choosing bridal jewellery to match the dress

Guest Blog- 7 tips to consider when purchasing wedding jewellery

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Shopping for your wedding JEWELLERY is an exciting time and there are so many different options to choose from! Today, I am giving you my top 7 things to remember before making the BIG purchase/S... 


Whether sparkling, bold earrings have caught your eye or you’re drawn to an understated, subtle necklace or headpiece, there’s one key thing to remember – don’t overshadow the dress.

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The right jewellery pieces can enhance your dress/suit choice rather than overtaking it, creating a complete look that’s beautiful. The dress/suit should be the main show, with your jewellery, from headpieces to rings, all complementing the outfit you’ve carefully chosen. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to wedding jewellery, our top seven tips will point you in the right direction.

1. Think about the style of your dress or suit

The style of dress/suit that you’ve chosen will have a huge impact on how to accessorize. A sophisticated, classic slip dress can be given an elegant, dramatic look with bold jewellery. However if you’ve chosen a dress that is a statement in itself, it can clash and be diluted by adding striking accessories. Vintage inspired dresses are making a huge comeback and if you’ve opted for one of these, jewellery that matches the decade can result in a stunning well put together look.


2. Consider your neckline

The overall cut of your dress/suit is important when selecting jewellery, however the neckline should be your top consideration. The neckline of your dress helps to frame your face and the jewellery you choose plays a role in that. If you’ve chosen a high neckline or halterneck, it might be best to skip the necklace and instead focus on your earrings or accessorising your hair. V necks are ideal for showing off delicate pendants, while a sweetheart neckline gives you an opportunity to go bold.

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3. Complement with accents

Have you chosen a dress/suit that’s decorated with lace, pearls, or crystals? Your jewellery should reflect the accents of your dress/suit to create a balanced look that wows. With the right choice, your accessories will complement rather than overshadow. If you’ve gone for a dress/suit with understated glam, you’ve got a blank canvas to layer your jewellery to.


4. Don’t forget the headpiece

With a multitude of options to choose from, don’t forget your head piece. Whether you’re keen to wear a traditional veil or you’ve been looking at colourful floral creations, your headpiece is an important accessory. It needs to enhance both your dress and the other jewellery you’ll be wearing.  


5. Remember less is more

Bridal jewellery is simply beautiful, and it can be tempting to purchase a whole collection to wear on your big day, but you do run the risk of taking over your dress by wearing too many pieces. Choosing one or two elegant pieces, can deliver a bigger statement than piling on everything that you loved in the jewellery store.

6. Match your metals to your dress/suit colour

Some metals work better paired with certain colours, bringing out the shade that you fell in love with. White dresses look beautiful when paired with silver, while a blush gown lets you experiment with the on trend rose gold look. If you’ve gone for the timeless and popular option of ivory, golds can bring work brilliantly however silvers are also an elegant option.


7. Reflect your individual style

When you’re picking out your bridal jewellery don’t forget the most important person – you. You should enjoy and wear your wedding day jewellery again and again, bringing back stunning memories of your big day. You want to show off your own personality and individual style throughout the whole of your wedding, including in your jewellery choices.


Until next time, happy planning.