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Head Over Heals

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

Written by Rachel A. Ishee

On one of the biggest days of your life, nontraditional accessories allow for comfort, glamour and unique and personal style.

While most brides stress about finding that perfect dress, the little details can be equally important. As with all fashion, wedding styles come and go, but here are some accessory trends that may be here to stay.


This new trend is a unique twist on the traditional veil and allows the bride to show off her hair without losing the wow factor of a veil. And a cape can lend the elegance of a veil without all the problems that come along with fastening it to your hair.

Kayla Newton of Pass Christian was married in June 2018.

“Wearing a cape on my wedding day was one of the best decisions I made in regards to my wedding day ensemble,” Newton said. “My hair was in an updo and many of the veils I tried on weighed anywhere from 8-15 pounds. A veil would have easily slipped out of my hair and caused an embarrassing moment I’m sure.”

Because capes are detachable, they allow for multiple looks throughout the celebration without having to purchase more than one dress.

“I did a second line parade immediately following my ceremony, and I did not have much time to change,” Newton said. “With the cape I was able to easily take it off and create a different look within five minutes.”  


A headband is a simple addition to any hairdo that can give it an extra sparkle. Bridal updo’s can be styled around the headband, and they can also be worn for the reception in lieu of a veil.

Daniel Dubuisson was an editorial assistant and stylist for Southern Bride. He’s now a freelance wedding fashion stylist.

“The whole less-is-more trend is really hot right now,” Dubuisson said. “From hair and makeup to shoes and jewelry, brides are making a big statement by keeping it simple.”

Barefoot Bride

Brides normally end up kicking off their heels on the dance floor anyway, so why not ditch the shoes all together? Barefoot brides aren’t just for beach weddings anymore. More and more brides are opting to say ‘I do’ sans shoes because it’s comfortable and more casual. No one wants to miss out on the fun of his or her big day because of sore feet.

Keeping it Casual

If going barefoot isn’t your thing, you can also opt for a cute sneaker. Kate Spade’s wedding sneaker line includes satin, glitter, pearl and bow embellishments. Classic Converse high- and low-top sneakers come in white and muted colors to match any color scheme, with custom options like leather, embroidery and patches to personalize your look.

Fringe Worthy

There are endless ways to individualize a traditional bridal heel. From the sequined to the ‘something blue,’ brides can really have fun with what they put on their feet. Feathers and fringe are a great way to add both texture and movement to any look. Ostrich feathers have recently made an appearance in bridal trends. Designers like Monique Lhuillier and Hailey Paige have featured delicate fringed or feathered accents in their designs.

“I knew from the start I wanted shoes with feathers on them,” Newton said. “Dee Keller has always had amazing shoes, and I had always wanted a pair of her simple pointed-toe pumps. I looked on her website, and I found the most perfect pair of shoes with ostrich feathers.”

“If you, the bride or groom, have it in your mind that you can’t pull something off, then that is your first mistake,” Dubuisson said. “If you like it, wear it. Just make sure to not force yourself to do or wear something simply because it’s trendy at the moment. Traditional looks will last the test of time, too.”

For the guys

Traditional groom’s attire might seem ho-hum, but there are multiple ways that you can personalize your suit or tux.

“The bride is the obvious star of the show when it comes weddings, but grooms don’t want to just fade into the background,” Dubuisson said. “By adding their own flair with the season’s hottest trends, they get to show their style in subtle ways that help them stand out too.”

Guys are starting to ditch the tie and bowtie and opt for more versatile accessories. One trend that’s becoming more and more popular for grooms and groomsmen is suspenders.

“They’re really making a comeback this spring and I’m living for them,” Dubuisson said. “They’re so comfortable, simple to style and bring a bit of fun to any suit.”

Just Do It

For couples who are considering taking a fashion risk on their wedding day, many would say to just go for it.

“I would recommend similar style accessories to brides who don’t mind untraditional accessories and for brides who feel like these styles fit well with their overall personality,” Newton said.

“The memories of the moment are all that matter at the end of the day. If you’re happy with your look, that is all that you should be worried about,” Dubuisson said. “No one looks back on their wedding photos and says, ‘I’m so glad I played it safe.’”

About Daniel Dubuisson

Daniel Dubuisson used to work for Southern Bride Magazine in Memphis as an editorial assistant and then as a stylist on their shoots. He still does some freelance styling on their shoots from time to time. He mainly works with groom's fashion but I know that he's also helped style some bridal accessories and bridesmaids shoots for Southern Bride before.

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