To Necklace or Not to Necklace – That is Many a Brides’ Question

Simple gowns work well with a necklace, earrings and a bracelet, but more ornate gowns require delicate balance.

Too much bling, however, is too much of a good thing. When it comes to selecting the jewelry to complete the wedding ensemble, brides need to keep in mind how everything will look together. Necklaces work best with strapless gowns or very simple gowns, the bridal consultants agree.

Even with those types of gowns, however, a necklace and belt can be too much. Instead, most brides choose one or the other. The same goes for a gown with an ornate top. “If there’s a lot of beading at the top, it’s best to just wear dramatic earrings that match the beading on the dress,” Barnes recommends.

Simple gowns can work well with a necklace, earrings and a bracelet, and those brides tend to choose larger pieces that stand out. With a “bling” dress, it’s best to go with smaller, less ornate pieces, such as a small stud earring and a slim bracelet. Brides with ornate gowns who want to wear a necklace should stick with a simple pearl necklace, Mitchell advises.

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When selecting jewelry, the veil and headpiece should also be taken into consideration. “If you put too much on, the bride gets lost in the picture. You want to make the bride stand out first,” Jaymand says. The most popular jewelry looks are cubic zirconia and Swarovski crystals, she adds. “Look for delicate patterns and classic looks, not large and chunky or trendy.”

Good quality costume jewelry is what most brides opt for, Mitchell adds. And they are most often choosing the platinum look instead of gold because costume-jewelry gold doesn’t tend to look good, especially compared to real gold. 

“In jewelry, we’re seeing a lot of crystal, a lot of pavé as well as colored pearls in dusty rose, cream and champagne,” Rodriquez adds.


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