When it comes to making an impression, there is no day more important for most women than their wedding day. The right gown is crucial, of course, but so are the accessories you choose to provide the finishing touches. No matter how gorgeous your dress is, if your jewelry clashes, that’s what people are going to notice.
The problem is that there are so many incredible pieces of jewelry available for you to choose from. But what works for one gown and wearer may not work for you. So how do you know what to wear and what to turn away from when you are trying to accessorize for your important day?
Here is everything that you need to know about choosing your jewelry for your wedding day.
10 Tips for Picking Your Wedding Day Jewelry
1. Don’t overshadow your dress.
Bulky, bold jewelry may make a statement for your daily life, but when it comes to your wedding day, you and your gown should be the focus. Choose jewelry that shows off your personality but still lets your dress be the star of the show.
2. Keep your color scheme consistent.
A little bit of sapphire or turquoise in your jewelry can qualify as your “something blue” if you need it to. However, if your color scheme is made of purples, pinks, or other colors that you were planning to accessorize with, avoid mixing your jewelry.
Similarly, don’t clash your jewelry metals. Choose gold or silver, not both. If your dress is the traditional pure white, silver, platinum, and pearl make excellent accessories. For ivory dresses, gold is the better option. But if your dress already has extensive beading, use the colors of the beads to choose your accessories and remember that you want to enhance the dress, not detract from it.
3. You don’t have to have it all.
It’s tempting to go all out on your special day. This urge to have everything that every other bride has ever had can actually cause you to look gaudy instead of gorgeous. Choose a few things that you really want – a necklace, earrings, a veil, a bracelet – and then try to find accessories that play up your dress without distracting from it.
Necklaces choices should be based on the neckline of your dress. If your neckline is already heavily decorated, stick with simple earrings instead. There are many high-quality choices of earrings online to select from when you are ready to look. If you have a lowcut neckline, a delicate chain creates an elegant look or a chunky necklace brings a bold statement to your look without distracting from the dress.
Remember that just because you fall in love with a matching set of jewelry does not mean that you have to use – or have – every piece. Pick and choose what works with your overall appearance.
4. Let your hairstyle help you decide what earrings to use.
For a lot of women, it’s much easier to find a variety of jewelry to choose from than it is to determine a new hairstyle. Your stylist can help you match your hairdo to your gown and create a stunning look that makes you feel confident.
That hairstyle will help you determine which type of earrings to wear. If your hair is going to be swept into an updo, whether it is intricate or simple, dangling earrings are recommended as an accessory. But if your hair will be worn down, hiding your ears anyway, you can opt for teardrops, small hoops, or simple studs.
5. Play up your best features.
Jewelry doesn’t have to be the only accessory you use. If you are proud of your curves, add a sash around your waist. Veils are popular, but when your mane is your favorite feature, why hide it? Instead, use hair combs, flower crowns, and fascinators to show off your tresses.
6. Let your jewelry match the tone of the wedding.
There is no rule that says every wedding must have the traditional old-fashioned look. What mood are you trying to broadcast? Fun and flirty? Elegant and classy? Vintage and old-fashioned? Match your jewelry to the overall atmosphere that you want your wedding to evoke.
7. Don’t focus on making sure everything matches.
Yes, you want your look to be put together and consistent, but mixing and matching is the way to go for a fully cohesive look. As long as you are following the rules to avoid clashing and you stick with the same style, you can blend borrowed and new.
8. Asymmetrical gowns have their own rules.
The asymmetrical gown can be breathtaking on many figures. Whether it’s one-shoulder gowns, high waisted designs, off-center ruffles, or one of the multiple other ways to break up an otherwise symmetrical dress, your jewelry choices need to be based on your gown’s features.
Necklaces should be avoided with one-shoulder gowns. Long, statement trains should be balanced with simple jewelry. See-through lace or high slits that show the leg call for a dainty anklet to accessorize the bare skin.
9. Watches are not wedding-appropriate jewelry.
No matter how classy your watch is, it is not going to set the right look. Yes, you are on a schedule, but no, you should not be concerned about the time on your special day. You hired or appointed someone else to keep track of the events; let them do their job while you relax and shine.
10. You can wear different jewelry at reception.
Your jewelry can change the entire statement of your gown, so even if you are going to wear your dress at your wedding reception, you can play around with more casual accessories then.
Plan Your Jewelry Like Every Other Part of Your Wedding
The accessories that you will wear on your wedding day are just as integral as most of the other aspects of planning. Allow yourself plenty of time to find just the right touches and don’t settle for less than what you absolutely love.
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