How to Properly Wear a Statement Necklace with a Wedding Dress

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Hello, loves! Ok, so let’s chat: what do you think of statement necklaces? I love the look, but just between you and me, it took me awhile to get to the comfort level of wearing them. At first, it felt like, hey, what is this gigantic thing on my neck. And then I finally got to the point where I could piece together an outfit and work the heck out of it. Okay, maybe I didn’t, but I had enough confidence to feel like I was really pulling it off, and that’s all you really need, right? ;)

Today we’re talking about bridal statement necklaces and answering the burning question of what wedding dress looks best with one. If you’re dress shopping, keep in mind some jewelry that you really want to wear — it will help when you make your decision. We were inspired to write this by an Ask Emmaline question that came in to the inbox from reader, Ashleigh. She says…

“I want to wear a statement necklace for my wedding jewelry but I’ve never worn one before. How big is too big and what type of wedding dress looks best with one? Thanks in advance!”

Ashleigh, your question rings true to so many brides-to-be! When it comes to picking a wedding dress with a statement necklace, two styles you’ll want to consider are:

o strapless
o v-neck

*If you’re going with a v-neck wedding dress, we recommend one with small straps.

We’ve found that any other dress style besides strapless or v-neck tends to look too busy and overwhelm your look. I love pairing a sweetheart neckline with a bib or statement necklace because it really fills in the empty space and ties the whole look together. Also, in response to your question on how big is too big, the answer is totally up to you. If you feel comfortable wearing it, go for it! There is no particular one-size-fits-all here. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up photos of a few Real Brides rocking their own statement necklaces, along with a few handpicked statement necklaces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace

bride with statement necklace

photo: red white and green photography via style me pretty

statement-necklace-bride

photo: brooke courtney

bride with statement necklace strapless gown

photo: sarah sousa via style me pretty

statement necklace with vneck gown

photo: one tree photo

And some statement necklaces to inspire you…


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: sukran kirtis jewelry


left + right: queen me jewelry llc

statement necklace | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/wedding-dress-with-statement-necklace/

by abigail grace bridal

And check this out: it’s a rhinestone bolero. We’ve never seen anything like this! Ah, so pretty.

rhinestone-bolero

rhinestone-bolero-back
by abigail grace bridal

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50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts for 2015

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It’s here! It’s here! The ultimate (annual) groomsmen gift guide is right here! Check it out below + show some love to our handmade artisans featured below. Oh, and by the way, I just had to ask… are you subscribed yet?

We are so excited to share the fifty best unique groomsmen gifts for 2015! We love doing this round-up every year and this time we’ve included some new, incredibly unique finds. If you’re looking for gifts to say thanks to your groomsmen, you’ve found fifty of them to give you some ideas. So go get a huge cup of coffee, grab your groom, and get ready to dive in to the guide below because these wedding finds are pretty amazing. Oh, and P.S. there’s a giveaway in here, too, for the groom! Enjoy!

Unique Groomsmen Gifts

1. This passport wallet is perfect for the international traveler

passport wallet | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by mr lentz

2. These mason jar cap catchers are pretty neat

3. One of these latitude/longitude bracelets is great for the geo-caching fan

4. Speaking of, check out this geo-caching tool

5. This awesome forked style keychain bottle opener

snake bite bottle opener | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by snake bite co.

6. Pick out his favorite cigars and put them in one of these

7. A bobblehead that looks like him

groomsmen bobblehead | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by bobbleheads

8. One of these swanky engraved pocket watches

engraved pocketwatch | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by swanky badger design

9. This leather men’s toiletry kit

mens toiletry kit | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by mr lentz

10. One of these custom ammo boxes is neat for hunting buddies

11. Bearded outdoors-men? Get them some of this

12. Or some of this mustache wax to keep it on fleek

13. An engraved money clip

money clip | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by tracy tayan designs

14. This etched groomsmen flask is a cool keepsake

etched groomsmen flask | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/

by scissormill

15. These cool map cuff links

personalized cuff links | 50 Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts | via http://emmalinebride.com/groom/unique-groomsmen-gifts-2015/
by white truffle studio

