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Choosing bridal accessories to suit your dress

When, how and where should you choose jewellery for your wedding day? Could you use a little bit of advice about styles of wedding necklace, types of pearls etc? Wedding jewellery is a competitive market for suppliers and there is a huge amount of choice for brides out there – I know I wouldn’t know where to start (so many pretty sparkly things!) but with a little help from guest blogger and wedding jeweller Julieann it all becomes crystal clear….

Choosing bridal accessories that link in with your wedding dress

Your wedding day is often something you have dreamt about since you were a little girl, make believe, magical and special. Modified and fine tuned as films were watched and became favourites, places visited and books read creating memories to be treasured forever.

While your wedding dress will be worn once and bridal hair accessories become heirlooms your wedding jewellery if chosen carefully will become favourites that you will wear time and time again. But what do you choose?

1. First things first – your wedding dress

julieannbeads.co.uk Allure Bracelet £17.50

julieannbeads.co.uk Allure Bracelet £17.50

The starting point has to be your wedding dress, don’t even think accessories until you have decided on what you are going to wear. Until you have tried on a selection of wedding dresses and found ‘the one’ for you it is not worth buying the accessories. Many brides end up ordering a dress totally different to what they first had in mind.

Once you have ordered your dress you can then plan your look and start to think wedding jewellery and accessories.

2. Wedding Dress colour and bridal accessories

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Heart Earrings £12.00

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Heart Earrings £12.00

Ivory or cream wedding dresses look stunning with luxurious ivory freshwater pearls and are a traditional and classic choice for many brides. Pearls photograph beautifully with timeless elegance. Wedding tiaras, hair accessories and bridal jewellery featuring ivory pearls link you to your dress; the last thing you want is for your dress to wear you!

Have you considered having a favourite piece of jewellery reworked for your wedding? Granny’s broken pearls can be given a new lease of life for your wedding day and beyond. Alternatively, you may have borrowed a tiara or piece of wedding jewellery and would like to have co-ordinating accessories made especially for you that link in.

Pearls aren’t for everyone though, so if this is the case why not consider all crystal or diamante wedding jewellery as an alternative. These are a dazzling variety of styles and finishes to choose from.

Coloured wedding dresses are becoming more popular again as are ivory or cream dresses with coloured detailing. You could have a bridal accessory design customised by adding crystals to match your dress colour. Some companies charge extra for customising a design so always check this out first.

3. Wedding dress style and detailing with jewellery

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Tall Comb £65.00

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Tall Comb £65.00

The style and neckline of your wedding dress will dictate your choice of bridal jewellery. It is a good idea to echo the neckline of your wedding dress in the shape of the wedding jewellery you choose, e.g.

  • Strapless and spaghetti strap wedding dresses generally suit all jewellery styles so here the world is your oyster!
  • V-neck wedding dresses look great with pendant necklace designs and more angular hair accessories.
  • Round or scoop necklines are elegant when teamed with timeless single stranded bridal jewellery and soft flowing hair accessories.
  • Sweetheart necklines lend themselves to simple matching heart themed wedding jewellery.
  • Halter neck wedding dresses do not suit necklaces so instead why not opt for a statement hair accessory, earrings and a matching bracelet?

Look carefully at the detailing on your wedding dress and link wedding jewellery and hair accessories in with this. For instance, one of the latest trends is for asymmetrical detailing on wedding dresses. Offset this with a side tiara/headband, bracelet on one wrist and matching earrings.

Wedding dresses with lots of detail need minimal accessories, the last thing you want to do is confuse the look, distract from your outfit and end up looking like a Christmas tree!

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Brooch £22.50

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Brooch £22.50

The secret is to think in threes, so a statement tiara looks stunning with dainty pearl earrings and maybe a pretty matching bracelet. A simpler tiara comb looks lovely with more dramatic earrings and elegant cuff bracelet or if you prefer smaller earrings try the same comb but with smaller earrings and add a pretty necklace.

4. Final Considerations

Remember, it is your wedding day, your memories to create, your style, your look! The above points should help you to plan your wedding day look and choose your bridal accessories; just follow the sequence of thoughts and ideas.

Remember that you are used to seeing yourself front on. On your wedding day you will be seen and more importantly photographed from all angles. Pause and consider, what will your wedding jewellery and bridal hair accessories look like from the side and back?
The other point to remember is that there will probably be more of you on display than usual with shoulders and décolleté to consider!

julieannbeads.co.uk Truly Brooch £22.50

julieannbeads.co.uk Truly Brooch £22.50

julieannbeads.co.uk Purely Pendant Allure £20.00

julieannbeads.co.uk Purely Pendant Allure £20.00

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Cuff Bracelet £65

julieannbeads.co.uk Moonlight Cuff Bracelet £65

Thanks to Julieann for this guest blog post. I hope it’s helped you think about jewellery styles for your wedding day.

About Julieann and Julieann Beads wedding jewellery

Julieann is the designer behind Julieann Beads, UK wedding jewellery specialist. Julieann Beads are regularly featured in the UK wedding press including favourite magazines You & Your Wedding, Wedding Ideas and Perfect Wedding.

Julieann Beads have also signed up to support the Ethical Wedding Supplier Pledge on the English Wedding blog. The pledge is a public statement of trustworthiness – and a great way to find wedding suppliers you can trust.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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