I was a no frills bride. I planned the reception in two hours, not really caring if the cake on the icing matched the color of the table linens (peach, by the way). The only real novelty of this wedding was the Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band that we hired, who played authentic, ancient instruments and Renaissance tunes (we loved it, our guests would have rather we had a dance band). On my wedding day, I wore a dress that I bought off the rack for $50.00, along with a headband of pearls that I beaded myself. I did my own hair and makeup. My husband and I didn’t have much money and we focused more on formalizing our union, than the party.
But today’s brides want every aspect of their once-in-a-lifetime day to be special. So I was eager to see what kinds of accessories and services are available for modern weddings. I got my chance when I attended the Accessory Council’s Fall bridal accessories trends event, held at a lovely event space in Manhattan, 91 Horatio. The event was presented by The Upper Crust and “host” Dan Fehlig (a newlywed himself, and a wedding/event planner), plus co-hosts Accessories Council’s Karen Giberson, and Former Brides Editor in Chief, Milly Martini Bratten .
As editors sat in this beautifully decorated space, Milly and Karen started presenting accessories for brides, grooms and bridal parties, will literally drool over. But no matter what your budget or interests, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of my favorites from the event. I think these are sure to please you whether you’re a bride, or just someone who loves beautiful, celebratory things!
For example, while watches are a traditional wedding gift from the couple to each other, the eco-friendly brides will love Sprout’s eco-friendly Advanced Crystal Collection watches ($70-75) that are made of green materials like biodegradeable corn resin and bamboo, with natural mother of pearl and Swarovski lead-free crystals, But the more traditional bride might covet a watch from Bulova, such as this one , including this Dress Watch ($325.00) accented with diamonds and mother of pearl. It’s the Bulova 98R165 Diamond Accent Gold-tone watch from their Highbridge Collection.
When it comes to wedding Jewelry, you can go high end, or “Faux” the bling. Ritani’s custom diamond engagement rings, loose diamonds and other fine jewelry will last a lifetime, and I particularly liked these Thin In-and-Out Diamond Hoops ($750) in 18k White Gold (0.24). But Roman & Sunstone’s Roman Bride collection offers brides who lave statement jewelry a lot of options, such as this Ornate Crystal Bracelet ($60.00) that has matching Crystal Earrings ($28.oo). For brides who don’t want to bead their own headband, the Roman Bride Collection has tiaras and also this sleek Pearl & Crystal Headband ($30.00) . There are plenty of bridal party options as well.
Accessories go way beyond jewelry. This gorgeous bag from Marches for example is $3,695.00 but it is a stunning, envelope shoulder bag with pearl and leather cut embroidery, and crystal quartz lock and nickel hardware that will pay blinging dividends for every pre and post-wedding party, and for a lifetime. The bag drew audible sighs from the audience of editors! Today’s casual bride might opt for these Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo Mid-Wedge white sandals ($136.00) . They are just the thing for a beach wedding–and your bridal party can get similar sandals, too–or opt for the sandal in a higher, wedge. The Groom can share this special day with custom-made shirt. made in France, from Manuel Racim — the company will even stitch a note or perhaps, your wedding date into the collar, so he has a keepsake he can actually use again, too. Choose from more than 200 fabrics, 20 collars, 15 cuffs and 12 button types! Pre-or-post wedding, the young at heart bride can gift her wedding party, her groom and herself, with wear-again Classic Coco Hoodies from Boy Meets Girl. Choose this pre-made silhouette style “Bride/Groom” hoodie($59.00) or personalize your own ($69.00). The pre-made hoodie also comes with a free pair of Boy Meets Girl slippers (if you order, online). order.
You can’t see it, but you can smell it! Try something romantic and floral for your wedding day such as Try Blooms Chicago. The company grows flowers in public spaces (for this one, in Chicago) and then harvests them for a one of a kind fragrance that is very romantic. for your wedding day and for years after to remember your big day. More formal brides will love Marchesa’s Parfum D’Extase ($85.00) om a collectible bottle that is evocative of raw crystal. The feminine floral fragance is tailor-made for a bride, with notes of Iris Flower, Freesia, Black Current, Young Violet Leaves, Lotus Flower, Night Blooming Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose Water, Orange Blossom, Iris Root, Ambrox, Captive Musks.
The Accessories Council event also featured an essential staple of every wedding, cocktails and food. The Upper Crust‘s wedding planning team led by Dan Fehlig, allowed editors to sample a stand-up dinner, complete with real dinner staples in miniature, including duck canapés, lamb chops, and lemon and chocolate squares. We also sampled and unusual cocktail featuring romantic ingredients like lavender, rosemary, and prosecco. Karen and Milly are holding elegant champagne flutes filled with this delicious cocktail. If you’d like to try this for your celebrations, here is the recipe:
2 dashes Scrappy’s Lavender bitters
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz rosemary honey syrup
Before adding the prosecco, mix other ingredients in a champagne flute. Garnish with a small spring of rosemary in the glass.