When it comes to traditions, you can’t fit many more into one occasion than you can on a Wedding day! From the brides choice of a gown to the ceremony itself, the best man's speech, the first dance and the bouquet toss, your big day will be a constant nod to tradition. You might find some of the customs aren't in keeping with the style of your wedding, but when it comes down to bridal jewellery, you'll appreciate many of the old traditions, mainly because the bride comes out of it pretty well, with lots of sparkly options…
It is traditionally the job of the groom or the father-of-the-bride to gift the bride with pearls on the day of her wedding. Pearls are seen as a symbol of perfection, purity and innocence, and it is said that the ancient Greeks believed pearls would help ensure marital bliss and prevent newlywed brides from crying!
When it comes to wedding jewellery there are many, many choices when it comes to pearls. You could opt for a pearl choker, a discreet pearl bracelet, some beautiful earrings or one of our favourites, a pearl hairpiece, here is our Gold Leaf and Freshwater Pearl Headpiece, which is a great choice for any bride.
Many young girls find out about this transition when they are asked to be a flower girl or bridesmaid for a sister or cousin. You don't have to spend a fortune on your bridesmaids' presents - a lovely simple piece, perhaps a pretty pendant is enough, but if you want to push the boat out you could opt for a an earring and pendant set, like our Jenna, Crystal Teardrop Earrings & Pendant Set, it is the perfect thank you gift for their help and support on your big day, plus they look fantastic in wedding photos!
Just like your bridesmaids, it's traditional for your best man, groomsmen and ushers to receive a present on your wedding day. Cufflinks are the reliable go-to gift, but there are no restrictions, why not think outside the box and opt for something a bit out of the norm, sunglasses are a good option if you are having a destination wedding.
The Engagement Ring:
The tradition of wearing the engagement ring on the third finger of the left-hand stems back to Ancient Egypt, as the Egyptians believed that it contained a vein which led to the heart. Old fashioned conventions suggest that a man should spend between one and three months’ salary on an engagement ring for his bride-to-be, and the average man spends around one to three months shopping for the perfect ring! Engagement ring styles change with fashions but a round cut brilliant diamond or a princess cut are always elegant and stylish, presented in white gold or platinum settings.
The Wedding Ring:
It has always been the case that the bride receives a ring on her wedding day, but in the 1920s the American jewellery industry started a marketing campaign which was aimed at encouraging men to wear a wedding ring tool. This was incredibly successful, and by the late 1940s, 80% of couples were both wearing wedding bands. Will your new husband be wearing a wedding ring?
As always with wedding advice, it is there for ideas only, it’s always best to go with whatever suits your own personal style.
No matter what your own personal style, we know that you will find something in the Jules Bridal Jewellery collection to suit you. We have a wide selection from bracelets to headpieces, to compliment your wedding day ensemble as well as those of your bridal party.
Whatever your mood, style, outfit or budget, there are statement earrings out there that make you happy the moment you put them on. We remember the earrings we wore on first dates and on special occasions and, let’s be honest, we can always find an excuse to treat ourselves to a new pair! When it comes to your wedding earrings, the stakes are a little higher but don’t worry, we’re here today with our top tips to help you choose the perfect pair…
You’ll be wearing your statement earrings all say so not only do they need to be beautiful they need to be practical too. If you don’t often wear long drop earrings it might be a good idea to wear your earrings at home behind closed doors for a few days to be sure you get on with them.
Consider any other accessories you'll be wearing or the details of your wedding dress when choosing your earrings. If your dress has embellishments, you might like to opt for earrings that coordinate with them.
Don’t forget that your whole outfit should be balanced, if you want to wear a glamorous pair of statement earrings, don’t rush to wear lots of other accessories, alternatively if you opt for subtle wedding earrings you can then choose to wear lots of other pieces too, our Alisha, Freshwater Pearl Silver Earrings are perfect for this.
Pearls are very often a popular wedding day gift for a bride, but why are pearls associated with weddings, you may be thinking!
Thanks to their fabulous shimmering iridescence, these organic little gems have always been highly prized throughout history, in fact, Cleopatra is said to have dissolved a pearl in a glass of wine before drinking it, simply to show Marc Antony that she could consume the wealth of an entire country in just one meal, and the ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love, marriage, and marital harmony. During the crusades knights wore pearls on the battlefield, believing they held magic powers that would protect them from harm. In the 1500s pearls were so highly regarded that countries across Europe passed laws forbidding anyone apart from nobility to wear them. And even to this day, they are still a popular choice for royalty, especially at weddings. Queen Elizabeth II wore them at her wedding and over in the USA, Jacqueline Bouvier wore a strand the day she became Mrs Kennedy, which was almost royalty.
Are you considering making pearls part of your wedding? When it comes time to make your pearl selection, what do you need to know? Let us help...
No matter your style or your wedding theme, there are bridal pieces out there that are perfect for you, and they are quite possibly in our top five pieces as chosen by our Jules Bridal Jewellery brides to be this year. Our passion is to make sure you get the perfect jewellery to match your ensemble for the big day. Whether you’re looking for crystals, pearls or intricate details we will have or can make a piece to compliment your dress.
Here are our top five jewellery pieces of 2020 so far…