As a fashion + lifestyle blogger, I have long been styling myself and choosing the perfect pieces to go with any outfit. But, I didn’t realize how tough it would be to decide on jewelry and accessories for my wedding day. There’s always that pressure to be “perfect” on that day, and though I am trying not to subscribe too much to that sort of thinking, I would be lying if I said it doesn’t play a role. Thankfully, when it comes to choosing jewelry and accessories for your wedding day, there’s tons of beautiful options to choose from. When I started choosing the perfect accessories, making sure it all works together and matches the vibe of my wedding was a challenge I didn’t know I would encounter along the way. But, as I do with most things, I made a list of ideas of what jewelry and accessory pieces I wanted to incorporate into my wedding day look and went from there. If you’re shopping for your wedding day jewelry & accessories, here are a few considerations when selecting each piece.
Let’s start at the top and work our way down. Besides choosing what your hair should look like that day, you might be wondering whether or not you want to wear a veil on your wedding day. First of all – it’s totally up to you for what you want to do for your wedding. Don’t feel like you have to include something in your wedding just because it’s a “tradition”. The veil tradition is a little odd and basically has two meanings…
So it might not be for everyone. That’s not to say I won’t be wearing a veil at my wedding, but for me, it’s more of a style and sentimental choice…but I obviously don’t want to piss off any evil spirits. Anywho, there’s a lot to consider with veil choices.
Your dress, personal style, and venue are going to play a big role in whether you decide to wear a veil or not and what that veil might look like. If you have a lot of detail on your dress, maybe a single layer, raw tulle veil will be the perfect finishing touch. Or if you’ve got a glamorous satin or crepe dress with minimal detail, a cathedral length veil with pearl or rhinestone details is the right choice. Not feeling a veil? Maybe a trendy cape, bolero, or statement sleeves are the better pick. Here’s a few gorgeous options from BHLDN.
Moving on down to the ear candy. I don’t go a day without wearing earrings, and when I do, my ears truly feel naked. So on my wedding day, you can bet that you’re going to find me in a pair of gorgeous earrings. Choosing the right pair of earrings depends on a few things…
I don’t want to skip ahead too much, but if you know you’re going to want to wear a statement necklace, then you might want to go a little more subtle with your earrings. Thinking a pair of classic diamond studs or little pearl huggies would do just fine. But, if you want to make more a splash with your earrings, and either forego a necklace completely or wear something dainty, then you can choose a pair of danglers or crawlers with some fun details. When choosing the right metal tone, think about the tone of your engagement ring, the details on your dress, and any metallic accents in your wedding! Here’s a few gorgeous options from Emi Conner.
A lot of times when I opt for statement earrings, I don’t wear a necklace. But on your wedding day, bling is the thing, so feel free to accessorize a little bit more than you usually would. When choosing the right necklace for your wedding day look, I would ask the following questions.
If your dress has a sweetheart or plunging neckline, accessorize that décolletage with a gorgeous necklace. Have a higher neck with a plunging back, get yourself a back-necklace to show it off in a unique way. If you have a one-shoulder or a unique neckline on your dress, or a dress with a lot of detail, maybe a pair of stunning earrings is all you need.
I love the idea of infusing some color in your necklace choice. Whether it be a birthstone, a gemstone to match your wedding day palette, or your something blue, don’t be afraid to add in a pop of color. Here’s a few gorgeous necklace options from Emi Conner.
We can’t forget about the wrists! Adding a beautiful bracelet or bangle to your wedding day look is a great way to infuse a little more sparkle and style into it. Choosing the necklace or earrings first and then selecting bracelets to complement those pieces is a good rule of thumb. Unless you’re totally not an earrings or necklace person, and bracelets are really all you need. Here’s a few things to consider.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match your metals when it comes to choosing bracelets. Having a gorgeous stack will be eye-catching and stylish for your wedding day. Here’s a few gorgeous bracelet options.
If you ask me, picking the perfect pair of shoes is almost as important as picking the perfect wedding dress. I am a shoe person. Period. If you’ve ever seen my extensive shoe collection, you would know. I love style, I love comfort, and I love sparkle. Thankfully, in the wedding shoe department, there is a ton of sparkle and style, but making sure that I chose a pair that I love and would also be comfortable for me to wear throughout the day was very important. When choosing the right pair of shoes for your wedding day, here’s a few questions to consider.
The last thing you want is to be stuck in a gorgeous but terrible uncomfortable pair of shoes. Which is why I recommend going with a brand that you already know and trust, or checking out the reviews from other brides who’ve worn the shoes from a new brand. No brides wants to be uncomfortable and developing blisters on their big day, so if you don’t normally wear sky high heels…maybe your wedding day isn’t the day to start. Also, if you’re getting married outdoors or on the beach, a stiletto heel may not be the best choice.
But an outfit change is always a fun idea at your wedding. If you want a separate pair of shoes for the ceremony + photos, and then change into a pair of flats or sandals for your reception, that’s a great option! Here’s a few gorgeous shoe choices in all shapes, heel heights, and styles.
My one recommendation that really matters when it comes to choosing the perfect accessories for your wedding day is that they should be the perfect accessories TO YOU. You want to feel comfortable and like yourself on your wedding day. Maybe a bit more polished and glamorous version of yourself, but still like yourself. Choosing accessories and jewelry should be a fun way to showcase your personality and style. Beyond the jewelry, the veil, and the shoes, you can have a little fun adding some pieces for your hair, or a belt or overskirt to your dress. This is a day for you to feel sparkly and glamorous. If that means going a little over the top with your accessories, you do you!
Emi Conner is a self-taught jewelry maker and designer. She moved to the US from her home country of Thailand in 2005. After years of working with computers, she longed for a new means of expressing her creativity. She was gifted a hematite ring, and instantly was attracted to its beauty and the idea of the energy that crystals and gemstones carry. Which inspired her to start pursuing jewelry design. As a female-founded and owned business, I instantly felt connected to her story and to her brand.
It brings me joy to know that our handcrafted pieces can make a difference to your day, to carry the energy of your gemstone with you, to make you feel strong, enchanted, and charged with positivity.Emi Conner
Disclaimer – This post was written as a part of a partnership with Emi Conner. All opinions and experiences are my own. Including me immediately falling in love with the Emi Conner brand and her designs when I first found them on Instagram.