Whether you’re planning your wedding a year from now or decided to keep it small and get hitched at home, chances are one of the first things you did was pick out a wedding dress. But with this all-important gown taking center stage, it can be easy to forget that accessories are vital to pull an outfit together! We have a few tips to help you pick out the perfect pieces to wear on the big day.
What’s your hue?
Did you know that certain metals and colors work especially well together? If your gown is a classic white, go for silver or platinum to keep in tune with the bright tones of your dress. If you’ve gone with ivory or off-white, yellow gold can bring out those subtle differences. And if you’re a big fan of pale pink, try our 14k rose gold jewelry on for size!
To veil or not to veil
There’s no bridal accessory quite like the veil. Full of symbolism, veils are timeless and can definitely offer that “I’m a bride!” feeling on your wedding day. However, opting to go without means you have so many more options for accessorizing! We recommend keeping it simple if you’re wearing an extravagant veil, or switching it up and matching your jewelry with a sweet tiara or hair accessories.
What jewelry goes with my neckline?
Depending on the dress you choose, particular styles may look better than others to create a cohesive look. Check out some of our suggestions for wedding dress necklines below.
Bold statement earrings are perfect for a strapless gown. They’ll stand out beautifully with this simple neckline and draw the eye upward toward your gorgeous face. Long diamond earrings with matching tennis bracelets can also create a sophisticated silhouette. If earrings aren’t your thing, try a collar or choker necklace — if you’re rocking a vintage look, go with vintage-inspired jewelry, and if it’s classic, try a pearl strand. Keep in tune with the feel of your gown and you really can’t go wrong.
Off the shoulder
Because this neckline offers so much space between the dress and your face, a choker necklace paired with matching earrings will work wonderfully — or, classic pearls to emphasize this ageless neckline. If you’d rather emphasize the overall silhouette, dangle earrings with a good deal of movement will add a nice touch of sparkle.
A high-necked dress means you can’t really add a necklace, so make sure to make the most of your earring choices. A dangle or drop earring will add a sense of drama, while gorgeous studs in a unique shape offer unique simplicity.
A boat neck, also called a Sabrina neckline, is perfect for highlighting your face. A solitaire diamond pendant or another simple style will work beautifully for an understated look. A colorful pair of studs will also pair nicely with this sophisticated neckline.
A pendant that ends a few inches above your neckline paired with drop earrings will create beautiful angles with a sweetheart style. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, a lariat necklace that drops down a little above the “V” of your dress is the way to go.
If you’re rocking a one-shoulder gown, it’s best to forgo a necklace and focus on earrings. If your dress is especially embellished, a simple pair of studs can add a little femininity without distracting from the focal point of your outfit. Pearl studs are always a good choice, or add new earring jackets for the big day to take your classic diamond studs up a notch.
The timeless scoop neck is just right for a matching pendant and earrings! You can’t go wrong with a simple diamond, sapphire, or ruby paired with stud earrings. Statement or drop earrings also work wonderfully, if you feel like foregoing the necklace.
To find the right jewelry for your big day, head over to ShaneCo.com to see our entire selection of high-quality exclusive styles. You can even book a virtual appointment with one of our jewelry consultants to get help with picking the perfect piece!