There’s no question that when we think of a bride and her wedding day there is an image of a beautiful girl in a white dress. Yet there are other elements to the bride’s outfit that make the look complete: her hair, her makeup, and of course – her jewelry. Here are some of our tips for buying and wearing bridal jewelry so you are perfectly accessorized on your wedding day.
1. Dress First, Jewelry Second: From all your wedding inspiration online searches and window shopping it may be tempting to buy every earring, necklace, or bracelet that you love, but try to hold back from purchasing until you have made a final decision on your wedding gown. The right piece of jewelry largely depends on the neckline, coloring, and style of your dress and waiting will give you the ability to choose the perfect match.
The perfect jewelry combination is best made after your dress is purchased like these pearls paired up with this vintage gown
2. Don’t Over Accessorize: Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to shine and wear jewelry for a dramatic element – but there is a fine line between glamourous and overdone. Find the perfect balance between your dress and your jewelry: a very lacey and detailed gown can be complimented with a simplier pieces. A large, ornate necklace should not compete with grand earrings and chunky bracelets.
Statement necklaces look best with simpler gowns
3. Something Borrowed: Jewelry is expensive and if you have your heart set on wearing real diamonds on your big day, you may want to consider borrowing rather than buying. Many brides opt for borrowing a family heirloom or a best friend’s jewelry as their wedding day accessories to not only cut costs but also wear something with sentimental value down the aisle. For brides with a US address, there is also Adorn and Rent the Runway that specialize in the rental of expensive jewelry for a fraction of the cost.
Family heirlooms can make the perfect accessory like this bride’s antique bracelet
4. Give Yourself Time: Choosing your jewelry should not be left to the last minute as you will need time to try the pieces on with your gown (and make returns if your original choices aren’t quite what you thought they’d be). We recommend giving yourself at least a months time before the wedding to purchase bridal jewelry and check that element off your list. Even better? Buying your jewelry before your hair and makeup consultation so you can see the finished look.
5. Not All Piercings Are Created Equally: While you love your eyebrow ring/nose ring/row of 5 holes in your ear and you want to bling out every single piercing with the perfect piece – reconsider! As stated in tip #2, overaccessorizing is a big no-no and wearing jewelry in every one of your many piercings can have the tendency to overdo your look. To not take away from the rest of your attire, your ears should have max two earrings in each (if you are opting for chandelier earrings stick with just one) and while body piercings are a personal choice, you may want to consider leaving them out for the day as your wedding photos will be with you the rest of your life – while your body piercings may not.
Chandelier earrings are best on their own like these from The Dessy Group