Weddings aren't only about the dress, here are 4 must-have bridal accessories

Wedding accessories illustration. Photographer: 
Evgeniy Kleymenov / EyeEm
Wedding accessories illustration. Photographer: Evgeniy Kleymenov / EyeEm
Evgeniy Kleymenov / EyeEm

Planning a wedding can be quite a stressful process, especially if you’re doing the planning by yourself. It takes an entire family to plan a wedding, so whether you're in the bridal party, a concerned family member, friend or the maid of honour, here are four items to put on your must-have list in order to help the bride look her best on her big day.

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There are little details that add the sparkle to complete a bridal look. Preparing to launch his new bridal accessory line in Cape Town, which will serve as a realistic styling guide for brides in 2020, Nevile of La Art Neviole Emporim takes us through the four must-have bridal accessories, and shows us some statement pieces from his current bridal accessory collection:

The Crown

Crowns are traditionally made out of diamonds but given the cost of real diamonds, most brides wear ones made out of other gemstones and crystals.

Neviole shows us a crown made out of pearls and diamonds. The crown is a three-piece that can be separated into three different parts throughout the wedding. For the simpler look, the crown can be worn as a pearl head piece.

However, for the more dramatic look the entire crown can be worn. “I get inspiration from the wedding gowns I design which ultimately determine the headpiece that will best fit the wedding gown,” Neviole says.

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The Earrings

The design of earrings is evolving and modern brides are moving away from the basic diamond stud and the drop diamond and pearls earrings. As the era of weddings evolves, earrings are in demand and are designed in different styles and materials such as gold and silver.

Imported from Nigeria, Neviole shows us earrings that are inspired by African cultures. “The earrings are designed for the glamorous bride to add a touch of something shiny to her wedding look with these chunky pieces," he adds.

must have bridal accessories

La Art Neviole Emporium (South Africa) Show during Day 3 the Africa Fashion International (AFI) 2019.

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The Necklace

Some brides prefer simple diamond necklaces such as the popular sliding diamond necklace, the diamond halo necklace and the dainty diamond necklace, however, in 2019 brides want to make a statement with their necklaces, they want extra layers on their necks.

The exclusive necklace below is made of pearls and Swarovski crystals and can be worn with an off-shoulder reception dress, perfect for the bride going for the Lebanese look.

“I designed this necklace for brides who do not necessarily want a formal wedding in a church, I want brides who get married at the magistrate’s court to also feel like all the elements of a wedding are incorporated by adding a sparkly accessory,” Neviole says.

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The veil

Designers are making veils that are moving away from the traditional full coverage. The long train veil is no longer as popular as it used to be, with new styles making an appearance on runways and bridal stores. 

La Art Neviole Emporim took the wedding veil to the next level with creative designs when it showed at the African Fashion International (AFI) Johannesburg Fashion Week. “I was inspired by African women. Since all brides want hair, no attention is given to bold brides. I love the collection so much and I wanted to introduce something different which will stand out by using turbans and adding sparkles," Neviole says.

Nevile concludes with acknowledging that there are different types of brides, the classic bride, the over-the-top bride and the exclusive bride and each wants something unique.

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