another option is to ask your bridesmaids to forgo accessories altogether, except for something like a simple pair of stud earrings. Maybe the bridesmaid dress is embellished and iridescent and a sparkly necklace would be overkill. Which brings up another point—when accessorizing your bridesmaids, remember that less can sometimes be more, and they definitely don't need to be dripping in jewels. One single statement bracelet can beautifully complement a sleeveless or strapless dress. 

3. Give them a theme to work with. 

You can also try to have your bridesmaids accessories complement your own look on your wedding day by giving them a theme. For instance, if you'll be wearing a pearl choker, maybe they can wear some simple strands. If you're wearing a sparkly headpiece, your bridesmaids can each wear one similar clip in their hair. This is your best option if you're a stickler for optics, since similar accessories can help unify the feeling of your wedding. The idea is to create a unique look that works together aesthetically.

4. Gift them their accessories. 

Accessories are a great idea to give as bridesmaid gifts. Your squad can wear those dangling tassel earrings to your affair, and they'll think of your wedding day when they wear them in the future. If you really want your ladies to wear a specific necklace on your wedding day, why not present it to them wrapped up as a gift? If they happen to be wearing mismatched bridesmaid dresses, this can help tie their looks together as well. 

5. Have an "accessory party."

Aka, gather your bridesmaids together to make their own accessories. How about meeting at a bead or charm store for an informal get-together to make your own matching—or unmatching—accessories? More than likely, it'll be pieces your bridesmaids will actually want to wear on your wedding day and beyond. Or, if you're having trouble finding the perfect jewelry for your bridesmaids, you can go to a store and make them yourself to give as gifts. 

6. Be creative (and considerate). 

You're not relegated to items like necklaces and earrings. If you're using baby's breath throughout your ceremony, think about having your hairstylist add sprigs of it to your bridesmaids' updos. Additionally, after the money your bridesmaids are likely spending on the dress, travel, bachelorette party, gift and more, do them a favor and don't pick out a pair of $300 pumps for them to buy as well. Try to find either a lower priced pair of shoes, or simply send them an example (for instance, patent nude sandals) so they can choose their own price point. 

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