In the wide world of weddings, trends abound. Dresses, flowers, venues, cakes, even photos — there is always something new that catches on among those about to tie the knot.

With so much to plan and so many details to manage, accessories sometimes become an afterthought. But when done well, they become the highlights that really set a bride apart.

Brenda Davenport, owner of Pizazz Wedding Boutique in Aberdeen, helps us learn about some recent trends in bridal accessories, while also reminding us of the steadfast elegance of traditional pieces.

The first step, of course, is to choose a dress: “Some say they want mermaid, but what they actually want is a fit and flare or they want more of a ball gown. … Sometimes they like the look of a ball gown, but without all of the tulle underneath, so we cut the tulle off and then it’s more flowy.”

Underneath all of those layers may hide a surprise kick of color: “The rage is to match the girls’ (bridesmaids) dresses. … So that she’ll pull up her dress a little and show her shoe and then they’ll all have their picture taken … that’s kinda neat.”

Other brides go for shoes that sparkle and dazzle, which is trendy for bridesmaids’ dresses, as well.

Davenport says some bridal parties go for lots of glitz by choosing different styles of dress in gold or silver, or the newest “hot color” — rose gold. The combined look is perfect for an elegant evening wedding.

After the dress and shoes come the extras. “You know what the big thing is?” Davenport says, “Belts, embellished with pearls and rhinestones and Swarovski crystals. You buy a more simple dress and add a nice belt. It really accents.”

The jewelry a bride chooses depends greatly on her dress style. While earrings are almost always a must, necklaces go best with a strapless dress and may not be necessary with a gown that is already covered in bling. When jewelry is needed, pearls or Swarovski crystals are beautiful and time-tested choices.

Alternatively, Davenport says many of today’s brides are wearing jewels that are family heirlooms. “A lot of times, brides want to use something that was their mother’s or grandmother’s, or something the groom may have given them.”

For some winter weddings, a bride may need a layer of protection against the chill. Davenport says those brides may go for lacy jackets to still allow their dress to peek through, while elegant furs or feathers can add to the sophistication of a bride’s look.

Pizazz has been in its current location since 1999. Davenport got her start in wedding invitations and accessories years prior to the boutique’s opening. To set up an appointment to meet her and glean from her expertise, call 410-273-9440.

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