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.

Sleeper

Alternative bridal accessories Manon mules by Sleeper

Manon mules, by Sleeper

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.

Paco Rabanne

Alternative bridal accessories 1969 bag by Paco Rabanne

Iconic 1969 Mini Square Handbag, by Paco Rabanne

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.

JW Anderson

Alternative bridal accessories Crystal embellished mid heel by JW Anderson

Crystal embellished mid heels, by JW Anderson

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.

Jennifer Behr

Alternative bridal accessories Henley faux pearl hair tie by Jennifer Behr

Henley faux pearl hair tie, by Jennifer Behr. Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

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.

Miu Miu

Alternative bridal accessories Patent leather slingback by Miu Miu

Patent leather and crystal slingbacks, by Miu Miu. Image courtesy of Matchesfashion.com

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

Alternative bridal accessories Bow Just For You clutch bag by Judith Leiber

Bow Just For You clutch bag by Judith Leiber. Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

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.

Prada

Alternative bridal accessories Sequinned satin headband by Prada

Sequinned head band, by Prada. Image courtesy of Matchesfashion.com

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.

Khaite

Alternative bridal accessories Seville pumps by Khaite

Seville Pump in ivory, by Khaite

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.

Simone Rocha

Alternative bridal accessories Pearl and crystal bag by Simone Rocha

White beaded mini tote bag, by Simone Rocha

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

Alternative bridal accessories Feather veil by Christopher Kane
Ostrich feather-trim short tulle veil, by Christopher Kane

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.

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