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.
Anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you that there is a lot to think about, whatever time of year you choose for it to take place. But if the run-up to your wedding or even the big day itself are happening in the midst of the corona virus outbreak, you might be wondering what you should do to prepare (if that is even possible!) and plan for the potential that your wedding will in some way be affected.
Right now, whether you’re planning a wedding at home or abroad, there are countless moving parts surrounding COVID-19 and since this situation is fluid, what it means for your wedding, specifically, really depends on your wedding date.
To help you prepare for what you should do—and help you if you do sadly have to change plans—we spoke with experts across the industry, including travel consultants and wedding planners, to give you a closer look at how COVID-19 is affecting wedding planning right now, and how to prep for the coming months.
No. 1 - Be prepared
Whenever there is a problem, there is generally a solution, or if you can’t find a solution there is likely an alternative. It sounds very cliched but the best you can do is to keep calm and carry on. All of your guests whether they be family, friends, or colleagues all want to celebrate with you, but at a time that is safe and when you can all enjoy each others company.
No. 2 - Communicate with your vendors
Rather than second guess what your vendors are planning, get in touch with them, discuss worst scenarios and come together to create a game plan.
Choosing your bridal jewellery is one of THE best parts about planning your wedding ensemble and we should know! But there are other accessories that need to be considered in the run-up to the big day, so we have pulled together this guide to make sure you don’t miss anything…
When it comes to shoes comfort is key, remember that you will be wearing these shoes for the majority of the day, you will be standing, walking and dancing, so, go for natural materials, as they are more breathable and will stretch to fit your feet. Also, don’t forget to buy your shoes around the same time as you order your wedding dress. This is very important as your alterations, especially the hem adjustment, will depend on the height of your heel. Buying shoes early on will mean you are ready for all of your fittings and that you have plenty of time to break them in at home.
The timing of your wedding can be a deciding factor on your footwear choice. If you are getting married in winter, you might want a back-up pair of weddingtons (see what we did there!) to avoid the puddles, or if you are having your reception in the summer months you might want a pair of flats or wedges at the ready for walking on grass. In fact, having a back-up pair of flats is always a great idea, just in case!
Bridesmaids and mothers of the bride are often heavily involved in helping the bride to choose her dress and accessories for the big day. So why not turn the tables and choose an item for them to show how much you appreciate all of their efforts that they can wear on the wedding day too. But what jewellery will look best with their outfits? It needs to be special enough for such a special day, as well as making just the right kind of statement. Here is our guide to selecting a piece of jewellery for every member of your wedding party…
Mother of the Bride
A daughter treating her mum to a beautiful piece of jewellery on the day of a wedding is a beautiful gesture. Not only will it make the mother of the bride feel amazing, but she will also have something to wear, enjoy and treasure for years to come. Perhaps the lucky daughters may also find such this treasure in their own jewellery box one day! Our very own real-life bride Stephanie chose these beautiful earrings for her mum and they were a big hit on the day.