You’ve picked your dress, shoes and chosen a hairstyle, but when it comes to your wedding day it’s the little details that make a big difference, so we’ve pulled together our "Wedding Jewellery Checklist" to ensure you choose the perfect accessories for your big day…
The cut of your dress can affect what articles of jewellery you can wear. Necklaces work well with lower necklines such as sweetheart and Bardot where there is space to fill, but they can be overwhelming when paired with higher necklines. Also, long or lace sleeves generally mean you should avoid wrist accessories like bangles and bracelets.
Use your bridesmaids for inspiration, as you will no doubt you've picked beautiful outfits and accessories for your bridesmaids, so if you're struggling, why not be inspired by their look? Selecting matching gemstones to tie the whole bridal party together, or if your bridesmaids will be wearing minimal jewellery because of busy dress styles, then choosing a gemstone that matches the tones and colours of their dresses.
Why not incorporate your wedding theme? This can be a good option when making jeweller choices. And, matching your jewellery to your wedding can also mean your it'll serve as a lovely reminder of your big day whenever you wear it afterwards. If you're having a winter wedding, consider choosing pearls or diamonds as a nod to wintery weather, or opt for Celtic symbols if you are having a traditional Irish wedding.
Choose pieces that match your personal style as well as choosing jewellery that compliments your dress and wedding theme. Consider how well certain pieces fit in with your current jewellery collection and if they match your own unique style. If you don't usually wear statement jewellery, and want to be able to wear your wedding jewellery after the big day, you'll want to pick something a little simpler. Similarly, you'll want to pick pieces in the metal that you usually wear. You might also want to match your metal to your engagement ring and wedding band.
Think about how your jewellery will look on camera. Your wedding album and photographs are often a major part of your budget and the expense of hiring a photographer for the day who will capture every moment beautifully and professionally, could be ruined if you’re not happy with the end result, so make sure your jewellery doesn't just look good in person but will also look great on camera. High-quality diamonds, crystals and gemstones will be worth the cost when you see them glint and sparkle under the flash of a camera. Also think about where your photos will be taken, as these can either enhance or dull down your jewellery. For example, sapphire won't look as bright indoors as it will under clear, blue skies.
Wedding hair vines are very on trend this year, but if you are asking yourself “What’s a wedding hair vine?”, let us explain. Wedding hair vines are long, flexible head pieces made on thin twisted wire that can be shaped to any design required to suit your hairstyle. Wedding hair vines generally don’t have any combs attached to them and can easily be pinned into your hair wherever needed. This gives them the flexibility to be worn with many different hairstyles.
So, how should you wear your wedding hair vine...
First, decide on how you will be wearing your hair; will you be wearing your hair down, in a long loose braid? Hair vines also look fantastic in half up half down hairstyles. Simply secure into the section of your hair that is pinned up, and then gentle curve down through your loose waves. If you are wearing your hair in a loose plait, the hair vine can simply be plaited into your hair as it is done.
As we mentioned hair vines are a very big trend for this year and here are our top selling wedding hair vines so far...
Our delicate Gold Leaf and Freshwater Pearl Headpiece, made from individual gold leaves blended with freshwater pearls and tiny diamanté crystals for a little sparkle.
The Gold Vine is a light and flexible headpiece that can be worn to the side, back or across the top of the head. It is simply attached with tiny alligator style clips hidden beneath the piece.
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...