(to see the full list, click here if you’re on the homepage)

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Giveaway: Win a Luxurious Robe for the Bride

Hey, loves! Happy Monday! What a wonderful weekend that was. We celebrated Andrew’s 1st Birthday and it was amazing. We’re happy to kick off a brand new week with all of you! To start things off… when you hear Doie, what do you think of? I think of my Doie robe, honestly the softest and most delightful thing to wear while reading a book. Or sipping on coffee in the morning while it’s still dark outside. Or putting on my makeup for date night with the hubby. I love my robe. And I am so excited that one of you will win a Doie robe of your own as our latest wedding giveaway this week! The robes from Doie are made of modal jersey so they’re ultra soft and feature kimono-style sleeves for added style. There’s also a 100% silk trim with a pattern, which I adore. The robes also have a permanent exterior belt AND interior belt so you won’t, you know, disrobe unexpectedly (yikes!) during your getting ready photos. And, last but not least, it can be machine washed and laid flat to dry — and let me tell you, it comes out AMAZING every single time. You can also dry-clean it, if you prefer (but I don’t have time for that). :)

Anyway, check out some of these styles and enter for a chance to win your robe!

Win a Robe for the Bride

The lovely designer of Doie, Sara Kirsner, tells us more: “As a 12-time bridesmaid (yes, really!), I know a thing or two about bridesmaid gifts! Doie Lounge was born from the idea that these glamorous, super-soft robes make the perfect gift for a bride to give to her maids. These robes make beautiful and practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing an often-ignored moment (getting ready the morning of), with elegant detail. The robes look amazing in the pre-wedding primping photos and are a gift that your best ladies will surely wear again and again.

Plus, we wanted to note that if you’re buying bridesmaids for your wedding party, bulk discounts apply: 15% off when buying 3 or more, 20% on 5 or more, 25% off with a purchase of 8 or more, and 30% off when buying 10+ robes.

robe for the bride | by doie | via http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/robe-for-the-bride/

robe for the bride | by doie | via http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/robe-for-the-bride/

robe for the bride | by doie | via http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/robe-for-the-bride/

(click keep reading for the giveaway details)

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The #1 Mistake Most Brides Make (and How to Avoid It)

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There is one huge mistake most brides make after the wedding, and it’s totally avoidable. So, what is it? It’s more about what brides aren’t doing that is the mistake. Brides are letting their wedding photos go by the wayside, sitting on a hard drive or flash drive, never to be looked at again. Waiting to print out your photos and assemble them in an album is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. And it’s scary because you could lose those memories forever, if something were to happen to your hard drive, flash drive, or your computer gets a virus. I (Emma here!) know first-hand because something similar almost happened to me. I had a bunch of photos on a hard drive for years, photos of Andrew and I dating, photos of us in college, engaged, newly married… you know, just a TON of photo files sitting on a hard drive. Then one day, Andrew wanted to grab a few photos from a trip we took and print them out. But when he went to download them, the hard drive no longer worked; it was corrupted. It appeared as though no images existed. Just like that.

Yikes.

We searched on Google and found, to our dismay, that a corrupted hard drive could need to be reformatted, as in ERASED. Gone. No more. Memories erased in a heartbeat. And, luckily our wedding photos weren’t on there, but can you imagine? Well, we took our hard drive to a computer expert (shout-out to our local computer shop, Tech City Electronics who SAVED OUR HARD DRIVE!) and we got ALL of those photos back. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky? After that day, I learned an important lesson and I back up EVERYTHING. And I print those photos now. Every sweet Baby Andrew smile and video moment (there are thousands, and he’s just under a year!), every cat photo of them sleeping in boxes or drawers or on top of laundry heaps (again, thousands), every home project, family vacation, DIY project, holiday, birthday, and everything else. I mean, why risk it?

Anyways, we would hate for your wedding photos to go missing. So we’re here to help you with a discount and a giveaway so you can print out those photos and put them in a beautiful keepsake photo album. But first… check out some of the new photo album designs we spotted over at Indigo Album Design, one of our go-to sources for professional handmade (+ high quality) photo albums. These albums are incredible!

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