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Last updated on August 11, 2021
When you are planning your wedding, there are a million and one things to do. Dress, colors, venue, flowers, food, seating; the list goes on and on. But, what about your bridal jewelry? Are you keeping it simple with just your bridal set, or do you dress it up even more?
Bridal jewelry comes in many forms and fashions and it is a fantastic way to add a little whimsy to your big day. While everything else from your dress, down to your shoes can be very traditional, the bridal jewelry pieces you pick can add a little sparkle and shine is a very subtle way.
There are five types of bridal jewelry to choose from, and you can go big with all five, or go small with just one or two. You can make them big statement pieces, or you can make them low-key adornments; the style and choice should complement you as a person, and your wedding as a whole.
1. Hairpin or Comb
One piece that many brides opt for, in lieu of a full veil, especially during the reception, is a hairpin or comb. These can be adorned with everything from pearls, to jewels, to flowers, and everything in between. Having a beach themed wedding? Your hairpin or comb would look fantastic adorned with a few small seashells, and your wedding colors. Black Tie Wedding? Try pearls, jewels, or even diamonds. The options truly are endless and can be done to compliment and bride, and any style.
Earrings are a piece of bridal jewelry that most brides opt for, and these, just like the hairpin and combs, can be created to compliment any style or personality. If you are having a simple wedding, or want the focus to remain on your dress or bridal set, a small pair of pearl or diamond earrings may suffice. However, if you are into a larger earring, teardrops, and drop & dangles are a great choice. You can make a big statement with your earrings alone.
What is really neat about earrings is that you can style any era of earring to compliment your wedding. Vintage dangles have been a big hit in recent years, with many brides creating Hollywood style weddings. Another great option, for the bride that likes the style, is ear cuffs. These will cover a large portion of your ear and include a simple earring for your lobe to complete the look. These are also easy to personalize for each particular style.
Bridal Necklaces are another great way to add an additional bit of sparkle and shine. You can keep it very traditional with a variety of pearl necklaces, or with simple pendant style necklaces. These are a great option for the bride that just wants something classic and simple. If you are looking to make a statement, especially if you are only going to choose one piece of bridal jewelry to do it with, a statement pearl and diamond necklace is definitely the way to go.
These necklaces are larger and rest across your entire neckline; these too can be personalized to fit the bride's style. You can have the option of choosing a necklace with flowers, gems, diamonds, or pearls, or anything else your heart desires. They can be bold, or delicate, and still, make a huge statement.
Wedding Bracelets are another great way to add to your overall look, and like necklaces can be bold or simple depending on what look you are going for. There are so many fantastic styles to choose from when picking your bracelet. Cuffs, links, clasps, and brooch style give a wide range of options to choose from. Complete the look with pearl clusters, vintage crystals, or a combination of both, and your guests will be sure to take notice.
Lastly, and one that not every bride opts to use, is rings. Some might say that your bridal set alone is more than adequate for this special day, however, choosing to wear a ring on the opposite hand is a great way to balance out your look. It is also a fantastic way to add in the “Something Borrowed” and carry a piece of a loved one with you. These, as with all of the other bridal jewelry options, can make a huge statement, or be a subtle addition to your bridal fashion. Stackable rings, knuckle rings, and statement rings can all be styled to compliment your dress either during the wedding or later at the reception. How and why to wear a certain piece, is entirely up to you.
At the end of the day, making sure that each and every piece that you wear, makes you happy, and compliments you as a bride is what is important, and don't ever underestimate the power of a good piece of jewelry to add a little whimsy to your big day.