4 Ways to Style a Minimalist Bridal Look


Beauty in simplicity

Each and every bride has a different vision for themselves on their big day – and if you’ve had your eye on something understated and minimalist, you might be wondering how to style it up a bit more for your wedding day.  An understated dress oozes sophistication and simplicity and allows a bride to experiment with accessories and styling for a chic bridal look. We’ve rounded up our top tips for styling a sleek and simple gown.

Add a headpiece or veil

Veils are a timeless addition to your bridal look and can very easily be modified to create something special for your big day. Think back to Hailey Bieber’s gorgeous veil which featured the phrase ‘till death do us part’ trailing effortlessly behind her. 

The latest fashion in veils is simplicity. A little touch of pearls, a bow or some floral appliqué scattered across gorgeous draping tulle. These veils will not only add impact to your minimalist bridal look, but sophistication and elegance too. 

If you feel a long veil isn’t quite you, we’d recommend a statement short veil – it’s guaranteed to be a showstopper. Ariana Grande showcased this beautifully, with an elegant twist; a romantic bow to the front – if you’re an avid hairband bearer, this cute style may be for you. Explore more celebrity inspiration in our blog here.

Alternatively, turn heads with a fashion-forward hairpiece or headband instead. We stock White Designs here at Hannah Elizabeth Bridal; a small business based in Southampton renowned for one-of-a-kind hair vines and bespoke accessories. Their designs can add subtle elegance to your bridal hair do, expect to see hair pins featuring floral pearls and gold leaves, hair vines boasting iridescent pearls and gleaming stars and headbands with a luxury gold band contrasting with wondrous pearls of assorted sizes. 

Love Story Bride - Grace | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal
Love Story Bride - Torie Bow | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal

Make it yours with bows, overskirts & sleeves

A beautifully simple dress doesn’t need any additions, particularly if you love the understated look. However, these chic simple gowns do allow a little room for playing with additional bows, overskirts, sleeves or draping wings as a statement accessory to make it your own. 

For example, you can add our popular Amelia Overskirt or Olive Pearl Top by Love Story Bride to add a stylish and bespoke finish to your gown. Catherine Deane also offers many bridal separates to add to your look. 

Whether you want to attach optional sleeves, skirts or bows – we love the way you can style a minimalist bridal look to suit you. 

Love Story Bride - Pearl Top | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal
Love Story Bride - Olive | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal

Jewellery adds a touch of sparkle or pearl 

Bridal jewellery is delicate yet oozes glamour at the same time; the perfect final touch for your bridal look. The combinations are endless depending on the material, stone and style; you’ll know when you find your match. 

We love to cater for the modern bride and you can ramp up your style while also supporting local small businesses at Hannah Elizabeth Bridal. We stock Kiri and Belle’s ethically sourced, chic bridal jewellery. The baroque and ornate designs are handmade here in Hampshire. Discover their collection featuring only sterling silver of 14K gold filled creations. Whether you’d be tempted by freshwater pearl earrings, pearl drop threader earrings or a necklace with suspended charming pearls there is likely to be something that will align with your bridal attire.

If pearls aren’t your thing, you may prefer a Lily & Rose design. In this collection, you’ll expect to see glamorous and vintage undertones which add boldness to a modern luxe bride look. If you wanted to add your ‘something blue’ through your earrings, their Miss Sofia studs in light sapphire add soft elegance eloquently. To compliment, they have a matching necklace with a halo of Swarovski crystals around a classic light sapphire coloured gem.

Love Story Bride - Pearl Top | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal
Love Story Bride - Olive | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal

For walking down the aisle

Step out in style with the perfect, complimentary pair of heels on your wedding day. Your minimalist bridal look can can be completed with the perfect statement pair of heels. For a classic timeless shoe you cannot go wrong with a pair of Jimmy Choo’s or if you are looking for an elegant block heel we love Harlo Australia. 

Jimmy Choo
Love Story Bride - Olive | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal

Need Some Extra Help?

We’re confident these ideas gave you some inspiration for your minimalist bridal attire, if you’d like to have a browse or trial any of our collections, we invite you to book a 45 minute accessory appointment with us. Happy bridal shopping!


Your bridal appointment

Our award winning bridal boutique is located in the Hampshire village of Botley, home to our carefully curated collection of modern luxe wedding gowns. From the streets of Paris, to the beaches of Australia, and the hustle and bustle of NYC – we’ve selected the finest bridal designers from across the globe, all specialising in exquisite designs, classic couture and exclusive styles. Your bespoke experience starts the moment you make contact with us. From our first phone consultation to your exciting and luxurious bridal boutique appointment. We lead you with our expertise and guide you through our extraordinary array of designers, their exquisite fabrics and mesmerising designs. We passionately provide an unparalleled, inspirational and high-end bridal shopping experience.

5 High Street, Botley,
Southampton, Hampshire,
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