The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Day Jewelry
You’ve selected the dress, veil and your shoes, but you need the right accessories to finalize your wedding day look.
A fierce set of earrings or a dainty pearl bracelet can make your wedding ensemble beautiful without competing with your veil or headpiece. By brushing up on your jewelry education and following a few time-tested wedding day dos and don’ts, you can add a little wow to your wedding gown and be the best-dressed woman in the room.
- Don’t crowd your fingers with color and excessive baubles. Keep your fingers free of rings. On your wedding day, your engagement ring and your wedding band are the only stars shining on your hands. Do wear short and sassy nude or French-tip nail polish colors to highlight your wedding jewelry best.
- Do accessorize with silver or gold cuffs. While you need to keep your ring fingers free of sparkle, you can add shine to your arms with bracelet. If your wedding dress is casual and strapless, slide a few cuffs on your wrists to accessorize your beach or garden wedding dress. Remember the proportion rules: Smaller girls should wear small cuffs while plus-sized beauties can rock larger pieces.
- Don’t neglect black jewelry options. More unexpected that gold or silver, black necklaces and bracelets add a splurge-worthy and unexpected sense of glamour to your winter white wedding dress. If you are wearing a spaghetti-strapped or strapless dress, a long black necklace will make you appear leaner and taller. On the other hand, you can pair a large black pendant with diamond studs and dainty silver hoops.
- Do mix metals or gems, but not both. If your dress is plain and you are not wearing a long cathedral length veil, you can mix metal colors in your jewelry options. Try pink gold and silver gold earrings to match your blush pink gown. To avoid looking too garish, skip wearing jewelry that features a mix of different metals and colored gemstones.
- Don’t wear big hoop earrings on your wedding day. If you must choose a hoop for a casual wedding, try a minimalist one that works well with a sleek chignon or simple ponytail. In fact, gold earrings are a staple of bohemian chic style. They pair well with chunky metal cuffs and a flowing cream or white silk wedding dress.
- Do take into account your size when choosing your earrings. If you are petite – five feet four inches or under – select small earrings for your ears. If you are a medium weight and height, choose medium-sized earrings. If you are plus-sized, don’t be afraid to go big. You can opt for large earrings that won’t clash with your veil or headpiece.
- Don’t think of pearl jewelry as just being white. Pearls come in many shades – pink, ivory, cream, yellow and black. To match your wedding dress best, choose the best pearl jewelry that complements the style of the dress and your skin tone.
- Do wear dangling faux gems. If you cannot afford diamonds, or are not comfortable wearing flashy rhinestones, synthetic stones never disappoint the bride on a budget. Whether they are emerald, sapphire, emerald or a mix of jewels, these fabulous fakes add instant glamour to an evening wedding gown.