While it can be tough making decisions related to your special day, styling your wedding dress is, arguably, one of the most challenging tasks of them all. Are you planning to make a fashion statement when you walk down the aisle or are you going for a more subdued look? How do you plan on dressing up your gown and where do you start when it comes to selecting the right accessories to compliment your dress?
Bazaar has shared a few tricks for brides-to-be, when it comes to choosing the perfect jewellery pieces for your special day. The French luxury haute jewellery house has been creating some of the most extraordinary pieces for over a century. Founded in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has been a favourite with both fashionistas and royals (even Grace Kelly was a fan, her engagement ring was made by the house). Therefore, they can certainly be considered the experts when it comes to pairing fine jewellery with a particular wedding day look.
See all the tips below for when it comes to looking absolutely breathtaking on your special day and pairing the perfect pieces with your wedding dress.
Don’t Forget About Your Personal Style
Just because haute joaillerie isn’t part of your everyday style doesn’t mean you should forego it on your wedding day. Try creating a mood board - and be sure to include an image of your dress, to have a better idea of how particular pieces would pair with your specific look.
Van Cleef & Arpels Flowerlace Earrings with White Gold Diamonds
Once you’ve found a style that works for you (and, of course, your dress), you can make the decision of whether or not you’d like to invest in a particular piece.
The Dress Comes First…
While it is important to consider your personal style when selecting jewellery to compliment your wedding look, you also need to take the dress in consideration. Certain silhouettes may work better with certain jewellery pieces and specific undertones within your gown’s fabric could look absolutely radiant when paired with a particular precious metal.
Van Cleef & Arpels Flowerlace Ring with White Gold Round Diamonds
If your dress is white, try styling it with platinum or silver jewllery. And what if it has more of an ivory undertone? Gold will most likely enhance your look. Or perhaps you’ve selected a blush dress, instead of something more traditional? Rose gold will bring out the soft hues within it.
At the end of the day, it’s all about playing around with pieces and finding out what you – and your dress – are most comfortable with.
…But Keep The Neckline In Mind, Always
Your dress’ neckline will play a big role in the framing your visage, so you’ll want to select the right pieces to compliment it accordingly.
Van Cleef & Arpels Olympia Necklace with White Gold Diamonds
If your dress has a strapless neckline, you might want to consider wearing a shorter necklace paired with a minimalistic bracelet. What if your gown has a V-neck? Made for décolletage decoration, opt for an elegant pendant and dangling earrings. For a halter dress focus your accessories within your hair by opting for a gorgeous pendant and statement clip.
Less Is More
This might be the most important commandment when selecting your wedding jewellery: don’t go overboard. No matter how tempting it is to load up on the glitz, you don’t want to risk letting your accessories outshine you.
Van Cleef & Arpels A Chéval 5 Rows Bracelet
When in doubt, a less is more approach is always best. Stick to a few key - but classic - pieces.
Forego If You Don’t Feel Comfortable
At the end of the day, the most important thing when selecting jewellery for your wedding day look is to be comfortable, confident and happy with your selection.
Van Cleef & Arpels A Chéval Transformable Necklace
Don’t feel pressured to over-do it or hold back if you’re looking to make a statement. If you’re happy in your accessories, you’ll feel confident and that’s the best accessory. After all, it’s your special day.