7 Great Tips for Picking Wedding Jewelry You’ll Love

Wedding planning can be a stressful and overwhelming process, but it does have its fun elements — like trying on dresses and picking out your wedding-day accessories. This is the only time in your life that you’ll have an excuse to round up your closest friends and family and demand that they watch while you try on clothing for several hours. Don’t pass it up! But for an indecisive bride, the process of designing a wedding-day look feels more like a punishment than a privilege.

If you fall into this category, maybe you’ve been agonizing over which pieces of jewelry to wear with your wedding gown. Agonize no more. If you follow these seven tips, you should have no trouble choosing wedding jewelry that you’ll love on your big day and for years to come as you see them in photos.

Anna Campbell 2019Wedding Dresses Wonderlust Bridal Collection - Natalia Tassel Earrings
Anna Campbell 2019 Wedding Dresses – Wanderlust Bridal Collection
Wedding Jewelry - Sparrow and Gold Photography
Sparrow and Gold Photography | via Organic Elegance Wedding Inspiration with Mon Cheri Bridals


1. Consider Renting or Borrowing

If you have trouble making a decision and sticking to it, buying an opulent (and potentially overpriced) set of earrings might not be the best way to go. By the time your day rolls around, you could decide you’re no longer into them. Instead, consider renting from a website like Rent the Runway, which offers designer bridal accessories at deeply discounted prices. You can change your order up to a few days before the wedding. Or borrow accessories from a friend.

Davids Bridal Wedding Earrings - Nikki Santerre Photographer
Nikki Santerre Photographer | via Romantic, Coastal Elegance Wedding InspirationWedding Jewelry - Photo: Ella Jardim

Photo by Ella Jardim on Unsplash

2. Complement Your Dress’s Color

Before you started wedding dress shopping, you probably thought all bridal gowns were the same color. Now you know better. There’s bright white, ivory, champagne, and blush, to name just a few. Coordinate your jewelry with the gown’s hue. Gold goes best with ivory and champagne, while platinum or silver work well with a bright white gown. Blush bridal gowns tend to look the best with rose gold accents.

Wedding Dress by Martina Liana Spring 2017 Bridal Collection
Martina Liana Spring 2017 Bridal Collection
Dusty Rose Wedding Ideas - Bridal Earrings


3. Think About the Neckline

Just as wedding dresses vary when it comes to color, they also span a spectrum of necklines. And not all necklines are created equal. While a strapless or sweetheart neckline will look great with a short necklace or choker — or large statement earrings and no necklace — a V-neck dress really necessitates some type of necklace, probably a pendant or delicate layered pieces. Meanwhile, halter dresses don’t lend themselves to necklaces. Try hair accents instead.

Wedding Jewelry - PHOTO: CARBON & HYDE
PHOTO: CARBON & HYDE | via My Wedding
Beach Wedding Dress by Sottero and Midgley
Dress: Narissa by Maggie Sottero

4. Don’t Overdo It

One of the biggest faux pas that many brides make is that they just do too much. They pick a gown with layers of lace and then add gloves, a big headpiece, statement earrings and maybe a bracelet or two to the mix. Your wedding isn’t the right time to experiment with fashion. Keep your look simple and remember to include pieces that highlight your personal style. In 20 years, looking at your wedding album, you’ll be happy you stuck to your gut and didn’t cave to every bridal trend.

Bridal Headpiece, Wedding Hair Accessory
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Fashion forward bridal hair and makeup - What A Day Wedding Photography
Oh What A Day Wedding Photography | via Organic Modern Wedding 
Bridal makeup and wedding hair with braid - Amanda Karen Photography
Amanda Karen Photography | via Luxe Romance Wedding Inspiration


5. Stick to Your Innate Style

That being said, you still want to look like you on your wedding day. And if you happen to be a particularly trendy fashionista, this might involve incorporating some of the popular accessories of the day. You can still adhere to “less is more” while staying true to your own style. Just pick a single trendy piece and balance it out with other classic jewelry so that your wedding-day look doesn’t go totally over the top.

Wedding Earrings​ - Photography: Sabel Moments
Photography: Sabel Moments | via Burgundy Industrial Wedding
Rustic bohemian WEdding Dress - The Shank Tank
The Shank Tank  | via Modern Forrest Wedding
Wedding Jewelry - Photo by Gardie Design & Social Media Marketing
Photo by Gardie Design & Social Media Marketing on Unsplash


6. Take Your Veil Into Account

Although you probably won’t wear your veil all night long, it is a big part of that initial “wow” factor when you walk down the aisle. So make sure that it goes with your jewelry. If you’re wearing a simple veil or no veil at all, chandelier earrings and other statement pieces are totally on-limits. If you’ve opted for a cathedral-style gown that trails feet behind you down the aisle, keep your jewelry simpler so as not to detract from this stunning accessory.

Gorgeous Bridal Headpiece | Bridal Wreath, Bridal Vine
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Bel Aire Bridal Veil - V7418
Bel Aire Bridal


7. Think Outside the Box

Maybe you’re getting married in a state park or at a local botanical garden. If this is the case, traditional jewelry might not be the best option. Feel free to get creative and weave other accents into your look, like fresh flowers. Nothing says garden wedding like a long, messy braid with beautiful blooms threaded throughout it. Don’t be afraid to lean into the vibe of your wedding and forgo the wedding-day jewelry traditions, if you want to!

Anna Campbell 2019Wedding Dresses Wonderlust Bridal Collection - Blossom Footcuffs
Anna Campbell 2019Wedding Dresses Wonderlust Bridal Collection
Anna Campbell 2019 Wedding Dresses - Wanderlust Bridal Collection
Anna Campbell 2019 Wedding Dresses – Wanderlust Bridal Collection


Now that you know some pointers about picking out wedding-day jewelry, there’s only one thing left to do: start browsing. Whether you opt to wear earrings that have been passed down through generations, you rent a diamond-encrusted hairpiece from an online vendor, or you pick up a simple set of earrings at a department store, the only thing that matters is that you feel beautiful on your day. So follow these tips — and follow your gut — as you choose bridal jewelry.

BERTA Spring 2019 Wedding Dress Miami Bridal Collection
BERTA Spring 2019 Wedding Dress Miami Bridal Collection

About the author: Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!