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Of course, jewellery is an essential part to any special outfit, but when it comes to the most special of all, your wedding outfit, there are a few important things to think about when choosing the jewellery to go with it.
To help make things a little bit easier, in the following article, we’ve broken the process of choosing your bridal jewellery down into a simple 5-step guide. We hope it helps, and if you do enjoy reading it, we’d love it if you gave it a share.
We’ve also added a bonus at the end, as a reward for the more enthusiastic reader. Enjoy!
1. Start with the neckline
One of the most important things to remember when choosing your bridal jewellery is that the jewellery is there to compliment the dress, not outshine it. With this in mind, let’s start with the neckline.
However much skin your chosen neckline reveals, the purpose of the jewellery isn’t to completely obscure it, it’s there to accentuate it, and to add that shimmer and sparkle of elegance.
As a handy guide, below we’ve listed 4 of the necklines you might choose for your wedding dress, and the type of jewellery that works best.
A sweetheart neckline is a classic, princess look, something between a high neckline and a strapless neck line. With this look, we’d recommend a medium-drop necklace to accentuate the dip, paired with simple, yet elegant earrings and bracelets to add that extra sparkle.
Of course, a strapless neckline is meant to expose and celebrate the skin. So, when it comes to using jewellery to accessorize, don’t go for a long necklace that could unbalance the look, and instead choose a choker or shorter necklace that sits somewhere around the centre of the exposed skin.
If you’ve chosen a v-neckline, you really want to accentuate the classic shape, so choose a simple pendant necklace that almost creates a glow to the outline of the v. If however, you’ve gone for a plunging v-neckline, either choose a drop necklace, or just wear delicate earrings, and let the neckline be the main attraction.
A halter neckline or high neckline doesn’t really need jewellery, as the style itself is the centre of attention. Instead, balance the look with some stunning diamond earrings and matching bracelets.
2. Think about your hairstyle
The hairstyle you choose for your wedding day will impact on the type of jewellery you choose, particularly earrings. To help keep your choice stress free, follow the two rules we’ve added below –
Bridal jewellery to choose for an up-do
If you’re going for an up-do, we’d recommend either going bold with your earrings, or going completely the other way, and choosing something subtle, such as studs or delicate drop earrings. You might also decide on bold hair jewellery, and if you do, remember to keep your other jewellery subtle to avoid the dreaded overdone look.
Bridal jewellery to choose for a down-do
With a down-do however, it’s best to keep your earrings small, such as diamond studs, as larger earrings can become hidden beneath your locks. But, if you do want larger earrings, it’s possible to carry it off, just choose something that really sparkles, and won’t be shielded by your hair.
3. Less is definitely more
It’s your wedding, and in the end it’s about you, not your outfit. So, when choosing your wedding jewellery, think of it as an accessory to accentuate your natural beauty, and not as something to outdo it.
A tip to avoid looking overdone, is to take all the jewellery you’re thinking of wearing to each dress fitting, and trust your judgement – if your instinct says overdone, think of cutting back, and remember, as much as we’d like you to, you don’t have to wear everything in the jewellery shop just because it’s your wedding.
4. Don’t mix your metals
There’s going to be someone who can pull this off, but as a general rule, don’t mix your precious metals. Your wedding look should be about harmonising, so if you have a gold necklace, keep it consistent throughout. Same goes for any other precious metals such as white gold, rose gold, silver or platinum.
5. Think about the colour of your dress
OK, most wedding dresses are white, but if you’ve been wedding dress shopping lately, you’ll know that white comes in a variety of shades, such as bright white, ivory, ecru, candlelight, champagne and other more obscure whites. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to choose jewellery that compliments the colour.
Here are two simple rules to remember:
For true white dresses such as ivory or bright white, choose platinum or white gold jewellery.
For warmer white dresses such as candlelight or champagne, choose a yellow or rose gold.
As you’ve read this far, we couldn’t go without giving you a bonus, so here goes…
Looking for something blue?
If you’re a stickler for tradition and good luck charms, you’re probably going to want to wear something blue, to go with something old, something new, something borrowed.
So, why not do it with jewellery, and go with gorgeous, deep blue sapphire jewellery, or if you’re looking for something in lighter hue, why not blue topaz?
The advice in this blog post is guide that will make choosing your bridal jewellery that little less stressful. But, remember, it's your wedding and should be done your way, so be creative, and make your day truly unique.
And, if you're looking for a traditional yet modern jewellers to buy your wedding jewellery, contact Stephen Alan's Jewellers either via our website contact form, by email, or by phone to speak directly to one of our team of jewellery specialists.