Weddings happen once. Yes, we know that. So, you want to put it all in. “It only happens once duhhh!” you seem to say. But wait! The pictures you’re taking girl will last a lifetime! I am a writer. A weddings blogger. Having been around the wedding industry for a while. I am proud to say that I can give my advice from an ‘informed point of view’ too (giggles). This is my advice on the wedding jewelry Does and Don’ts.
DON’T mix Old with new.
It’s your wedding. One day for crying out loud! Can we please stick to new? Thank you.
DON’T wear a watch.
We know you have a schedule to keep, but this is your day, so skip the watch and let your planner or family handle timing. Think of all the close-up shots of your hands — at the altar, with the bouquet, your wedding bands — there are few things less elegant than donning a wristwatch. Choose a shimmering bracelet instead.
The last thing you want to look like is you and your 5-year-old niece were playing Pretty Princess before walking down the aisle. For extreme-chic looks, 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 small baubles. For a traditional affair, you’re almost always safe with an earrings and bracelet combo.
DO give yourself enough time!
Bridal jewelry is all too often lumped into the “accessories” category and barely mentioned against its counterparts: shoes, hair and handbags, yet it’s such an integral part of pulling together your look. Make sure you select your jewelry three months (minimum!) before the wedding.
DON’T compromise personal style.
This isn’t the day to try something new or go out of your comfort zone. All too often, I’ve seen brides head for trends, rather than expressing their true style. There’s enough to stress about on the day, much less adding the feeling you’re out of your skin. Go for classic beauty, and you’ll walk tall and enjoy your pictures for a lifetime.
DON’T cut corners — quality lasts a lifetime.
Every girl has her budget — especially in this economy — but your wedding is not the time to go cheap on accessories. Choose quality pieces you can wear again and maybe even pass on to your daughter someday.
DON’T wear a necklace with this season’s gown trend.
A round necklace gown is already a statement in itself. Adding a necklace to your look is a definite no-no. Not only will it have you looking unbalanced, but it ruins the interesting line of the gown and stops the flow of the eye to your face. Opt for a spectacular pair of earrings maybe.
DO wear your wedding jewelry after the big day.
Unlike most everything you’ll purchase for your wedding, your bridal jewelry is actually something you can wear on multiple occasions: your honeymoon, anniversary, formal events — and depending on the style — perhaps just to dress up an everyday look. Again, if you buy quality, it’s an instant treasure.
DON’T wear wire earrings.
Unfortunately, wire earrings often fall under the category of handmade (and of course, cheap, which I’m fully against). I don’t mean to discourage the craft industry but here is my cent: wire earrings are too informal. Just don’t do them.
DO change jewelry for the reception.
By now you know simply changing your jewelry can completely change the look and feel of your wedding style. So even if you aren’t letting your hair down or changing dresses, this is the perfect opportunity to try those statement earrings you loved or add bangles to it.
Still stumped on what to wear for your wedding? Feel free to check up our list of saloon and wedding accessory vendors. They are waiting for you!