Best accessories for a cocktail wedding dress in 2022

accessories cocktail wedding dress

We’ve been chatting a lot about upcoming weddings in 2022 at Olga Berg, and with good reason. If your friendship circles are anything like ours, you likely have at least one loved one getting married this year thanks to a ton of postponed nuptials over the last two years. Or perhaps instead, you’re the soon to be bride and excited to finally celebrate with friends & family this year! A popular trend for brides and wedding themes lately is the ‘cocktail wedding dress’. Read on to find out more about this style of dress whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest and our top tips on how to style it. 

What is a cocktail dress code for a wedding? 

Cocktail dress code for weddings is a very popular choice for many couples. However, sometimes it can create a little confusion about what that actually translates to! Put simply, cocktail dress code is the same as ‘semi-formal’ wear. For ladies, we’re not talking ball gowns (that would be formal or red carpet), but rather a chic dress, pant suit or blouse and skirt option. There’s really endless options, but traditional cocktail wear is normally a dress with a hemline at or above the knee to bring a slight casual touch to an otherwise formal outfit. 

What is a cocktail wedding dress? 

A cocktail wedding dress is a popular option for brides at the moment as opposed to a formal wedding dress. It allows brides to have a little more fun with their outfit and inject some playfulness into their look. There are lots of different options to choose from - whether you opt for a wedding gown with a split leg, a boho cocktail dress, or something outrageously fun. Depending on the style you choose, a cocktail wedding dress is one that could even be worn again to another special event unlike a traditional wedding gown!

5  Best Accessories for your Cocktail Wedding Dress in 2022 

Keen to try the cocktail wedding dress for your big day? Whether you’re opting for a white cocktail dress for your wedding or a boho cocktail dress for the wedding, here are our top 5 favourite picks for 2022. They’re not traditional bridal bags, but sure to make you feel extra special on the big day. 

1. Estelle Pink Feather Bag

estelle feather bag

The Estelle bag is perfect for non-traditional brides. In a soft blush pink, she ticks the ‘bridal appropriate’ colour palette, yet with her lush feathers, she’s not conventional at all. Walk on the wild side for your big day with the help of Estelle. Showcasing layers of genuine feathers, this conversation-starting feather clutch bag will perfectly suit a short bridal cocktail gown. Large enough to store all of your day to night essentials, this bag is as functional as it is beautiful.

Features of Estelle Bag: 

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Feathers on a satin base
  • Gold tone hardware
  • Custom Olga Berg branded lock
  • Link chain

2. Jenna Feather Tassel Clutch

jenna feather bag

We’re sticking with our feather theme but toning the ‘wildness’ down a notch with Jenna. Jenna is suitable for both traditional bridal looks, as well as those who want a little hint of fun for their cocktail wedding dress outfits. She has a luxe matte satin cover and is trimmed with a stunning crystal embellished feather tassel. The perfect blend of elegance and fun! 

Features of Jenna Clutch: 

  • Smooth Matt Satin
  • Gold Tone Hardware
  • Custom Olga Berg "Bunny Ear" lock
  • Removable Shoulder Chain
  • Holds a smartphone

3. Gigi Mesh Circular Handle Bag

gigi bag

Disco vibes and cocktails in hand, the Gigi bag is for modern brides. We really can’t think of a bag that’s much more fun than Gigi with her shimmering metal mesh and chic bangle style handle. Best yet, you’ll be able to rewear Gigi on many nights out after the wedding!

Features of Gigi Bag:

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Flat metal mesh
  • Silver tone hardware
  • Kiss lock closure
  • Removable shoulder chain
  • Fits a large smartphone

4. Leia Wired Crown

leia crown

Are you planning on wearing a veil for your big day? If you’re opting for a cocktail wedding gown, it might look a little out of place. Instead, why not try an ultra modern crown like our gorgeous Leia? She’ll easily elevate your look with her fine wired filaments and matching pearl embellishments that are hand twisted and arranged into a contemporary crown. Leia is just the right mix of romance, elegance and a little bit of edge.

