Wedding jewellery can make your look your own, and whatever your style, the pieces you choose to wear on your special day will elevate your bridal look. From delicate, barely there necklaces, to statement brooches or earrings, it’s all in the details. For hundreds of years, brides have been wearing sentimental pieces; perhaps passed down from relatives, or worn for good luck, but jewellery is also a great way to transform your dress and can even take it from day to night. We’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know; from the age old traditions, to how to choose bridal pieces that still feel like you.
Rings – Records show wedding rings have been exchanged in wedding ceremonies for nearly 900 years, and there’s something beautiful about such a small, simple gesture. Traditionally a plain gold band was cut into two pieces to make two rings, but many brides are now choosing more ornate designs or even a different metal and style to their partners, often matching their
engagement ring. This is a great way to stick to your own personal style and ensure you’re both getting the look you want to where every day.
Pearls – Pearls have been a traditional wedding gemstone worldwide, for hundreds of years. They are said to represent purity, and promise a lifetime of happiness for the bride that wears them. They are usually passed down from mother to daughter, but most modern brides buy their own; however it would be a lovely place to start it you want to create your own tradition for generations to come.
Something old, new, borrowed and blue – We’ve all heard the rhyme, and for over 200 years brides have incorporated the the old, new, borrowed and blue into their big day. It’s also a really simple way to add some traditional aspects to your jewellery; adding blue gemstones, or an old, borrowed bracelet, will allow you to honour the bridal traditions whilst staying true to your own style.
Choosing Your Jewellery
Stick With What You Love – The first rule of choosing anything for your big day, is to stick with what you love, what feels like you and most importantly what you feel great in. That’s just as important when choosing your wedding jewellery. If you prefer delicate chains, and understated pieces, then carry this through for your bridal look, the same goes if you like bold statement pieces, stay true to your own style. If you have a sentimental piece you would like to wear but you’re not sure it suits you, you can try alternate ways of wearing them; for example a brooch could be worn in the hair or on a chain, or a necklace can be worn discreetly if the dress allows.
Personalisation – From initials, dates and even birth stones, personalised wedding jewellery is a big trend for next year. Something as simple as a loved one’s initial on a necklace, is not only sentimental, but also a modern take on a tradition. It has also gained popularity with the rest of the bridal party, with many brides giving personalised jewellery as gifts for their bridesmaids.
Two Looks in One – Jewellery is a fantastic way to transform your gown from day to night. Many brides to be are now choosing two looks for their day, taking them through from ceremony to reception. Adding or removing jewellery is a quick and easy way to do this. Try swapping a veil for a pair of statement earrings or a jewelled headband for a night time party feel.
Adding a bit of colour to your day has never been easier, and it’s a great way to inject some personality and fun whilst keeping traditional colours for your gown. There are now many affordable options and ways to incorporate coloured gemstones into your look.
Not for every bride, but chokers were all over the bridal catwalks this season and are an excellent option for brides who want to add a bit of drama to their gown. This piece of jewellery would also be great to add for the evening reception for a party feel.
We mentioned earlier that they have been a tradition for many years, but now pearls are back in style and bigger and better than before. We’ve seen them as earrings, necklaces, head pieces and even on the gown itself; they’re a beautiful, elegant way of adding trend and tradition to your day.
There are lots of options when choosing your wedding jewellery. Don’t be afraid to stick to your own style, whether you’re incorporating sentimental pieces or thinking about how you can elevate your look for the evening reception; stay true to what you love and you can’t go wrong. See how our real brides accessorise their Sassi Holford dresses on our Instagram here.
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