Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping. From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance store-bought items. Special Somethings Bridal accessories almost always fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” requirement. Carrying your grandmother’s bible or prayer book as you walk down the aisle would be your “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to achieve, taking into consideration your shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl earrings that match your “something borrowed” pearl necklace. Handkerchiefs, garters or lingerie with accent colors usually provide the “something blue.” Accessory Checklist For the Bride Garter Handkerchief Jewelry Keepsake Bag Shoes For the Party Aisle Runner Cake Knife Cake Server Cake Top Cocktail Napkins (engraved with names and date) Favors Guest Book and Pen Matches (engraved with names and date) Toasting Glasses Wedding Cameras (one for each table) Wishing Bubbles Other Accessories Attendant’s Gifts Flower Girl Basket Pew Bows Ring Bearer Pillow Unity Candle and Holder Many bridal salons carry limited selections of guest books, toasting glasses, cake knives and cake servers. For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes in bridal supplies and accessories. Should you receive a wedding accessory as a shower or pre-wedding gift, make sure that you use it in the wedding.