Bridal and wedding jewellery is specially made and worn on the occasion of a wedding. What makes bridal jewellery sets all the more unique is that they carry with them the memories of your special day. Wearing your bridal earrings or necklace out for a nice dinner or night of dancing can remind you of the joy and celebration of that treasured moment. As beautiful as a wedding dress is, it can often be enhanced with a few carefully chosen accessories.
The jewellery worn by the bride on the occasion of her wedding should be as unique as she is. Many women choose to wear a set of bridal jewellery as the perfect accessories to their wedding attire.
A bride should ideally begin her search for bridal jewellery once she has purchased her dress. Since jewellery is chosen to complement a dress or other attire and vice versa, one should not be chosen without considering the other. There are several factors to consider in order to ensure that your dress and jewellery coordinate. This is also true of bridesmaids’ jewellery and dresses. As with every other aspect of planning your dream wedding, time should be set aside to design the custom jewellery of your dreams.
Common forms of bridal jewellery include tiaras, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches or other forms of pins and clasps. Weddings are about everyone involved looking their best; cuff links, pins, bracelets, or other accessories are also an option for groomsmen. Not all jewellery needs to match, but attention should be paid to the colours of metals or stones that may clash.
The most important bridal jewellery is typically engagement and wedding rings. These are usually chosen long before the wedding, and while they are very important, they are often of the least concern when establishing the overall look of a bride’s ensemble or the wedding ceremony as a whole.
Finding bridal jewellery to complete your look for the big day can sometimes be a difficult task. You may find that in your search, you come across a pair of earrings and a necklace that catch your eye, but there is no matching bracelet. Likewise, you may find that the individual pieces of a set do not complement each other well. To pull your jewellery or accessory look together, you can have your jewellery custom-made, or purchased from one jeweller. By having your jewellery custom-made, you ensure a consistent and well-coordinated look, composed of individual pieces of the highest quality. The pieces will be made to match the occasion, and one another. You will save time and energy — which are in short supply when planning a wedding! — by purchasing your bridal jewellery all at once. It is no wonder that such pieces of jewellery are treasured as family heirlooms from generation to generation.
The same considerations apply to bridesmaids’ jewellery. Many brides give their bridesmaids a gift as a way to thank them for being a part of their wedding ceremony. Every bride wants her bridesmaids too look beautiful on her special day, as they stand with her. There are many different styles of jewellery that you may consider for your bridesmaids, and they do not have to be prohibitively expensive! Naturally, it is wise to set your budget before you begin shopping.
Colours: Choose metals for your jewellery that can be paired nicely with the material and colour of your wedding attire. White materials look best with silver, platinum, or pearl. Pair gold, silver, platinum or pearl with diamond- or brilliant-white materials. Ivory tones are best paired with gold or pearl.
Neckline: A V-neck works well with a delicate chain and pendant, a choker, or single- and double-string pearls. Pair the necklace with matching earrings for a timeless look. A wedding dress with a V-neck, off the shoulder, sweetheart, scoop, strapless, square, jewel, bateau, or halter design will work well with a necklace. Strapless and sweetheart necklines can be beautifully paired with simple styles of necklaces and a stunning pair of chandelier earrings. Brides wearing a high-neck dress or one with a keyhole will find that there really is no room for a necklace at all. For such gowns, earrings and perhaps a bracelet are a flattering option. Remember that not every type of necklace will complement each neckline mentioned above. Be sure to consult with the experts in order to choose the correct necklace for your gown’s neckline.
Necklaces: From classic pearls to pendants, the primary consideration when choosing a style of necklace should be the shape of the gown nearest the neck (the neckline). Necklaces that are too short or too long can interfere with the overall appearance of the dress. Designs can be very simple, or incredibly ornate; this depends on the look of the outfit as a whole. A gown with sparkles or beads on the bodice may coordinate well with a complex necklace design, or it may call for a subtle and understated one.
Earrings and Bracelets: There are numerous types of each, all of which can form an important part of the whole when combining a wedding dress with jewellery. When the hair is in an updo, beautiful earrings can frame the face to achieve a stunning look that is both modern and classic. Pearls and diamonds are a popular choice for such earrings. Alternatively, some brides opt for coloured gemstones that coordinate with the colour scheme of the wedding. When a gown’s neckline does not allow for a necklace, a bracelet is an excellent way to complement a pair of earrings or other jewellery.
Tiaras, Brooches, and Pins: Worn on the head, a tiara is a distinctly delicate crown that can create a captivating and regal look. Again, an understated or intricate design can bring together the perfect outfit — from head to toe. Many women love the idea of wearing a tiara as part of their bridal jewellery, but others will opt to use a brooch or pin to hold the hair in a certain manner, or to fasten a veil. This adds sparkle and beauty in a tiara’s stead.
One of the most exciting moments for a bride-to-be is choosing her bridal attire. While finding the perfect combination of elements may seem impossible, it may be especially challenging to choose the right accessories. The design or style of the jewellery plays a central role in determining the overall look of the outfit and ensures that there is consistency between the individual pieces of the bridal jewellery set. Keep in mind that the jewellery should not overpower or understate the wedding gown; rather, it should accentuate it. Above all else, the bridal jewellery should reflect the bride’s personal style.