You’ve been busy! Planning a wedding means ironing out so many important details
– the venue, the dress, the hair and wedding or engagement ring– but what about the jewelry? The accessories for
your big day are the icing on the proverbial cake. But before you get swept up in the
decision process, here are a couple things to keep in mind.
Consider Dress While Choosing Bridal Jewelry
Choose your gown first, and then decide on the perfect set of bridal jewelry to
accentuate it. It is important that the vibe of the jewelry pairs smoothly with the
style of the dress. Is the gown lacy and bold, or simple and minimalist? While it’s
important to pick out accessories you like, remember to choose pieces that do
justice for the entire look. A simple gown can be emboldened with an eye-catching
set of earrings, while an elaborate dress might pair better with something subtle.
Ultimately, less is more. A striking wedding gown will be best supported by a simple
set of jewelry.
The neckline of your dress is important too. Take into account how much skin will be
showing around your collarbones – your décolletage – as you walk down the aisle. If
you’re concerned with looking too bare, explore an elaborate necklace to fill in
space and better frame your hair and makeup. Do your best to mirror the necklace
with the neckline of the dress to create a line that is pleasing to the eye.
Coordinate Your Gown and Accessories
Embrace repetition with materials; let the details of your gown be picked up by your
accessories. For example, matching pearls with pearls and crystals with crystals.
You can often find tiaras with detailing to accentuate the embellishment of the
To veil or not to veil? If you’ve decided a veil is a crucial piece of your ensemble,
you’ll need to choose placement. They are typically placed high up on the crown of
your head, or at the nape of your neck to compliment a low bun.
If veils aren’t your cup of tea, there are many cute alternatives: Tiaras can look
beautiful all on their own, and embellished fascinators or hairpins can provide a
delicate and feminine finish.
Typically, longer hair allows for more options when it comes to hairstyles. Up-dos
are a popular choice, and tiaras are often used to complete the look. A Kokoshnik
style tiara (taken from traditional Russian headgear) is well-suited to balance out a
If you’re planning to leave your locks loose, a smaller, more delicate tiara might suit.
Shorter hair styles can also rock tiaras, but be sure to choose something light that
won’t require too much anchoring down with hair pins.
Hair color matters too. The darker your hair, the more noticeable your hair piece
will appear. So if your hair is light, perhaps consider something larger and more
Remember: Looking gorgeous is important, but you want to feel completely
comfortable on your big day. If you haven’t be able to find pieces that light you up,
consider having something made custom. Go with your gut, and be sure to choose
accessories that will allow you to move and shake once you hit the dance floor.