Shiny, pretty things

I think it’s time for some wedding accessory porn, don’t you? (Bring it spammers.)
For me, it’s always been about the shiny. Most bridal jewellery tends to be subtle, tasteful and (whisper it) a bit boring. As my taste tends be a magpie crossed with Joan Collins on Dynasty I already knew I would have to think outside the pearls studs and matching bracelet box.
This might be how I ended up with three different pairs of earrings to wear. At the rate I’m buying earrings, I’m going to need to pierce some more holes.

Three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, and a brooch
I’m planning on wearing gorgeous marcasite leaf earrings (to the left of the image) with a matching bracelet, both from Accessorize, for the ceremony. I bought these in the sale using a gift vouchers my Aunty’s gave me. Gift vouchers FTW.
When my ear lobes start to ache, ‘cos these suckers are heavy, I’ll switch them out for some tiny Next faux teardrop diamond earrings (at the bottom left of the picture). I’ve had these for years and took them along to try on the dress.
Then in the evening I’ll up the bling with these beautiful art deco flower earrings, also Accessorize (top right). I LOVE these and trying so hard not to wear these before the big day.
The brooch I’m thinking of pinning to my bouquet, but still not sure. Too much shininess? This is a rhetorical question. In Rowan world there is never too much shininess.
When it comes to headgear as I mentioned in this post, I loved the Paloma headband, but could not afford it. So after scouring the internet I bought this Glitzy Secrets Vintage Sensation Side tiara off Ebay.
Glitzy Secrets Vintage Sensation Side Tiara
Even with grotty hair and post flu pallor I love it. It brightened up a rather dull work day so expect some shots of me wafting round Sainsburys with tiara.
No make-up, bad hair but look at the shiny
I’ve never really been a fan of white bridal shoes. It seems an awful lot of money to spend on something you’ll only wear once. So I wanted colourful fun, comfortable shoes. Look what my sister bought me for Christmas.
Bronze and red Melissa by Vivienne Westwood shoes
Yep, my very own Melissa Vivienne Westwood heels* in bronze with red hearts. Another Ebay bargainlicious purchase and I adore. Plus they smell of bubblegum.
*Yes, I know every other bride has these but frankly I just don’t care they are so pretty.
My precious
Only one problem, I cannot walk in high heels at all. I’m planning on putting in some practice time before the big day but unless I want to be wheeled from place to place on my wedding day I need some flats for dancing in the evening. I love these Lolly shoes by Carvela.
Lolly by Carvela shoes
Blue, sparkly and with a cute bow. But a) they’re 95 quid and I’m broke, and b) will anybody really see these under my dress. So a) I need to stop browsing the Kurt Geiger website, I blame my enabler in shoe pretty Beth. And b) I need to start the hunt for cheap sparkly blue, gold or silver flat shoes. Any tips send them my way
I’m currently debating whether to veil or not to veil. Everybody who has seen my dress has advised me not to as the fabric is so distinctive. I agree, also I definitely don’t want something covering my face during the ceremony I’m klutzy enough as it is. But… the little girl in me says it will probably be my only chance to wear a veil. So inspired by these photos I’m considering a birdcage veil.

Via Rock and Roll Bride
What do you think? To the polls!
Any thoughts that don’t fit in poll format, let me know in the comments


  1. Martyn Putt
    January 25, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    Where is the “I’m a boy, so therefore will probably make the wrong choice in this matter” option?

    • January 25, 2012 / 3:38 pm

      Doesn’t exist because some boys give excellent fashion advice, and some girls crappy fashion advice. But I have created a ‘I’m not qualified to answer this question’ non gender specific answer, just for you! 🙂

      • Martyn Putt
        January 25, 2012 / 4:00 pm

        I went for the birdcage veil. 😉

  2. Penny January
    January 25, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    You’ll look fab whatever you decide – I was looking for a dress today 🙂 Need to take Tamsin with me as my style consultant! I need to get it right being the God Mother of the bride – I’m starting to get freaked by the choices – maybe buddhist robe in the new season’s colours would work?

    • January 25, 2012 / 9:05 pm

      Heh, we all a Tamsin in our lives. I know too much choice can be paralysing. Mum has bought six dresses so far 🙂 To be fair she’s returned most of them but at one point we were thinking she’d change every hour like the queen. Buddhists robes or no I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous Godmother style xxx

  3. Beth
    February 14, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Actually, that’s fair enough. Prepare to be e-mailed.
    I went for the birdcage vote… although it depends on the dress and everything else. Actually, with whacking great earrings (which are gorgeous and very ‘you’ I think a birdcage may look a little unbalanced. There is only one thing for it. Trying lots on with your jewellery on.
    B x

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