With literally hundreds of choices to choose from when it comes to bridal jewelry, it can be a whirlwind ride when you first start searching. You may not know what to buy, what style to buy, if it works with your wedding gown, just to name a few. If this is the case, don’t worry. There are five simple rules to keep in mind, especially these days when the old rules of accessorizing are out the window. Below are some tips to keep in mind as you start your search.
Set a budget and stick to it. This rule is simple but by very important. Every bride has a different budget, and your jewelry should be counted as part of the wedding gown ensemble. Don’t waste your time looking at super expensive items that you just can’t afford. Go in with a price point in mind. There are plenty of stunning options, no matter your price range.
If you dress is simple, go bold. If you bought a very simple wedding dress with little or no beading, you can crank up the “wow” factor with some bold statement jewelry. Think large chunky necklaces, long chandelier earrings, or even a huge cuff bracelet. Just remember that it is easy to overdo this as well—pick one piece that is really the focal point.
If you dress is heavily beaded, go subtle. Opposite of above, if your wedding gown is loaded with beading, it is best to choose more simple and subtle jewelry. You want the dress to be the center of attention. If you buy oversized, statement pieces, it may take away from the beauty of the beadwork on your gown. Think simple stud earrings or smaller drops, a delicate necklace and a thin bangle as options.
Don’t be afraid of colors. Clear stones are still popular but colored stones are rising in popularity. Don’t be afraid to break from tradition and choose colored stones to go with your bridal gown. Popular colors include black, red, blues, and pinks. You would be surprised at what interest it adds to your look.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match stones. You do not have to choose just one type of stone. You can, but keep in mind that jewelry manufacturers have lovely bridal sets that combine crystals, pearls, rhinestones and more. The beading needs to mesh with the dress but not exactly so.