A bridal look is like icing on the cake of a perfectly planned wedding. It’s not just clothes: it is a bride’s statement of how she wants to present herself and it is one of the few things she will be doing for the wedding that is for her and nobody else. But while the gown itself is the main piece, it is not the complete outfit, and it won’t be complete until all the accessories are put into place. But how do you find the right dosage without overdoing the jewelry? Follow these tips and you are guaranteed to look elegant and fashionable:

Think about shape

Your wedding accessories can drastically alter the shape of your dress, and with that, your body. If you want to add some edge and rock-chick vibe to your outfit, then a structured jacket with padded shoulders can be a great option, but steer clear from it if you want to maintain a softer look. A belt or sash will not only add an interesting detail to the dress, but it will also draw the eye to your waist, which is perfect for brides with an hourglass silhouette. If you have a beautiful, detailed neckline, then you don’t want to cover it with a jacket. Accessories that alter the shape of the dress are an amazing tool that can help you create the dress of your dreams, but they can also ruin a good thing if not used in the right way.

Arrange your metals

Before you put anything on, try to display it all on a neutral-colored surface. The first thing you want to look at is whether all the metals match. A mix of silver, yellow, gold, white gold and everything in between will make you look more tacky than elegant, so try to make sure that it all matches. If you’re not sure which one you prefer, choose a favorite – or most symbolic – piece of the bunch and match the rest to that one. The next step is putting it all on. You want to make sure that two or more pieces aren’t competing for attention on any part of your body. If you have a statement choker necklace, then you don’t want large, dangling earrings that will hang right next to it. Try different lengths, sizes and styles until you find a good balance. When you look at any one part of your body, your eye should be drawn to just one thing, but it should all work together.

Get comfortable

You are going to be spending a long time in that outfit, so you really don’t want to have anything poking, pinching or stabbing you. The first thing to think about are the shoes: you can find an amazing selection of Badgley Mischka shoes, from closed pumps to kitten heel sandals. Try the shoes on well in advance and wear them a bit around the house to break them in. Secondly, if your dress has boning, you want to make sure it’s tailored and comfortable even after prolonged wear. Make sure your jewelry isn’t too heavy, because your ears or neck might start to hurt after the whole day. This also means making sure that everything you are wearing is the right size and made from materials that won’t irritate your skin.

Don’t forget the staples

There are two things that are the cherries on top of a bridal outfit: the veil and the bouquet. The bouquet is a great way to add color to your outfit, and if you have some color in your set-up already, then make sure the colors don’t clash. There are plenty of beautiful flowers native to Australia that can be put into a bouquet. As far as the veil goes, you should get acquainted with the different shapes and styles that are available. Choose something that will complement your dress and won’t cover any important details that you want to stand out. Remember that these don’t have to be traditional versions: you can wear a stylish hat instead of a veil and your bouquet can be transformed into a balloon, basket or even a floral necklace. Take the best of what tradition has to offer and make it your own.

Accessorizing a wedding gown is not an easy task, and it might take you just about as long as it will to find the dress itself, but when you take that first look at the mirror, it will all be worth it. Remember to use these accessories to express your personality and any message you want to send to your guests.