Judith Leiber Blue Bows Crystal Minaudiere, $6995 via Judith Leiber

Do you know what day it is? Of course you do, it’s Royal Wedding day! The ceremony started at 6 a.m. but your mimosa hangover will surely last into the afternoon, so while you contemplate why you got up before dawn to watch two strangers get married in another country (Go ahead, guess who among us doesn’t have Royal Wedding fever! But that’s ok, Megs has enough for both of us.), we thought you might also like to contemplate some pretty, sparkly, too-small-to-be-functional wedding handbags.

Wedding bags don’t have the rarified spot in bridal lore that wedding shoes enjoy (and for a rundown of those, check out yesterday’s feature from TalkShoes), but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less important for those of us who love purses above all other things in fashion. Plus, bags have the special distinction of being able to be worn by the bride or the guests, so long as those attending don’t choose all-white ensembles to go with their special little clutches. Our picks for the best, after the jump.

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Lace Clutch, $2295 via Net-a-Porter

Christian Louboutin Eden Peony Satin Clutch, $1325 via Net-a-Porter

Clara Kasavina Fringed Leather Clutch, $500 via BHLDN

Emilio Pucci Box Clutch, $1097 via Colette

Judith Leiber Blue Bows Crystal Minaudiere, $6995 via JudithLeiber.com

Kate Spade Lemondrop Small Frame Lella Clutch, $225 via Bloomingdale’s

Kotur Barnes Tassel Clutch, $450 via Neiman Marcus

Oscar de la Renta Silk Embroidered Clutch, $1050 via Net-a-Porter

Valentino Floral Applique Satin Clutch, $2495 via Net-a-Porter

VBH Manila Sparkle Stretch Clutch, $1100 via Bergdorf Goodman

Whiting & Davis Crystal Classic Minaudiere, $165 via ShopBop

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  • rose60610

    I started watching the royal wedding coverage at 3:30 AM CST. I loved all the ceremony surrounding it all; the guests, clothes, hats, and of course The Dress. Gorgeous. Wonderful couple.

    The only bag I care for in this selection is the Louboutin. Valentino is runner up. The Knuckle bags by McQueen remind me of gang warfare, not a good image at weddings, but what do I know? The others don’t appeal to me.

  • Kat

    The McQueen wins it for me and not just because Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton’s, ehem, the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress. The rest seem too girly and frilly.


  • kemilia

    My eyes popped open at 3:40 cst, I lay there for a second (why am I awake so early?), and then yelled “Royal Wedding!” and I was off to the TV.

    I loved the whole spectacle, even the bad hats. And I like the fringed leather clutch.

  • 19yearslater

    I was hoping PB would cover the Royal Wedding! Yes, I was up watching it. I think for this particular wedding I have to pick the JL. It is very classically wedding and showy. Perfect for a couple of royals.

  • Stacy

    Valentino Floral Applique Satin Clutch does it for me. I can’t believe I actually like something that is so girly and feminine. I hate that stuff on the larger bags. What a conundrum.

  • Brandy

    Truth be told – I could care less about the royal wedding. And I love weddings, but somehow it’s just too much!

    I love the Oscar De La Renta embroidered clutch. Simple and elegant.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I enjoyed watching the royal wedding. I love this selection of purses !
    I love the Alexander McQueen for its attitude but in a feminine way, the Oscar de la Renta for its delicate flowers and pearls, the Kate Spade for its modern shape and crazy clasp and the Valentino for its soft ruffles. Thanks for such a lovely spread of purses !