Like most wedding decisions, there’s really no hard and fast rules. But, a good starting point has to be the dress.
Choose pieces with a design that's similar in style to your dress. Ideally, your jewelry will complement the style of your dress (and any hair accessories/veil you'll be wearing). For example, jewelry with beautiful filigrees or delicate drops of pearls look amazing with vintage-inspired lace dresses, while Grecian style dresses look chic with simple but bold pieces.
Your chosen jewelry can be used to highlight features that you love or to bring balance to your overall look. Long drop earrings are a great way to balance out a bottom-heavy gown, and strapless dresses just scream for a little sparkle around your neckline.
What necklace will suit the neckline on my dress?
Some necklaces styles look better with certain necklines. Here’s something to consider:
Choose a necklace with a pendant so that it falls in a "V" shape to mimic and complement your neckline.
A simple short necklace or choker is always safe, but a necklace with a more ornate style will also really stand out (depending on the detail on your dress neckline). Choose a piece that falls higher than the dip in the neckline. If you're wearing an elaborate necklace, balance the look with a pair of simple stud earrings.
One Shoulder Dress
Less is more. Don’t risk ruining the asymmetric lines created by your gorgeous dress. Instead, try a pair of chandelier earrings and a bold cuff.
Try a string of pearls or crystals, a delicate pendant necklace or choker length necklace.
Opt for a fairly short single or multi-stranded necklace or a choker to sit inside the neckline.
Don't wear any necklace at all with this style of neckline - dangle earrings and bracelets will complement this type of neckline better.
Try a beautiful backdrop necklace to make a focal point of your back. Imagine walking down the aisle with this gorgeousness behind you. Make sure your hair is up!
Should I match my wedding jewelry to the detail on my dress?
The detail on your dress can certainly be a guiding factor on the choice of your jewelry.
Things don't need to match perfectly, but where there is softness, lace and pearls you would coordinate likewise. In a similar way, if the detailing is all sparkly beads and gemstones look for accessories where these elements are the main focus.
What earrings will suit my face shape best?
Most brides wear earrings on their big day, but getting the right pair is important as they are so close to your face! Try the following earring styles:
A highly versatile face shape, oval faces suit all types of earrings and necklaces, in particular teardrops and ovals.
Heart Shaped Faces
Try earrings that are wider at the bottom than the top. All lengths and types of necklaces work well with this face shape.
Long drop earrings are a good choice to balance out this face shape. V-shaped necklaces also add length visually. It’s perhaps best to avoid round, more chunky-style earrings.
Large, round or long dangly earrings flatter this square faces. It’s best to avoid large, angular styles.
If you are wearing your hair down, small earrings may be hidden under flowing tresses, so choose bigger, more dramatic earrings.
Long drop earrings work well with a long neck, but this style may emphasize a short neck, where shorter drops look better. However, putting your hair up elongates the neck, so you can then go for those chandeliers!