It’s your bag, baby

The Shantung

I’ll admit it. I am absolutely obsessed with handbags. I love them. Nurture them. Collect them and carry them.

Which is why it pains me so that I am still so utterly perplexed by the bridal purse like the one above from Wedding Accessories. I am aware that quite often these mini drawstringed bags come with lotion, a nail file, polish, mints, a sewing kit, bobby pins, packed of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, an ammonia inhalant, bandages, acid relief, tissues and towelettes. Some, known as money bags, are larger and meant to hold the money-laden envelopes procured by the bride during the reception.

Search Your Love tell me that,

The modern bride has quite a few bridal purses to choose from for their wedding day. Designs run from the very ornate to simple purses made of plain white silk or satin. The costs of the purses range from under ten dollars to a thousand or more. Details that make a purse more expensive include the use of pearls, Swarovski crystals, gems, embroidery and hand sewing. The most popular styles of the purse include clutch, handbag, strap, mini, drawstring pouch and envelope.

That’s all well and good. Future brides and happily wedded wives do occasionally need a hairpin or a Tums. What I want to know is when exactly these things are carried. I can’t imagine any girl walking down the aisle with a satin and crystal evening bag on their arm. Nor can I see it being carried during the couple’s first dance. Can you imagine the new bride maneuvering the knife to cut the cake with a handbag in the crook of her elbow?

All I see it doing is laying forgotten on the reception table throughout the entire evening. And that is no way to treat a handbag.

3 Responses to “It’s your bag, baby”

  1. Lori says:

    To solve the problem of maneuvering the bag or leaving it, lonesome, on a table, perhaps what a bride needs is the bridal backpack. She could carry all the aforementioned accoutrements plus her complete makeup kit, hairspray, a pair of comfy flats for the reception, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a wrap in case she gets cold, and a tiny electric fan in case she gets hot.

    As an option, the backpack could have room enough for a few clothes and a place to strap on a sleeping bag. The bride will be ready for her honeymoon in Europe as soon as she changes clothes.

  2. Never teh Bride says:

    Lori, I believe you have just described the matrimonial Tomb Raider! All she is lacking is shining white satin thigh holsters and two pearl-handled pistols!

  3. Annalucia says:

    The wedding handbag, it is a terrible idea; as Never teh Bride points out, there is no way to carry it gracefully during the ceremony or the reception and it will always be in the way. What the bride needs in this case is a sister or a best friend who will carry the supply of Tums or hairpins, and administer them as needed.