14 Foolproof Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Day Jewelry

Last updated on : August 06 2021

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Every bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on their wedding day.

After carefully selecting your wedding dress, it's time to choose the right jewelry pieces to accentuate your look.

Whether you're aiming for an elegant, chic, or dramatic wedding look, here are 14 expert-approved tips for choosing wedding jewelry.

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1. Less Is More

2. Balance the Drama

3. Your Dress Style Matters

4. Consider Your Neckline

5. Match It With Your Dress Color

6. Don't Forget Your Style

7. Strive For Harmony

8. Choose Pieces You Can Use Later On

9. Match The Gems

10. Don't Forget Your Hairstyle

11. Stick To One Statement Piece

12. Consider Custom-Made

13. Keep Comfort In Mind

14. Simplicity Is Beauty



1. Less Is More

Less is more, is the first and most important rule when choosing wedding jewelry. You don't need to have a lot of bling and glitz. A few well-thought pieces are enough to make you shine on your wedding day.

Remember that your jewelry is meant to enhance your look, not take away the focus from your dress.

That said, you may want to limit the amount of jewelry you wear. Many brides, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, skip the bracelet and stick to a necklace and earrings.

2. Balance the Drama

Another important tip when choosing jewelry is to keep everything balanced. 

You keep balance when, for instance, you pair an elaborate necklace with simple choices for your other jewelry pieces. 

For example, diamond rings look stunning with detailed pieces like a pendant diamond necklace or diamond stud earrings. Or, if you are wearing a dress with long sleeves, skip the bracelet. 

Balancing your overall look can be tricky, but you can achieve it by focusing on what you need. It might be tempting, but try to avoid more sparkles than what's necessary. 

3. Your Dress Style Matters

Wedding dress and pearl bracelet

Your wedding dress is a major deciding factor for your jewelry.

If you're wearing a simple dress style, more elaborate pieces like a bejeweled necklace give you a stunning look. However, if you have an elegant dress, you want to go easy on your jewelry.

The fabric of your dress also matters. Classic and straightforward dresses made of silk, chiffon, or organza are gorgeous enough on their own. That said, they work well with traditional jewelry, such as diamond pendants and pearls.

For gowns with crystal embellishments or lots of bling, simpler pieces work too. Simple drop earrings or understated necklaces are fantastic choices.

If you're wearing a romantic lace dress, opt for vintage-inspired wedding jewelry. Examples are pearl and diamond combinations and floral-themed gemstones. It's also a perfect time to wear a vintage-style hairpin. 

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4. Consider Your Neckline

Your necklace, earrings, and even your bracelet should complement the neckline of your dress.

Your necklace, in particular, should rarely overlap or touch your dress. 

Also, if there are embellishments around the bust area of your dress, you want a more straightforward piece to accentuate it. 

If you're wearing a strapless dress, you will have quite a few jewelry options. Since you have a decent amount of exposed skin, this neckline works well with elegant and bold pieces, such as a sparkly diamond necklace and a pair of diamond drop earrings.

A sweetheart neckline is best paired with a simple necklace to accentuate the already flattering cut. 

If you're wearing a V-neck dress, wear a pendant necklace that follows this neckline. A pair of dangly earrings will also add sparkle to your attire.

Straight necklines are simple, classic wedding dress choices. Feel free to choose a more elaborate piece for your necklace, such as a sparkly pendant necklace. Pair it with short, dangly earrings for added glitz and sparkle. 

If your dress is haltered, you better skip the necklace. You can focus on your earrings instead. It's also a perfect opportunity to wear a diamond or pearl bracelet.

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5. Match It With Your Dress Color

See, it's all about the dress.  

After considering the fabric and neckline of your dress, you should also take into account its color. 

Certain metals work beautifully with specific dress colors. For example, an authentic white dress is best accessorized using very light metals like pearl and platinum. And please stay away from gold jewels because they create a vivid contrast with bright white.

Champagne white dresses is a trendy color choice among brides because it's easy to accessorize. This color looks good with any metal color, primarily classic yellow and white gold hues.

Another popular dress color is ivory which looks flattering with yellow gold and rose gold. Ivory has another shade called "candlelight," which is on the darker spectrum and pairs well with white and yellow gold.

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6. Don't Forget Your Style

It's you who are wearing the jewelry, so make sure you are comfortable with it. If it doesn't feel like "you," even if your family or stylist says it's beautiful, then don't wear it. 

