By Breanna Howell
Your jewelry is an important part of your wedding look. After choosing the perfect gown, it’s time for the finishing touches. There is no exact rule as to how you should match your jewelry to your wedding dress.
However, the following tips and guidelines can help you achieve a balanced and beautiful look.
Wedding Jewelry Tips
Choose the pieces you’re most comfortable wearing.
The most important thing about picking the right pieces for your wedding gown is that they should be a reflection of you.
If you don’t feel “you” wearing chandelier earrings or elaborate pieces, then don’t, even if your stylists, family, or friends tell you you look great on them.
You’ll know you’ve chosen the right jewelry pieces when you feel good about yourself, you like how you look, and you’re happy!
Your rings don’t have to perfectly match.
Most women prefer to have matching wedding bands and custom engagement rings. This means that if you have a yellow gold engagement ring, your wedding band should also be in the same metal. Or if one has diamonds on the shank, the other one should have the same.
Matching rings is the norm, but it’s not a requirement. Today, more and more brides choose to “forego” the status quo and create their unique looks.
However, it’s important to consider the position of your engagement ring. Essentially, you want your wedding band to sit on top of it comfortably and not slide down and away. For example, if you have an engagement ring with a halo that sits high on top, it’s best to get a curved wedding band that matches such a particular style.
Your personal style rules.
In your search for the perfect look, you might be looking at the latest wedding fashion trends on Pinterest and Instagram. That’s fine, but you don’t have to feel like you’re obligated to be like everyone else.
It’s your wedding, which means your personal style rules. So if you prefer classic pieces over what’s “in” right now, go for them. A bride looks more beautiful when she’s comfortable with her look.
Mom doesn’t always know what’s best.
Mom will always have some of the best advice in life, but when it comes to fashion, not really. The reason is that different generations have different ideas of what a bride should look like. Maybe she thinks a bride should be heavily embellished, while you don’t. Follow your heart.
Consider the neckline of your dress.
If you’re wearing a necklace, it’s best to choose a style that follows the neckline of your dress. For example, if you’re wearing a V-neck dress, opt for a pendant necklace. If you’re wearing a sweetheart or strapless dress, chokers and statement necklaces are great options. If your gown doesn’t have much room for a necklace, it’s best to skip the jewelry.
Less is more.
Your jewelry and accessories are meant to highlight or enhance your wedding gown. They don’t have to steal the show. It’s always preferable to have one or two elegant pieces that accentuate your look.
Consider your hairstyle.
You can also take a cue from your hairstyle when picking the right pieces. For example, if you’re leaving your hair down, small studs or drops are great. But if you’re having an updo, you can be more playful with your accessories and choose something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier earrings.
Some metals work well with certain dress colors.
Gold and silver pieces go beautifully with a pure white dress while gold jewelry looks even more stunning in an ivory dress. If your dress is already embellished with stones or beadwork, go easy on your accessories and let them dictate the colors of your jewelry.
Don’t be afraid to mix up your metals.
It isn’t a fashion faux to mix silver pieces with gold ones. You can play with your accessories however you like. Just don’t overdo it. A trick is to repeat the different metals more than once so it will look more purposeful.
Wedding Jewelry Ideas & Inspiration
For a timeless, elegant look, there’s nothing more classic than diamonds or pearls.
Boho Wedding Dress
A Boho wedding is a great place to jazz up your metals. Mix and match different colors, textures, and designs. Be creative!
This dress calls for sparkly pieces. Yet, you don’t want to overdo it. Pick one piece to focus on and use subtle pieces for the rest. For example, if you’re flaunting a chandelier statement earring, choose a simpler necklace or just skip it and wear a simple yet elegant bracelet instead.
For an intimate wedding, opt for jewelry pieces with a lot of movements, such as floral-inspired accessories.
Final Words: Be Yourself
If you follow these tips, you’ll have an incredibly easy time picking the right jewelry pieces for your wedding dress. Follow your heart and let your personality shine through. Remember, your biggest accessory is your confidence. When you feel great about your wedding look, you become the most beautiful bride in the world.
Breanna Howell is the public relations specialist at Claremont Diamonds living her dream of promoting positive public awareness of the company. As a freelance blogger and mom of two millennials, she’s also passionate about providing inspiration and support to everyone on their journey to a fantastic marriage.