This is a common question among brides. It seems once you get your dress, you have time before you need to shop for accessories, right? Wrong. It often surprises many brides to find out that choosing a wedding veil and/or headpiece, jewelry, shoes, and other items is often much harder than imagined. So start early.
So What’s a Good Time Frame for Purchasing Bridal Accessories?
In direct terms, 3 months before your “wear date” is optimal. Remember your “wear date” may be sooner than your wedding day. For instance, if you have a hair trial, a final fitting, or a photo shoot in which you would like to have your accessories, you may want to order or purchase your items with those dates in mind.
What Can Help Me Make Good Choices When Choosing my Accessories?
Once you find your dress, the fun really begins. Start looking for your wedding accessories immediately, but don’t feel pressured to start purchasing right away (unless your wedding is actually 3 months away, then get to work). Here’s some helpful tips…
- Get a swatch of your wedding dress fabric if available.
- Take digital pictures of your wedding gown from the front, back, and close up so if you need to show it to sales consultant, you can provide that so they can help you select some coordinating accessories.
- If you don’t have a picture of your dress be sure and bookmark a link that shows a photo of your bridal gown so you can share that as an alternative.
- Grab some ideas on Pinterest or bridal sites like “The Knot”, “Brides”, “WeddingWire” or other wedding blogs. You can find some great photos of wedding hair accessories, hairstyles, jewelry, and even so DIY tips to make some of your items if you are on budget.
- Choose 3 different swoon-worthy accessories for each item you plan to wear for your final look. For instance, if you are going to wear a headpiece or a veil, choose 3 of your most favorite headpieces or veils you’ve seen so just in case one or the other is unavailable at time you order or purchase an item you’ll be just as happy with it and it will reduce potential disappointment and stress.
- When shopping for accessories, find out if the item you are interested in will likely be available in the time frame you’ll need it. This is whether from an online source or from a brick-and-mortar store. Don’t assume it will be ready to order or purchase when you are ready.
Give Yourself Breathing Room
Allow room for “oops”. Sometimes the best laid plans blow up. So, allowing those optimal 3 months gives you room to make adjustments where needed. After being in business for 15 years, we’ve heard quite a few snafus. We’ve had a couple of little sisters, nieces, and pets get a hold a couple of veils and “re-designed” them. Not a few brides thought their dress was one color when they envisioned it but when it arrived it was quite another. You know what that means for accessories! Of course, there is the dreaded “Murphy’s Law” which sometimes crosses our paths (in case you ask, “What is Murphy’s Law? – Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong). So, if you can, give yourself so room to breathe (sometimes it can’t be helped, right?). You’ll be glad you did.
What if I Had a “Snafu” or Ahem, Waited Too Long?
Sometimes a bride orders an item from another vendor that got discontinued, the business closed, or let’s face it some just simply procrastinated. So, we hear from them to see if an item they love can be rush ordered? Many bridal sites and brick-and-mortar stores will be happy to see if you can be accommodated. Sometimes, an item is in stock and can be rushed. But, keep in mind specialty and customized items may be out of the question, you may have to opt for the simpler designs to accomplish your look. Look at the ship times first on a website for each item or ask your local bridal store about items ready for immediate purchase or shipping. Keep in mind, most don’t allow you to return a last minute item also. Happy shopping!