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.
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.