Alternative bridal accessories for the modern bride
Today’s micro-wedding or ‘mini-mony’ has allowed us to rethink the rules of bridal wear, and we’re advocating marrying pragmatism with pizzazz. We’re wedded to alternative bridal accessories with a contemporary ease and practicality, which you’d hope to wear again and again, from shoes without sky-high heels, to bags big enough for your hand sanitiser. Here, we present the pieces for achieving down-the-aisle delight.
For brides prioritising a chic sense of comfort, Sleeper’s slip-on satin mules are a match made in matrimonial heaven. This champagne colourway is particularly celebratory and would suit an array of bridal tones, from ivory to cream. When you fancy something more fuss-free, you can simply detach the marabou feather trim.
So it’s unlikely you’ll be dancing under a mirror ball with hundreds of friends. Bring disco dazzle to your ensemble with a chain mail bag by Paco Rabanne. You’ll shimmer and jangle as you take your first strides into married life.
A graphic silhouette is a sublime way to dial down glitz. Take JW Anderson’s dance-all-night mid-heel sandals, which are detailed with a circular rhinestone hoop. They speak of sparkle but are streamlined in design too.
A modern sense of ceremony can be achieved with classics with a twist. Jennifer Behr’s hair tie is formed from a strand of elegant faux pearls, which encircle the hair instead of the neck or wrist. It’ll also keep you from nervously twiddling your tresses.
A kitten heel will ensure you don’t need a shoe change throughout the day, and keep you feeling firmly on your feet (even after a few glasses of fizz). Miu Miu’s patent silver style are delicately dazzling, complete with pretty bow detail and crystal embellishments.
Judith Leiber Couture
There’s an artistic élan behind this Judith Leiber clutch bag. To terrific Trompe-l’œil effect, the style resembles a 3D bow, formed from twinkling crystals. It’s also sizable enough for a small hand sanitiser.
If a veil feels too traditional, why not opt for an eye-catching head band instead? This Prada option is a signature of the house, and in a matrimonial melange is imagined here in white satin and twinkling paillettes.
The standout silhouette of this pump is worthy of a speech itself. Don’t let the ivory silk fabrication fool you, these styles are anything but traditional. The upper is cut to fall symmetrically on the foot, and curves with a tie around the ankle. Nothing will be chicer skimming from underneath a dress, skirt or trouser suit.
The delicate structure of this bag has been woven from strands of faux pearls and crystals. Both classic yet utterly contemporary, it’s sure to carry all your on-the-day essentials. It will also wonderfully offset layers of tulle and organza, fabrics which Rocha herself revels in.
Christopher Kane is a master at making flouncy details feel subversive. There’s something tongue-in-cheek about the indulgent ostrich feather trim of this tulle veil, made from brides keen for sugar-coated tradition with a twist.