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A few weeks ago, we were talking about how exciting it can be to go wild with accessories when your dress comes in under budget. But even when your gorgeous gown gives you some room to splurge on the rest of the ensem, it doesn’t always mean that you have to get top-to-bottom finishing touches. This is especially true when your dress already has a lot of eye-catching detail. At David’s Bridal, the collection of incredibly affordable dresses for one of life’s most special days never ceases to amaze us, but even more impressively, you can peruse through dresses with minimal to doing-the-most detail and find accessories that balance out any of the looks. Of course, any kind of styling is 😍 if it works for you, but if you find yourself needing help when it comes to choosing supporting pieces of sparkle, the nation’s #1 authority on bridal and special occasion wear is in your corner.
That expertly-styled, red carpet experience.
Whether you’re a high-glam bride or a modern-minimalist, you can probably admit that your wedding day is the most fitting occasion to feel like a celebrity, right? You’ve found a dress style that speaks to your soul and spirit, but the accessories are the next step for completing your total head-to-toe transformation. Celebrity stylists spend so much time researching and cherry picking the right couture accoutrements to work for their clients, because a perfectly-composed, flawless look is the product of balance and restraint.
At your David’s Bridal appointment, once you’ve found your gown, you’re never left to fly solo with beyond-the-dress styling. You’ll ring that bell ((the one that lets everyone know you said yes to the dress)) and your consultant will take it as her cue to start round 2: assisting you in finding the accessories to bring you one step closer to that best walk of your life #yourownredcarpet. Shoes, jewels, headpieces, and veils, there are infinite possibilities to pair your stunning silhouette with the right accents. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with just how much you can consider, that’s where your hype people come in to help.
Our friends at DB have a pretty on-point knack for matching a bride to her dress and the dress to its complements - and a lot goes back to balance. If the dress is a mood all on its own, then the accessories aren’t there to compete, they’re there for support ((and that’s a major part of the picture with brides and their maids, too #womensupportingwomen)).
These dresses are fire, but the accessories temper the flames
If your dress already has a lot going on with it, you don’t have to add a ton of baubles and bells and whistles to the story just for funsies. Instead, work with your DB stylist to curate a seriously-pointed accessories edit for your allover-appliquéd, embellished, illusion-detailed, or lace and beaded looks.
This is what we imagined for these four aisle stunners.
Stretch Illusion Beaded Floral Wedding Dress
Dress: Stretch Illusion Beaded Floral Wedding Dress; $1,399
This long sleeve beaded lace mermaid gown is crafted with stretch illusion fabric, creating a light and easy look. It is layered with textured, dotted net and subtle metallic gold appliques for drama and dimension, and then that illusion plunge neckline is just the cherry on top.
When you have a gown that’s full of opulence like this, you can’t help but consider royal highlights. The tiara is the perfect headpiece to mimic the metallic gold that comes through in the gown, and the cathedral-length veil is an amazing counterbalance. Add to it the lowkey drop pearl earrings, and it’s a totally thoughtful head-to-toe.
Embellished Waist Plunge Halter Wedding Dress
Dress: Embellished Waist Plunge Halter Wedding Dress; $899
Perfect for the modern bride, this wedding dress is crafted from figure-hugging stretch crepe, allowing for all day comfort while maintaining a chic, feminine vibe. Crystal and bead-embellished vines adorn the waist, while a plunging back, sexy ruching, and a halter neckline add alluring detail.
Speaking of celebrity style, this kind of dress is all star power. From that jaw-dropping plunge to the sparkle on the waist, there are so many focal points - and very little reason to go too haywire with hardware. Vintage statement earrings ((with marquise-cut stones that read so old school Hollywood)) and an iconic tulle blusher are truly all you need to tell your classic love story.
Plunging Illusion Bodice Lace Wedding Dress
Dress: Plunging Illusion Bodice Lace Wedding Dress; $1,299
The plunging tank bodice of this slim sheath wedding dress is a dramatic show-stopper. Fully lined in beige illusion mesh, it creates a barely-there backdrop that lets the beauty of beaded lace shine through. The scalloped back features illusion mesh, which creates another dazzling place for the 👀 to go atop the lace-edged skirt.
This dress can slay on its own, 100 percent, but there’s still room for a little more icing. Our thoughts go straight to a rhinestone cuff. It’s a simple arm party, but one that doesn’t steal any thunder away from the mind-blowing scrollwork going on at her bodice. And the pearl embellished hair clip just gives a side swept hairstyle a little more sass and sway. Plus, the creamy miniature pearls bring a nice 3D, mixed media edge to the ensem.
Printed Tulle Wedding Dress with Tiered Skirt
Dress: Printed Tulle Wedding Dress with Tiered Skirt; $1,399
This floral-printed tulle ball gown wedding dress, appliqued with floral corded lace and beading, offers a fresh take on skirt drama: the floating tiered skirt is edged with wide horsehair trim for definition and volume. The lace drop waist bodice features an exaggerated sweetheart neckline with a bit of lace illusion, and it is finished with a metallic grosgrain ribbon.
Yes, this dress is a conversation pièce de résistance, but at the same time, it can stand up to extra ornamentation. In fact, it’s actually a really fun dress to play with some bold accessories. A ball gown usually screams princess, proper, and poised, but when you pair it with exaggerated, prismatic earrings, it becomes a much more whimsical interpretation. Same goes for the alternating rows of crystal hair pins. There’s a playful punkiness that accompanies the super feminine silhouette and it’s SO refreshing. Not to the mention, the photos...🤘🏻
… We see you hair pins, and we raise you some equally-youthful lace cat ears… After all, you just got meow-ied 😜.
With David’s Bridal, since your dress costs less, you’ll inevitably have some budget left over for outfit completion ((ALL the fierce finishing touches)); it’s at this point where you’ll want to lean on your DB team to pull looks that not only pair well with your gown, but do the most to reflect you as the bride. This is your day to feel like a freshly-styled, primped, and prettied goddess, so let David’s Bridal get you ready for that first step out of the limo. 📸
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