Are you wondering how to choose wedding jewelry? Want to pick out the best bridal jewelry without making a mistake? You’ve come to the right place! I recently looked up tips on how to pick the right wedding jewelry to help a bride we were working with; I was shocked to find how many wedding jewelry guides fell short! 🙃 So, I wrote my own! And here’s our take on the most important things to know when accessorizing, along with helpful dos and dont’s of which you’ll want to take note.
While you’re here, you’ll find suggestions for wedding day jewelry you can buy online by Lottie-da Designs. Jaymie is amazing; you’ll recall her work like these bridal headpieces and hair vines we’ve shared in the past. She also designs gorgeous wedding day jewelry at affordable prices — without sacrificing quality. Check out our top picks from her collection, learn how to choose wedding jewelry, and cross yet another thing from your wedding day checklist. :) Enjoy!
How to Choose Wedding Jewelry
First of all, let’s talk about the three most important things to know when picking out the right wedding jewelry for you.
1. Your wedding jewelry should exemplify your unique style.
Your wedding jewelry is all about YOU. Make sure you choose wedding jewelry that adds your own individual flair.
2. Most brides choose a set of wedding jewelry with three pieces.
A complete wedding jewelry set includes a necklace, a pair of earrings, and a bracelet. Of course, this list is not a “rule”. If your wedding dress has a neckline that looks best without a necklace, skip it. Furthermore, if your ears aren’t pierced or you don’t want to wear earrings, skip it! Brides don’t have to follow any sort of rule here, it is just worth noting that most jewelry sets include these three classic pieces. We would even venture to add hair jewelry to this list!
3. You should pick wedding jewelry that coordinates with your wedding theme and era.
For instance, if you’re planning a beach wedding you might choose a sparkly bracelet with a starfish or sea glass accent, a boho wedding might call for druzy jewelry, a starry night wedding might incorporate a moonstone, or a Gatsby inspired wedding might incorporate jewelry remniscent of the 1920s art deco era.
Wedding Jewelry Do’s and Dont’s
Now, let’s talk about do’s and dont’s to consider when you choose your wedding jewelry.
DO wear your bridal veil or headpiece when trying on earrings.
Whether you’re buying wedding jewelry online or trying it on in store, consider your bridal veil or headpiece. Your wedding jewelry — especially your earrings, as they’re placed so close to your face — should never compete with your bridal veil or headpiece. The goal is to enhance your look without overpowering it.
DONT wear a watch.
Skip it! You don’t need to know what time it is, and actually, you should let this be one day you just live in the moment. Plus it won’t look great in photos.
DO wear jewelry that makes you feel comfortable.
It should sparkle and shine, but it should always reflect your personal style. If that means studs, go with gorgeous pearl studs or sparkly diamond studs. Crave big and bold? Go with a pair of chandelier earrings or dangling pearls. It’s completely up to you!
DO consider hair jewelry.
Today’s bride doesn’t necessarily wear a veil. Consider unique alternatives like a hair chain or draped hair comb. You can find beautiful pieces from Lottie-da Designs, where we spotted these.
This gold hair jewelry really sparkles and shines! I love how it can be draped in different ways to go with any bridal hairstyle you choose.
And this hair vine is something I wish I saw back when I got married! Holy cow, it is stunning!
DO coordinate your jewelry.
It is easier to buy a set of jewelry when all the pieces go together, rather than trying to mix and match to create your own look. Feel free to add one unique piece, like a vintage brooch or a pair of heirloom earrings, but try to keep your look cohesive with the same metal, tone, and era of jewelry.
DON’T wear a necklace with a one-shoulder gown or high-neckline gown.
It looks unbalanced and takes the visual interest away from your unique neckline. Instead, go big with your earrings and bracelet.
DO go overboard.
Don’t over-accessorize your look. Less is more; choose one statement piece — like chandelier earrings or a bold necklace — and balance the look with smaller accent pieces.
DON’T worry about matching your wedding jewelry with your ring.
Think of your wedding ring as its own style. Instead, pick wedding jewelry that coordinates with the look and feel of your wedding day. However, keep in mind that keeping with the same metal tone always looks best.
DON’T rush when you shop for wedding jewelry.
Spend just as much time choosing your wedding day jewelry as other accessories, i.e. your wedding shoes and your veil / headpiece. It’s an important part of your overall look and you don’t want to feel rushed when picking it out. Also, if buying wedding jewelry online, give yourself enough time for shipping.
DO wear your wedding jewelry to your dress fittings.
Dress fittings are mainly about the dress, but they are also largely about your look as a whole. Your bridal veil, headpiece, undergarments, shoes, and wedding jewelry should all be worn with your dress at fittings to give yourself an overall “preview” of your wedding day look. This gives you time to make any changes, if necessary, to get it perfect in time for the big day.
DO use jewelry as your “Something Blue” if you’d like.
If you’re following the tradition of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue (And a Sixpence for Her Shoe), choose your wedding jewelry with one of the pieces in shimmering blue! These sapphire blue earrings are an insanely beautiful choice.
DON’T choose wedding jewelry based on what’s trending.
Trends come and go, but your own personal style is here forever! Choose wedding jewelry based on your individual style, not necessarily what’s “hot” or trending at the moment. You’ll look more like yourself, which is the look you should be going for. :)
DO add a pop of color, if you’d like.
The bride doesn’t have to wear white everything! Feel free to add a pop of color to emphasize your individual style, as long as it coordinates with your wedding theme and tone.
These crystal hoop-style earrings are one of my favorite picks! They’re even available in a bunch of colors (they make great bridesmaid jewelry options!)
DON’T choose wedding jewelry solely on price.
Even if your budget is tight, be sure to pick wedding jewelry that is made of good quality and lasts. That doesn’t mean your wedding jewelry will cost an arm and a leg — there’s plenty of high-quality wedding jewelry online that looks great at an affordable price! It means, however, that you shouldn’t go to a discount store just to score a good deal; you should pick pieces that you genuinely love. The wedding day jewelry you choose will be shown in many photos, and it is nice to have a keepsake piece of jewelry from your wedding that you might even pass down someday. You can actually wear wedding jewelry again, too, for special occasions and anniversaries, so consider it money well spent.
And there you have it! Now you know how to choose beautiful wedding day jewelry.
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