Love is in the air!
No, really—love is ingrained in our culture.
In 2018, over half of Americans ages 18 and up registered as married. Love is the number one reason why people get married (take that, skeptics!). And remarriage is on the rise (by 10%, to be exact), proving that we all want a chance at love.
Are you preparing to be a beautiful, blushing bride? Have you said "yes" to the dress? Are you now wondering how to choose the perfect, complimentary wedding jewelry?
We've got a few style tips and tricks up our sleeve that we're prepared to share with you. And don't worry, we're considering the trends. Here's what to keep in mind when doing your big-day shopping in 2019!
Consider Your Dress's Color
There's a general best practice when it comes to shopping for wedding jewelry. At the end of the day, it's got to match your dress's color.
Don't shop for the perfect, matching jewelry set, only to discover it offsets your ivory dress! While it may look wonderful on its own, the way it complements your dress is what matters.
Here are a few rules to keep in mind:
- If your dress is Pure White: For an elegant allure, choose metals in silvery tones
- If your dress is Blush: Blush-colored jewelry works well with shades of pink. Try rose gold, like this diamond cut necklace
- If your dress is Ivory: Gold-colored jewelry is a perfect match to this buttery, soft choice
- If your dress is Light Gold: Champagne-colored dresses work well with yellow, white, and rose gold-colored jewelry
- If your dress is Light Blue: This works best with anything light and shiny, as this thick diamond cut necklace
Who knows, your dress color may not even be on this list! If you're blazing new trails with a nontraditional color, then follow your own rules!
Keep Your Wedding Jewelry Simple
Your wedding day is the time to feel comfortable. It's your special day and you want to feel like you.
Don't experiment with something you'd normally never wear. Otherwise, you'll spend the day tugging at heavy earrings, playing with a long necklace, or getting blisters from stilettos.
Keep things simple and comfortable, something like a classic cable bangle bracelet or a statement pendant.
Don't wear chandelier earrings, a layered necklace, and stackable rings. A general style tip, invented by the lovely Coco Chanel, says, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off."
Keep this thought in mind as you plan your wedding jewelry.
Use the Same Type Throughout
Rose gold-colored earrings. Silvery-colored, stackable bracelets. Gold-colored wedding band. Variety is the spice of life, right?
When it comes to your wedding day, the answer is "wrong"!
Now isn't necessarily the best time to rock a bunch of different metals. When possible, keep your metal usage the same throughout all your pieces. It could be too distracting to have these many styles going on for one look.
Leave the statement-making for your dress, your shining face, and your brand-new finger adornment!
If possible, match your metals to your dress's color. This will be your best tactic when looking for that correct fit.
Consider Your Dress's Neckline
Your dress's neckline has a lot to do with deciding which necklace you're going to wear (if any). This can also determine your hairdo and earring choice, which we'll get to in the next section.
For now, let's look over a few general rules about the relationship between neckline and necklace placement:
- For necklaces of short length, scoop necks, V-necks, and off-the-shoulder work well
- For necklaces against the throat, almost every style works
- Similarly, almost any style works well with a necklace that sits on the collarbone
- For a dress with a high neckline, consider a necklace that lands on the bust or 1-2 inches below
Whatever your choice, make sure your necklace flatters your throat, collarbone, and neckline.
Match Your Hairstyle and Earring Choice
You wouldn't want to wear your flowing hair down and wear large, statement earrings. Rather, those work best with an open neckline and a delicate up-do.
If your hair is down, use that as an opportunity to highlight something else: a necklace, bangles, subtle rings. If you still want to wear earrings, keep it neutral, like with simple bar earrings. Something simple, like solitaire earrings, highlight your face without stealing the show.
Of course, that rule is off the table if you're rocking an up-do!
What's That Saying, Again?
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Every soon-to-be bride has probably heard this delicate phrase.
If you're a traditional bride, being a part of this age-old practice may be your thing. What it means is this:
Something old, something new. Today, we put a modern spin on this phrase.
For something old, go shopping for a unique, vintage piece that isn't sold anywhere else. For something new, well—that's what the wedding band is for!
In the Victorian era, women borrowed something from somebody who was fertile and/or a mother. It was said to protect the bride from being infertile. Today, we take it to mean: borrow something unique from your mom or sister!
The color blue protected the bride from the Evil Eye. This can be in the form of anything you want, back then, blue was commonly adorned on a garter. Today, you can try a blue accent on your shoes or some stunning hoop earrings.
You can take an old-school saying and put a new-school twist on it, it's that easy!
Be Merry, You're Almost Married!
You've said "yes" to the proposal.
You've said "yes" to the dress.
Now it's time to say "YES!" to your wedding jewelry!
We hope you keep these tips in mind as you shop around for the perfect statement pieces. If you have any questions along the way, just consult this guide for all the answers. The perfect outfit will make your perfect day even better, and it'll be great for photos, too.
In fact, let's tackle that topic next.
Here's how to take Instagram-worthy photos of your special day!