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final prep

A few days before the wedding, make sure all of your accessories are ready to go:

  • Your clothing should be pressed without any tears or loose threads.
  • Your jewelry should be clean and sparkling.
  • Your pantyhose should be run-free.

Place everything in a safe spot protected from the elements (wind, dirt, pets, relatives), and breathe a huge sigh of relief -- you're ready to rock and roll.

wedding accessories

Accessories: The Bride's Shopping Checklist

Earrings? Check. Pearls? Check. Shoes? Uh oh. Remember all your essential accoutrements with this accessories checklist.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

If you've already purchased your wedding gown, right about now you've probably realized that there's more to your bridal ensemble than just a white dress. The truth is, details count: there are shoes to buy, a veil to choose, jewelry to borrow. Where should you start? Consult our exclusive Bridal Attire Checklist. Then get out there and start shopping!


  • Shawl or Wrap: Keeps you warm while adding a new look to your dress.
  • Shoes: Flat or strappy? Chunky or stiletto? Just make sure they match.
  • Gloves: Not just for winter; they'll add a touch of elegance to any outfit.
  • Tiara/Headpiece: Don't forget spare pins and clips.


  • Engagement ring: Ready to be put on your finger for the ceremony.
  • Wedding bands: In a box or pillow to be given to the ring bearer/best man.
  • Necklace: After your dress and smile, the first thing people will notice.
  • Earrings: Keep them simple if your necklace is grand.
  • Bracelet(s): Always a nice touch.
  • Watch: Appropriate only if it's antique or has extreme sentimental value.


  • Bra/Bustier: There may be no need, but you may show more than you bargained for if gown material is thin.
  • Underwear: Thong or control top, and everything in between.
  • Garter: The most popular "something blue" accessory.
  • Hosiery: Bring an extra pair, just in case.
  • Slip: Extra important if your gown's made of tear-prone tulle.
  • Bodyshaper/bodyslimmer: For keeping you tucked in.

-- The Knot

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