Bridal Attire: Jewelry, Dresses, Shoes and Bags

I meant to get this post up in August or September, but somehow it’s already October! Phew. It’s been a busy two months. (To be honest, though, I’ve been a little wedding-ed out, haha. LOVED every single moment of it, but it was nice spending some QT with the hubby without having to worry about planning. ;))

So let’s get to it! From engagement celebrations and bridal showers to the rehearsal dinner and wedding itself, there was so much I needed in terms of attire throughout the course of our wedding year. My best advice for brides is to find pieces that you love, but to not obsess over the process of finding them. If you love it, you love it. Go for it. Don’t overanalyze (like I often did) and wonder whether you’ll find something down the line that you like better. Once you find and purchase your dress, for example, don’t continue looking at bridal gowns in magazines or on Pinterest. Torture! Trust yourself. You know what you like, and you know what’s “you.”

Other advice? Invest in a few key pieces that you can mix and match for events so you don’t end up going broke. Wait for sales and search for coupon codes, don’t be afraid to borrow pieces from friends and family (thanks, Mom!), incorporate products you already own, and don’t forget to stalk eBay. (It was a huge help for me! Not only did I score a few of these products for discounted prices through the site, I also sold some of them on eBay after the events. Don’t worry. I didn’t sell my dress!)

Scroll down to see my favorites for bridal jewelry, dresses, gowns, shoes and bags–some that I actually wore, and some that are similar!


1. Farewell Brunch“Mrs.” Necklace (I actually didn’t wear this, but I kind of wish I had to our brunch the morning after the wedding. But I did wear the matching earrings. ;)) / 2. Farewell Brunch“Mrs.” Earrings / 3. Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner and Farewell BrunchPearl Bracelet (I have a similar one that I wear constantly. Even if you’re not a bride, this is a great investment piece!) / 4. Year-Long ;): Engagement Ring (Mitch got my ring in New York City’s Diamond District, but I’m loving this site for affordable, timeless engagement rings and wedding bands!) / 5. All EventsAmpersand Necklace (Mitch gave me this necklace the night before the wedding because we’ve always viewed the ampersand as a symbol of love. Matching earrings here!) / 6. Wedding: Wedding Band / 7. All EventsCladdagh Ring (I wore one from Ireland, which was given to my mother by my great-great grandmother. Read about the ring’s significance here.) / 8. All EventsPearl Earrings (Which I wear every day. Tiny earlobes.) / 9. All EventsCrystal Bow Bracelet (Borrowed from Mom, but in plain gold.) / 10. WeddingMonogrammed Necklace (With new initials! It came from my aunt’s store in Jersey.) / 11. Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner and Farewell BrunchPearl Necklace (Invest. I wear it constantly.) / 12. WeddingBow Bracelet (Something blue! Mine was a mint color, but totally counts, right?!)


1. Bridal Shower: Keira Dress (Sold out), but loving this white Lilly dress for a shower! I found mine on RueLaLa, which I can’t recommend enough. Of course, you really need to be on top of their sales and get in when they open, but it’s worth it! / 2. Rehearsal Dinner: Lace Rosaline Dress (Sold out), same here in pink, super similar here and similar here, and loving this one in white! I got mine on Amazon, which is my go-to site for dresses, as I somehow always have an Amazon gift card. / 3. Wedding: Legends by Romona Keveza Lace Dress (Style: 263) I found it at Gabriella, but bought it during a trunk sale at Bridal Reflections. If you fall in love with a particular dress, search for a trunk sale. So worth it. / Farewell Brunch: Scalloped Nina Dress, similar here (Finding this dress was a huge fiasco! Mitch and I actually went out to dinner to celebrate when I found it. #success See how I styled it here.)


1. Rehearsal DinnerCharm Heels (I wore a slightly different version, but these are current.) / 2. Farewell BrunchResort Chic Wedge (Go 1/2 size down.) / 3. WeddingMadalyn II Pump (This were also a huge pain to find, but of course now they’re readily available. Ha.) / 4. WeddingStriped Evie Pumps (eBay find! I sold them shortly thereafter the wedding on eBay as well. We had a nautical wedding, so I had to have them for photos. ;))


1. WeddingEvening Bell Small Silka (My bag is no longer available, but this is close! I got mine during a Kate Spade final sale event.) / 2. Rehearsal DinnerPalm Spring Maggie (Not even close to what I used, which I found on eBay, but I’m in love with the scallops on this bag!) / 3. Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner or Farewell BrunchSummer House Robby / 4. Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner or Farewell Brunch: Zip-Around Clutch in Navy (I used the same clutch for the brunch as I did for the rehearsal dinner.) / 5. Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner or Farewell Brunch: Zip-Around Clutch in Gold (Again, I reused this bag.)

Clearly, I relied heavily on Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. I wasn’t incredibly inventive, but hey. It made things a bit easier. ;)

Read more about our wedding here! And stay tuned for photos of our families, the reception, and the rehearsal dinner. And posts about what my bridesmaids wore as well as what I did for hair and makeup.

  • Krystin Moltner

    LOVE all of your choices! The MRS kate spade earrings are super adorable! Every time I see them in the store I actually think to myself to buy them for the future lol …

    xx krystin

    • Awww thank you, Krystin! It was such a fun year. Before I got engaged, I totally almost bought the “I Do” necklace, hahaha. ;) I understand!! xoxo!

  • Great choices! I love the dresses you picked!

    • Thanks, Deborah! Hope you have a great week!

  • Linh N.

    Oh Kelly, you make everything seem so simple! I always thought weddings are so hectic and you need to find glamorous this and that but some things like a dress can be found on ebay (and still look fab). I guess it’s all about patience and being able to find what you want/need. Looking forward to your other posts about the wedding =]

    • Awww, thank you Linh! Wedding can certainly be hectic–and there were definitely a few times when I got overwhelmed, mostly in the last couple of weeks–but you don’t have to spend a TON to feel great. :) Definitely about patience… You’re right!! Thanks again, Linh! :) xoxo!

  • Christine `

    Kelly! I wish I knew you when I was getting married last year hehe! You are giving future brides some AWESOME tips. I know how much work goes into a wedding, and I think you’re doing an amazing thing here putting together these posts to help girls out. Seriously, future brides are going to be so thankful! :) Btw, your bridesmaid dresses were so beautiful! (and of course, I can’t stop swooning over your uh-ma-zing wedding dress) <3

    • Christine,

      Thank you so much! Your message was so, so sweet, and meant so much to me! I had a great year of planning, but I wish I had known a few things during it. ;) And thanks so much about the bridesmaids dresses! They were final sale from J.Crew… We scored them for $60! I was soooo excited about it, haha! Thanks again, Christine! :)


  • Madara Lieciniece

    Those were such beautiful dresses! I loved the one with pink bows on the back the most- that is such a sweet and flirty detail! :)
    Really nice post & I cannot wait for your other wedding posts!

    • Thank you so much, Maddie! Oh man. I looked for that dress for MONTHS… I stalked the Lilly site every day until someone must have returned it in my size… I was so happy. Hahaha. I’m crazy. Thanks again, Maddie! :)


  • Nonee Ngazimbi

    I love all your choices…I love your bag options!…oooo and your shoe options as well especially the bagdley mishka wedding shoe…so totally love those!

    • Thank you, Nonee! I can’t believe that they’re now readily available at such a discounted price! I searched high and low for them, haha :)

      Have a great rest of your week!! :)