Today we turned to some of our Facebook brides and asked them about what unusual accessories they’re planning to wear for their big day.

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Real-life ideas

Facebook Bride Hannah Marie was marrying somebody who was a huge football fan. “My husband had a customised Aston Villa garter made for me with a little football boot in the centre,” she says. “Our colours were unsurprisingly claret and blue!”

One bride recently lost her dad so she wants to pay tribute to him the best way possible. “My dad has passed away,” says Noreen. “So I am going to have his handkerchief sewn on the inside of my wedding dress, so he can be with me all day.”

One of our Facebook brides is having something special of her great-grandmother’s beside her on the big day. “I’m having my great grandma’s pocket watch attached to my bouquet,” says Arraminta. “I’m not sure that it’s unusual but it’s definitely special!”

Funky accessories

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Get your groom, ushers and pageboys to wear outrageous, matching socks. They add extra fun to formal attire and they’ll make a great photo opportunity.

One real-life bride put her maids in period hobble skirts: “I had an American costumier design beautiful mini satin top hats with fab detailing for my bridesmaids, they were in hobble skirts and corsets! I was quite jealous of their outfits actually!”

Izabela found an original Victorian wax flower tiara to wear on her big day. We’re betting that there aren’t many of those around in wedding photographs!

Facebook bride Katie ditched her heels on the big day and wore a pair of Toms Espadrilles. “They were so comfy, I loved them,” she says. “My sister had the navy blue crochet ones and I had the ivory.”

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Bouquets and brooches

One Facebook bride scoured vintage markets for old brooches for her bridesmaids and then presented them with her finds on the morning of the wedding. They wore the brooches on their black velvet bridesmaids’ dresses as a standout feature on their Peter Pan collars. A funky inspired idea for her winter wedding on New Year’s Eve.

Your wedding bouquet is a key accessory on your wedding day. To stand out from the crowd and make it a bit different, why not have a wedding bouquet with succulents (that’s non prickly cacti with large fleshy leaves). Talk to your florist about what would be available – depending on the time of year you may decide to have berries in your bouquet rather than flowers.

Colourful statements

Your wedding dress isn’t exactly an accessory – it’s a must-have. But there’s no need to have a white or ivory coloured wedding dress. Blush pink is fast-becoming a real choice for today’s brides, including Justin Timberlake’s bride Jessica Biel and Les Misérable star Anne Hathaway. Plus, if you love pink or really suit it then why not just go for it?

Don’t feel you have to wear white or ivory shoes. If you don’t want to make a real colour statement then you could always wear brightly coloured shoe clips instead.

Another unusual accessory would be to wear a brightly coloured net petticoat. This works whether you’re wearing a long or ballerina length dress. For a ballerina dress, the petticoat can stick out a centimetre or so below; on a full length dress it can remain hidden until you pick up your train. Remember that a coloured petticoat will add a subtle hue to your wedding dress – if you’re wearing a white gown, a red petticoat will add a pink shade – so think about the effect you’re trying to achieve.