Now that you’ve checked off “finding the perfect wedding dress” from your wedding checklist, it’s time to move on to the other parts of your outfit on the wedding day. Accessories can make or break any business, including the one you wear to walk down the aisle! While THE ring might get most of the attention, you should also take some time to plan out the jewellery you’ll be wearing for the big day.
Top Things to Consider When Choosing Your Bridal Jewelry
The Wedding Theme
Are you going for a simple garden wedding or a fairytale-type wedding? The wedding theme can play a role in your bridal gown and the accompanying jewellery pieces. For a more straightforward garden wedding, you may want to go for smaller amounts and maybe even floral earrings. And if you’re going to a more classic or traditional wedding, consider using pieces with pearl and gold accents. Heavier or chunky jewellery might not be the best option outdoors or in a warm location, as it can feel uncomfortable.
Your Personal Style
Trends can come and go, but your style is uniquely yours. The goal of any outfit, especially your bridal look, is to make YOU shine, so when selecting jewellery, keep your style ideals in mind.
Your Bridal Gown’s Design
Not all types of jewellery can go well with any gown design. You should invest more time choosing the right pieces for your bridal gown. Some styles might clash with your overall look, while some might look awkward when paired with your wedding dress. Regarding your earrings and necklace, looking for pieces that enhance your gown’s neckline instead of overshadowing it is essential.
Best Jewelry Options for Every Wedding Dress Neckline
Strapless or Off-shoulder
A strapless or off-shoulder gown gives you a lot of “blank canvas” to work with. We recommend experimenting with the statement but still bridal-look-worthy earrings or a very understated choker-style necklace. You can also try wearing drop earrings made of diamonds or pearls to keep a minimalist but memorable look.
A sweetheart neckline dress is a romantic look perfect for those who want to look like the absolute princesses (and queens) they are on their wedding day. This timeless neckline also adds emphasis to your bust. If you want to keep your neck area from looking too bare but do not want to take away from the romantic look of the dress, opt for a short necklace with a simple precious stone or pearl pendant. With this classic look, we recommend keeping it simple and adding a single bracelet that matches your stone. Your hairstyle will likely be an updo or a half-up, half-down look. You can wear studs to keep your ears from looking bare but still allow your bridal gown’s romantic style to play the starring role.
Whether a deep V or a more conservative v-neck style, this neckline accentuates your chest area and elongates, making you look taller. Depending on the material of your dress, you can wear a long necklace with a pendant or keep your neckline bare and pair your gown with a pair of studs and a couple of rose gold and pearl bracelets.
Round or Scoop
This is a classic look that you can either play up or down. If you’re a film lover, you’ve most likely seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the iconic Audrey Hepburn look, a round-neck LBD with an attention-grabbing pearl necklace. But if you’re going for a more understated, minimalist look, wear a more straightforward, single string of pearls and gold studs to finish your bridal outfit.
High-neck gowns are already very eye-catching on their own. The last thing you want to do is over-accessorize. Again, you want yourself to shine, not your clothes. If your bridal dress has a high neck, it’s best to forego wearing a necklace and invest in a pair of earrings instead. Depending on your style, you can choose a couple of small studs or, more significantly, statement ones.
One-shoulder or Asymmetrical Neckline
How you accessorize a playful asymmetrical or one-shoulder neckline depends on the dress’s fabric. If it’s already embellished with details like intricate beadwork or lace trim, then you might want to skip the necklace and go for drop earrings instead. Finish the whole look with a gold or silver link bracelet, and you’re ready to walk down the aisle.
Whatever your perfect wedding gown looks like, there will always be the right jewellery pieces to help make your bridal dress, and more importantly, YOU shine on your important day.
Another essential thing to remember is that the pieces you wear on your wedding day can always be repurposed or, even better, become a family heirloom that you can pass down to your siblings or future generations. Knowing the basics of caring for your jewelry can help you make the most out of the pieces you wear and make them last far beyond your special day.