Wedding season is nearly upon us!
With love in the air and nuptials impending, Shimansky have curated a selection of stunning bridal pieces that add an elegant touch to your special day by framing the face or adorning the neckline, with helpful tips to help you perfectly pair your wedding dress and wedding jewellery so that they complement one another, rather than compete. Because there are already a million decisions involved in planning the perfect wedding, deciding on your bridal jewellery is often left until the last minute.
Although selecting your wedding jewellery shouldn’t be a stressful affair (we know you’ve got enough on your plate) you should aim to plan your accessories at the same as you are shopping for a wedding dress and focus on the overall effect that gown and jewellery will have when worn together, rather than adding onto your outfit at the last minute.
RULE 1: DON’T OVERDO IT
Repeat after us…Less is more. Yes it’s your big day and you should have everything your heart (and future hubby) desires, but do you reaaaally need a statement necklace, tiara, chandelier earrings and multiple bracelets and bangles to bring out the best in your dress? The answer is no.
You and your dress should be the main focus of the day so select a few key pieces that you love which delicately add to your bridal beauty, not steal the scene completely.
RULE 2: MATCH YOUR JEWELS AND DRESS
Subtle changes in hues can make a big difference when it comes to selecting your bridal jewellery, so if you can, choose a metal or stone colour that accentuates your gown.
Ivory Bridal Gowns
An off-white with a cream or yellow undertone, this warm fabric goes beautifully with traditional, dainty gold jewellery or yellow diamonds, which retain the sense of softness.
White Bridal Gowns
Traditional pure white is still by far the most popular choice for a wedding gown, and Platinum, Tanzanite and pearl add a clean and dazzling addition to this look. Plus, the Tanzanite can double as your “something blue.”
Blush Bridal Gowns
A dirty pink shade, blush-colour dresses are becoming more popular and suit all skin tones. A gentler take on traditional white, these pale pink dresses become even more enchanting when paired with rose gold, Platinum and pearls.
RULE 3: STICK TO ONE STYLE
The style of your jewellery should work with the design of your dress and add to the overall impression.
Classic and Vintage Dress
Opt for detailed, but delicate and feminine pieces such as this flower diamond pendant and flower diamond earrings from the Shimansky Classic Collection.
Contemporary and Elegant Dress
Look for minimalistic jewellery styles with clean and modern lines like the Millennium pendant and earrings.
RULE 4: REMEMBER THE NECKLINE
Strapless or sweetheart
You should choose a delicate pendant and earrings to accentuate your neck line pendant – especially if you’re planning on wearing an elaborate dress or hairstyle. Shimansky recommends a simple Round Brilliant Cut Solitaire Diamond pendant and matching pair of earrings.
Sleeves or straps
If your dress has straps, cupped shoulders or sleeves, it may not be necessary to consider a neckpiece- rather look for earrings that are a little more intricate like this exquisite pair of Marquise Cut Diamond Dress Earrings.
If you’re wearing a veil or tiara, bring it along to the jewellery store with you – especially when selecting earrings. The pieces should be carefully chosen to enhance, not contend with each other.
RULE 5: THINK LONG TERM WHEN BUYING WEDDING JEWELLERY
You’ll want to keep your wedding jewellery for sentimental reasons which is why you should buy quality that will last a lifetime and choose jewellery that you can wear on multiple occasions – possibly even pass onto your daughter one day to wear as ‘something borrowed’ on own wedding day.
What did you or are you planning on wearing to your wedding? We’d love to hear your suggestions and see some pictures if you are willing to share.