Wedding bags, bags, bags

You need a bag at a wedding for your phone, and the favours, and money for drinks, oh, and that hankie  -weddings are emotional affairs!

But most wedding bags are, well, a bit wee, and boxy. It’s that wedding style crisis we’ve discussed in other posts this week. We all get a bit of fashion blindness when it comes to weddings, and, when it comes to wedding bags, it’s like we think only little boxy clutch bags will do.

Which is fine. But they’re not the only choice. There are wedding bags aplenty, if you just look for them, and think outside the box(y) clutch!

If you do love a wedding-style clutch, then that’s fine, there are lots of pretty beaded, sequinned and metallic numbers out there.

Mix things up a bit with this fab shell-shaped metallic clutch from SkinnyDip London @ JOY (£30). BHS’s navy beaded clutch is a wedding stalwart (£?), as is their beaded soft cltuch (£25, at the top right). Nine by Savannah Miller’s chevron style beaded, fringed clutch (£39, top left, Debenhams), has a retro feel to it. Debut @ Debenhams’  big silver envelope clutch is a classic (£18), and BHS’s lattice pearl clutch (£25) is as wedding bags as it gets!

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Clutches are great – they add to your outfit, and you can have LOADS of fun with them. Be bright and bold and fun with New Look’s sequinned watermelon clutch (£19.99). SkinnyDip London @ JOY’s ‘Nope’ clutch (£32) is a great bit of tongue-in-cheek fun at a wedding!

New Look’s brown chevron stripe frame clutch (£15.99) is retro-fabulous, and we love H&M’s willow bag with wooden clasp (£29). At Debenhams, we love the boldness of this Star by Julien Macdonald zebra oversized clutch (£25). And BHS’s large lemon yellow clutch (£18) will hold all your stuff!

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We also adore French Connection’s white laser-cut clutch bag (£45), and White Stuff’s silver laser-cut clutch (£29.95), which also has a strap included. New Look’s Aztec clutch (£22.99) is lovely, and would work well with a floaty outfit. J by Jasper Conan’s nude foldover clutch (£79, Debenhams) is muted perfection, whilst the colour-blocked black, blue and white clutch from Principles by Ben De Lisi (£45, Debenhams), is bold and bright.

Wedding bags clutch twoCross-body styles as wedding bags leaves you both hands free to embrace the bride and groom (and tuck into the buffet and drink at the same time!). Bright sunny yellow is fab – White Stuff’s version (£39.95) has a cute bird attachment, whilst New Look’s (£17.99)has a snakeskin panel.

Butterflies and leaves make a pretty pattern at White Stuff (£29.95), and we also love their woven bag, with detachable strap and cute pom pom detail (£32.50). Saddle bags are still on-trend, we love this buckle version from New Look (£15.99). Also at New Look, we love the structured cream colour block shoulder bag (£24).

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Finally, add a bit of fringed fun to your outfit with perhaps the quirkiest of wedding bags. These fabulous fringed numbers will make a statement!

Bold turquoise fringed clutch? Yes, please! From JOY, £29. French Connection’s pale blue clutch (£90) has the best fringing we’ve ever seen, agreed? Also at JOY, Louche’s embroidered saddle bag with fringed tassel (£59) is great for a wedding – and every day after it! H&M’s macrame bag (£14.99) is perfect for a 1970s style wedding outfit, as French Connection’s fringed black version (£90). Last but not least, BHS’s tan suede fringed shoulder bag. (£59)

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Party Bags – Sweets Optional!

We’re not talking party bags as in kid’s party party bags here. But feel free to pop sweeties in them if you like! We’re talking party bags for the big Christmas party night out. It’s time to ditch the carry-all you normally lug around with you ( if you are anything like us) and replace it with a gorgeous, impractical, stylish, sparkly party bag, in the form of a clutch!

From beads, to chains, sequins to prints, holographic leather, to metallic finishes, your party bag should make a festive statement of its very own!

Gold and black is a big theme this festive season, and there are loads of lovely metallic bags around. Beads are another big trend, and of course, pink makes an appearance too – watch out for the continuing pink trend into next season as well.

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Clockwise, from top left: gold and black beaded bag, £34.99, H&M, pink sequin detail bag, £140, French Connection, gold bead bag, £22.50, BHS, black sparkly detail bag, £38.50, Debut @ Debenhams, gold Deco style beaded envelope bag, £19.99, New Look, Silver sparkly ‘dazzler’ bag, £45, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, gold chain detail box bag, £150, black and white bead vintage style bag, £130, both French Connection.

Perhaps you prefer plain leather envelope style clutch, if your dress has detail, or something glittery, or bright coloured. Maybe a vintage style bag with a handle is more your thing?

Party bags red blck glitterClockwise, from top left: Leather envelope clutch, £24.95, GAP, leopard print detail bag, £12.99, New Look, red beaded clutch, £55 (was £88), Coast @ Debenhams, black glitter wrist strap bag, £12.99, New Look, monochrome lace detail baguette clutch, £18, BHS, rose print handle bag, £37.50 (was £50) Top Hat by Stephen Jones @ Debenhams, black shoulder bag, £7.99, H&M, red and silver detail clutch, £45, Ben de Lisi @ Debenhams.

Holographic material, lip-shaped, glittery or jewel-encrusted – make a statement with your party bag.

Party bags silver goldClockwise, from top left: silver glitter clutch, £12, BHS, holographic foldover bag, £9.99,  silver bejewelled bag, £24.99, both New Look, silver lips clutch, £20, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams, pink foldover clutch, £29.95, GAP, silver baguette clutch, £19.50, Warehouse @ Debenhams, gold box bag, £19.99, New Look, black and gold metal bag, £14.95, H&M.