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Unique wedding accessories for brides

Paula McGarry

As weddings have evolved, it is fair to say that the way we dress for them has too. Hundreds of bridal designers are designing looks based on 'the modern bride', the 'boho bride' and brides that 'dare to be different.' The expectation that brides will arrive at the altar in white is itself no longer a guaranteed outcome. In celebration of all things unique, we have brought you a selection of accessories and styling options that will ensure you stand out from the bridal crowd.


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Crowns and tiaras are no longer just for women choosing a princess aesthetic for their wedding day. Sharper contours and mixed metals instil an edgier look than your traditional tiara. Some of our favourite options are by the talented maker Tilly Thomas Lux. Not only does she have an array of spectacular choices online, but she also works on bespoke commissions.

Jewels don't just have to sit on a crown or your finger. You can also find ways to weave them into your bridal hairstyle by playing with slides, clips and headbands. There are no shortage of options if you want to veer away from sparkle and opt for pearl or flowers either. Jennifer Behr, an American based designer, has a stunning range of hairpieces and accessories that would house something worthy of your theme. You can find her pieces in the UK on websites such as Net-A-Porter and MyTheresa.

If you are interested in a headpiece that screams different, then Curious Fair may be your answer. Their products are incredibly whimsical, combining feathers, twigs and crystals to create a look that wouldn't be out of place in Alice's Wonderland.

And while brides have favoured flower crowns for many years, it appears that the trend is growing. Etsy has hundreds of flower crowns that are bold, colourful and for lack of a better word, big. Larger florals such as peonies enable brides to make their flower crown a much more prominent feature in their look.

Thanks to the support of social influencers and models, the use of hats has become a new and unique way to shun the traditional veil. Cowboy hats, fedoras, boaters and straw hats have all been seen in the bridal circuit. While they may be more suited to weddings in the mountains, countryside or beach, they also make an excellent addition to a registry office wedding look or elopement.


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Images via pinterest.

In the winter months, it may be easy to find a bridal coat, gilet, cape or bolero. However, outside of these bitterly cold months, how can brides make their outerwear more unique? Wolf & Rosie individually personalise their hand-painted leather jackets for brides looking for a more rock and roll way of keeping warm in the cooler air. Without looking stereotypically bridal, you can wear this again and again after your wedding day too.

And if you are thinking of forgoing heels for your wedding day, there are more options than your standard pair of flat shoes. You can opt for a white pair of Doc Martens, or if you want to add an extra edge to your footwear, have the Doc Martens personalised and embellished. Again, Etsy boasts plenty of options for adding some sparkle to your boots.

Alternatively, Converse is another solution that is fantastically easy to personalise. From adding sparkle to the toe, 'wife' or 'husband' to the heel tag, changing laces for ribbon or adding your married name to the side of the trainer, the options are plentiful.


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Images via pinterest.

Depending on the theme of your wedding, or indeed, the location, you may consider adding sunglasses to your look. Easy to put on and take off, they can add to your overall style without taking over during the crucial moments such as the ceremony or pictures. Miu Miu has a great selection of sunglasses for brides to choose from. Crystal and pearl embellishments feature heavily across their variety of styles.

Plus, if you are worried about holding them, you could very easily opt for an accompanying clutch bag. Edie Parker has some bride-worthy solutions featuring tongue in cheek phrases while Shrimps' iconic pearl designs will add a touch of glamour. If you are looking for something on the more economical end of the spectrum, have great options that can be personalised in hundreds of different ways.

In no way, an accessory, but perhaps a fantastic accompaniment to festival inspired weddings is the inclusion of some glitter in your bridal makeup. In Your Dreams provide nationwide glitter bar services where they can make you, your bridal party and your guests over in spectacular glittery fashion. A look like this could be the perfect late-night addition, giving you a complete transformation. Perfect for brides who want to party in the same dress but show something a bit different anyhow.

Whatever type of bride you want to be on your wedding day, know that there is a myriad of ways to be utterly unique, the first of which is just being you.

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Favourite Wedding Props & Decoration Suppliers

Paula McGarry

There are few things as exciting as designing your wedding and starting with a blank canvas where you decide on the atmosphere and tone for the day. You can lose hours on Pinterest collecting thousands of ideas to give you unlimited inspiration, but where do you find the people to bring it all together? We have brought you our favourite suppliers for props and decor in the UK to make your vision a reality with ease and efficiency.

Kate Cullen

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One of the most prominent areas of your wedding that will need styling are the tables. Kate designs and creates stunning hand-dyed silk ribbons and table runners to create and set the scene for the ultimate tablescape.

