What handbags are best for weddings?

So you’ve got multiple weddings in the calendar, and you’ve finally found a flattering wedding guest outfit — but what about your accessories? Whether you prefer a little more storage to stash a pair of flats for the dancefloor, or you’d rather keep it light with a classic clutch, we’re here to help you find the best handbags for weddings this season.

What bag is best for a wedding guest?

The right handbag can put that perfect finishing touch to your outfit, offsetting your look as well as providing a convenient place to keep all the essentials you need to keep you feeling fresh, from the canapés right through to carriages at midnight. So which handbags are best for wedding guests?

Grab bags

If you prefer a more spacious handbag, then grab bags are your go-to option, and their size has no bearing on their style. There are plenty of wedding-friendly designs out there, including summery floral prints like Paloma, pleasing pastels or classic neutrals like Lucia, so there’s sure to be a grab bag that complements your OOTD. Grab your ballet pumps and a light jacket in case it gets chilly later on – with a grab bag you’ll have room for it all.

Mini bags

With versatile options like Ramona and Nova, it’s no wonder mini bags are trending: they’re cute, comfortable and super convenient. This mid-size option can be worn all night without weighing you down, while still providing enough space for your sunglasses, a snack or even your polaroid camera if you’re keen to capture the bride and groom on their big day.

Clutch bags

For those who’d rather carry the bare minimum, a clutch bag is the foolproof choice. More specifically, the Ophelia envelope pouch bag is the perfect place to keep your phone, keys and makeup staples, while a compact crossbody bag like Astrid can be easier to carry with you all day (and all night). With chic options like croc-effect faux leather or minimalist monochrome designs, there’s no shortage of styles to choose from.

How to style your bag with your wedding outfit

Once you’ve settled on the right size and shape for your wedding guest handbag, you’ll want to think about how it tones with the rest of your outfit.

Matching your shoes

The big question is, do your shoes and bag have to match for a wedding? While this is usually a very chic and coordinated look, we don’t think it’s a mandatory marker of a good wedding outfit, providing the colours you’ve chosen still work together. For instance, silver heels look great with a grey or black handbag, or you could even pair them with a shade like baby blue or pale pink.

Coordinating with your jewellery

Your jewellery can also have a bearing on the handbag you settle on. If you’re wedded to gold and planning to wear warm tones, you might want to opt for a classic tan shade, or choose something in a colour like olive or cream. Similarly, silver jewellery is super versatile, but looks especially gorgeous in combination with statement monochrome or soft pastels.

Patterns and prints

Whatever you’re wearing — be it a midi dress, a jumpsuit or a two piece — it’s worth considering how your prints work together. Too many florals can be a little busy and overpowering, but some prints look harmonious, or you can liven up a classic block colour outfit with a patterned handbag. In short, the possibilities are endless.

Now you’re armed with our advice on how to style a handbag with a wedding guest outfit, you can start shopping and put together an ensemble worthy of any wedding venue, from country estates to contemporary inner-city receptions. Take a look at the occasion bags in our collection to get started.  


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