Do you need to carry a purse on your wedding day? The answer is… yes! It’s a smart move to have a bridal bag, purse, or clutch to carry your day-of essentials at the wedding.
After all, that lipstick isn’t going to touch up itself! ;)
In this blog post, you’ll discover many different styles of wedding day purses to help you select one. And the best part is, they’re ALL handmade by lovely artists on Etsy!
From fold-over purses to classic box shoulder bags, art deco evening bags, and lace wedding clutches, there’s a purse here for every bride-to-be to carry.
In addition, they make perfect engagement gifts for the bride-to-be.
Let’s get started!
In this blog post, we’ll cover:
Best Bridal Bags + Purses
First, let’s check out what you came here to find: the best bridal bags! This first bag is a gorgeous photo lined clutch bag. Have you ever seen such a brilliant keepsake?
1. Classic Bridal Bag with Photo Inside
This is one of my favorite finds and one of the best bridal bags ever: a classic clutch with a photo printed on the liner! What a special memento from your wedding day. By ANGEEW.
2. Double Strap Velvet Bag
Get it personalized for an extra-special touch! This sumptuous velvet bag is perfect for toting your wedding day essentials. By MadeInRose.
3. + 4. Beaded Bridal Purse with Personalized Mrs Name
Ooh, la la! Where was this beaded purse when I was planning my wedding?! I love it! You can use the chain or tuck it in and carry it as a clutch bag. Get it by PrettyRobesShop.
Here’s a different style with script writing:
5. Mrs Box Purse
Put your new name on your bag and rock it down the aisle! This acrylic wedding bag is a fun and modern alternative. By ModParty.
6. Ivory Lace Clutch
This handmade purse is every bit of classic champagne and lace for the bride. Love this vintage-inspired style! By Juniper and Lace.
7. Art Deco Wedding Purse
Beading, scalloping, and satin come together in the most exquisite way with this wedding bag. Handmade by Nandeetas.
8. Flower Clutch Bridal Bag
This beautiful flower purse is the perfect size. It’s adorable for the wedding day and beyond. Many different flower color combinations available. These make beautiful bridesmaid bags they can carry down the aisle instead of bouquets! By Eclu.
9. Mrs Clutch Bag
Show off your bridal style with this Mrs clutch bag, perfectly beaded by hand! Get yours from PrettyRobesShop.
10. Lace Wedding Day Clutch Bag
Carry it as a purse or a clutch! This Alencon lace and satin bag is an exquisite bridal accessory. By Juniper and Lace.
11. Floral Acrylic Box Bag
Sturdy, stylish, and oh-so-sparkly, this bag is a wedding purse dream come true! Handmade by TheMillenniumBride.
12. Champagne and Silk Ivory Purse
Go elegant with this sumptuous silk and champagne ivory bridal bag, handmade with love by LeelaPurse.
13. Shell Style Bridal Clutch
14. Simple Satin Bridal Wristlet
Carry this minimalist purse that holds everything you need! Get it by BananaCottage.
15. Heart-Shaped Pearl Covered Purse
It’s hard to choose a favorite, but this purse has certainly stolen my handmade heart! Check out those pearls and rhinestones allover. Beautiful! By Ereybe.
16. Lace Bag with Flower Pin
Choose a flower that coordinates with your bridesmaid’s dress color or wedding color palette. By LeelaPurse.
17. Blue Photo Lined Clutch
This gorgeous pop of color is the ultimate something blue bag for the bride. By MeshkaDesign.
18. Small Pearl Bridal Bag
Small, yet large enough for just the essentials! By BridalPort.
19. Pearl Wedding Handbag
Carry this gorgeous bag covered in pearls on your arm! It’s the perfect style for a classic bride-to-be. By Magicolorknits.
20. Bridal Evening Bag with Rhinestones
Exquisite! This wedding bag is ideal for the bride who wants a little sparkle. By LeelaPurse.
21. Large Foldover Beaded Bridal Bag
This is a nice big bag that holds a lot inside, but is still chic enough to carry around on your wedding day. By Nandeetas.
22. Happily Ever After Beadwork Bag
This is perfect! By PrettyRobesShop.
23. Capsule Clutch
Small in size, mighty in modern style! By Auvre.
24. Beige Embroidery Purse
This is large enough to hold an iPhone, according to one happy bride! This beautiful embroidered clutch is a nice size and offers beautiful floral detailing and a scalloping on the edge. By DesignEveryone.
25. Bow Bag
Here’s the cutest little bow bag! I love this one, too. By LostInTimeInc.
26. Feather Clutch
Love feathers? Choose this beautiful vintage-inspired bag featuring feathers in your choice of colors. Shown in ivory. By ConstanceHandcrafted.
27. Boho Fringe Bag
You’ll love carrying this unique boho bridal bag, complete with your name personalized on it. So cute! By ModParty.
28. Pearl Purse with Stainless Steel Case
This sleek and stylish purse is ideal for the modern bride. Get it at Ereybe.
29. Crystal Leaves and Seed Bead Bag
What a gorgeous handcrafted purse! It is intricately made with crystal leaf embroidery and seed beads. By TheMilleniumBride.
