If you’ve gotten over the challenge of finding the perfect wedding dress, we’re sure you’re beginning to think about how to accessorize your wedding dress. The stylish touch for any modern bride is the jewelry that she wears walking down the aisle.
And the best part?
Unlike your wedding dress, you can wear your wedding day jewelry time and time again even after the special day.
As many brides choose to wear a white dress, your jewelry can be the finishing touch that brings in your own personal style into your outfit for the big day, and add those glamorous touches of luxury. When choosing your wedding jewelry, it’s all about choosing pieces that will complement your dress rather than compete with it. Read on for our essential guide on what jewelry to wear with your wedding dress on the big day!
Wearing Something That Compliments Your Neckline
The secret tip to the perfect wedding jewelry is less is more. It’s surprisingly easy to wear too much jewelry on your wedding day, so the best idea is to pick one or two key pieces that will complement your dress.
Though it all comes down to your personal taste and what makes you feel good, the neckline of your dress is the best place to start with when you begin looking for wedding day jewelry.
Necklines and Necklaces
Wear With: V Necks, Square Necks, Low Scoop Necklines and Strapless
Necklaces look best with an open neckline so that it doesn’t interfere with the dress. The best necklines to pair a necklace with are low scoop, square, strapless or V-neck.
- If your neckline is low scoop, then the best type of necklace is a statement or bib
- Because you’re entire neck is exposed with a strapless dress, your necklace will draw a lot of attention. With strapless necklines, you can opt for a statement necklace like this floral one or a simple metal or pearl choker. If choosing a choker, pick something sleek and that rests beautifully on your collar bones like this pearl one.
- V-necks are a common neckline and look great with a classic gemstone pendants like this beautiful morganite one or pearl pendants such as this elegant but affordable one.
Necklines and Earrings
Wear With: Illusion Necklines, High Necklines, Off-Shoulder, Sweetheart, Queen Anne Neckline and Bateau
Modern wedding dresses often feature detailed embroidery or illusion necklines and wearing a necklace with this can look too busy with so much detail. It’s these dresses that look more stylish with earrings and bracelets as you don’t want your jewelry to compete with the gorgeous detail of the dress. Halter neck is an example of a neckline that just doesn’t go well with necklaces but look stunning with earrings.
- If you’re wearing a sweetheart, bateau or Queen Anne neckline, opt for a pair of dainty stud earrings. Depending on your style, you can opt for classic diamond or pearl studs. These are timeless and can be worn over and over, so think of them like an investment. For a dash of color, you could choose gemstone studs.
Classic diamond studs that never go out of style. See them here
Ruby studs set with a diamond halo for a dash of color. See them here
Elegant and feminine pearl studs. See them here
- For off-the shoulder or illusion necklines statement earrings look the best. They give balance to your overall appearance, providing just the right amount of bling to your look. Choose statement earrings based on your color scheme, style and face shape.
It’s also worth thinking about the style of hairdo that you’ll have on the big day and if your earrings are going to work well with this too. If you can wear your earrings when you go for a trial hair style, then you’ll be able to get some tips from your hair stylist, and they can style your hair so that there is more (or less) attention on the earrings.
Necklines and Bracelets
Wear With: Halter, Strapless, High Necklines and Sleeveless Dresses
Dresses with high necklines are best suited with cuffs or bracelets to help balance material. A lot of wedding dresses are also sleeveless which makes it the perfect time to invest in a stunning cuff or bangle for your big day.
A sleek bangle bracelet like this adds just the right amount of bling and a whole ton of sophistication to your wedding outfit.
Go for a sleek bangle like the one pictured above or a chunky statement cuff that you’ll love wearing to future occasions. If you love the idea of wearing something super sparkly, then go for a tennis bracelet like this simple but elegant one.
If you’re wearing a long-sleeved dress, then avoid any really chunky cuffs or bracelets as your dress will look busy with these. On your wedding day, it’s best to wear any bracelets on your right hand to minimize distraction from your wedding ring!
What about Rings for Bridal Jewelry?
