FAQs and expert advice about accessories

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youryorkshire.wedding


Bridal accessories

Bridal accessories

Q. Following the last 18 months, how has the wedding industry changed?

A. Heidi Reid says: The two biggest changes in bridal accessory shopping during the last 18 months have been the growth of the video consultation and also the allocation of budget. The latter shifting to bigger spends on details that show up in the wedding photos, following on from the advent of more intimate weddings meaning less of the budget required for food, drink and entertainment.

Pre-pandemic most of my clients opted for in-person studio consultations when choosing a bespoke bridal accessory, but during the various lockdowns as we all became much more adept at working via video link, my consultations switched to video. It's a trend I'm expecting to continue for brides who don't live close to my studio.

Restrictions on guest numbers over the last 18 months meant that couples who managed to go ahead with their ceremonies rather than slashing the budget, chose to redistribute it and spend more on eye-catching elements such as the accessories, floral arrangements and outfits. I expect that this will rebalance as the size of wedding parties is able to increase, but imagine for some couples the temptation to wow on social media by maintaining those extra special flourishes will be hard to deny!

Heidi Reid, Glorious by Heidi


Making a statement

Making a statement

Q. I've bought a dress with no embellishment and now I'm worried it's too plain. How can I add some wow factor with accessories?

A. Harriet Head says: There are two viewpoints on this. If your style is more understated, then heed Coco Chanel's advice: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” In other words, simple can still wow. When your partner turns around to see you, they want to see you looking radiant, not like a heavily decorated Christmas tree. You should be wearing your outfit – it shouldn't wear you! A statement headpiece would be perfect, as would killer earrings or a bold necklace, but not all three together. However, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same! Perhaps you subscribe more to Iris Apfel's outlook: “More is more and less is a bore.” If you're a trendsetter in your day-to-day life, then be true to that on your wedding day. To suddenly swap bold and dazzling for a demure string of pearls simply isn't going to cut it and you won't look like you. A simple dress is the perfect starting point for theatrical accessories. Try a wow headpiece but balance it with a stand-out bracelet rather than a heavy necklace or earrings, which would be too close and could detract.

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Harriet Head

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