Clockwise from left: Glamorous one shoulder ivory wedding dress, teardrop cubic zirconia sterling pink gold earrings, white pearl bridal earrings, tear drop pearl earrings silver & luxury cubic zirconia drop earrings.
Every bride will have to at some stage make the decision whether to purchase matching wedding jewellery for herself and her bridesmaids. The good news is that there are many options if she wants matching jewellery.
One of the most popular sets consists of matching earrings for the bridal party and a necklace and possibly a bracelet, hairpiece or tiara for herself, the choice is yours for your special day. Don’t underestimate the power of accessories and the dangers of getting it wrong.
Before purchasing, some initial choices have to be made and though there aren’t really any ‘set rules’ there are some simple steps to follow to make your search easier.
1. Buy the dress first
Choosing the jewellery or for that matter, shoes and other accessories before a dress is a risky business. In years to come people will ask “what was your dress like?” not “what was your jewellery like?” so make sure the jewels play a supporting role and don’t take centre stage and upstage the dresses.
2. Ask the designer
Many brides like fashion jewellery for their wedding party because it is more affordable. The lower price tag allows a bride to spend more of her budget on other details while still having herself and bridesmaids wearing stunning jewellery. Not everything has to match so remember this is your day and you can bring your own flare. A good designer will be only too pleased to help you with your decisions. You may find a pair of earrings that are just perfect but the necklace is just OK or you want your earrings matching but not the same as the bridesmaids. The designer may be able to suggest some other designs or even make a one-off item, at very little if any additional cost that matches the earrings. Brides often get given jewellery by family members to wear on the day and this should be embraced but finding accessories to match can be difficult particularly if it is an old family heirloom.
3. Sometimes less is more
It isn’t always necessary to have a tiara, necklace, earrings and a bracelet for everyone in the bridal party – Pick the right amount of jewellery and don’t go overboard. Be sure to try them all on together before the big day and don’t be afraid to scale back.
4. Trendy accessories
Not if you don’t want your wedding photos to look dated every time the wedding album gets pulled. Timeless classics will always look fashionable and glamorous so make sure that your choices aren’t too trendy.
5. Matching your jewellery to your dresses
If your wedding dresses are themed then the jewellery should echo the theme, obviously the same goes for the bridesmaids. If you have a simple dress you can get away with intricate jewellery but if your dress is highly detailed, look for simple jewellery, again also applies to the bridesmaids.
6. Overloading on jewellery
A maximum of two statement pieces of wedding jewellery in most cases is enough, so if you are embracing the fashion for large chandelier earrings, you might want to forgo the necklace altogether, or choose something very plain and simple. If you decide against a necklace you can always add detail with a beautiful bracelet. If you choose an intricate necklace, wear stud earrings and keep your bridal hair accessories minimal. For most weddings, earrings only are sufficient for the bridesmaids.
7. Adding colour
Jewellery can inject some colour into your wedding party’s outfits. Remember not all women look good in pale colours, and bridal shades of white or ivory can leave them looking washed out. Many brides look for a sapphire and silver earrings and use it as their something blue, but another good idea is simply to match the earrings to the colours in your wedding bouquet.
Did you know that pearl jewellery isn’t just for mature women? Pearl jewellery looks great on women of every age, one of my most popular items are pearl earrings. There are a variety of classic and contemporary designs for you to choose from. Pearls work well with gold, silver and platinum. With gold they create a warm vintage look, combined with silver, white gold or platinum they create a more modern feel. Bright white pearls work best with silver jewellery. It is said that pearls were created by an angel tear falling into an open oyster. Pearls are a symbol of purity, innocence and a happy marriage, and the Greeks believed that wearing pearl jewellery would promote marital bliss.
Beyond the wedding day as you or your bridesmaids are unlikely to wear your wedding dresses or maybe even shoes after the big day why not choose jewellery that will look just as good afterwards? Choosing jewellery that is versatile will ensure that you all use it again and make the most of your budget.
This post is contributed by Sherry Dow from Dream Island Jewellery. Sherry is a jewellery designer who lives on an island near Brisbane, Australia with her husband and daughter. For 15 years her job involves advising clients on how to dress including accessories such as jewellery and beauty tips. That’s before jewellery designing took over her life.
Nowadays she concentrates whole-heartily at her own jewellery business, Dream Island Jewellery. Her inspiration is to make simple, beautiful and well constructed jewellery pieces. She finds much joy in helping customers with their decision and people admiring her work. Sherry enjoys painting, drawing and photography during her free time.