Wedding Rings Hands – Photo Courtesy: Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Many brides make the mistake of choosing the wedding jewelry as an afterthought…. you know, like after choosing your wedding dress, your bouquet, your venue and so on. If you spend all your time and budget on the dress and you ignore your wedding jewelry, you can end up ruining your entire look.
Choosing the right jewelry should be a priority when you start planning your wedding. This will help you to choose beautiful pieces that will complement your beautiful dress. The pieces you choose will help you to feel and look beautiful on your special day.
Following are some tips that will help you to select the perfect wedding jewelry:
1. Complement your dress
Photo Courtesy: Vandh Collection
Choose jewelry that will complement your wedding dress in order to achieve a good overall look. If you have a dress that is busy or heavily decorated, you should choose simple pieces of jewelry to avoid looking too cluttered. Simple diamond earrings and a matching necklace will work perfectly.
If you have a simple unadorned dress, you have more options and you can choose “loud” jewelry without looking overwhelmed. If your dress is strapless or has a low neck, you can choose a neckpiece that will adorn your neckline. If you choose a halter neck, choose hair jewelry as your focal point.
2. Express your personality
The only way you can feel comfortable is by choosing jewelry that you love. Do not try to stick too much to the latest trends without thinking about how you feel. You should, however, avoid jewelry that is too “over the top”. Your wedding day is not the time to show your wild artistic taste. You can reveal your personality without looking trashy! When choosing the jewelry, remember that unlike with your wedding dress, you will get to wear the jewelry again and it helps to choose pieces that you love.
3. The dress color
Blue colored wedding dress – Photo Courtesy: Zoe Wang
The color of your dress will determine the best jewelry metal to choose. While platinum, silver or white gold will work perfectly with a pure white dress, yellow gold will complement off-white or champagne fabric. Look at different bridal magazines and see the jewelry that works best with the dresses.
When you are choosing your wedding dress, you should always have the jewelry in mind. This will help you to avoid a mismatched look.
4. Complement the wedding ring
The most important jewelry of the day will be the wedding ring and it is important to choose jewelry that will complement this important piece. Make sure that you do not choose a metal that will clash with your engagement and wedding rings. The jewelry does not have to be identical, but it should be complementary. If you decide to wear family jewelry as part of your “something old”, make sure that you choose pieces that work well with your new jewelry.
5. Type of jewelry
A beautiful Bling Brooch Bouquet made by a bride’s loving mom and sister – Photo Courtesy: Tanya Hart
Some types of jewelry like earrings, necklaces and headpieces are ideal for weddings, but you should be careful about over doing it. If you really must wear bracelets, choose subtle pieces that will not snag your outfit. You should stay away from any type of jewelry that has sharp parts. If you wear a tiara, tone down on the rest of the jewelry. A heavy necklace or large earrings will be too much. Consider the shape of your face when choosing earrings.
6. The type of wedding
The type of wedding you are planning will determine the most appropriate jewelry. If you choose to have a beach wedding, you need to keep everything informal and that includes your jewelry. You can go all out if you have a formal wedding, but keep it simple for a less formal event.
A beautiful pendant created by Melissa Ingram of the Social Butterfly Jewellery – Image Courtesy: Melissa Ingram
When shopping for wedding jewelry, you should try out the pieces while wearing your dress. Take the different pieces you are considering to your dress fitting and see the best options. This is the only way to be sure that the jewelry will complement the dress perfectly. You should get opinions from those around you before you make the final choice.
Also, it is a good idea to buy your jewelry from a reputable store to ensure that you get good quality. Just in case the jewelry does not work out, find out about the return or exchange policy before you buy the jewelry.
Ryan Hall works for Lior Diamonds, a leading jewelry store known for its cushion shaped diamonds. After a hard day at work, he likes to unwind himself by brewing a hot cup of coffee.