The Wedding Dress and Bridal Jewelry Style Guide

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While some modern brides get married in scuba gear and bikinis, or denim and cowboy boots, there is nothing that makes a bride more feel beautiful than when she wears traditional wedding attire.

When selecting the perfect wedding dress you can choose a glam old Hollywood gown a la Audrey Hepburn or mimic the style of a favorite musical artist with a fabulous and modern frock.

Whatever type of dress you choose for your trip down the aisle, you’ll need the appropriate jewelry that complements your wedding theme and style. 

Here’s how to wave goodbye to understated jewels, and pile on a few baubles that flatter your crisp white or cream grown and your unique style personality.

  1. Use jewelry to balance you overall wedding look. Tear-drop earrings help draw attention to your face; a long opera-length pearl necklace elongates your upper body, while a chunky cuff or bracelet helps to anchor sleeveless dresses.
  2. Make sure that the jewelry on your fingers and wrists are minimal. On your hands, wear only your engagement and wedding rings. When worn with a high-necked wedding gown, a pearl bracelet is the perfect pick-me-up item for your wedding ceremony. Leave a watch off your wrist, as a decorative timepiece does not complement a formal gown.
  3. Consider your gown’s neckline. An off-the-shoulder or strapless gown looks best with a statement necklace featuring diamonds or a pearl choker. If you have a dress with a high neckline or embroidery on the bodice, don’t let your jewelry compete with the gown. Wear small diamond or pearl earrings to accessorize your dress.
  4. Factor in any decorative veil or sparkle that you will add to your hair. If the jeweled comb that you wear in your hair or the blusher veil is decorative, check out these jewelry options that are simple and sweet.
  5. When wearing high-neck gowns or an elaborate ball gown, keep the sparkle on your ears simple. Wear small pearl or crystal earrings that bring the eyes up toward your face where they belong.
  6. Pearls are a classic option. Pearls are a favorite choice of blushing brides. But unless the pearls are the perfect length, they may clash or take away from the glamour of your gown. Layered and long pearl strands are not only slimming to ample figures, but also complement V-neck, spaghetti-strap and strapless gowns.
  7. Proportion is key. Many brides are choosing to wear bold, statement jewelry with their vintage bridal gowns. Big bracelets and necklaces may set off a simple bridal gown beautifully, but these items will clash with over-the-elbow, satin wedding gloves and long cathedral-length veils.

Select jewelry that complements that shape and style of your ball gown. Top off your mermaid bridal gown with a pair of white lace gloves and teardrop pearl earrings. Accessorize your simple sheath or column gown with a crystal-encrusted tiara and small silver studs at the ears. When wearing an A-line gown, decorate your ears with a pair of crystal and pearl drop earrings.

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Sarah Pinkerton

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