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Best Trends in Bridal Accessories for 2013

Statement necklace. Photo by Paul Morse

Brides are making a statement this wedding season. The bridal accessories for 2013 are bigger and bolder than ever – and we have all the inspiration to style you and your girls from head to toe.

The biggest themes of these trends are definitely individuality and unique style. From chunky necklaces to bridesmaids wearing cardigans, we can promise you – there’s something for every bridal style!

Photo by Bend The Light Photography

Bridal jewelry: Big, bold and unique – those are the words that describe 2013 bridal jewelry trends. If you consider yourself a more traditional bride – don’t worry. Your classic pearls and traditional jewels aren’t going anywhere; they are just making more of a statement than before!

Statement bridal necklaces. Sources: Aruna B. Photography, La Petite Coquin
Statement bridal necklaces. Sources: Erich McVey Photography, Matt Yung Photography
Floral statement necklace. Photo by Sloan Photographers

Large and chunky jewelry are in fashion this season. Embellished statement necklaces from classic pearls to unique stones (in vibrant colors), layered bracelets and rings and shoulder-sweeping colored earrings popular in everyday fashion are transitioning to bridal wear. These dramatic pieces can be risky, so before you buy, make sure your bridal jewelry does not take all eyes off your dress or face – and make sure you don’t mind all eyes on your neckline! This over-sized style also looks good on the bridesmaids.

Heidi Klum with turquoise collar necklace. Photo via
Turquoise accessories. Photo via Art of Weddings
Bride with turquoise necklace. Photo by Landon Jacob

Turquoise jewelry is an ongoing trend for 2012 and is here to stay. This trend has been very popular on the red carpet where celebrities have shown us this stone jewelry can look great with formal attire, too. Why not incorporate turquoise into your wedding jewelry? Pair it with silver or gold, as a dramatic collar necklace or cuff bracelet. It can also double as your “something blue.”

Handmade Bridal Jewelry. Photo by One Tree Photography

One of the biggest 2013 bridal accessories trends is custom handmade jewelry. One-of-a-kind pieces are perfect for your special day. What better way to show your individuality than with a piece no other bride has? These custom pieces can match your wedding colors, dress details or accent the style of your wedding. For unique chic bridal jewelry, shop Carolee Jewelry.

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Bridal hair accessories: It’s all about the hair! Traditional hair pieces are out and edgy, vintage and bohemian-inspired accessories are in. Don’t forget to check out 2013 wedding hairstyles and bridal trends for more hair inspiration!

Floral Wedding Crown. Photo by Priscila Valentina Photography
Bridal Floral Crown. Photo by Half Orange Photography

When it comes to your bridal hair accessories, tiaras are no longer the popular trend; it’s all about the wedding crown! Floral and vintage-inspired hair crowns are in this season – in every color and size. We think these head pieces will continue to be a trending wedding accessory in 2013. If flowers are your thing, check out these wedding dresses inspired by flowers!

Crystal bohemian tiara. Photo via shopelizabethperry on Etsy

Etsy hair finds – unique pins and clips – are what’s new in wedding accessories! This wedding jewelry trend is all the rage online and in wedding magazines everywhere. Pearls pins, vintage headpieces, feather hair clips and jeweled headbands are all in style and are replacing wedding tiaras and even traditional veils. Check out unique finds like this bohemian crystal headpiece from shopelizabethperry on Etsy.

Tulle and French Netting - Double Layer Bridal Veil. Photo by sibodesigns via Etsy.
Vintage bridal style veil with feathers. Photo via EricaElizabethDesign on Etsy

Nontraditional veils like the birdcage veil or blusher veils are what brides are wearing instead of the traditional long veil this wedding season. These veils can really accent a vintage style wedding – like this 1920s inspired feather-adorned hat veil.

Bridesmaids accessories. Photo by Michelle Lindsay Photography

Bridesmaid attire accessories: The accessories of wedding attire can make or break the outfit. The best way to make a statement at your wedding is to let your bridesmaids really show their style – with unique, standout accessories!

Bridesmaids with mismatched jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Bridesmaid with vintage hair pieces. Photo via Fifty Flowers
Mismatched Bridesmaid Style. Sources: Ryan Ray/Ash Imagery, Jana Photography

Mismatched bridesmaid accessories are the perfect way to let your bridesmaids show their individual style at your wedding. The possibilities of this trend are endless – from mixing jewelry to hair pieces and even clutches. Or let your bridesmaids really make a statement with mismatched dresses and shoes! Here’s an idea: surprise your bridesmaids with different accessories to represent their unique taste, as their gift for being in your wedding.

Bridesmaids in cardigans. Sources: Smitten Photography, Jason + Anna Photography, Cameron Ingalls

Bridesmaid cardigans are the perfect way to make a statement this fall/winter season. Whether you choose neutral colored cardigans, bold colors or mix and match colors (or even prints), a light jacket paired with certain bridesmaid dresses is a creative and trendy accessory.

What accessories trends are you loving this upcoming wedding season? What trends are you incorporating into your wedding? Let us know below!

Coming soon: we’re working on a super interesting infographic detailing the results of the Zankyou International Marriage Survey!

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