Brides generally spend months finding the perfect dress. They scrutinize neckline, texture, train, and much more before settling on one that they have deemed perfect for them.
However, at Hotsy Totsy we’re firm believers that not enough consideration always goes into the jewellery the bride will wear until the very last minute. Understanding what the options are can narrow down some of the struggle and alleviate some of the stress.
Let’s start with the basics. Any bride has several different accessories to choose from – a necklace, bracelet, earrings, or some sort of head piece. She can even wear another ring on her right hand but the most important thing is to mix and match. Don’t wear one of each type of accessory or it will distract from the dress and the rest of the outfit. Go with a necklace and earrings. Or opt for a bracelet, headpiece, and necklace. Keep it subtle but sparkling.
The most common type of jewellery that is worn on wedding days is diamond jewellery. It matches the beautiful ring the bride wears, goes with the white theme, and keeps all eyes on the bride with its sparkling luster. The old saying is true – Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend! Remember though, you don’t have to go to the ultimate expense of decking yourself out with the real thing – sparkling crystals look great and also save on the cost. They will look just as lovely but won’t distract from the ring you are wearing.
Of course, there is no rule book that says the bride has to wear what is traditionally worn on the wedding day. She can opt not to wear any jewellery that is white or sparkling. For example, it is becoming more popular for alternative brides to wear a stone such as turquoise. It adds a pop of color without the sparkle of diamond. However, this does not mean that the bride is sacrificing any sort of beauty. Turquoise jewellery brings the theme of the wedding back to nature in an elegant way.
There are other alternative types of jewellery as well. The bride may wear jewellery with fake flowers instead of gems. She may opt for ribbon as opposed to precious metals. She may even go with an alternative style of jewellery, such as body chains or glitter tattoos. The most important aspect is that the bride is comfortable and feels beautiful in whatever she chooses to wear.
Another style that is becoming increasing popular and glamorous in the wedding world is vintage jewellery. This encompasses a variety of things. First, it may be more bold with flourishes. It may have a brass setting as opposed to a shiny silver. It is often more shaped into flowers or trinity patterns that draw the eye. It is often less sparkly but has an elegance to it that cannot be matched. In this day and age, vintage can span a wide range of decades. It could be as early as the 60s or 70s, or it could go back as far as the Roaring 20s. Again, the bride needs to find an era that she sees herself in.
One of the benefits that goes along with wearing vintage jewellery as a bride is that it gives the photos and wedding as a whole a timeless, classic feeling. Each photo can be placed in any moment in time and fit. This can be a nice representation of the love that knows no bounds.
When picking out jewellery for a wedding, the most important aspect is that it speaks to the bride. It does not have to be what is in style that season. It does not have to perfectly match the dress she is wearing. All that matters is that she feels beautiful in her jewellery, her gown, and her future.
About the Author: Francesca Beswick works for Hotsy Totsy – an Australian jewellery retailer who ship their collection of stunning wedding jewellery worldwide.