10 Jewelry Mistakes Brides Make on Their Big Day

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No bride has ever said that her wedding planning was stress-free. The bride has a lot on her mind from planning a glamorous wedding to handling the pressure of looking her best on her wedding day. With so much to do, chances are brides-to-be will possibly err when choosing their bridal jewelry. Here are some common slip-ups that brides make when shopping for their beautiful wedding jewelry. We hope this will help you not stumble into similar slip-ups...


1. Make Sure It Is On Your To Do List!

Sounds obvious, but one of the most common slip-ups a bride can make is not deciding on a bridal set until the very last-minute. The potential perils of leaving anything wedding related, not just accessory related, until the last-minute is too great a risk on one of the most important days of a bride's life.

The wedding day checklist should not include things like trying on a piece of jewelry for the first time days before the ceremony. What if you find out that your chosen necklace does not match your gown's neckline? It will possibly be too late to search for new jewelry.


2. Upstaging the Dress

The perfect dress is the most important part of your wedding ensemble. It is the star of the show, so don't upstage it. Your jewelry is there to complement it, not take centre stage so that the wedding dress becomes forgettable. Don't go overboard, no matter how tempting it is to load up on baubles and bling.


3.Your Dream Dress Comes 1st not the Jewels…

The wedding jewelry, bridal shoes, veil and any other accessories can only be decided on once the bride decides on what dress to wear. These wedding day details are ideally sorted only once larger decisions are securely made.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing your ideal jewelry before the wedding gown. Finding your dream dress is a difficult task, so don’t make it harder by narrowing your options further by choosing jewels that demand attention and then finding the perfect dress that will suit it.


4. Following Bridal Jewelry Trends

Nontraditional wedding ideas are great especially for the modern, chic bride. Not everyone wants the classic bridal look accompanied by the traditional chignon.

Every fashionable bride knows that it is important to determine a trend's staying power before incorporating it into her memorable day. With that said, timeless and classic pieces will always stand the test of time, particularly in years to come when you are browsing through your photo album. Sometimes the latest wedding day jewelry trend is exactly that, just a trend. It is best to opt for elegant bridal accessories that enhance your features as well as complement your dress, rather than wearing accessories that are time-sensitive & trendy for the moment.


5. Matching…. EVERYTHING!

No, no, no…. It is not important to match colors! Dressing in all-white is enough. Subtle contrasts look beautiful. However, our only suggestion is if you are going to match colors then make it the color of the metals!

Different metals work well with different wedding dress colors. Certain metals work better with various shades of white and ivory. Gold accessories can emphasize an ivory hue while silver or platinum accents accentuate a bright white dress. If your wedding gown has beading already on it, then let that set the tone for the accessories you select. Choose a necklace, bracelet or earrings with the same metal base — be it silver, rose or yellow gold. A great example of this is that rose gold jewelry works really well for a bride wearing a blush dress.

Every piece of jewelry tells a story, so do mix antique pieces with modern jewelry additions. Do you have a family heirloom that you can wear? What a great sentimental addition to your wedding story. Plus, every bride needs something old, something new and something blue to bring her luck on the big day.


6. The Less is More Rule

Sometimes wedding jewelry for the bride is best left simple. Sometimes, less really is more.

You don’t want to look like your 5-year-old niece who just discovered glitter. If you have your heart set on wearing a signature piece of jewelry, select one part of your body to emphasize with a large piece. Now, balance this signature piece of jewelry with smaller accents like stud earrings.


7. Not Considering Contrast

Contrasting jewelry is the best way to make your jewelry stand out. A bride can go for an outfit and a piece of jewelry in the same hue but the jewelry is best when chosen in a darker shade, so that it stands out against the bright wedding gown rather than merging with it. For instance, if a bride is wearing a light pink bridal dress then she should opt for dark red stones like lovely rubies.


8. Not Considering Color

For some brides, it's a frightening thought to cross over into the world of colorful bridal baubles. Don't fret, a hint of color (like a few colored stones) can enhance the look of a monotone all-white dress. Plus, colorful bridal jewelry works fabulously against other color-packed aspects of your bridal ensemble like a fanciful fresh bouquet.


9. Be Yourself

The most important thing about selecting the perfect accessories for your wedding gown is that they correctly represent you. If you're not comfortable wearing big, dangling earrings then stick to simple studs. Love the way you look in a lariat necklace? Go for it! If you're pleased with your accessories, you'll feel confident—and that's the best accessory of all. Happy brides are the most beautiful brides!


10. Not Matching Jewelry to Skin tone

Jewelry is an accessory that’s worn right next to the skin, hence it is very important to consider skin tone when selecting bridal jewelry. Select a piece based on the type of jewelry you love, but it’s also important to remember which colors complement your skin tone. Here is a quick and simply way to find out which bridal pieces are the most flattering choice for you.

Your skin tone will usually fall into one of two groups, either cool or warm. The easiest way to find out your skin tone is to look at the color of the veins on the inside of your arm.


How to tell what your skin tone is? In natural light, check the appearance of your veins beneath your skin. Cool skin tones have blue or purple colored veins. When looking in the mirror, people with a cool skin tone may notice red and pink with bluish undertones in their skin.

If you have determined that you have a cool skin tone, you’ll look best wearing a jewelry piece crafted in platinum and white gold. Cool skin tones look great with jewelry designs that feature pearls, blue sapphire, amethyst, aquamarine, ruby, emerald, opal, tanzanite or zircon.


If your veins look green or a greenish blue under natural light, you have a warm skin tone. When looking in the mirror, people with a warm skin tone may notice yellow, peachy and golden undertones in their skin.

Jewelry crafted in classic yellow gold or rich rose gold looks fantastic on those with warm skin tones. Jewelry that features alexandrite, citrine, garnet, morganite, peridot, ruby or yellow diamonds also looks flattering.


If you can't tell whether or not your veins are green or blue, you probably have a neutral skin tone. People with an olive complexion usually fall into this category. The best jewelry choices for olive skin tones include muted golds like pewter/antique golds, muted silver, copper and bronze pieces.

In Conclusion


Bridal jewelry is for some an afterthought or on the other extreme considered too prematurely. Simply put, it is not often enough that a bride gives the consideration deserved when choosing wedding day jewelry. Why spend a fortune on an elaborate bridal gown only to nonchalantly team it with jewelry you haven’t really thought about? You want your jewelry to complement your entire look perfectly. It is these small finishing touches that can make all the difference.