Every Bride's Head-to-Toe Bridal Accessory Checklist

Anupriya Khanna, 12 Feb 2019

Hey, to-be brideys! Done finalizing all your wedding outfits? Well, then it's time you take your wedding planning one step ahead and start making those endless lists about the second most important part of your wedding looks i.e. your accessories. Just how it is important to have a wedding checklist, it is equally imperative to have one for your bridal accessories too. After all, these accessories, whether small or big, altogether help you achieve that 'PERFECT' look. And if any of them goes missing, there are chances of you getting your wedding fashion game wrong. Which is why we suggest you make a full-fledged bridal accessory checklist beforehand. The list will not only prevent you from missing on any of the details but also give you a clearer view of what all work is done and what is not.

So, making your job easier yet again, we've curated an ultimate head to toe bridal accessory checklist for you (for all the ceremonies). Pen it down somewhere and tweak as per your need!

The Ultimate Bridal Accessory Checklist

Engagement Ceremony Accessories

For the engagement, keep your accessories as classy and elegant as possible. Don't overdo and go the simplistic way. Diamonds and rubies can be your best friends as they look great when paired with voluminous ball gowns. However, if you plan to wear a lehenga on your engagement, you can always select something in kundans, polkis or pearls. To make it more clear, we've curated a complete engagement accessory checklist for you. Give it a quick look and get your accessory shopping easy!

~A beauteous hair accessory—elegant hair crowns, embellished hair clips or just a handful of roses & baby breaths. In case you're wearing a lehenga, you can pick a stunning maang tikka instead (preferably in kundan or polki).

~A pair of small & elegant earrings in diamonds or other semi-precious stones to pair with your gown. 

~A bewitching choker necklace or a sleek princess necklace (again in diamonds or rubies as they go perfectly with a gown).

~Pick simple and understated hand accessories like a remarkable wristwatch, a bracelet or a unique handcuff. However, make sure it doesn't overpower the charm of your engagement rock!

~A pretty marble clutch or one with some shimmery deets (make sure it goes well with your outfit)!

~A pair of glam stilettos.

Mehendi Ceremony Accessories

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[1] Source Fooljhadi [2] Shot by Lilac Weddings, Delhi

When it comes to picking accessories for your Mehndi ceremony, swear by anything that is light, quirky and colourful. Gota and floral jewels can be your go-to pick. You have too many options in store, right from dainty gota haathphools, maang tikkas & passas to edgy floral naths, chokers and tasselled matha pattis. Also, if you are a fan of chunky baubles, you can even try some oxidized earrings and necklaces to pair with your Mehndi attire. No, that's not all! There's so much more that you can incorporate in your mehndi look. Take a look at this head to toe mehndi accessory checklist and make the most of it!

~ A unique and quirky head accessory—either a gorgeous mathapatti, an elaborate maang tikka, a sleek headband or an elegant jhoomar. If you want to go out of the box, you can even get a faux floral tiara for your half-time hairstyle or some pretty floral parandis in case you plan to braid your hair.

~ A pair of funky sunglasses (for some fun photos). 

~A light-weight nath—floral ones look uber cute!

~A scintillating pair of earrings—be it tasseled ones, floral ones or ones with vibrant enameling!

~A captivating necklace—try floral ones or oxidized collars! 

~A pretty floral bajubandh (matching with other accessories).

~For your hands, go for colorful silk thread bangles, floral haath phools, handcuffs or bracelets. Also, don't forget to pair it with an equally pretty enameled ring! 

~An edgy pair of payals or floral anklets to add that extra charm to your mehndi laden feet.

~A personalized clutch to team with your look.

~A striking pair of kolhapuris, ballerinas or juttis.

Sangeet or Cocktail Ceremony Accessories

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Since Sangeet is all about fun dance performances and other merry-making activities, you've gotta be very picky with your accessories. Make sure you're not wearing something that weighs you down. Try and opt for simple and comparatively light-weight accessories. Ditch heavy danglers and replace them with a pair of stud earrings or long statement earrings. All in all, steer clear of any sort of Taam Jhaam and just abide by this checklist while picking your sangeet accessories!

~ A simple and dainty maang tikka if you are planning to wear a lehenga. However, a basic hair clip to team with a gown! You can even opt to go sans hair accessories and yet look so modish on your Sangeet!

~A pair of crystal drop dangles (to pair with a gown) or circlet kundan stud earrings (to pair with a lehenga).

~You can go a little OTT with your hand accessories and opt for some elaborate kadas & bangles if wearing a lehenga. But with a gown, just pair a fancy bracelet.

~Don't forget to wear your engagement ring (Flaunt it as much as you can!).

~A pair of platform heels, wedges or belly flats to keep your feet comfy throughout those exhaustive dancing sessions.

Wedding Day Accessories

For the big day, you can be as experimental as possible when it comes to your bridal accessories. You can go from all decked up to totally minimal, simply by playing around with your accessories. Just make sure you don't look out of place. Try color-contrasting your accessories with your lehenga. Pick more of kundans, polkis, emeralds or even pearls for that matter. Now before you go, get shopping, check out this mandatory bridal accessory checklist and make sure you're not missing any!

~A stylish matha patti or maang tikka—whether an elaborate one or a sleek one (whatever suits your the shape of your face). You can even pair it with a classic jhoomar.

~Give some attention to your hair accessories too and pick some embellished jooda pins, a fancy hair clip or some flower adornments for your bridal hairdo.

~A statement nath—an oversized one or a dainty one (as per your preference).

~A beautiful pair of earrings—be it a pair of huge jhumkis, dazzling bahubali earrings, attractive jhoomars or heavy danglers.

~For the neck, you can pick a layered kundan necklace, a resplendent polki collar or an enameled bib necklace and further pair it with a matching rani haar.

~A statement ring for one hand and the engagement ring for the other.

~A bunch of traditional bangles or the chura teamed with a pair of haathphools.

~The dangling kaleeras (only for north Indian brides) There are just too many designs available in the market these days, check some of the best ones here!

~A pair of baajubandh.

~A contemporary kamarbandh—temple kamarbandhs are creating the most noise!

~A pair of payals to amp up your feet (We've got some breathtaking designs for you!).

~An embellished bridal clutch or a pretty potli bag (you can always hand it off to your bridesmaids).

~A pair of juttis, platform heels or stilettos. You can even pick a pair of sneakers over heels on your wedding, just how these brides did!

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Reception Ceremony Accessories

Your reception is the best time to style some offbeat yet gorgeous accessories and make some great first impressions. So, make sure you save the best for it. Pick classic pieces in diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. They work wonders when paired with a gown. However, to accessorize your lehenga, you can stick to your usual favorites i.e. kundans & polkis. You can also pick some unique cocktail rings, elegant hand harnesses and a lot more to pair with your outfit. Just note down & equip your trousseaus with all the essentials that we've listed down here and slay like a diva that you are!

~ A winsome hair accessory, like an embellished hairband or a hair clip to team with your gown. If you're wearing a lehenga, pick an offbeat maang tikka or some dainty floral touches for your hairstyle.

~A pair of glimmering earrings in diamonds, rubies or crystals as they compliment a gown the best.

~An exceptional hand harness or haath phools to beautify your hands and of course, your bridal choora. 

~An exquisite crawler ring (Outhouse makes the best!) and the engagement ring.

~A glam clutch bag

~ A pair of block heels 


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