One may always attempt to be prepared for wedding season, yet as the number of nuptials each year rises (which is weird because surely logic says there are fewer people left in your friendship circle to be married off) you end up panic-buying or reverting to old faithfuls.
But planning and accessorising cleverly could save you buying a whole new outfit: find here 25 ideas for unusual and stylish wedding accessories, including shoes, fascinators, handbags and jewellery to easily update your ensembles without dropping a bundle on one-wear wonders destined for wardrobe purgatory.
Forget huge hats made of a material you never seem to see employed elsewhere (it's called sinamay by the way, we looked it up), we promise splashes of colour, statement jewellery, eye-catching design and fun hair accessories to lift any and all outfits, be they bridal, bridesmaid or guest.
And if nothing else, your new bag will definitely be a handy talking point when the table-of-strangers convo runs out.
Click through the gallery below.
Silver Mirror Perspex Lips Clutch
The signature Lulu Guinness clutch comes in mirrored silver: simple enough to go with everything, yet statement enough to drag the most worn of wedding ensembles into the light.
My Girl Sunglasses
Spring and summer nuptials demand stylish eyewear, and these Quay Australia add volumes to an outfit: think sharp jumpsuit and chunky heels.
Bee Clutch Bag
Skinnydip does metallic accessorizing with a buzzy twist. Summery and eye-catching.
Bria Grey Floral Headband
Wedding headwear has a terrible tendency toward both the stiff and the floridly flouncy (not to mention several shades of fleshy pink). This Johnny Loves Rosie band brings a classily subdued grey touch to proceedings.
Lift your go-to ensembles with these blocky gold H&M stunners. New outfit be damned; new shoes be praised.
£29.99 (reduced to £9.49, limited sizes available), hm.com
Cordelia Floral Orchid Headband
This orchid creation from RockNRose is more grown-up than flower crowns, but years off a dusty old disc.
Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos
Brooklyn-based Tattly produces some of the quirkiest, most colourful and most fun temporary tattoos around. Its latest collection includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar: the best wedding accessory there is, surely, as well as plenty of metallic options. There's a $6 (approximately £4.20) shipping charge for UK orders.
From $5 (£3.50), tattly.com
Metallic Leather Platform Brogues
Sick of the standard sandals? Metallic brogues are a striking way to do practical: think posh culottes and a big floppy sun hat. Take inspiration from this platformed Prada pair.
Woven Beaded Choker
This powder pink, beaded design from H&M belies its price, looking pretty classy for the same outlay as an overpriced house wine at the reception.
Charlotte Olympia's fun bag will zhuzh up any outfit because it’s a badger. A badger! (And yes, trust us, that’s how you spell ‘zhuzh’. It won’t matter a few wines in.)
Raincloud Glitter Necklace
This glittery raincloud necklace by Little Moose will hopefully be the only sign of bad weather on The Big Day, but even if it chucks it down, who cares? At least your necklace is well cool.
Papaya Embellished Heels
OK, metallic, colourful florals and glitter perhaps isn't your usual wedding combo, but hear us out: imagine these ASOS heels with a super plain midi dress or pale wide-legged trousers. You see it?
The Eyes of Sascha Sunglasses
Famed watch brand Swatch have brought out versatile sunglasses for those with wedding fatigue: you can snap on different designs at will. There are three frame shapes, each with 10 designs to choose from, and seven temples (arms). Go floral and old-fashioned with Sascha (pictured), then swap out for sleek black or colour pops.
From £55, available in-store
Dinosaur Necklace (Gold)
This mirrored-gold beauty was inspired by London's Natural History Museum. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: nothing updates a plain outfit as well as a massive statement necklace.
Gold-Tone Double Disk Multi-Row Necklace
It might not initially look your cup of tea, but this unusual design from River Island could work extremely well with a draped deep-V neckline or, conversely, a super-high one.
Statement shoes from Kat Maconie mean you don't have to work as hard on the rest of your outfit. Simple.
Valentin Oxidized Silver-Tone Earrings
Annie Costello Brown's bold earrings look stunning with up-dos.
Monochrome High Heel Mules (Yellow)
Bunting Back Hair Crown
A less cutesy and more interesting way to do the hair crown thing, this string of ASOS bunting can be pinned to your ‘do.
Pearl x Chain Knot Necklace
This knotted, multi-layer necklace by Free People is a lesson in accessorizing to draw the eye. Go for elegant, casual separates (such as a plain blouse and pale blue trousers) with spiky heels.
Wide Satin Headscarf
If you’re feeling trussed up in a dress, loosen everything a little with a satin headscarf. This ASOS piece also means you don’t have to fuss with your hair.
Mimosa Metallic Ankle Boots
We don’t know who said wedding shoes had to be delicate, but we’re not buying it. We’re buying these Topshop boots instead.
Adelice Floral Tiara Headband
This RockNRose band of red silk carnations sits forward on the head for a look your great aunt probably won't understand, but will want to try on after a few gins.
Chain Pouch Clutch Bag
The ballet-pink satin of this ASOS pouch bag is toughened up by the chains. Excellent for swinging around while bored during the posed picture marathon.
Rave Bobble Necklace
This multicoloured necklace by Accessorize is great for injecting a bit a life into tired old wardrobes; it'll pop against both light and dark colours. Instant summer, in other words.