There is already one special ring waiting for you on your wedding day, which is why many people don’t get a ring as part of their bridal jewelry. However, this is no reason to stop you wearing one. Many people have every day go-to pieces and wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle without these. If you want to wear other rings on your wedding day then, as with bracelets, it’s better to wear them on the right hand plus it’s also good to make sure that they won’t catch on your dress.
Matching Your Metals to Your Wedding Dress
Not only are there great guidelines on what type of jewelry to wear with which dress style, you can also use the color of your dress as a guide. Although most wedding dresses are white subtle difference in the color hues can give a great indication of what metal color to wear.
White – If your dress leans towards optic white and has no color hues then pick bright metals such as white gold with rhodium or platinum for your bridal jewelry.
Champagne – If your dress is champagne there is a gentle yellow or golden hue that emanates from the dress. This looks stylish when matched with yellow gold jewelry. Vintage jewelry will also look great with a champagne colored wedding dress.
Ivory – Ivory looks best with yellow gold as well because the golden color of the jewelry will highlight the creamy tones in the ivory.
Silver/Grey – With subtle blue or grey tones the best metal to match to your wedding dress is silver as it also has the similar blue grey hue.
Blush – Pinky hues look best with other pink colors, so match your dress with rose gold metal. This looks romantic and feminine and matches any skin tone.
Pearl Jewelry for Your Wedding Day
Pearls are a timeless and classic choice. They are always in style and especially amazing paired with a wedding dress.
Pearl jewelry is often chosen for wedding attire as it has an elegance, simplicity and purity that is often unmatched by other types of gemstones. A simple pearl pendant, bracelet or earrings can really add that extra touch to your wedding outfit and is warmer than diamonds. What’s more, they add light to your look and go well with any skin tone. What’s more, pearl is quintessentially white in color, a symbol of purity, innocence and wisdom.
Pearls come in all colors and a variety of shapes, meaning that you don’t have to opt for the traditional white. You can bring a little bit of edge and personality by choosing baroque pearls and different colored pearls to go with your dress.
Pearl jewelry is generally affordable and you can get a set like these lustrous freshwater pearl set.
Opting for Comfort
It may not be easy to try your jewelry on with your dress before your wedding day, but it’s always better to try just in case the jewelry you’ve picked looks different once you’ve got your dress on. We also think that it’s essential to wear jewelry that’s like what you wear every day.
This might seem a bit strange at first, but if you are used to wearing silver as your everyday essentials, you might feel strange wearing yellow gold on your wedding day. If you’re not used to wearing a statement cuff or earrings but think they would look amazing on your wedding day by the end of the reception, heavy earrings will certainly feel uncomfortable if you’re not used to them.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t wear some jewelry just for the ceremony or the reception. Swapping the studs, you wore to the service for a pair of party earrings for the evening can help get you in the party mood after a long and tiring day.
Choosing Your ‘Something Blue’
If you want to follow the traditional rhyme ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ then we all know that wearing blue is the most challenging of these. However, you can use this timeless rhyme as the perfect reason to wear a blue gemstone on your big day.
Elegant sapphire pendant with a diamond halo. See it here.
Sapphires are the quintessential blue stone and have a prestige that is unrivalled by other blue stones (except blue diamonds). However, for a more affordable alternative, opt for tanzanite. This underestimated gemstone is often equally stunning as sapphire but much more affordable.
Classic March birthstone aquamarine pendant. See it here.
If you can wear your birthstone on your wedding day as your something blue, this is a beautiful way to inject a little color into your wedding day look that’s meaningful. Remember that most gemstones come in many colors and there’s a high chance that you can find your birthstone in blue. This includes diamonds, aquamarine, topaz, garnet, turquoise, opals and sapphire.
To Wrap Up…
It’s easy to think that once you’ve got your wedding dress the hard work is over; however, the dress is only the beginning.
Our best tip is to not over do your jewelry on your wedding day, as less is definitely more. When choosing your bridal jewelry think about the neckline of your dress and what piece of jewelry would look the best. A harmonious balance between dress and jewels is what you’re aiming for.
Make sure your personality shines through your accessories and treat yourself to some beautiful wedding day jewels whether you’re wearing a modern twist on an old tradition or buying a special piece of fine jewelry. Have fun searching for jewelry for your wedding day, as it only happens (hopefully) once in a lifetime!