What To Think About When Choosing a Wedding Day Handbag

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There’s nothing like a chic handbag to give your wedding day style that extra wow factor. Here are three areas to consider when shopping for handbags.

Is It an Appropriate Size?

Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid or guest, you want to strike the right balance between practicality and fashion. For weddings, smaller bags are often easier choices. The last thing you want is to be weighed down by a king-sized bag throughout the day’s festivities. If it's too large, it could draw attention away from your hair, make-up and dress. The ideal option will have enough room to carry the essentials, but will be small enough to be conveniently portable.

A petite clutch is often the handbag of choice for anyone in the wedding party. Brides and bridesmaids can easily carry one of these compact designs when moving from ceremony to reception. If you’re the mother of the bride or want to come especially prepared, you can supplement your dainty clutch with an elegant tote bag that can be stowed away at the reception. This gives you room for that all-important camera, tissues and other extras.

Does It Marry Style With Convenience?

Think about the day's schedule and choose a style of handbag accordingly. Cross-body bags leave your hands free for throwing shapes on the dance floor and are roomy enough to allow you to throw in a spare pair of flats – just in case your heels start to hurt and you want to mingle in comfort. Look for internal compartments to discreetly store essentials like your smartphone and lipstick.

Shoulder bags are a classic style that come in a variety of sizes and colours to hit all the right fashion notes. Many of these have hidden chains or straps, making them convertible from a clutch. Some bridal clutches also come equipped with detachable wrist straps, so there's no chance of dropping it on the dance floor.

Does It Complete Your Wedding Look?

The perfect bag will tie together your look. Brides may wish to match their purse to their wedding dress, searching for the perfect coordinating shade of white or ivory. It's also a good idea for bridesmaids to choose bags in line with the overall wedding colour scheme, or something neutral if you can't find that perfect shade match.

Guests can use handbags to add a pop of colour or personality to their outfits. Look for the unique details that elevate the bag from the everyday to occasion-worthy. This could range from pearls to vintage embroidery. Texture adds an element of fashion-forward flair. Quilted fabrics, diamanté embellishments and sleek satin materials are just a few contrasting textures to play around with. Jewel-bedecked designs and playful faux fur bags showcase a glamorous sense of style. Silver and gold handbags can be used to match your hairpiece, necklace or bracelet, shining a spotlight on all your accessories.