Wedding dress, wedding hair, wedding shoes… now, let’s talk diamonds. Jewelry is a key component of your wedding day look. Jewelry can complement your dress, highlight your best features, and add a touch of elegance. But where to begin?? Keep reading to learn the process of selecting the perfect wedding jewelry for you.
Understanding the Dress Code
Before selecting your wedding jewelry, it is important to consider the dress code. The dress code for the wedding will influence the type of jewelry that you should wear. For instance, a formal wedding requires more sophisticated jewelry, while a casual wedding allows for simpler pieces. Understanding the dress code will help you choose the right jewelry to match the occasion.
Complementing Your Dress
Your wedding jewelry should complement your dress, not overpower it. If your dress has a lot of details, it is best to wear simple jewelry to avoid a cluttered look. On the other hand, if your dress is simple, you can wear bolder jewelry to add some sparkle and elegance to your wedding aesthetic.
Matching the Metal
Okay, some people still stand by matching metals, and if that’s you, keep reading. If you’re into mixing metals, then just skip this section. To some people, matching the metals of your jewelry to your dress is important. If your dress is white, it may be best to wear silver or platinum jewelry. For dresses that are ivory, gold jewelry may be the best choice. Again, if you are feeling *crazy* and feel like you want to wear rose gold with ivory, by all means! This is just something to consider.
Consider Your Hairstyle
Your hairstyle can influence the type of jewelry that you wear. For instance, if you plan to wear your hair up, statement earrings can add a nice touch to your look. If you are wearing your hair down, putting on a simple necklace is a classic way to go.
Neckline and Earrings
The neckline of your dress will influence the type of earrings that you should wear. For instance, if you have a V-neck or sweetheart neckline, chandelier or drop earrings will elongate your neck and draw attention to your face. If your dress has a high neckline, stud earrings or hoops will also elongate your neck and make you look as beautiful as ever.
Bracelets and Rings
What about bracelets and rings? Well, it depends on your overall look–if you’re already incorporating a ton of details, adding in a bunch of rings and bracelets may be too much. However, if you have a simple dress, a bracelet can add some elegance to your overall look. Think tennis bracelets or single-band bracelets. These are both great options for bridal bracelets.
As for the rings, the same general principle applies: if you already have a lot going on, covering every finger with a bold ring may not be the move. However, knowing that your nails will be looking on point, you may want to incorporate one or two simple rings into your hands.
Wearing jewelry as your “something borrowed” on your wedding day can add a sentimental touch. Maybe a grandmother’s ring or bracelet or your mom’s earrings. Not to mention, doing this can help you save money on purchasing new jewelry. Maybe it’s someone who has already passed on, and you simply want to wear it as a way to honor them on your big day. We can feel the tears rolling in already!
Matching Your Wedding Band
You probably already have an engagement ring and a wedding band on the way. You should consider these pieces when deciding what other wedding jewelry to add to your look. For example, if you have a silver wedding band and engagement ring, you may want to steer clear of a big gold ring and bracelet (unless you’re down with metal mixing, which is cool!). Or maybe your wedding ring is huge and ornate; in that case, you may want to lean on the simpler side for the rest of the jewelry to give your wedding rings the attention they deserve.
Don’t Overdo It
Remember that less is more when it comes to wedding jewelry. You want your wedding dress and your beautiful face to be the main attraction of your look. The time for experimenting with statement pieces is not now. Instead, focus on wearing one statement piece that complements your dress and your overall aesthetic for the day.
Remember seeing your mom’s old ’80s wedding photos and the cringe hairstyles they had? Well, that’s eventually going to be all of our children looking at our wedding photos from the 2020s. So, with that in mind, try to choose timeless pieces that won’t be too cringeworthy in the future.
We’re talking classic pieces such as diamond studs, pearl earrings, and a simple necklace that will be worn for years to come. You can also wear this wedding jewelry for other occasions outside the wedding day (win-win in our book!). Heck, maybe your daughter will be wearing some of your wedding jewelry for her “something borrowed” one day!
Consider Your Personal Style
At the end of the day, your wedding is about your love and commitment to your partner. You should be yourself and wear jewelry that reflects who you are as a person. You’ll be looking at these pictures for the rest of your life, so just make sure you’re comfortable in your own skin! Whether you prefer gold or rose gold, bold or simple, choose pieces that make you feel like a queen (or king)!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about wedding jewelry
Let’s dive into some common things people ask about wedding jewelry.
Q: What type of jewelry should I wear for a beach wedding?
A: For a beach wedding, it is best to wear simple and lightweight jewelry. Avoid wearing heavy or bulky pieces that can weigh you down in the heat.
Q: Can I wear statement jewelry with a simple wedding dress?
A: Yes, you can wear statement jewelry with a simple wedding dress. Statement jewelry can add some pizzazz to a simple dress.
Q: What jewelry should I wear if I have a strapless dress?
A: If you have a strapless dress, wearing a necklace can complement your bare neckline. Choose a necklace that sits just above your collarbone for a flattering look.
Q: Should I match my wedding jewelry to my engagement ring?
A: It is not necessary to match your wedding jewelry to your engagement ring. However, you can choose complementary pieces that enhance the beauty of your wedding rings.
Q: Can I wear colored gemstones for my wedding jewelry?
A: Yes, you can wear colored gemstones for your wedding jewelry; they can add a pop of color and uniqueness to your wedding day. Don’t forget to choose gemstones that complement your dress and skin tone.
Pearls, diamonds, and gold, oh my! So many options to choose from, but where to begin!? By considering the dress code, complementing your dress, matching the metal (if you want), and considering your hairstyle, neckline, and personal style, you can find the perfect jewelry to complete your dream wedding day look. Remember, less is more, and it is important to choose timeless pieces that you can wear again in the future and not look back on and cringe at. With these tips, we’re confident that you will be able to pick out the best jewelry for your wedding day!
Nicole Sheehey is the Head of Legal Content at HelloPrenup, and an Illinois licensed attorney. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to prenuptial agreements. Nicole has Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. She has a deep understanding of the legal and financial implications of prenuptial agreements, and enjoys writing and collaborating with other attorneys on the nuances of the law. Nicole is passionate about helping couples locate the information they need when it comes to prenuptial agreements. You can reach Nicole here: [email protected]