Yesterday, Megs mentioned that it’s wedding season and gave us a great rundown of what a bride looking for a traditional feel should carry on her wedding day. I had just started working for PurseBlog full time back when Megs and Vladi got married and have seen their wedding photos many times since, and believe me, it was a beautiful, classic event that anyone would be proud to call their wedding. If my frequent and vigorous viewing of Say Yes to the Dress (what is it about that show that makes it so addicting, even to people like me who don’t really care about getting married?) is any indication, though, a fair number of people want a celebration that’s a little bit lighter on tradition and heavier on…well, whatever it is that their little hearts desire.
I’m not married and never have been, but if I ever do get hitched, I anticipate being one of those brides. (Sorry, mom.) That’s why I’ve put together a selection of the season’s best wedding bags for those who don’t identify as readily with the white silk and rhinestones that so often permeate the category. From color to texture to embellishment, we’ve got a little something for every bride who wants to break the mold on her big day.
The Franchi Fleur Passementerie Minaudiere ticks a lot of boxes: It’s reasonably priced, it’s perfect for a garden wedding and it won’t piss off the traditionalists in your family as much as most of my other picks. Plus, it’s a ready-made “something blue!” Buy through Neiman Marcus for $225.
One of my favorite Say Yes to the Dress segments ever was with a woman who was having a Halloween wedding and wanted a white gown with black details. She chose a dress with black lace trim that would have gone perfectly with the Alexander McQueen De-Manta Clutch. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $525.
The yellow-to-pink ombre of the Kotur Barnes Raffia Clutch is not only gorgeous, but it would also be the perfect bright accent for a bride getting married in a tropical locale. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $450.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a clutch that mixes modernity and femininity as well as the Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Clutch. Seriously. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.
When I look at the Miu Miu Velvet Clutch, I see a bridge in a tea length vintage dress. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1290.
Who needs a bouquet when you can have a totally weird Christopher Kane Flower Clutch instead? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $695.
Need something blue but don’t really love blue? The BHLDN Kissing Ovals Clutch has your back. Buy through BHLDN for $375.
If you’re planning ahead for a luxe winter wedding, it hardly gets more chic than the Prada Fox Fur Clutch. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $1995.
The Christian Louboutin Mini Loubi Lula Frame Clutch is a piece that looks perfect for a spring wedding but will also be very useful in your regular warm-weather wardrobe. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $895.