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How to Choose Your Wedding Jewellery

One of the challenges brides face is choosing their wedding jewellery.  You might be tempted to go with items you already own and you like best, but it pays to be discerning with your choices and disciplined.

A few sacrifices here and there can make a whole lot of difference to your overall look on the day.  The general rule is to work with your dress and make choices in line with the colour, style and fabric of your dress.

In this article, we look at some of the main things to keep in mind when complementing your wedding attire with jewellery.  These tips will help you to choose jewellery for your occasion that doesn’t outshine the dress or clash with it in any way.


Don’t Overdo it

When it comes to bridal jewellery, the general rule is ‘less is more.’  Tasteful, classical jewellery is the most popular and works with most wedding dresses.  The last thing you want is to wear too many necklaces or earrings which distract from the beauty of your wedding dress. The jewellery must instead complement and contrast with it.

Some wedding dresses come with some bling attached, such as a necklace or belt. In this scenario, work with what is part of your dress and choose pieces to complement this.  For example, if your dress has some diamante detail on it, you will probably choose diamante or diamond jewellery to work with it. 

On the other hand, if your wedding dress is on the simpler side, you could look for some bigger and bolder statement pieces to offset it’s simplicity. It’s all about balance and visual appeal; just remember not to overdo it with jewellery.


Complement the dress

Don’t get a headache trying to think of what wedding jewellery works best with your wedding dress; instead, use the wedding dress to give you clues and hints. Broadly you have three categories to choose from silver, gold, and rose gold.

If your wedding dress is classic white, then it makes sense to go with silver or platinum jewellery from This is the best compliment to a white dress, although gold jewellery is also a great  alternative to enhance your look. Some dresses have pink or beige hues – for these, choose rose gold.

At the end of the day, it’s your wedding, and it makes sense to choose the colours you feel most comfortable in but trying to choose colours to complement your dress will enhance your wedding day look.

Stunning wedding bracelet

What about the neckline?

When it comes to choosing the perfect necklace you need to consider the neckline of your wedding dress. Certain jewellery works well with different necklines, and choosing the right one can make all the difference. Take your time and get it right.

Take a look at your wedding dress. Does it have an ornate neckline? A V-neck neckline or a sweetheart neckline. Each neckline calls for different jewellery to set it off. The ornate neckline goes well with chandelier earrings, for instance, and the V-neck works well with a Choker or pendant.

If your dress has a high neckline, you’ll probably skip the necklace and go with statement earrings and a bracelet.  Try different options with your dress to see what works best.


It’s about balance

Jewellery can be tricky, especially for a wedding dress. The trouble is that jewellery is intended to stand out and be flashy; then again, so is your wedding dress.

You need to find the balance when it comes to your wedding jewellery. What you need is jewellery that draws attention, complements but doesn’t compete with or outdo your wedding dress. Your dress needs to be the star of the show – after you, of course

In the same breath, choosing too many jewellery pieces can be just as bad as choosing the wrong colour or material. Too much jewellery simply overwhelms the dress and distracts from it’s beauty.


Tone down the colours

When it comes to choosing the colours of stones for your jewellery you have lots of choices, but try to choose a stone which will either complement or contrast

You might be tempted to go for a range of gemstones for instance – the most popular gemstones for weddings are pearls, diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. But if you mix and match your gemstones, the look will be distracting and confused.

Instead, try to choose just one gemstone which will compliment or contrast your dress. Pare down your choices. You want to find a stone that is simple and minimal.

Pretty bracelet - wedding jewellery

Don’t mix metals

As with the stones you decide on for your wedding jewellery, you will also need to pare down the metals. If you have a mixture of metals, your overall look may end up confused and unappealing. So choose no more than two metals.

Again, use your dress for inspiration. If you’re wearing a white dress, then silver and platinum are perfect; you might also get away with one other metal, like white gold. Creamier dresses team up nicely with rose gold and yellow gold.

It can be tempting to mix your metals, especially if you want to include ring sets, but avoiding a mixture will give you a more cohesive look.   It may be safer to choose jewellery in the same metal as your engagement and wedding rings.


To sum up

Though you may be tempted to choose stones and style that catch your eye or say something about your personality, it makes sense to pare things down and be discerning with your choices. Always choose jewellery that compliments your dress without detracting from it.

You can get more help here if you need help to choose your other accessories, shoes or a veil.  And I’m always here to help with any aspect of your wedding planning so do get in touch if you need some one to one support.


Louise Wearmouth, Founder of Your Fabulous Wedding