Kate's mission is to create beautiful things that will last a lifetime rather than just the day of your wedding. Her website features one of a kind 'treasures' that can transform table designs, display boards and standalone tables as well giving you pieces to take home with you to be enjoyed the rest of your married life together. These treasures have a definite vintage undertone, adding some old fashioned charm to the mood of your wedding.

Hall & Co

Hall & Co isn't just a destination for prop hire, it is also an event management service, styling service, caterer and florist. Their style ethos is free-spirited, organic and effortlessly cool. Everything they put together looks instantly as though it belongs there without looking generic or bland. Hall & Co claim that their clientele is made up of laid back couples who don't do things by half and it is easy to see why. Their prop catalogue boasts an array of sofas, dressers, mirrors, drapes, indoor and outdoor furniture that can give your wedding an individual personality and an aesthetic your guests would not have seen elsewhere. At the very least, their impressive range of case studies and content on Instagram can provide you with a tonne of ideas that exceed those found in your typical bridal magazine.

The Wedding of my Dreams

If your focus for styling your wedding is on the more intricate details such as your table features and layout, then The Wedding of my Dreams is an excellent place to start. You can get lost down a rabbit hole of ideas perusing their range of vases, centrepieces, candle holders and cake decorations. This website is a brilliant solution for brides looking to delve deeper into the finer details rather than, the more significant ticket items such as furniture. The selection has an overall boho feel with rustic and weathered aesthetics combining with ornate detailing.

The Little Lending Co

Penny at The Little Lending Co has been curating her collection of unique furniture pieces since her own wedding in 2013. She has a background in fashion design with emanates through her beautiful range of items to hire and various packages. Penny's style has a dominant bohemian influence with the flexibility to mix and match pieces to make each wedding genuinely individual. The Little Lending Co's Instagram and portfolio demonstrate how seemingly ordinary pieces of furniture can be dressed up to completely transform a setting, perfect for brides and grooms that might be lacking in inspiration. Occasionally Penny lists items for sale on her Instagram that have been specially sourced and customised for other weddings, a fantastic way to pick up unique items at a low cost for your own wedding.

One Curious Dream

The range of props available from One Curious Dream is extensive and varied. Whether it is stands, lamps, tables, trunks or seating that you are looking for, this website covers all angles of prop hire for your wedding day. The furniture varies between boho chic and vintage glamour with wicker or plush velvets being the most dominant choices of those available. Aside from styling your wedding, One Curious Dream also has a wedding planning service too. Their website showcases 'real weddings' featuring their furniture and styling ideas, so you can trust they know precisely how to deliver on the day itself.

Styling your wedding day according to your theme can be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, but it can also feel overwhelming with so much choice available.

Our best advice for styling your wedding is to create a mood board consisting of your favourite ideas before going through a process of elimination, keeping only the concepts you genuinely love and that can tie together seamlessly. This will be especially useful for any suppliers or companies you use to help style your wedding on your behalf and also come in handy for obtaining approximate quotes so you can add a rough cost to your wedding budget.

Lastly, choose a supplier that understands what you are trying to achieve and make sure you pay careful attention to the terms of any prop hire, particularly when it comes to potential damage, wear and tear, hire period, drop-off and collection.

While it may feel like you need everything on offer, remember that sometimes less is more and just a couple of stand out pieces can transform the room.

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Wedding dresses under £1500

Paula McGarry

Beautiful wedding dresses don't have to take up most of your wedding budget. Some of our favourite styles come from smaller, independent designers with a keen eye for detail and a design aesthetic that is unique to traditional gowns. Whether you are looking for a boho-inspired dress or something more conventional, there are plenty of options you can consider without fearing the price tag. 

We have featured a round-up of our favourite wedding dress designers that sell designs for under £1,500 to help inspire you on your dress-hunting journey. 

1. Rime-Arodaky

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Photo credits: and @felixxboniface

This French design house has produced a variety of bridal attire ranging from gowns to two-pieces and pre- and post-wedding outfits. Rime envisions brides as liberated, sexy, edgy and modern and her designs seek to replicate this image. 

Her designs are sold directly on her website, through her Parisian boutique as well as on global platforms such as Shopbop and Net-a-Porter. Tailored gowns can be made with all alterations and fittings taking place in Paris, a perfect excuse to visit if there ever was one. 

Animal lovers among you will also be keen to know that Rime recently challenged a host of bridal boutiques and designers to pledge to be 100% cruelty-free, ensuring that no animals are harmed or mistreated in the design and manufacture process of the wedding garments they produce and sell. 

Prices from: £850 

Stockists: Direct at Rime Arodaky, Net-a-Porter, Shopbop 

Theme: The modern bride 

USP: You can create several looks with Rime Arodaky, which is especially convenient if you want to change throughout the day or plan outfits for other wedding celebrations such as the rehearsal dinner. 