30. Champagne Fold-over Bridal Purse
With its sophisticated silhouette, this fold-over purse is ideal for the bride who wants to add an elegant accessory to her wedding-day look. By PolliAmore.
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For the wedding weekend, sometimes you need to upgrade your bag. Carry a larger weekender bags or tote and keep it stashed in your bridal suite.
Big Bridal Weekender Bags and Totes
Which style is your favorite?
31. Weekender Bag for the Bride
This stylish and roomy bag holds so much stuff! It’s perfect to take on your honeymoon. By Up2OurNecksInFabric.
32. Large Satin Bridal Tote
Go big or go home! This giant tote bag will carry your wedding day stuff in style. By MilliHauteCouture.
33. Bride Travel Bag
This personalized travel bag will serve you well for bachelorette adventures to the bridal shower, getting ready to the honeymoon. Get it at SSWeddings.
34. Bride Beach Bag
Planning a beach wedding? Carry this beach bag that is large enough for a perfect amount of wedding day must-haves! By AdornElements.
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Now that you’ve seen some examples, does a purse fit with your needed? Does a bride need a clutch? Let’s discuss it in further detail.
Does The Bride Need a Purse?
This bridal question came to us in our inbox from Lisa, who writes:
“Hi Emmaline, does the bride need a purse? I’m wondering what to use to carry my stuff around on the day of the wedding or if I can just store it in a room or give it to my Maid of Honor to hold. I have pockets on my dress but they don’t hold much. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!”
Hi Lisa! Great question. The answer to the question of whether the bride needs a purse varies from bride-to-bride. You may need to carry a clutch or bag if your venue doesn’t have a room to securely store your items or if you want to have a few items readily available.
Here are three suitable options:
• CARRY A BAG: Do you want things close-at-hand? Do you like the look of a purse? Then I highly recommend a bridal bag!
• STORE IT IN YOUR SUITE: Do you like purses, but don’t really want to carry anything around? Get one of the large tote bags instead and use it to stow essentials in your wedding suite.
• SKIP A PURSE: Not a purse kinda gal? Place a few things in your pockets and/or give everything else to your MOH or your mom.
Do what works best for you!
I liked having my day-of essentials in my bridal clutch. However, that comes from personal experience. I chose to carry a clutch bag (my mother’s wedding purse, my Something Borrowed!) It was the perfect size: it fit my lipstick, a compact mirror, money, id, phone, handkerchief, and makeup remover wipes. And it wasn’t a hassle having to carry it around, as I kept it at the head table and only grabbed items on an as-needed basis.
So, even if you have a purse, you don’t need to carry it around with you all day long.
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If you’re carrying a bag, you may be wondering: what size should it be? Let’s discuss it.
What Size Wedding Bag Do You Need?
A wedding purse or bag needn’t be very large. It should accentuate your look, not overwhelm it, and needs to only fit a few things inside it.
Avoid carrying a tote bag or anything large at the actual wedding. Those big duffels and totes are best kept in your bridal suite.
A simple wristlet, clutch, handbag, or shoulder bag should do, with a snap, button, or zipper closure for safekeeping.
What Style to Choose: Bag Accents + Purse Colors
For a classic look, select a color that complements your bridal gown with hints of lace embroidery, pearls, rhinestones, or an elegant satin finish.
If your bridal gown is white, choose a white purse. Ivory? Choose an ivory bag. Don’t carry a white bag with an ivory gown, or it will won’t photograph as well and give a yellowish appearance.
In addition, you do NOT need to have a wedding purse in classic white, ivory, champagne, etc. bag if you don’t want to. If you prefer a bright color, fun feathered design, decorative beading, or something modern, go for it. You should emphasize your individual style. :)
A bright or bold blue is a popular trend, as it ties nicely into your “Something Blue” for the wedding day.
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Last but not least, what goes inside your wedding day bag? Here’s a list of what to put inside your bridal purse.
What To Put In Your Wedding Day Bag
If you’re wondering what to put in your wedding bag, here is a quick list to help! These are the tried-and-true bridal essentials are nice to have within reach on your wedding day and fit nicely in your purse.
• Makeup Remover Wipes: travel-size and convenient! Give these out to your bridesmaids, too.
• Lipstick: carry the same kind your makeup artist used on you or a favorite type for touch-ups.
• Handkerchief: perfect for those tears of joy! Here’s a perfect one by YourBabysRoom.
• Mints: always a great idea.
• Compact Mirror: to check your teeth after dinner; reapply lipstick with ease. These embroidered mirrors are so sweet! By HANaCasChoice.
IF IT FITS (Or Place in Large Wedding Tote)
• Money / Wallet / ID
• Emergency Wedding Day Kit: this will include extras, like headache medicine, stomachache medicine, hair pins, mini hairspray, clear nail polish for nylon runs, safety pins for bustling and quick fixes, stain remover wipes, etc. Read: how to make your own emergency wedding kit.
This bridal stole is a fan-favorite and looks so cozy! By BridalStole.
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If you’re ready to shop, here’s a shortlist of the best Etsy shops mentioned above.
Top Wedding Bags on Etsy
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
Totes + Large Bridal Bags
Now you know where to get the best wedding day purses, different styles available, and where to get everything you need to pack your wedding bag.
Do you have any additional questions on the topic? If so, let me know in the comment box below.
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