Everything You Need to Know about Wedding Jewelry
Make finding the perfect jewelry for everyone in your wedding party a piece of cake.
Choosing your wedding jewelry is a treasured moment, but can be a hard decision because you want the perfect pieces to be special and sentimental. This is also your chance to include your personal taste and find stunning styles that will stand out on your big day. As a bonus, you can wear your wedding jewelry again and again for years to come. Make finding the perfect jewelry for everyone in your wedding party a piece of cake with this guide.
Finding the wedding dress of your dreams was just the beginning. Now you can find the perfect bridal jewelry to really make you shine as you walk down the aisle. Bridal jewelry comes in all styles with everything from sparkling diamonds, classic pearls, romantic filigree, boho florals, modern colored gemstones and chic all-metal jewelry. There’s no need to be overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down the options and find the perfect pieces to complement your dress, hairstyle and other accessories:
Choose a theme
If you don’t already have a theme for your wedding, look to the embellishments of your dress and the location, season, time of day and formality of your wedding for cues. For example, baroque pearls would complement a casual beachside wedding, whereas gemstone jewelry would be a better fit for a traditional black-tie wedding. No matter the theme, you can’t go wrong with the timeless beauty of a solitaire necklace, diamond stud earrings and a tennis bracelet.
Pick your metal
While mixing metals is trendy for casual outfits, matching just one across all your jewelry is more chic for formal occasions. If you can’t decide on which metal you want, look to the shade of your dress for help. Pure white looks best with white gold, silver or platinum. In contrast, warmer whites like ivory or champagne look better with yellow gold and blush with rose gold.
Start with a Necklace
An eye-catching necklace is an obvious starting point for bridal jewelry, but wondering what style will look best with your dress? Just look to your neckline to find the perfect length.
- Many styles including sweetheart, plunging, v-neck, bateau and off-the-shoulder necklines look amazing with a choker or collar length necklace.
- Scoop and square necklines look best with a medium-length necklace or pendant.
- Straight, plunging and v-neck necklines look striking with a long, extra-long or lariat necklace. Alternatively, you can wear one of these necklaces backwards with an open back dress.
- If your dress has a neckline with a lot going on already, such as a halter, boat-neck, asymmetrical, one-shoulder or illusion neckline, skip the necklace in favor of some gorgeous earrings or other bling.
Find a pair of earrings to match
Whatever style you prefer, a pair of sparkling earrings is a perfect way to frame your face. If you already have a lot going on with your necklace, hairstyle or headpiece, you may want to stick with understated diamond or pearl studs. Otherwise, feel free to go all out with a gorgeous pair of statement earrings.
Finish your look with a bracelet
Balance out your look with a bracelet to bring a little sparkle to your right hand. While many brides opt for a bracelet matching their earrings and necklace, there’s nothing that says you can’t go with a contrasting design or even a splash of color if you are still looking for that special something blue.
Tips for Bridesmaid Jewelry
After you and your bridesmaids find the perfect dresses, you can start searching for the perfect accessories to make sure everyone shines their brightest. The two most popular ways to choose bridesmaid jewelry are either to pick the same jewelry for everyone or to let each bridesmaid choose her own within certain guidelines. Whichever you go with, get a cohesive look by coordinating the metal, theme, and/or materials with your bridal jewelry.
Matching bridesmaid jewelry creates a unified look, especially if you follow the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend. If you decide you want your bridesmaids to wear matching jewelry, consider giving it as a present leading up to your wedding.
Mismatched bridesmaid jewelry allows your bridesmaids to showcase their different personalities and reduce the stress on you to find jewelry that makes everyone happy. Just be sure to provide some guidelines to keep everyone on the same page. You can even make shopping for jewelry a fun bonding activity for you and your bridesmaids.
There is more to looking your best on your big day than just a well tailored suit. While your bride might get most of the attention, that’s no reason to skimp on yourself - it’s your special day too. Take your look to the next level with the right accessories such as a stylish watch, cufflinks and tie bar. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect wedding day jewelry:
- Keep the wedding’s theme and level of formality in mind
- Match your metals
- Choose one statement piece max
- Coordinate your look with your bride
A classic watch has been a staple in men’s fashion for generations and for good reason. Both functional and stylish, a wristwatch is both a way to express yourself and a sophisticated finishing touch. If you do not already have one, look for a well-fitted wristwatch with a simple face and black leather band that can be worn for all occasions for years to come. Alternatively, you can use a pocket watch for highly formal or vintage weddings.
Whether you will be dressed in a semi-formal cocktail suit or a full tuxedo, cufflinks are a must-have accessory anytime you wear a French cuff shirt. As a bonus, cufflinks come in a near endless variety of designs and can even be engraved with your wedding date as a special keepsake. For formal attire, stick with simple yet elegant designs with matching shirt studs such as gold, black onyx or mother-of-pearl. Otherwise, feel free to be a bit more creative and pick something meaningful to you such as coordinating designs with your bride or matching the colors of your wedding.
If you’ll be wearing a tie, get an extra chic look while keeping your tie straight with a tie bar. While you should look for a design that matches the rest of your outfit, the most important thing to remember is to make sure it’s the right size. Keep the bar’s length between ½ and ¾ the width of your tie
Tips for Groomsmen Jewelry
Traditionally, the groom and groomsmen wear matching or near-matching accessories for a highly cohesive look. This creates an opportunity to give your groomsmen matching cufflinks and/or tie bars as a keepsake of your special day. For a less formal look, you can let your groomsmen pick their own jewelry within certain guidelines such as the same metal, color and theme.