Broke-Ass Tag: bridal accessories

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Ladies, let’s talk accessories and all those little glitters that add to your look. If you are a tomboy like me, you may be completely out of your league when it comes to this. I know I felt like I was. I think the thing I had the absolute hardest time finding was shoes and a veil.

When you’re in the bridal shop trying on a billion dresses, and you think you’ve found the dress, magical bridal shop fairies descend from upon high and begin tossing accessories at you to go with it. Oh, well let’s try on this veil, see how you feel. You want a belt, sure, bling or no bling dear? Tiara, we’ve got 20! That’s actually how I landed on my hair sparkly. I went to Low’s Bridal in Arkansas to buy my wedding dress (yes that is 1200 miles from my house … long story). I’d finally found the dress and the shop fairies had descended with every single veil in the entire store. I had at least 20 pinned, clipped or draped over my head. Conclusion? I apparently CANNOT make a veil look attractive. You know it’s bad when your grandmother cocks her head and says, “are you sure you like that one?” No hurt feelings grandma, I know I look like a dork, thanks for at least telling me though.

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At Lows there are also apprentice shop fairies who haven’t earned their wings yet. I had two apprentice shop fairies to go with my shop fairy. One of the apprentices had been quietly watching the proceedings and was hit with inspiration. She came over, pulled my hair back into a twist, and stuck in her hair sparkly. I looked into the mirror and knew that we were done, it was lovely. There is a rushing of wind and bells when you find the perfect accessory … or perhaps that is the sound of a fairy getting her wings.20161228_135239

So boom, I landed the dress and hair stuff all in one trip. Now for shoes.

Confession time: I bought my dress in July.

I just now have been able to find my shoes, the perfect shoes. I am a tomboy and lack the ability to walk in heels without looking like a newborn giraffe. So, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of Mary Jane style shoes for months now. The strap makes me feel less like I’m going to tip out of them and onto my nose and Mary Janes generally have a shorter heel. I did fall in love with these heels by Ruby Shoo on Modcloth, but the heel was surprisingly high. I’m also a solid 7.5, and the European sizes just do not get me close to that.

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Feature Presentable Mary Jane Heel, $79.99 from ModCloth

Amazon was good to me and recommended the ones I will be going down the aisle in. These Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21s are adorable. I plan on adding glitter around the edge stitching to give them a little more flash. I may also glitter the heel. At $27 they are crazy cheap and comfy. Be careful if you go the super cheap shoe route. The first pair I ordered came wrapped in all the paper that shoes no one has ever worn them, but there was a gash on the side of one of them. Inspect your cheap shoes thoroughly before your return window closes.

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Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21 Mary Janes, $26.45 from Amazon

No I just need to find a necklace and earrings.

How did you find your accessories? Did you have to hunt them down or was it super easy? Share your story in the comments!

  • 5/27

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    Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons — I think they’re super cute, they’re totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you’ll find yourself wanting — lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints … your basic emergency goodies that you may not want to stick your brigade with. Bonus: If you opt out of flowers, clutches make a great substitute for something pretty to carry! Here are five of my faves for under $100.

    Etsy ModDotTextiles Ivory and Gold Clutch

    Gold and Ivory Clutch, $38 from Etsy seller ModDotTextile

    These come in so many different patterns and designs, but I’m hard crushing on the angular one in the center.

    Macys Style & Co Floral Clutch

    Style & Co. Lily Pansy Floral Clutch, $21.99 at Macy’s

    Bold florals make a beautiful statement, and will jazz up any outfit after the wedding. ModCloth Hooked on Symphonics Clutch

    Hooked on Symphonics Clutlch, $49.99 from ModCloth

    A shoulder strap makes this clutch totally versatile from hand-held to wearable.

    Nordstrom Glint Metallic Clutch

    Glint Metallic Envelope Clutch, $48 at Nordstrom

    Classic gold with sleek lines is a perfect choice for your wedding day and will be sure to shine in photos.

    Etsy DavieandChiyo Rose Gold Sequin Clutch

    Rose Gold Sequin Clutch, $55 from Etsy seller DavieandChiyo

    Rose gold? Check! Sequins? Check! Under $100? CHECK! This clutch covers like, ALL the bases of being a totally amazing accessory.

    Which one is your favorite? Are you planning on carrying a clutch on your wedding day?

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  • 4/21

    A few weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was about my customized wedding dress – it’s very unique and very me. I also found some gorgeous, comfortable low wedges (and then bought two more pairs in other colors for work, if that says something), the perfect dangly earrings, a matching belt, and a really fantastic feathered, sparkly hair clip for the reception. I…

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    7/23

    GUYS. This happens sometimes, but not very often. Our partners at Gloss Jewelry are trying to make way for new stuff and hollered at BAB to see if we wanted to give you guys an exclusive code. I mean, DUH. Of COURSE we do. So, today only, head on over to Gloss Jewelry and pick up something, anything, for 80% off. This is not a…

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    5/7

    A garter is a pretty traditional piece of wedding garb, whether you choose to keep it or toss it. For me, it was definitely one of those pieces that made me feel more "bride-ly" ... whatever that means. But, I also didn't spend much on mine, and that was evident by the materials (oh, hey Hawaii humidity + lower quality fabric, welcome to Itchfest!). And if…

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    1/10

    Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we're focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our "Can't Afford It" ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100. CAN’T AFFORD IT First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)…

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    5/29

    Editor's note: This is the very first post from our brand new contributor Heather! Let's all give her a big ol' broke-ass welcome. Happy to have you aboard, Heather!  Finishing a look requires paying attention to every detail, especially when it comes to jewelry! Recently, I fell in love with this Vera Wang necklace worn by a bride showcased on Style Me Pretty. First problem:…

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    3/24

    Most brides have a few odds and ends they need to carry on their wedding day: a lipgloss, a phone, some tissues. So here are some gorgeous and budget-friendly clutches that can be carried on the wedding day and beyond! Shop Now: (clockwise from top left): Pewter $71 // Purple $98 // Floral $30 // Rosette $55 // Lace $51 // Red $78 // Mauve…

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