Picking your wedding jewellery is an enjoyable part of the preparations as your jewellery is what adds the finishing touches to your overall look, pulling the whole thing together. Your wedding dress is undeniably is the most important part of your wedding attire, but the right jewellery can elevate your look and keep all eyes on you throughout the big day!
To help you work out what might be good for your wedding, in this blog we’ve included some tips, ideas, and suggestions. Keep reading to get some ideas from the people who deal with weddings day in, day out…
What jewellery do you need?
First things first – have you chosen your wedding ring(s) yet? If so, your other jewellery may need to work with your ring for when it ends up on your finger during the ceremony. There’s a helpful guide to choosing your wedding ring right here.
With bridal jewellery, less is more, so you may not choose to wear the full range of options like a necklace, bracelet, and earrings. If you’re having a tiara or a veil, especially if it has quite a lot of detail on it, you may prefer to play it more simple with your jewellery.
What overall look would you like?
Diamonds and pearls are classic wedding options, but don’t be afraid to show your personality and individuality. If your wedding theme and dress are traditionally romantic, consider something with floral elements. If you’re going glam, think about sparkles. If your taste is more boho, look to mixed metals and textures, or more natural looking gemstone pieces. If you’re getting married abroad on a beach, you may want to look at ankle jewellery or matching any detail on your dress.
What colours should the jewellery be?
Your bridal dress might be bright white, champagne white, ivory, candlelight, or ecru. For the most harmonious look, find bridal jewellery that complements the shade of your wedding dress.
As a general rule of thumb, stylists suggest:
Ivory and champagne-coloured dresses look best with gold jewellry including yellow gold or rose gold. Ivory is a slightly warmer colour than white, so the depth of the gold will complete your entire look.
Earrings and bracelets
If you’re opting for earrings, you may need to consider the hairstyle you want to wear as well as the detailing of your dress. If there are detailed embellishments on the neck and shoulders of your dress go for small delicate earrings to avoid overwhelming your look.
Also, you don’t want your earrings and hairstyle to clash and compete for attention. Wear neat and dainty earrings if your hair will be in an elaborate style, whether it be down or up. If your hairstyle is going to be simple and understated, you can opt for more eye-catching earrings with a hoop or chandelier.
There are similar considerations when it comes to bracelets. Tiffany, for example, offers a wide range of stunning bracelets varying from simple to chunky.
The neckline of your dress
Your gown’s neckline is very important to consider when choosing a necklace. The general rule is to pick a necklace that follows the neckline of your dress. V-necks work best with a pendant. Chokers and statement necklaces look good with strapless and sweetheart necklines. One thing to remember is that the necklace should always sit on your skin, not the dress, if there is skin showing.
Some dresses can be very elaborate around the neckline, so don’t be afraid to keep it bare. High neck, halter, asymmetric and boat necklines are good examples of this. If you want to wear something, think neat, small, and a short chain.
A scoop neckline can be very adaptable to different types of necklaces. In our opinion, we would opt for a statement necklace or something with more detail, or something simple with a subtle but stunning single diamond.
Another neckline that always suits a statement necklace is the sweetheart, this is because the bust is bare and a large sparkly accessory can help balance it out.
Simple pendant chain necklaces can flatter deep V neck, off-shoulder and square necklines. With a deep V neck, the chain should be long enough to slightly imitate the neckline and would look most effective with a pair of matching earrings. With off-shoulder and square necklines, keep the chain quite short to prevent the pendant from merging into your dress.
Strapless dresses that do not have a lot of detailing will be the perfect canvas to show off a larger statement necklace. Statement necklaces that hit the neck at just the right length are a great idea.
If you’re opting for a backless dress you can even add some sparkling detail to the back of your bridal gown. This wedding back jewellery includes options in pearl, crystal, and diamante and is absolutely stunning.
If you’re wearing a wedding dress with heavy embellishment – such as lace, ruffles or heavy embroidery – you may want to keep your jewellery simple and delicate. Accessorising a more complicated looking outfit with louder jewellery can look cluttered and overwhelming, resulting in the finer details getting lost in the mix. On the flip-side, chunky statement jewellery and bold gemstones work fabulously with more minimalist garments like figure hugging slinky silk dresses.
A few other thoughts
Your wedding jewellery offers the perfect opportunity for you to incorporate something borrowed or something blue. Sapphire or blue topaz bracelet, anyone? If someone special to you is lending you an important piece of jewellery, it’s a good idea to take it to your dress fitting to make sure it all works perfectly together.
Remember that you don’t have to wear the same jewellery all day! You could switch up your jewellery for the reception if you simply can’t choose what to wear, or if you’d like to go for something bolder or with a bit more bling in the evening.
Comfort is key!
Be comfortable enough in what you’re wearing that you can enjoy the whole day. And it may be a long day and evening! You don’t want to spend the whole night feeling self-conscious, or uncomfortable. And don’t forget to arrange your shoes!
You need to be yourself on your wedding day, so pick what you like based on your personality and preferences. You already have your own style so stay true to that, unless you want to try out something different just for fun! If you don’t love fuss, stay simple with subtle accessories or just one item.
Trends will always come and go, so make your decisions based on your own taste and/or sentimental reasons. That way, you can look back at the photos in 20 years’ time and know that your jewellery meant something to you.
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