2. Catherine Deane 

Catherine's designs take cultural references from her nomadic lifestyle having lived in Ireland, South Africa, London and Hong Kong. The dresses are a combination of old meets new, strength and fragility, striking modern design and simplicity. 

The designs are best suited for Spring and Summer brides with lace and sleeveless silhouettes playing a key design element in a lot of the dresses.  The laid-back aesthetic entices images of blossomed trees and ceremonies outdoors or in orangeries. 

Aside from bridal gowns, Catherine Deane also produces bridal separates, accessories including veils, sashes and belts as well as dresses suitable for pre-or post-wedding events. 

Prices from: £995

Stockists: Direct at Catherine Deane, select bridal boutiques in the UK  

Theme: Summer Brides 

USP: Catherine Deane's bridal separates selection is arguably more extensive than her bridal gown selection making this brand an ideal choice for creating a more bespoke look, opting for a mix and match finish over one that has been pre-put together. 

3. Needle & Thread 

Known for their embellished and embroidered ready to wear, Needle & Thread have branched into bridal gowns with a vintage meets modern look. While some designs have a romanticised nod to Charles Dickens' Mrs Haversham, others, particularly those with added colour, give brides an untraditional and whimsical vibe. To us, these designs are reminiscent of castles and fairytales, a dress that can tell a story. 

The bridal range from Needle and Thread is relatively new so you can expect to see the number of styles in the collection continue to grow and evolve with time. 

For brides struggling to find bridesmaids dresses in keeping with their own look, Needle and Thread provides a wide range of styles to choose from that will be in keeping with the theme without any risk of overshadowing the bride. 

Prices from: £550

Stockists: Direct at Needle & Thread 

Theme: Modern Vintage 

USP: These dresses influenced by the ethos of the existing brand err on the side of non-bridal making them a unique option for brides that want to go down the non-traditional route without compromising on a stand-out look. 

4. Grace Loves Lace 

Grace Loves lace, an Australian brand, pride themselves on being the designer for unique brides. Their French lace is manufactured exclusively for Grace Loves Lace in Calais by hand before it starts the journey back to Australia. 

The brand has made a determined effort to create a range of bridal gowns that are distinct from each other. Long sleeve, short sleeve, strapless, flowing and fitted gowns are available, making this brand a stand-out choice for brides that are keen to have a lace dress that veers away from the traditional kind. 

Their collection of dresses are touted as being comfortable, easy to wear and easy to fit, doing away with the traditional, structured gowns that are often commonplace in most stores. The inbuilt stretch components allow the dresses to be slipped on and off and for sizing to be more flexible, giving brides a new opportunity to take a deep breath on the big day. 

Prices from: $935 (Australian Dollars)

Stockists: Direct 

Theme: Bohemian Beauty 

USP: Unlike some other bridal brands, Grace Loves Laces sells exclusively through their online website, allowing them to pass on wholesale prices to their brides rather than having to apply boutique markups. 

5. White by Vera Wang 

The White by Vera Wang collection is perfect for women that want to opt for a full bridal gown, traditional in appearance and with an air of regality to it. The number of options is sizable, creating tonnes of choice for brides including dresses in a variety of materials (not just lace and tulle) as well as different colour groups. 

Vera Wang designed the collection exclusively for David's Bridal, making her signature dramatic style renowned around the world available for women at a lower cost than through her boutiques. The versatility of the range means that whether you have an indoor, outdoor, winter or summer wedding, there will be a style that is not only appropriate for your wedding theme but also one that you will treasure wearing. 

There is also a matching bridesmaid range available with between 18-36 different colour options to choose from, an easy way to ensure your bridesmaids' dresses are linking in with your overall colour scheme. 

Prices from: £400

Stockists: David's Bridal 

Theme: Traditional Bride 

USP: White by Vera Wang, has specific plus size styles for curvier brides ensuring a fantastic fit for every body shape and size. 

Aside from choosing smaller designers with lower price tags, there are other ways you can find the dress of your dreams within budget. StillWhite is a website specialising in the resale of preloved wedding dresses, featuring some of the most prominent name designers. This option may well allow you to find a dress ordinarily out of budget at a significantly reduced price. 

Alternatively, keep your eye on bridal sample sales that take place at lots of bridal boutiques around the country. It is a brilliant way to pick up a brand new wedding dress at a fraction of the price with some designers offering discounts of up to 80%. 

Finally, if you are design savvy, you may find a solution in designing your own dress, taking inspiration from your favourite dress designers. More brides are leaning towards having their wedding gown made by local seamstresses, having sourced the material they need themselves. 

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