I can’t believe it! Brandon and I officially got married on Saturday May 22nd 2021. Here are my wedding accessories and essentials for the big day.
After postponing our wedding from September 2020 to May 2021, Brandon and I finally got married. Like many couples, the pandemic through us for major life and career changes. While it was challenge to postpone and completely replan our wedding, I’m grateful we had the help of our wedding planner Gen and the support of our friends and family to help us. I’m truly grateful that Brandon and I were able to get married with our immediate families present. I’ll be sharing a full recap of our wedding details, the wedding dress, wedding vendors, and what I learned planning a micro wedding soon on the blog.
But today, I wanted to share a recap of what wedding accessories and essentials I brought for the big day.
My wedding veil is from Sara Gabriel.
I originally wasn’t going to wear a veil with my wedding dress, but last minute decided I did want a veil. I’m so glad I made that last minute wedding decision because I truly felt like a bride wearing my veil. About 7-8 weeks away from my wedding, I made an appointment at Dress Theory Seattle to pick out a veil. I tried on two veils and selected one that was just floor length.
If you decide on a long veil (floor length +), just remember to pick it up or gather it while you walk. Both Brandon and I accidentally stepped on my veil a few times. There are so many great veils out there, here are a few I was also considering from BLHDN Anthropologie:
My wedding shoes are from the Jewel Badgley Mischka Collection.
I knew I wanted a block heel wedding shoe for comfort. I personally never wear stiletto heels, so I knew I wanted something with a 1-2 inch heel so I could stand, walk, and move around the entire wedding day without needing to change my shoes out.
If you’re trying to figure out what type of wedding shoe to pick out, think about how comfortable and how active you plan to be on your wedding day. If you want to stay in your wedding shoes for walking, dancing, and photos, consider shoes that will allow you to do that. Depending on the length of your ceremony, reception, and photos, you could be wearing these shoes between 8-15 hours.
You also want to think about your dress style. My wedding dress was on the romantic style without any jewels, so I did want to bring a little sparkle with my wedding shoes. If you’re still looking for wedding shoes, here are a few from the Jewel Badgley Mischka collection:
My bridal tote bag is from TJ Maxx.
I’m going to be honest with you guys, I thought getting a large “bride” tote bag was a little cheesy. But after buying it, I realized how helpful having a designated wedding tote bag was. As the big day approached and the weeks went by, I put the wedding essentials into my bridal tote bag.
Here are a few items that went into my tote bag:
- Wedding license – FYI, don’t forget to contact your city/county for your official marriage license BEFORE you get married!
- Safety pins, band aids, and other first aid items
- My wedding shoes
- My polaroid camera + film
- And more!
I can’t find my exact bridal tote bag online, but here are a few other bridal tote bags to choose from:
My Instax polaroid camera is from Amazon.
Bringing a polaroid camera was one of the best things we did for our wedding lunch time reception. We snapped two photos with everyone, and our families could keep photos that day. I wish I brought more film that day. We had fun taking polaroid photos with everyone!
Here are a few polaroid cameras to choose from:
My wedding earrings are from Fred Meyer Jewelers.
I knew I wanted to keep wedding jewelry very simple on my wedding day. I didn’t wear a necklace and I knew I wanted to wear just a pair of stud earrings I could wear after the wedding.
Personally, I’m really glad I wear a pair of stud earrings. My veil, my dress, and my bouquet were my biggest wedding items that I wanted to show off. There are so many choices for stud earrings. You can wear your birthstone, you can wear simulated or lab-grown diamonds (both are much more budget friendly then mined diamonds), and so much more.
If you’re looking to keep things simple for earrings (and you want to wear them again), here are a few stud earrings to check out:
My pajamas are from Target.
I don’t normally buy brand new pajamas for trips or special occasions. But I decided that I wanted new pajamas for the wedding weekend. I always feel so good in brand new pajamas, so I think it helped me feel at ease and more comfortable with the wedding weekend.
Since we had a day wedding, I started hair and make-up right at 7am. I’m so glad I bought pajamas because I wore them for the first hour of getting ready and before our photographer and videographer arrived. FYI – I usually go to bed in running shorts and an oversized tee, so I was glad to wear a cute pair of pajamas when we started getting ready.
Here are a few pairs of pajamas to choose from:
What other wedding accessories and essentials do you recommend packing for your wedding day?
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Thank you for reading!