BRIDAL JEWELLERY & STYLE TIPS FOR ACCESSORISING YOUR WEDDING DRESS
You’re all probably wondering why I haven’t blogged about my bridal jewellery until now. I mean, you must’ve read my tips on how to pick the right wedding dress and how to find a wedding dress last minute, but what about the jewellery?
I recently got married in the Maldives, so I’d love to share my experience with you as a jewellery blogger and newly-wed. Our wedding was a two-day affair and I had three beautiful dresses to style and accessorise.
Influenced by the style and colour of my dress, my décolletage (plunging neckline), and the location of the ceremony (a beach wedding), I put together an exquisite collection of bridal jewellery from my favourite fine jewellery brands: French Van Cleef & Arpels, Brazilian H.Stern, with a touch of British Annoushka Jewellery and some costume feather earrings by Outhouse Jewellery from India.
With so much to plan and prepare for your wedding, you probably haven’t given your bridal jewellery much thought. I hope these styling tips help. But if you need more guidance, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at [email protected]
STYLE TIPS FOR ACCESSORISING YOUR WEDDING DRESS
1 CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING DRESS BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO BUYING YOUR JEWELLERY
Buying your jewellery before your wedding dress is risky. If you’re anything like me, you could end up changing your mind and choose a completely different dress from the one first picked out. But once you decide, then you can have some fun exploring all the different styles of jewellery to go with your bridal look. I visited all my favourite jewellery brands websites and boutiques, and of course, I looked through bridal magazines and blogs. I think there are a few essential things to consider when choosing jewellery to go with your wedding dress and that’s style, colour, budget and most importantly, how it makes you feel! If your wedding dress is champagne like mine by Ruth Milliam, choose gold jewellery to complement the warm tones and vice versa.
2 DECIDE ON YOUR HAIR STYLE
How you wear your hair will influence your jewellery choices. If your hair is down and loose, consider stud earrings and a statement necklace. If you decide on an updo, then statement earrings and an elegant necklace are your perfect choice. Don’t forget that your hair can be accessorised too! Choose a hair comb, flower crown or tiara that will complement your hair style and give you a beautiful bridal look.
I love fresh flowers in the hair with loose locks. I even considered ordering a special flower crown made of pearls. Floral crowns and tiaras are a great way to bring focus to the bride’s face. I punched up my look with statement earrings, as stud earrings would get lost in my hair! These gorgeous earrings are from the Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery collection called, Rose de Noël. Since the 1970s, VC&A have made roses bloom in the middle of winter – like promises of happiness. With the sparkle of diamonds coupled with the luminescent hard stones, the Rose de Noël collection captures the romantic beauty of every bride on their special day.
If you want to wear a tiara on your wedding day, I recommend going vintage. You can rent one at Bentley & Skinner or invest in a costume piece of good quality. The best are by Keren Wolf from Israel and Outhouse Jewellery from India. If you’re lucky enough to visit Chaumet and Chanel high jewellery, I promise you won’t leave disappointed.
3 FINE, COSTUME OR VINTAGE JEWELLERY?
Fine jewellery is not the only answer to bridal jewellery, especially if you’re having a destination wedding and are worried about travelling with your precious jewels. In my bridal jewellery search, I discovered some amazingly talented jewellery designers with memorable pieces to make your day special. My two favourites are Keren Wolf from Israel and Outhouse Jewellery from India. From hair pieces to statement earrings, there are so many options to consider.
Unlike anything else you will purchase for your wedding day, your bridal jewellery is special and just by showing up on the day will become an instant heirloom! If you pick fine jewellery, choose something that you can wear on multiple occasions, like your honeymoon, or formal events, or even every day.
Maybe you already have some family heirloom jewellery that you want to wear. There are many ways to bring them to life like wearing them in your hair. I opted for a floral crown instead of hair jewellery, because the humid weather of the Maldives makes wearing an updo impractical. Your bridal jewellery, like your wedding dress, is a personal choice, but I cannot emphasise enough how much they should work together in perfect harmony. For example, if you are wearing vintage jewellery, choose your dress accordingly.
4 TRY JEWELLERY ON DURING YOUR WEDDING DRESS FITTING & BE COMFORTABLE
Make sure you try on your chosen jewellery before you buy it. Not all jewellery is suitable for wearing all day long. It needs to be comfortable and secure for moving and dancing. You also need to make sure you’re not going to break out in a rash from certain metals in your jewellery. Your wedding will be stressful enough without feeling uncomfortable or losing your earrings to an enthusiastic dip on the dance floor!
5 REMEMBER: LESS IS MORE
Don’t be a Christmas tree on your wedding day! You want to sparkle but you don’t want to overwhelm. For an extreme chic look, I love the “less is more” concept. If you want to make a statement, choose one part of the body to accentuate with a large piece, and balance the rest with delicate pieces or rings.
6 THINK BEYOND EARRINGS
Being a jewellery blogger, I naturally started thinking of my bridal jewellery before we even picked our destination! I’m not sure every bride is like me in this instance. I feel jewellery gets overlooked and brides do not spend enough time considering their bridal jewellery and how important it is to create a unique look.
For my wedding ceremony, I wore statement bridal earrings from VC&A, an Annoushka necklace and my beautiful anniversary ring from my fiancé. I resisted the urge to add a few bracelets (remember: less is more), and stuck to my anniversary ring by H.Stern. This was a better choice for me as it was not just a better look but much more meaningful to me and my fiancé. You can read the story behind the ring in how to pick perfect anniversary gift. But this was just the beginning. I was lucky enough to have a two-day wedding and three different dresses to accessorise.
7 CONSIDER THE NECKLINE OF YOUR DRESS
Choose your accessories based on the type of neckline of your dress. If your dress has a décolletage like mine, consider wearing a necklace that doesn’t steal the attention from your face. Adding a necklace to my look was tricky, to say the least. I wanted my face to be the focus of attention, not my cleavage! If I had chosen a statement necklace, it would’ve looked imbalanced and ruined the interesting line of my gown and interrupted the flow of the eye to my face. I needed something light and fluid, with a modern feel to it that matched the colour of my dress. No standard bridal necklace would do the trick and I didn’t want to wear a boring pendant. So I went with a beautiful butterfly necklace by Annoushka in 18ct gold, hand set with brown diamonds. The delicate, hand-painted butterflies seem to be midflight, resting for just a minute on the décolletage. Let me know what you think of my choice in the comments below.
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