Here at Wedding Ideas we love sharing ideas and inspiration from our creative real-life brides, so we’ve chosen 8 of our favourite bridal accessories that add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit!

Wedding wellies

Practical and perfect for fab photographs, wedding wellies are a firm favourite with our real brides – they’re the best accessory if you’re having a fun festival theme wedding. After all, knowing the great British summer, there’s no guarantee that outdoor weddings will stay dry!

Match them to your colour scheme like Stacy for a co-ordinated look, and add a colourful umbrella to face the elements in style.

Vintage veils

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Birdcage veils are a great way to make a statement with your bridal look, particularly if you’re having a vintage or retro themed wedding.

We particularly love the way that a birdcage veil looks with a glamorous updo, but there’s nothing to stop you wearing this surprisingly versatile piece however you want – just ask your hairdresser! Pair with short gloves, a tea-length dress and Mary-Jane shoes for a sweet vintage look.

Floral fancies

Pretty floral hair accessories are perfect for creating a laid-back boho feel with your bridal look, or for adding a romantic touch to an English country garden wedding. Bride Charlotte had these pins dyed to match her bright shoes, but you can always choose blooms in shades of ivory or blush for a softer, classic touch. If you’re having a destination beach wedding, why not choose exotic local flowers to reflect your fabulous location?

Beautiful bows

Real-bride Victoria added a fun twist to her pretty Jenny Packham gown with these cute detachable bows on the straps. Shoulder details are a fun and easy way to personalise your bridal look, and won’t cost the earth!

If you’re too scared to modify your gown, then you could always choose some pretty bow shoe clips to customise your heels – we love these ones from Elegant Steps as they come in a range of colours to match your theme!

Deco details

The 1920s was one of the hottest themes last year, and looks set to be just as popular in 2014! This glamorous look lends itself to glitzy jewellery and accessories, and this forehead band worn by real bride Jessica is simply stunning.

This gorgeous design was created by Tallulah’s Trinkets and works perfectly with Jess’ relaxed updo. Team it with statement earrings and a sleek, simple dress and you’re done!

Beaded blooms

Clever bride Kelly made all the bouquets and corsages for her wedding from glass beads! Using a technique called French Beading, she modelled the flowers on peonies, and we love the final look.

Bead and brooch bouquets are super popular right now, because they’re a lasting keepsake that won’t wilt after the big day. Get crafting and see what you come up with.

Bridal belts

One simply way to change your look from day to night is by adding a sash. Real bride Victoria rocked a floral belt during her day, which suited her romantic look, but you could also choose from a crystal-embellished sash to add a touch of sparkle or a bright belt to add a pop of colour to a retro look. Kitty & Dulcie sell sashes in a range of colours with optional iron-on retro motifs such as cherries or swallows – perfect for the quirky bride!

Faux fur

Keep the winter wedding chill at bay with a gorgeous faux fur or feather shrug. They’re perfect for outdoor photos and you’ll look cozy and chic, just like real bride Elizabeth. For a stylish look, why not choose an ivory or white shrug for you and either brown or black stoles for your bridesmaids? After all, you don’t want them to freeze either!

Still trying to decide what finishing touches to have on the big day? Take a look at our Wedding Accessories section, or chat to other real brides on our Forum for advice!