While a wedding gown can transform you into a beautiful bride, the wedding dress jewelry will help complete your look with that final touch of sparkle. The jewelry you choose to wear with your dress will impact your wedding day look considerably, and hence what you choose to wear – and how you style it - is very important. If you need some guidance on what jewelry to wear with your wedding dress, read on. We have elegant wedding jewelry ideas and invaluable styling advice that will inspire you to accessorize your bridal look flawlessly.
Plan Your Wedding Jewelry Around Your Gown
One of the most basic wedding jewelry tips is to remember that when it comes to your wedding day attire, your gown should be the hero of the day. The style of your jewelry, including your wedding necklace, wedding earring; and wedding bracelet, should complement the style and finish off your gown. So, it’s advisable to shop for your wedding dress before picking out jewelry pieces to accentuate it, as you want to build your bridal look around your gown. The only exception to this will apply when you will be wearing heirloom jewelry - which usually pairs beautifully with classic wedding gown designs.
Match Color Tones
Knowing how to choose wedding jewelry starts with the basics – the color tones of the metals and those of your dress. Bright white metals like white gold, platinum, palladium or silver, always look prettiest with white gowns; while metals with warmer tones, like yellow gold, complement ivory and champagne dresses beautifully. If you have chosen a blush gown, rose gold will best accentuate the beauty of the dress. To add a punch with a hint of color, try incorporating a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a jewelry item featuring a gemstone with a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet.
Consider Your Gown's Neckline
If you want to know how to choose wedding jewelry like an experienced stylist consider your gown’s décolletage. Pairing your neckline style with the proper jewels will not only add character to your wedding gown but will frame your face, or even highlight a unique feature. When picking wedding dress jewelry to add shimmer to your special day, consider the following guidelines: A sweetheart or strapless neckline pairs beautifully with a shorter necklace or choker, which creates height. With these neckline styles you may even choose to swop the wedding necklace with a shimmering pair of chandelier earrings. If you are going down the aisle in a V-neck gown, consider wearing a delicate, simple pendant necklace. With halter (or reverse halter) dresses you can put the focus on your hair rather than the neckline. Wearing your hair pinned up and accessorized with decorative pins, combs, flowers or vines will look gorgeous with a halter-neck gown. In this case you may even add a dazzling pair of drop or stud wedding earrings to enhance your bridal look.
Less is More
With so many bridal accessories to choose from it can be tempting to go overboard.
Remember, just because you can wear a veil, tiara, earrings, necklace, bracelet, hair comb and more, it doesn't mean you should. For an elegant, sophisticated look it’s best to err on the safe side by keeping it minimal. If you have an elaborate necklace, wear small stud earrings; or if your gown has a lot of sparkling embellishments, keep your jewelry understated. By choosing one focus piece to complete your overall look, the accessories will accentuate rather than outshine the gown; and, more importantly, the blushing bride will take center stage.
Choose Timeless Pieces
Although your wedding gown may not get another chance to grab the spotlight, your wedding dress jewelry should be something you can wear again and again. The best wedding jewelry are enduring, timeless pieces that can be worn on everyday occasions throughout the journey of marriage. Ideally you want your wedding necklace, wedding earrings and wedding bracelet to reflect your personal style. They should look stylish and glamorous with any outfit – whether you are on honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday.
If you need guidance in choosing wedding dress jewelry for your big day we invite you to book a consultation with one of our experienced consultants. We will be happy to give you wedding jewelry tips and show you our beautiful range of wedding necklaces, wedding earrings and wedding bracelets. We also have an exclusive range of diamond wedding rings for women, as well as men’s wedding bands crafted in platinum, 18K gold and palladium. And if you have something truly unique in mind, you can design your own bespoke piece in collaboration with a Shimansky jewelry designer. We will help you create a timeless and elegant piece that will reflect your enduring love and commitment and capture the essence of your lifelong partnership.