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How to Choose Your Bridal Handbag: 5 Fashion Tips

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We know how stressful planning a perfect wedding can be. You need everything to be just suitable for your big day – that’s why so many people start planning it months in advance. You need to pick the venue, finalize the guest list, choose the perfect wedding dress, and of course, buy your bridal handbag.

However, there’s just so much choice when it comes to bridal handbags that it becomes hard to pick just one. After all, your bridal handbag will be part of your whole ensemble, so it also needs to be perfect. 

So, how do you choose your bridal handbag? First, you need to look at the size, comfort, design, and reusability when you’re out shopping.

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Jimmy Choo Handbag

5 Tips To Pick Your Bridal Handbag

The last thing you want is for your bridal handbag to be a fashion disaster. However, there’s a lot more to fashion than just the look. Here is our top advice that should help you pick out your perfect bridal handbag in no time.

1. Pay Attention To Size

Usually, when it comes to handbags, we want to buy big ones to fit in all our essentials.  However, with your bridal handbag, you don’t want to go too big. If your bridal handbag’s size is significantly large, it can take attention away from your wedding gown. 

So, a good tip is to make a list of all the wedding day essentials you will need to carry.

This usually includes:

  • Your phone
  • Lip balm
  • Tissues
  • Compact mirror
  • Blotting paper

Of course, you may need to add or subtract a few things. However, try to keep these things to a minimum and opt for smaller-sized products wherever possible. Then find the smallest possible handbag to fit these items into.


2. Think About Comfort And Functionality

The second thing you need to think about is your comfort. You’re going to have to carry around your bridal handbag all day. So if it’s uncomfortable, you’re going to want to ditch it, which you can’t. 

When thinking about comfort, there are two things you should consider: weight and texture. If your bridal handbag is too heavy to hold, it can weigh down on your hand or shoulder, depending on the type of bag. Ideally, you want to keep your bag on you at all times, so make sure you pick one that’s lightweight. 

Secondly, look at the texture. If the bag is very bedazzled and textured, it could also be uncomfortable to carry around. A bedazzled handheld bag can be rough on your hands. If it has a shoulder strap, you want to make sure it doesn’t snag on your wedding dress too.  So, we always recommend getting a simple, lightweight bag with minimal to no texture when it comes to bridal handbags.

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3. Don’t Look For A Perfect Match

An excellent fashion tip we have for you is to not get obsessed with perfectly matching your bridal handbag to your wedding dress. A lot of brides want their handbags to just blend into their outfits. While this isn’t wrong, finding a handbag that stands out a bit can be a great fashion statement. 

Instead of looking for the perfect match, we suggest you look at current wedding trends. Get an idea of what’s in fashion right now, such as pearl accessories and floral prints. Once you do your research, you can look for a bag that’s trendy and a bit different.

Just remember to keep your overall look cohesive! 

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4. Look For Something Reusable

If you want to be smart and frugal about picking your bridal handbag, we definitely suggest looking for something reusable. Luckily, following the tips we’ve already mentioned will help you with this. Picking a bag that’s small in size, comfortable to carry, and trendy should be reusable.

However, keep in mind the material of the bag too. We always recommend getting a leather bag because it fits all the categories mentioned above! Leather bags are always light and comfortable to carry.  They’re also easy to clean. Your bridal handbag goes through a lot on your wedding day, so it’s natural to be worried about stains. But, a simple leather cleaner for purses can fix this issue.

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5. Don’t Limit Yourself

The last fashion tip we’ll leave you with is to not limit yourself. Don’t go out shopping with a predetermined idea of the perfect wedding bag. Instead, be open to all kinds of bags of all types of materials. Leather bags, in particular, are great because of their longevity. They’re easy to carry around and look stylish. Plus, if you invest in high-quality leather, it can last you a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Choosing your bridal handbag can be a stressful task (as picking any other part of your wedding ensemble) – but it doesn’t have to be! With these five tips in mind, you’ll be able to find your perfect bag in no time. Just remember, pick something that’s small, comfortable, trendy, and reusable. Don’t limit yourself to conventional choices or images of the perfect bag. Instead, go shopping with an open mind! 

Tony Kantzavelos is the owner of Love Your Leather – currently the largest leather cleaning, repair, and alteration company in Toronto and Southern Ontario. Tony has been altering and repairing leather items since 1987. He is a world-renowned expert in the leather restoration field especially when it comes to restoring high-end purses and handbags. He really loves what he does since it not only makes his customers very happy to have their favourite accessories rejuvenated, but it also helps to reduce the throw-away society that is responsible for the destruction of our natural resources and increase in landfills. A lot of his clients call him the magician due to his ability to repair even the most difficult tears, scratches, and discoloration on leathers.

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