A great starting point when selecting wedding jewelry is by looking at your collection. What types of jewelry do you wear the most? Do you prefer classic, vintage, elegant, or minimalist? When choosing jewelry pieces, let your best self shine through. 

Whatever you wear, it should be an extension of your personality.

7. Strive For Harmony

Try to avoid too many colors in your jewelry. 

One or two colors are best to create a cohesive look. Using too many colors can look tacky. It can also take away the focus from your dress.

The same idea applies to the types of metals too. While it's beautiful to wear different metals, you don't want to overdo it. 

However, if you want to use mix and match metals in your wedding jewelry, choose a piece that contains all the different metals or colors you wear so you can still achieve harmony.

If wearing gemstones, stick to one colored stone and choose jewelry that follows a similar pattern. You can also match your jewelry in terms of finish. 

Jewelry matches wedding dress

8. Choose Pieces You Can Use Later On

When selecting jewelry, consider the styles you can use long after the wedding. Selecting like this is another reason to choose pieces that reflect your style.

Go with more versatile pieces rather than buying accessories you will use for the day or only match your wedding theme. Your wedding might be the perfect time to invest in pieces that you've fallen in love with previously.

9. Match The Gems

More and more brides are swapping crystals for gems. Colored gems are a great way to add dazzle to your dress in a unique and modern way.

However, be careful with matching gems. They should all match in some way. Colored stones like sapphires, rubies, peridots, and amethysts add a vibrant touch to your wedding ensemble. However, it's best to stick to one pop of color.

Bright gemstones are great picks for dress styles worn at destination and Boho weddings. Meanwhile, colored jewelry set in traditional styles is an exciting choice for formal weddings.

10. Don't Forget Your Hairstyle

An often overlooked factor when selecting wedding jewelry is bridal hairstyles. The correct hairstyle will make your jewelry choices even more striking and vice versa.

If you're wearing a tiara or sparkly hairpins, make sure they don't clash with the metals in your jewelry. 

If you're wearing silver or platinum rings, you want a similar tone for your hair accessories.

If you're wearing flowers on your hair, they need to match with the colors in your jewelry too. For example, diamonds and silver look opulent with white florals. If wearing colorful flowers, colored gemstones come in handy

Lastly, you don't want your hairstyle to get in the way of your beautiful jewelry. Thus, if wearing statement earrings, go for a brush-up hairdo or a side-swept style that allows you to showcase your jewelry.

11. Stick To One Statement Piece

A single piece of statement jewelry is fashionable enough to draw attention.  

That said, you need not wear more than one.

When selecting a statement piece, decide on the feature you want to highlight. Do you want to draw attention to your hands, ears, or neckline? 

Next, determine the type of statement jewelry that will coordinate best with your dress. 

Again, if your dress has many embellishments around the bust area, choose another focal point for your statement piece.

12. Consider Custom-Made

If you've searched jewelry stores and websites and still haven't found the perfect wedding jewelry, you may consider bespoke pieces.

With a custom-made piece, you can decide the style, size, design, and metals to use. You can also choose what gemstones are perfect for your wedding look.

It's essential to work closely with your trusted jeweler to create the perfect piece that will highlight your bridal ensemble. 

13. Keep Comfort In Mind

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing wedding jewelry is they have to be comfortable. Since there will be hours of festivities, you want to select jewelry that feels comfortable for you. 

A chunky necklace can be heavy on the neck, especially when it's time to hit the dance floor. Additionally, if you are allergic to certain metals, skip them no matter how much you'd love to wear them. 

Don't ever sacrifice comfort over style. You don't want the itch and rash to bother you on your most special day.

14. Simplicity Is Beauty

It's easy to get caught up with the glamor of being a bride, but you shouldn't overdo it. It's best to stick to simpler pieces that spell elegance and sophistication. 

For a safer bet, opt for classic jewelry. And remember, there's nothing more classic than diamonds or pearls.

Pearl wedding jewelry


Your choice of jewelry can make or break your wedding look. Thus, you want to take your time looking for the right pieces.

There are no hard and fast rules for selecting wedding jewelry. You can wear anything you want to as long as it fits your style. 

However, to achieve a stunning yet balanced look, consider the tips we've mentioned above. They are foolproof ways to ensure that your wedding jewelry beautifully complements your dress.

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