5 Mother-of-the-Bride Accessory Mistakes to Avoid

From wearing a tiara to forgetting your purse, avoid these errors to ensure you look and feel your best.

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Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

When you typically think of mother-of-the-bride or groom attire, it's common for your mind to immediately ruminate on your clothes and nothing else (after all, what you wear as the mom is essential to the celebration). But while finding a dress or pantsuit is extremely important, a full wedding day outfit is more than just the garments you choose to wear.

From lace pumps to tennis bracelets and evening clutches, accessories play a crucial role in pulling together a mother-of-the-bride and groom outfit. These pieces have the ability to make or break a look, and also serve as a way for moms to truly showcase their personality and style on the big day. Therefore, given the importance associated with accessories, it's essential to not only understand how to accurately incorporate these pieces into your ensemble, but to also be aware of the mistakes you should avoid when wearing these add-ons.

So ahead, we listed the top five mother-of-the-bride and groom accessory mistakes you should never make when choosing a look for your child's wedding.

Not wearing any jewelry.

This may not come as a huge surprise, but one of the biggest accessory mistakes you can make is forgetting to wear any accessories at all. It's a universal fact that jewelry has the ability to transform an outfit, so, unless avoided for personal or religious reasons, be sure to take advantage of these stylish add-ons and wear a few pieces of jewelry that complement your look.

For moms who may be a little lost when it comes to finding accessories that work with their day-of attire, use your ensemble as a baseline and layer on your pieces from there. For instance, if you're planning to wear a halterneck dress, opt for a simple bracelet and diamond stud earrings to complete your getup. Donning a strapless ballgown? A gorgeous tennis necklace and chandelier earrings would work well with this formal frock.

Wearing too many pieces.

While accessories should be worn with every outfit, always be mindful of the number of pieces you choose to wear. Oftentimes, less is more—as most outfits don't require you to wear multiple necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings—so use your best judgment when deciding on jewelry that works best for you.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to stick to only two to three pieces of jewelry for your wedding day ensemble. Specifically, if you'd like to wear a diamond necklace, pair it with gorgeous diamond earrings and a simple ring and leave your wrists bare. Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to what you'd like to wear, but be sure to not let any of your accessories overpower your overall look.

Forgetting to carry a purse.

We believe that purses are one of the most important accessories when it comes to wedding day attire. Whether it's a small bag or a mini clutch, these pieces are both practical and stylish, providing two positive benefits for their use. Therefore, don't leave your purse at home. Find a handbag that complements your outfit, and pack it with essentials like your lipstick, phone, tissues, cash, and maybe even a change of shoes.

Wearing bridal accessories.

Unless approved by the bride, avoid any bridal accessories like tiaras, veils, and statement hairpieces. Even if these accessories look perfect with your day-of attire, your role is to support and not take any attention away from the couple, so ditch the bridal pieces for another day. Additionally, when in doubt, do not hesitate to ask the bride for approval on any of your jewelry choices.

Forgetting to bring a change of shoes.

If you're planning to wear high heels for the wedding ceremony, don't make the mistake of forgetting to bring an extra pair of shoes. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable and unfit to dance at the reception, so pack your most comfortable footwear before heading out to see your child say "I do." As for specifics, you can sport anything from flats to a nice pair of sneakers and even flip-flops. Trust us, this mistake is one you do not want to make.

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