10+ Jewelry Mistakes Brides Make on Their Big Day


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 brides make when shopping for wedding day jewelry. We hope this will help you not stumble into similar slip-ups.



NOT PLACING IT ON HER TO-DO LIST



Some brides make the mistake of not including finding their wedding day jewelry on their to-do list. Wedding day jewelry is one item that they shouldn't leave out because it can easily get lost in the shuffle. Believe it or not, some women still think they can just wear "what's lying around" on their big day.


You most likely have a very specific idea of what bridal jewelry you want to wear, whether it's the diamond ring that your late grandmother gave you or the beautiful bracelet that your mother wore on her wedding day. You certainly don't want to end up with a mismatched collection of items that clash and cause more problems than they're worth.


If you know that you want to wear a certain piece of jewelry for your wedding day but haven't found it yet, it's important to start shopping for wedding day jewelry early. This will give you plenty of time to do your research and find something that matches your bridal style and budget.


If you wait until the last minute to find your jewelry, you may settle for something you don't really love just because it's all you could find. You may also pay more than you wanted to because you were in a rush and didn't have time for comparison shopping.



NOT SHOPPING EARLY ENOUGH



Lackluster bridal jewelry is everywhere. But if you want to get your hands on luxurious and exquisite pieces, you need to shop early. Many jewelers offer special discounts during pre-wedding sales, so it's best to get in touch with the bridal jewelry store of your dreams before it's too late.



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 center stage so that the wedding dress becomes forgettable.


You shouldn't upstage your wedding dress with your jewelry because it can distract you and your guests. Your wedding should be about celebrating your love for one another and coming together as a new family, so you want everyone to focus on these central themes. Wearing too much jewelry or an over-the-top piece can take away from these things.


Another reason to keep your jewelry simple is that it can be uncomfortable to wear. If you're constantly fidgeting with your necklace or bracelet, it will be a nuisance and make it difficult to enjoy your big day. Not to mention, your guests will be able to see you struggling, and it will take away from the overall beauty of your wedding.



PLACING THE JEWELS BEFORE THE DRESS



You can only decide on the wedding day jewelry, bridal shoes, veil, and other accessories once you choose the bridal gown. It's a little difficult to make decisions in the dark, so it's best to know what you're looking for before hitting the jewelry store.


Don't make the mistake of choosing your ideal jewelry before the wedding gown. Finding your dream dress is difficult, so don't make it harder by narrowing your options further by deciding on jewels that demand attention and then finding the perfect dress that suits it. Unfortunately, this only creates a deadlock.


Because now you're either stuck with the jewelry you chose or the dress. The best way to avoid this is to shop for your wedding dress first and then look for bridal jewelry accessories that complement it.



FOLLOWING TRENDS



The whole point of wearing a wedding dress is to look your absolute best for your fiancée. It feels great being the center of attention because you look fabulous, not because you are following bridal trends. This should also apply to your jewelry. Do not wear something you don't feel comfortable in just because it's trendy.


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 beloved wedding album. 


Sometimes, the latest wedding day jewelry trend is just a fad. It is best to opt for elegant bridal jewelry accessories that enhance your features and complement your dress, rather than wearing accessories that are time-sensitive & might cause you to question the outfit later on down the line.



MATCHING....EVERYTHING!



No, it is not important to match all 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: silver, rose, or yellow gold. For example, rose gold jewelry perfectly complements a blush bridal gown.



NOT PICKING THE RIGHT RINGS



Many women want their wedding rings to match or complement their engagement rings, so it's common for them to get the same style of the diamond band. Since the engagement ring could be quite expensive, many women choose a cheaper alternative for their wedding day bands to save money. But in the long run, this can be a bad decision because it looks like you're wearing two different rings rather than one complete set. So it's best to find out what styles, even if pricier, match your engagement ring and incorporate that into the design of your wedding day bands.



NOT PLAYING WITH CONTRAST



Contrasting jewelry is the best way to make your pieces stand out. For example, 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 to stand out against the bright wedding gown rather than merging with it. For instance, if a bride wears a blush bridal dress, she should opt for dark red stones like lovely rubies.



RUNNING FROM 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.
If you are still not ready to go all out with color, wear a subtle hint of color in your wedding dress and jewelry. For instance, if your bridal outfit is primarily white, choose a hair clip in a shade that matches one or two of the stones on your necklace or earrings. This is a subtle hint of color that is not too intrusive or distracting.



CHOOSING TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE



It is all too easy for a bride to get swept away by the sheer volume of accessories in bridal jewelry stores. The problem with this is the tendency to go overboard and the incorrect assumption that the more bridal accessories, the merrier. This not only distracts attention from the bride, but it is also impractical and uncomfortable, especially if you choose heavy pieces that will require you to sit uncomfortably throughout the ceremony.