Features of Leia Crown: 

  • Metal / Satin / Matching Pearls
  • Handmade Construction

5. Bria Crystal Fringed Bag

bria

If you want to dial up the glam of your cocktail gown, Bria is the best way to do it! She’s literally dripping in crystals and ultra glam. She is also really spacious so you’ll have plenty of room for some accessories for touchups.  We also love her detachable shoulder chain making it perfect for all those "hands free" moments.

Features of Bria Bag:

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Silver Metallic textile on back face
  • Crystal fringing
  • Silver tone hardware
  • Removable shoulder chain
  • Fits a large smartphone

5 Best Accessories for your cocktail wedding guest dress in 2022

Heading to a wedding with a cocktail dress code instead? Cocktail wedding guest dress is probably our favourite dress code style if we’re totally honest. It’s versatile and allows you to have fun (plus you can normally rewear your outfit without too much difficulty too!) Here’s our favourite 5 bags and headpieces to pull together your cocktail wedding guest dress this year.

1. Shar Mesh Convertible Bag

shar bag

The Shar Bag is all about the boogie. She exudes disco vibes and will make sure you get up on that dance floor no matter what! Featuring a metal mesh exterior, this rose gold evening bag is soft and slouchy and has a zipper closure to keep your essentials secure. This beautiful rose gold bag also includes a long chain to transform this multi-tasking bag into a cross body.

Features of Shar Bag: 

  • Shoulder chain drop approx. 55cm
  • Metal rings approx D8cm
  • Rose Gold Metal Mesh
  • Rose Gold Tone Hardware
  • Metal Ring Top Handles
  • Holds a large Smartphone

2. Quartz Oval Clutch

quartz clutch

Mix your wedding guest outfit look up with a blue clutch bag. It’s not an everyday colour choice, which simply makes it all the more fun. The Quartz Clutch features a realistic Jade print covering a sleek oval shape with a magnetic bunny ear closure and is large enough to fit all of your event essentials including a large smartphone. This clutch includes a removable shoulder chain perfect for going hands-free during wedding toasts or whilst on the dance floor!

Features of Quartz Clutch: 

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Jade print
  • Patent vegan leather
  • Gold tone hardware
  • Magnetic bunny ear closure
  • Removable shoulder chain
  • Fits a large smartphone

3. Jellybean Acrylic Bag

jellybean bag

Our Jellybean is sweet as pie and reminiscent of something a modern day Cinderella might wear to a cocktail party! With its curved lines and minimal hardware, Jellybean is really more of a Red Carpet show stopper than a subtle sidekick. The subtle sparkle of the acrylic carries through to the handle and ball lock. Wear it as a shoulder bag, top handle or tuck the shoulder chain inside to use it as a clutch.

Features of Jellybean Bag: 

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Glitter infused Acrylic
  • Gunmetal tone hardware
  • Ball Lock closure
  • Removable shoulder chain

4. Ebony Metal Mesh Headband

ebony headband

A great way to mix up your outfit is by adding a chic hair accessory. We love the Ebony headband as it’s modern, fun and won’t steal the show from your dress. Ebony is a slightly padded headband with a fun metal mesh wrapped around it!  This cute headband is ultra versatile too, so expect to get some good wear out of her.

Features of Ebony Headband: 

  • Slightly Padded headband
  • Metal Mesh
  • Rose Gold Tone
  • Handmade construction

5. Casey Hotfix Clutch

casey clutch

Last but not least, we leave you with the vibrant fuchsia Casey clutch. With its curved lines and glossy hardware, the Casey Sparkle Clutch Bag is another perfect companion to any cocktail wedding dress guest look. The slightly two-tone crystals are super sparkly and the rounded square shape fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Wear it as a shoulder bag or wear it as a sparkle clutch bag by tucking the shoulder chain away inside the bag.

Features of Casey Clutch: 

  • Shoulder chain drop length 50cm
  • Glass Crystals
  • Gunmetal tone hardware
  • Branded block Lock closure
  • Removable shoulder chain
  • Fits a smartphone
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