You’ve found the perfect dress, the groom and his groomsmen are suited and booted and your bridesmaids have all agreed on their dresses. Now it’s time to start thinking about the finishing touches: wedding jewellery.
There’s one golden rule when it comes to choosing accessories for your wedding day. The jewellery should complement and not over-power your dress.
Here’s our definitive guide to wedding day jewellery.
Scroll down for our tips!
Let’s start with the star of the show! How much jewellery and the style of jewellery you wear will depend very much on the design of your dress.
Bright white gown – If you’ve decided on a bright white wedding dress it’s best to avoid yellow gold jewellery as the metal can clash with a very white dress. Stick to softer metal tones like platinum, white gold or even pearl jewellery.
Off-white gown – this slightly off-white complements the broadest spectrum of metals. With a diamond white gown you could wear rose gold, gold, silver or platinum jewellery.
Ivory gown – a creamy coloured ivory gown has yellow undertones which again may clash with yellow gold, but would look stunning with pearl jewellery.
What jewellery goes with what neckline?
Strapless or sweetheart – in a strapless dress your décolletage is just asking for a pretty necklace – particularly if you’ll be wearing your hair up.
Diamonds really are a bride’s best friend, so you can never go wrong adding a touch of sparkle to your wedding dress. A string of pearls would also look elegant and classic with a strapless wedding dress.
V-neck – this is another style of dress that works wonderfully with a necklace. A simple pendant will draw the eye along the cut of your gown and complete your look.
Spaghetti straps – to avoid spoiling the shape and design of a dress with spaghetti straps, wear a necklace that has a triangular shape and lies neatly between the straps.
Finally, it’s important to consider the detailing of your dress and whether jewellery will detract from your gown. If you’ve chosen a dress with a lot of embellishment or embroidery it might be best to keep your jewellery minimal, perhaps just a pair of earrings– unless you’re going for all out glamour, in which case layer away!
On to the man of the moment, wedding accessories are an opportunity for the groom to customise his suit and express his personality.
Cufflinks, tie clip and pocket squares are all a brilliant chance to add a little creative flair to a wedding suit. Generally, there are three lines of thinking around the groom’s wedding accessories:
Fun – make their finishing touches quirky and personal. Maybe a pair of cufflinks inspired by their favourite film or hobby, a tartan pocket square, even novelty socks – fun accessories don’t take themselves too seriously.
Formal – these are classically smart options. Silver stud cufflinks and matching tie clip, a white pocket square. Formal choices are traditional and timeless.
Sentimental – perhaps it’s a pair of cufflinks handed down from his granddad, or a family heirloom pocket watch. Sentimental accessories have personal meaning and significance.
Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids
A lot of the same considerations for the bride’s jewellery apply to the bridesmaids. Their jewellery will depend on the style of dress your bridesmaids are wearing and how they’re wearing their hair. Most importantly, you don’t want to go too fussy or crowded.
A lot of brides also choose a piece of jewellery as a thank you gift for their bridal party such as this stunning piece below from Emmy London.
Best Man and Ushers
Delivering a killer best man’s speech is a lot of pressure, so your groomsmen have earned a special thank you! Cufflinks are a keepsake they can treasure forever and there’s the added benefit that they can wear them on your big day too.