Prosecco & Petals
The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Choosing bridal jewellery is a perfect way to complete your look. The below article covers what to wear, popular accessory combinations, jewellery for different dresses, and where to buy accessories.
Bridal jewellery should enhance your look and flatter the dress rather than being the main focus point. Even for those who frequently accessorise, on your big day, you should follow the ‘less is more approach’. If you have a detailed, bold dress or veil go for simple, elegant jewels but if your dress and look is plain accessories can elevate your look.
For brides who prefer a natural look, it is recommended to choose one additional piece to complement your look such as a delicate bracelet, pendant necklace, or pair of stud earrings. Try to opt for a minimal piece that will reflect the white of your dress and does not need frequent adjusting.
For brides who enjoy accessorising, it is recommended to pair two pieces of jewellery that complement each other. Where possible, avoid obviously matching sets and items that overpower your hair, veil and dress detailing. If you normally wear jewellery, heavier items such as hanging earrings and a more elaborate necklace can add a focal point.
Bridal jewellery for a sweetheart neckline: A sweetheart or curve neckline shows off your décolletage and, as such, a pair of waterfall earrings will enhance your neckline. Alternatively, a simple pendant necklace that matches the dip of the sweetheart can be very flattering.
Bridal jewellery for v neck wedding dresses: For brides who are confident to wear a v neckline dress, it is recommended to either enhance and draw attention by a pearl drop pendant or to opt for simplicity and instead opt for a simple bracelet.
Bridal jewellery for illusion neckline wedding dress: If opting for an illusion neckline, it is recommended to avoid wearing a necklace, which could detract from the detail. Instead, it is wise to opt for a statement hairpiece, a jewelled belt or bracelet.
Colourful statement jewellery should be avoided. Instead opt for complexion flattering precious metals (white gold, platinum), pearls, crystals and diamonds, which will reflect and flatter the tone of your dress. If your wedding colours or engagement ring is a different colour, a simple stone in this colour in the neck can draw your look together.
Also, try to choose jewels and a design that will match the fabric and style of your wedding dress. As a general rule, classic pearls will enhance intricate lacing and sparkle is best matched with silky fabrics such as organza, chiffon and charmeuse.
When shopping for bridal jewellery, try to resist that getting swept away by the sparkle and beauty of the pieces you see and opt for styles that will match and complete your look only. It is wise to have pictures of your dress with you, a sample of the fabric and to wear your hair in a similar style to your wedding day. When looking at necklaces, hairpieces and bracelets, be bold and ask to try these on.
UK: It is recommended to start by looking in John Lewis, House of Fraser or Debenhams for a broad range of brands. These can then be searched and compared online once you know the style, sizes that you are looking for.
USA: It is recommended to start in the larger brand stores such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Norstrom and JC Penny’s. These will give you an idea of the fashionable looks, styles and stones/metals you prefer before looking online.
If you are looking for a unique piece, it is best to try top craft marketplaces such as Etsy or Not on the high street. If looking for designer deals, it is work trying TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in America.)
Choosing intricate items of jewellery online can be risky unless you know exactly the dimensions, stones and look you want. Items in pictures can also vary, and the models wearing them can be a different height. Therefore, before diving into buying a bespoke creation online make sure to:
If your wedding day jewellery budget is small, it is wise to focus on either one piece of costume jewellery. Alternatively, add to the tradition of your day and see if a family member/close friend has an item which would enhance your look.
If you would prefer to accessorise your look differently, then these ideas could be right for you:
If you have been gifted items to wear on your day but do not want to wear them, it is recommended to stick to your choice; it is your special day. However, the items picked can be worn the day before or after so the giver sees you wearing them.