Deciding on too little jewelry is equally as disastrous as choosing too much. This minimalist bridal look can make the bride look underdressed compared to her bridesmaids, the bride's mother, and the groom's family. There is nothing wrong with choosing simple wedding day jewelry, but the design must be sophisticated enough to go with other more attention-grabbing pieces. Picking the perfect balance is key.


So the next time the jewelry shop assistant hands the bride a spectacular statement necklace to try on with her wedding dress, she should take the opportunity to try it on.



NOT THINKING ABOUT SKIN TONE



Your skin color is like the background of a painting that accentuates the main characters. Therefore, consider that these bridal accessories should enhance your overall look and flatter your complexion when selecting jewelry for yourself.


Avoid wearing jewelry that clashes with your skin tone. Opt for pieces that compliment you. You can always experiment with your skin tone by trying on some jewelry pieces to see how they look with your tone.
Platinum and white gold are beautiful choices for individuals with cool skin tones. Some flattering gemstones for cool skin tones include blue sapphire, amethyst, aquamarine, ruby, emerald, opal, and tanzanite. Those with warm skin tones should seek yellow gold or rose gold, as they are an ideal match for your sun-kissed tan. For warm skin tones, look for precious stones such as alexandrite, citrine, garnet, morganite, peridot, ruby, garnet, and even fancy yellow diamonds if you're feeling particularly daring.


As a rule of thumb, you should accentuate the warm hues when it comes to darker skin tones. For example, people with darker skin have natural undertones of warmth that gold jewelry can bring out, and the effect is rather lovely.



NOT BEING AUTHENTIC



The most important thing about selecting the perfect accessories for your wedding gown is that they correctly represent you. You should always feel comfortable and confident in your accessories.


For instance, if you have a quirky style that is peppy and fun, opt for a vibrant floral headpiece to match your dress instead of a simple silver tiara. Or, if you're a bohemian bride who loves natural beauty, consider an organic-inspired wedding band or even a pair of rustic bridal earrings.


Jewelry should match your style and character, so don't be afraid to look at the accessories you usually wear and see if they can inspire your wedding choices.


If you loved your grandmother's wedding dress, wear the brooch she had pinned on it on your gown (but make sure to get permission first!). If you love wearing big pieces of luxury statement jewelry, don't be afraid to splurge and use the best of the best on the day you get married.



HEEDING ALL OPINIONS



The bride is undoubtedly the star of her wedding day, but her family and friends are often eager to offer advice on what she should wear for her big day. Family members can provide suggestions on dressing for your special moment, so it is best not to ignore them completely. They are only trying to help.


However, the bride should always ignore the advice of friends and family that push an idea on her simply because it is what they would wear if they were in her position. This is not their big day, and this type of pressure can lead to a bride making a costly mistake with her jewelry choices.


Friends make great bridesmaids, but they are not bridal consultants or stylists, so their opinions should only be used sparingly and with caution.



NOT BEING REALISTIC ABOUT THE BUDGET



Beautiful wedding jewelry can be costly, but it doesn't have to be out of reach for the average bride. The price tag on a piece at the bridal jewelry store should not determine whether or not you consider it an option. There are plenty of wedding day jewels that offer the same level of elegance & glamour but with a smaller price tag.


The key to finding affordable, elegant bridal jewelry is to research before deciding on the perfect piece for you, knowing what you want, and keeping your options open by shopping around at different bridal jewelry stores. At the same time, keep your budget in mind, so you narrow down the options. However, the key to finding bridal jewelry is choosing something that suits your budget instead of splurging on an expensive piece when other pieces are out there that look just as good or even better than the expensive ones.



RUSHING THE PURCHASE PROCESS



A big mistake many brides make is rushing the purchase process without carefully considering their other options. This is not to say that you should take months or years to deliberate on your wedding jewelry, but rather avoid making hasty decisions that may be regrettable in retrospect. For example, the rush from shopping for wedding day accessories only adds to the already hectic atmosphere of a bride-to-be.


To avoid making bridal jewelry choices in haste, shop around and take your time to consider various options that will best suit you and your dress. When at a bridal boutique, ask the sales associate to give you a brief explanation of the pieces and their features. They should also ask if there is anything in particular that you are looking for so they can point you in the right direction. It will be easier to identify jewelry choices based on design, color, and price range, so making your final decision won't be too difficult.



WRAPPING UP



The biggest mistake a bride can make with her jewelry is to ignore everything we've just stated in this article. Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life, and it deserves proper attention. You can't appear regal and elegant if your necklaces are tangled, slide off your shoulders, or have bent/broken clasps.


Our best advice is to be proactive–invest in quality jewelry that you like (and that goes with your bridal dress!), learn how to wear it properly, and commit to practicing with it at home before the big day. This way, you can judge how comfortable your jewelry will be for the big day.