Updated: May 18, 2021
For any bride, the star of the day when it comes to your bridal attire is your wedding dress. For this reason, it is always advisable to get your wedding dress first before selecting any bridal jewellery. As the decision on your dress choice will impact every critical aspect of your bridal jewellery selection, we include this foundational rule as part of our introduction before listing some top tips for selecting wedding jewellery that is perfect for you.
Select bridal jewellery that compliments the colour of your dress
In general ivory coloured dresses go well with gold metal jewellery or pieces made with ivory / white pearls.
Gold metals will offer a modern contemporary feel to your bridal outfit whilst pearls deliver a regal and classic overall look. New trends in pearl jewellery that are matched with crystals are also very common and these still work well with ivory. It is just important to ensure that the colour of the pearl match your dress.
White dresses go well with silver / platinum metals and like ivory also work well with pearls of similar colours.
Pink blush dresses work well with rose gold metals. The complimentary colours will definitely stand out on any bride’s special day.
In order to deliver a complete look, you can adopt to buy a bridal jewellery set for your wedding which is usually composed of both the bridal earrings and a necklace.
Consider your dress neckline when selecting your bridal jewellery
The neckline of your wedding dress can can impact your decision on picking bridal jewellery that will work well with your dress.
In general, V neck dresses tend to work with longer pendants. A longer pendant will elongate the neckline and accentuate your décolletage.
Strapless dresses work well with shorter pendants or chokers as these accentuate the neckline.
Dresses that are halter or one shoulder work well when paired with earrings and a bracelet or hairpiece. Wearing these necklines gives the bride the unique opportunity to be bold and consider wearing statement earrings or a statement headpiece with complimentary bracelets.
Wear jewellery that makes you feel comfortable
Admittedly this tip seems obvious, but it has to be said. Your wedding is your special day and besides maybe the designer shoes you’ve been dying to wear for a few hours, you need to be comfortable in what you're wearing. You want to look back years from that day and know that you made a selection that is timeless or at least embodies your personality.
Traditional pieces stand the test of time so when in doubt, choosing the classic pearl jewellery sets is always a great choice.
You can also decide to select more contemporary pieces or be bold and choose to wear statement earrings paired with a simple bracelet. This will give an overall look that dazzles without being too blingy. In general when choosing statement pieces, one is always enough.
Your hair accessories should compliment your other bridal jewellery
It is important to select hair accessory e.g. hair combs, tiaras, hair bands, that work well with your other bridal jewellery selection. Generally your hair accessories should not overwhelm your other jewellery selection. As stated the general rule is one statement piece for your bridal outfit so if you select a statement tiara or hairband, this can be matched with more subtle pieces. This gives an overall bold, glamourous modern look that does not overwhelm your wedding dress.
To sum things up, there are generally no defined rules for choosing the bridal jewellery that is perfect for you however these tips should provide guidelines that will help.