Wedding Jewelry: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping it Simple
If you're like most brides, by the time you walk down the aisle that wedding
dress of yours will have hung in the closet for nearly a year; you will have
looked at and admired it upwards of a million times; and nothing not even
your adorable niece-turned-flower girl is going to distract from it on the
big day. That makes choosing jewelry kind of a catch-22. How can a bride
pick jewelry that complements her dress, her hair, her glowing smile,
without distracting from all of the above? Cathy Pitts, founder of Dasha
Boutique, shares her secrets.
Go for the Gold
is a timeless metal and therefore not a distracting one. Be it a necklace
chain, earring dangle or bracelet clasp, gold communicates quality and
class, but nothing more. Additionally, gold catches less glare than sterling
silver in photos and will not stand out against any skin tone. Try "goldfill"
for a high quality, less pricey option.
A Fine Balance
String small gemstones or pearls evenly around a delicate chain to create a
look that is feminine and flattering. As opposed to a pendant necklace, this
design spreads visual attention around the neckline, making it easy for
onlookers to appreciate without stalling their gazes.
Keep Necklaces Short
There is nothing more distracting than a shiny piece of jewelry dangling
precariously into cleavage. Not only will a short necklace move around less
while you say your vows, you can bet that any time it catches the light,
fewer eyes will be on it and more likely to move when the backdrop is
not your chest. Try a pearl choker, which will easily redirect the attention
to your face.
Get Your Bracelet Fitted
Think of your wedding as equivalent to running a marathon or swimming across
the English Channel and you'll start to understand why ill-fitting jewelry
does not make sense. Buy your jewelry from a designer who can customize the
piece to fit you perfectly and you'll have a bracelet that sits on your
wrist and stays there.
Your Lobes Should Reflect You
Earrings are allowed a bit more leeway because of their strategic position
near your face. So if a pair of cascading citrine stones is a little bit
flashier than you would wear to, say, church, then don't fret. Pick the
earring style that best complements the shape of your face and the style of
your hair and you're guaranteed to love the pictures not to mention the
Remember You Are Adding A Ring
We're quite sure this could have gone unsaid, but it's better safe than
sorry. If you just can't stand the idea of naked fingers on your right hand,
we suggest choosing a fashionable piece, like a coiling metal ring, that
does not include any kind of stone on top.
Try It On
Remember that keeping jewelry simple is as much about letting you
focus as it is about anyone else. Try your jewelry on all of it with a
comparable hair style, sleeve length and neckline and wear the whole
ensemble around your house for a couple of hours. This should give you some
insight into whether things need to be tightened, loosened, otherwise
adjusted or replaced before you're standing at the alter trying
desperately to untangle your earring from your necklace.
Add Color Cautiously
small amount of color such as tiny garnets alternating with pearls in your
necklace, or a cluster of turquoise beads on your earrings can go a long
way to bring out the color of your bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses or
another subtle theme in your ceremony.