4 stylish bridal accessories you won’t need to buy from a wedding shop

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Harriet Davey
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Trust us – you’ll want to wear these after the big day, too. 

The venue is booked, the cake is on order and your bridesmaids have agreed to wear the dress you’ve chosen for them. Now it’s time to sort out your outfit. As a bride-to-be, choosing a wedding dress can be one of the most important outfit decisions you will have to make, and, as with any big decision you’ll need assistance. This is why we’ve rounded up the best wedding dresses on the high street, made and edit of the alternative wedding shoes you’ll most likely want to wear with them – now for the final touch, the accessories. 

Bridal accessories used to only be found in specialist boutiques and wedding shops but now you can find them anywhere. In fact, you needn’t wear specific “bridal” accessories at all. 

We’ve found the four key accessories every bride-to-be could want and they’re all from the high street and designer brands we wear in everyday life. So, from the Zara hair clips you’ll wear for the wedding, and beyond, to the Shrimps bag you’ll style into your outfits forever more. These are the accessories you’ll actually want to wear. Note: unfortunately Meghan Markle’s royal crown isn’t included *sob* but they’ll make you feel like a princess all the same. 

1. The earrings 

Sophie Buhai 18kt gold-plated and faux pearl hoop earrings

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Steer away from the typical stud bridal earrings and look to the mini hoop. These pearl embellished beauties will be the perfect option for any modern bride-to-be. Not just for special occasions either, you’ll end up wearing them on repeat. 

£300,  Sophie Buhai

Mango resin pendant earrings

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to wear gorgeous jewellery. Look to the high street for costume jewellery that won’t break the bank – we predict you’ll fool everyone into thinking you’ll splurged on fine jewels with these.  

£15.99, Mango

2. The bag

Shrimps Astrid faux-pearl and crystal-embellished bag

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We’ve lusted after every new Shrimps ‘it’ bag that has landed, so investing in one for a wedding day is the perfect excuse. Bride or guest, it’s just about big enough to fit everything you may need in it. 

£440, Shrimps

Accessorize Kathryn beaded crescent bag

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Not every bride will bother to have a bag as you technically won’t be carrying it on the day. But, if you want one to not only keep your lippy and compact handy but also looks good, Accessorize has affordable options that won’t eat into your big day budget. This beaded bag will go with any wedding dress style from sleek, to boho. 

£35, Accessorize

3. The hair accessories

Simone Rocha Daisy silver-tone faux pearl and bead headband

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We’ll admit it, we’re a little bit obsessed with Simone Roche hair accessories – for obvious reasons. Headbands are big news, so this beaded version should be at the top of your bridal checklist. Okay, maybe book the venue first, but then this. 

£150, Simone Rocha

Zara pack of pearl bead rhinestone hair clips

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You may have already spotted these on your Instagram feed, and we’ve tracked them down. Get a clip set and add them all in, the more the merrier with this one. 

£15.99, Zara

4. The necklace

Missomo aqua chalcedony March birthstone necklace

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If you’re looking for something a little bit different, but won’t break the bank then Missoma is the brand for you. The birthstone necklaces will be an easy way to add a tiny hint of colour into your wedding outfit. 

£85, Missoma

Gucci 18-karat white gold diamond necklace

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If you want that something special that you’ll keep in your jewellery box forever, this Gucci necklace is the one. Delicate, with just the right amount of sparkle you may even end up loving it even more than you’re dress!

£2,120, Gucci

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