Finding your wedding gown is one thing, having to accessorise it is a whole other ball game. Finding luxurious, functional and practical accessories is tough; you can easily find yourself wearing earrings too heavy, shoes too uncomfortable, or just simply forgetting something as little as sun protection. We’ve rounded up our favourite accessories from our past and present ranges that are sure to keep you comfortable and chic on your special day.
Among the 11 accessories of our 2020/21 Elysian collection, the first standout piece for us is the backpack. Born out of Founder and Creative Director, Megan’s own troubles on her wedding day, she wanted to create something original and chic yet functional for brides needing somewhere to put their stuff.
THE GRACE BACKPACK
The GRACE backpack has been truly tried and tested for function by our GRACE HQ team, with it being a clear favourite for all fashion-forward brides. It can comfortably hold your phone, lippy, perfume, compact, and anything else essential for you to keep on person for your wedding day, and beyond.
We’ve even been seeing elopement brides using the GRACE backpack to stow stuff away in when hiking up mountain tracks to reach that perfect photo destination! We love when fashion meets function.
THE HELENA HAT
Another favourite fashion-forward accessory of ours is the bridal hat. We released both the Helena wide-brimmed hat, and the Lou bucket hat alongside Elysian. We cannot choose our favourite between the two! The Helena hat is perfect for those looking for maximum shade on a hot sunny day while also maintaining a chic, stylish look. We have absolutely loved seeing our brides’ pair the statement hat with simpler, more refined wedding gowns, like the Estelle or the Willow.
THE LOU HAT
The Lou, on the other hand – or head! – is a little more laid back. The ultra-cool bucket hat style is super versatile and can be worn confidently with any gown – we recommend this style if you’re an boho or beachside bride.
Both hats are made from our super comfy stretch crepe material – it’s thick and durable so the shape won’t warp or change – even if you do tuck it into your GRACE backpack to stow away for your dinner or reception. The great thing about both hats is that they’re not a one-time wear; we can see you lounging on the Amalfi coastline now looking as chic as ever in your Helena Hat!
THE MARTINI BAG
Moving onto bridal clutches… we’re sure you’ve seen a tonne of these on your search for a bridal bag! Our design team just weren’t fans of the stock–standard styles you see far and wide, so they created the Martini Bag.
This cute-as-a-button micro-bag is chic while also maintaining – you guessed it, our favourite thing ever – function. It may look small, but it is deceptively roomy! You’ll have no problems fitting your essentials into this super-stylish handbag. The Martini Bag is so practical and is a completely unique look – it’s a must have for any bride looking to elevate their wedding day accessory-game.
THE SADE EARRINGS
Earrings are the ultimate compliment to your perfect dress. They should complement your look, not dominate it, and we strongly believe refined and effortless is the way to go. Our favourite go-to’s are the Sade earrings. These simple hoops come in both white gold and yellow gold, meaning you can match the style to your preferred jewellery colour.
This earring is lightweight and easily goes with any wedding gown – the elevated detail of the freshwater pearls adds a little something special, too. The pearls are removable so if you just want to rock a pair of cute hoops, you can do that easily with the Sade style. We’ve seen lots of brides’ swap from pearl to hoop between reception and ceremony – two earrings in one!
There are over 12 different styles of earrings to discover on the site and in our showrooms.
THE DOSA HEELS
Finding the perfect wedding shoe is something we know a lot of brides tend to struggle with. Most of the time your shoe choice will be hidden by your gown, so comfort and minimalism are key for many brides-to-be. We created the Dosa heel as a solution for brides looking for something evergreen for their wedding shoe. The Dosa style is so comfortable that our showroom stylists are known to wear them all day throughout their bridal appointments!
Available in both nude and white, this shoe is so extremely diverse in what it can match; there isn’t a dress our Dosa’s wouldn’t perfectly pair with. The barely-there look of this wedding shoe will never go out of style. Effortlessly elegant and understated, the iconic Dosa can be worn again, and again, and again.
THE VENUS ANKLET
If you’re looking to add a bit of excitement to a simple heel, you’d be hard pressed going past an anklet! We have created a range of anklets that pair perfectly with our shoe range. A particular style that is very versatile are the Venus Anklets. This unique accessory is extremely lightweight and features small, flat teardrop pearls on a strand interspersed with rose gold-plated beads. These are the perfect addition to a timelessly classic shoe choice and an easy way to elevate your ceremony or reception look.
THE ISKRA JACKET
If you’re looking to add a bit of excitement to a simple heel, you’d be hard pressed going past an anklet! We have created a range of anklets that pair perfectly with our shoe range. If you’re a bride-to-be who is going to be braving cooler weather for your special day, you don’t want to have to compromise on your dream-dress style due to climate. If it’s going to be chilly but you can’t part with the spaghetti straps, we have the perfect solution in our Iskra Jacket. Our design team was thinking of the modern, winter bride when creating this unique design and added a high-impact collar to ensure you’re a vision of style while also keeping you toasty warm. Pair this gorgeous, dusty pink faux fur with any white or ivory wedding gown for a stunning pop of colour; pretty and practical! A particular style that is very versatile are the Venus Anklets. This unique accessory is extremely lightweight and features small, flat teardrop pearls on a strand interspersed with rose gold-plated beads. These are the perfect addition to a timelessly classic shoe choice and an easy way to elevate your ceremony or reception look.
THE MATA BACKPIECE
For all our low back brides, we cannot say enough about how important your back profile is! Fun fact: of all the content we post to our socials, the people love back shots the most! Now, your back may not have ever been something you thought of accessorising, but we have got you covered. Our stunning Mata Backpiece is an art-deco inspired statement piece crafted from pearls and brass beads and finished with a peal tassel tail.
The Mata Backpiece can be easily clasped to your GRACE gown or worn around your neck – like a necklace. It’s the ultimate addition to any low back gown and will ensure that every angle on your wedding day will be perfectly stylised and Instagram-worthy.
THE POPE SILK SCARF
And finally – an accessory perfect for dancing the night away – the Pope Silk Scarf! This is one of our favourite pieces from our accessories range due to how versatile and useful it is! The Pope Silk Scarf is perfect for your reception. When you’re wanting to sweep your hair up into a stylish ‘half-up’ while deep on the dance floor, do it with our scarf for an effortlessly undone look.
You can tie the scarf loosely or in a bow for added drama. You can even swap the Pope Silk Scarf out for your veil at your ceremony if you’re wanting a unique and special look on your wedding day. This beautiful, silky scarf pairs perfectly with any of our GRACE gowns and will serve you long after your wedding day as a super-stylish hair accessory.
There are just so many ways you can style your gown and really make it your own on your wedding day. We have a gorgeous array of accessories – so many more than just mentioned here – that you can explore online and in any of our showrooms.
We know that styling your gown can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why we have a team of online stylists who know all our gowns and accessories back-to-front. They’re available 24/7 and are waiting to help you put together the perfect look that encompasses your very own personal style.
We also love seeing all the creative ways our GRACE brides style their gowns, so be sure to share your looks with us on social using the hashtag #GLLbride. We continuously look to you for inspiration on what to do next in the big, wide world of accessories!