Eyewear often goes overlooked when it comes to bridal accessorizing, but we're here to change that. A punchy pair of sunglasses not only protects your eyes (and skin!) from sun damage, they're also incredibly impactful when it comes to creating a look.
The nature of the accessory lends itself to every bridal aesthetic imaginable. Are you a hopeless romantic floating in a sea of taffeta? Embrace your rose-colored nature with blush frames. Looking to wear a suit and stilettos? Try a classic Wayfarer shape to drive home the look. Do you typically find yourself swept up in boho whimsies? Go for the sweet, sweet curves of round and butterfly frames. Ideal for a plethora of events, from sunset rehearsal dinners to a glamorous send offs, bridal sunglasses are the actual embodiment of “but you can wear it again."
To give you a sense of the variety of options available, here are some of our favorite sunglasses for brides, bridal parties, and guests.
Willows Hearts of Yang Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $98
Shape: Square | Colors: White | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Within 7 days of receiving your order
Looking to make a statement in all the right ways? These sunglasses from Willows feature chain temples (in lieu of classic metal), which carry ethically sourced crystals from Brazil.
For the Romantic
Hill House Home Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $39
Shape: Cat Eye | Colors: Pink, Black | Shipping: Free domestic delivery for orders of $100+ | Return policy: Within 30 days
Who says you have to stop the bridal bling at jewelry? This darling pair feels oh-so festive with its restrained dusting of Swarovski crystals.
Best 60s Inspired Look
Ray Ban Jackie Ohh II
Price at time of publish: $178
Shape: Butterfly | Colors: Black, Light Havana, Shiny Tortoise Lens I, Shiny Tortoise Lens II, Shiny Tortoise Lens III | Shipping: Free standard delivery | Return policy: Within 45 days
Is your mood board chock full of beehives and matching suit sets? Modeled after the iconic Jackie O, this bold-yet-feminine style offers a bit of mystery for the woman that never goes unnoticed.
Best Old-Hollywood Chic
Morgenthal Frederics Brando Sun
Price at time of publish: $450
Shape: Rectangle | Colors: Black, Tortoise, Olive, Smoke, Crystal, Matte Tortoise, Matte Blue | Shipping: Free standard delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
It’s all about balance when it comes to this ultra sleek pair of shades. The straight brow feels quite devil may care while the thick profile grounds the look in retro boldness.
For Something Blue
Ace and Tate Allen Sky Blue
Shape: Rectangle | Colors: Black Tortoise, Blush, Sky Blue, Multi Tortoise | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
Check off something blue with this modern pair of universally flattering shades. The chunky sky blue frames feel elegant without being too obvious. Bonus: There are two different widths to choose from.
For the Pearl-Obsessed
Out East Eyewear Seascape
Price at time of publish: $145
Shape: Cat Eye | Colors: White Marble | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
Can’t get enough subtle pearl details for your wedding? Don’t overlook a perfectly trendy pair of sunglasses in a glistening, mother-of-pearl-inspired finish.
For the Retro Bride
Vada Cicada Burlwood
Price at time of publish: $550
Shape: Butterfly Square | Colors: Orange, G-15, Brown, Pale Blue, Rose, Bright Green, Clear | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within seven days
Elton John, eat your heart out. Up the retro ratio of any bridal look with these oversized sunglasses. We picture them paired with a white, crochet wedding dress in Joshua Tree.
For the Fashion-Forward
Bottega Veneta Bold Ribbon Rectangular Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $470
Shape: Rectangle | Colors: Black-Gray | Shipping: Free standard delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
These sunglasses rank high in re-wearability, especially for the bride whose regular looks err on the bolder side of understated glam. Pair with a simple white slip dress for an unexpected look.
For the Trend-Setter
Oroton Amari Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $289
Shape: Rectangle | Colors: Black, Dark Tortoiseshell, Sage Green | Shipping: Free standard delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
These ultra-sophisticated sunglasses are the epitome of cool-girl chic. Retro chunkiness paired with a narrower design will have you serving some major lash looks in the bridal portraits (you know exactly the poses we're talking about!).
Best 70s Inspired Look
Machete Jenny Sunglasses
Shape: Butterfly | Colors: Orchid | Shipping: $4.50 flat rate | Return policy: Final Sale
Hey, starry-eyed flower child! This major eyewear moment is calling your name. These oversized stunners feel distinctly spring bridal courtesy of their orchid hue.
For the Vintage Lover
Price at time of publish: $180
Shape: Aviator | Colors: Chocolate Tort, Black, Honey Tort, Camo, Tort | Shipping: Free express delivery | Return policy: Within 14 days
This vintage take on the traditional aviator style is oh-so dreamy. Plus, this shape is universally flattering and totally on trend.
Best Y2K Inspired Look
Le Specs What I Want Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $89
Shape: Square | Colors: Gold Ivory, Bright Black Gold | Shipping: Free delivery on orders of $50+ | Return policy: Within 30 days
These pop star sunglasses are exactly what you'll be reaching for as the dance floor starts heating up (they're shatterproof and scratch resistant). We think J.Lo would totally approve.
Best Environmental Choice
Ganni Biodegradable Acetate Oversized Sunglasses
Price at time of publish: $235
Shape: Cat Eye | Colors: Sweet lilac | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within 28 days
What's sweeter than this bubblegum hue? The fact that these sunglasses are created with sustainable materials and completely biodegradable. That means they keep you and our environment cool.
Best Color Options
Chimi Eyewear Steel Round
Shape: Round | Colors: Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Orange, Yellow | Shipping: Free climate-compensated delivery | Return policy: Within 35 days
The host of colored lens options here makes these ideal for coordinating with your wedding colors. Plus, they make a cool bridal party gift for a perfectly mismatched crew.
Saint Laurent New Wave SL 181 LouLou
Price at time of publish: $375
Shape: Heart | Colors: Ivory, Black, Red, Medium Havana, Magenta, Antique Pink | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
At the risk of being too obvious, these shades have become the quintessential bridal eyewear of choice. Frankly, we can't think of a better day to wear your heart on your sleeve (or face) than during the celebration of your love.
Best Rose-Colored Hue
Gucci Geometrical-Frame Sunglasses
Shape: Butterfly | Colors: Pink-Orange Gradient, Grey | Shipping: Free delivery | Return policy: Within 30 days
Not for the faint of heart or color shy, these shades are show-stopping in the most delightful way. Gucci through and through, they’re certain to become an iconic part of your wedding look.
What to Look for When Buying Bridal Sunglasses
Eyewear is one of the easiest ways to accessorize a bridal ensemble, but there are a few points to consider. To find the most flattering options you'll have to evaluate the shape of your face. Square and heart-shaped faces look best with curved frames like round or cat-eyes. Rounded faces find balance with wide, rectangular frames, similar to oblong faces that look best in oversized styles. If you have an oval face, you're in luck! You can wear pretty much anything. Color and style lend themselves to personal taste, so don't be shy and follow your heart. If your special day includes tons of direct sunlight, be kind to your eyes and look for sunglasses with adequate UV protection of 400.
Should bridal sunglasses be white?
Bridal sunglasses are acceptable in any hue. You can opt for a shade that complements the wedding theme, or stick with classic tones like black or tortoise to rewear again and again.
Can you rewear the sunglasses you wore for your wedding?
Yes! Wedding-day sunglasses come with a very long lifespan. This accessory is definitely cost-per-wear friendly.
When should I wear bridal sunglasses?
You can wear your sunglasses as much as you'd like—you make the rules. Wear them to shield your eyes from the sun or that bright paparazzi (read: wedding photographer) flash or to up the ante of your dance-floor persona (because the sun truly never sets on a rockstar).
About the Author
Erika Veurink is a freelance writer covering fashion, beauty, and wellness.