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9 Smart Ways To Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

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This article was written by a guest contributor. For guest contribution guidelines please visit this page. Mariam Norman is a former wedding planner and storyteller for Noray Designs.

You’re a few weeks (maybe months) to your big day. Almost hearing the wedding bells? Great!

But have you picked the right accessories for your wedding dress?

(deep sigh).

Accessories can truly make or break your look. Make sure you select the right accessories that will highlight the beauty of your dress and maintaining your desired style.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be. Here are 9 things to keep in mind when it comes time to accessorize your wedding dress.

Choose Accessories According to Your Neckline

The most important consideration brides have to make when choosing accessories is their dress’s neckline. Specifically, it dictates the style, length and design of your necklace and earrings.

Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Likewise, there are a variety of necklines to choose from that will best accentuate your unique figure.

This video from The Knot covers the current options on the market today.

In this article, we are going to cover just a few of the most popular necklines to help you find the most flattering accessories. Before we dive into accessories, let’s review those specific necklines.

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The Sweetheart Neckline

Shaped like the top of a heart, the sweetheart neckline helps accentuate (or create the illusion of) a full bust line. The wide and lengthening neckline also creates balance if you carry weight in your hip area.

The Halter Neckline

Halter top straps connect behind the neck, creating the effect of a deep-v and often leaves the back mostly uncovered.

Halter tops help draw attention from the bust line up to a woman’s face and can be a great way to showcase your shoulders.

The Straight Neckline

Much like the name suggests, straight necklines lay straight across the top of the bust line.

This classic option can be a good option for many body types but is especially flattering for women with broader shoulders.

The V-Shaped Neckline

Another straightforward neckline, the V-shaped line resembles a V.

The depth of the V is up to you–keep it traditional or make it a plunging V-shape. However revealing you choose to be, this neckline elongates the chest, brings attention to your face and is pretty universally flattering for all body shapes.

Strapless Wedding Dresses

While this isn’t a neckline in and of itself (for example, you can have strapless dresses with either a sweetheart or a straight neckline), we threw it in anyway.

Strapless gowns lend more room for jewelry and deserve a special mention.

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Find the Right Necklace

Necklaces are a great way to accentuate your dress and style–but only if done correctly. Here are some things to keep in mind when matching your necklace and your dress’s neckline.

Sweetheart Wedding Dress

You want to go “plain and simple” with this kind of dress. A simple choker, a gold or silver chain with a delicate drop or a princess-length necklace will do. You can also choose a less detailed statement piece, such as a decorative clasp, to add more glamour to your look.

Halter wedding dress

This is a flattering neckline and is best worn without a necklace. Leave the glitz to your earrings and bracelet instead.

Straight Wedding Dress

This simple neckline is best matched with elaborate pieces. So, feel free to wear a big statement piece, a dramatic collar necklace or even a strand of pearls. The world is your oyster!

V-Neck Wedding Dress

Since this neckline is a bit more formal and classy, dress it down a bit with an understated women’s necklace. Pendant pieces are the best picks for this neckline because they tend to form a V-shape when worn, which completes the dress style.

Strapless Wedding Dress

Since you have more skin to flaunt with this dress, you can highlight your look with bold and elegant pieces. Just make sure your necklace is halfway above your neckline. Go for sparkly pieces, such as a diamond necklace.

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Pick Your Earrings

Unlike necklaces which can sometimes clash with your dress’s neckline, earrings complement just about any of your options.

The trick is to find the right balance in your jewelry.

Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Consider matching earrings with your necklace. So, if you’re wearing a drop necklace, go for a pair of tear-drop-style earrings too.

Halter Wedding Dress

Skipping the necklace means you have more freedom to adorn your ears. A pair of daring earrings or diamond danglers, even statement pieces, will work well with this dress style.

Straight Wedding Dress

Simple necklines call for bolder, more dramatic pieces. However, if you’re going all-out with your necklace, opt for more simple earring styles.

V-Neck Wedding Dress

Many brides choose V-neck dresses because this style can make them appear taller. Enhance this illusion by wearing short dangly earrings.

Strapless Wedding Dress

Since your dress is best paired with sparkly necklaces, you want to tone down your earrings. A pair of diamond stud earrings or short dangles will complete your look.

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Mind Your Bracelet

 

Bracelets come in different styles, colors and designs. While there aren’t strict rules on choosing wedding bracelets, there are a few things that every bride should keep in mind:

  • Balance out your look. Your wedding accessories should match, not clash. Choose a bracelet that matches the color and style of your other precious metals.
  • You can choose to wear a bracelet or not. Decide based on what you think looks best.
  • If you’re wearing a halter neckline and skipping the necklace, don’t forget to add a separate sparkler for your wrist.
  • An understated wedding gown calls for an elaborate piece of jewelry, such as a set of intricate bangles.

To Wear or Not to Wear a Tiara?

Nothing makes a bride feel more like royalty than a tiara.

This statement piece comes in many styles, designs and heights. But before you wear one at your wedding, there are some important things to keep in mind.

First, you will want to look for a tiara design that’s opposite the shape of your face. For example, if you have a long face, avoid pointy tiaras that can make your face appear even longer.

Next, you need to choose the right type of tiara. Tiaras come in five major styles, and each style generally follows its own rules.

Regal

This traditional style is used by real royalties. You will rarely see brides wearing regal tiaras.

Wishbone

A vintage-style piece that works well with classic, vintage-style dresses, classic jewelry and pearls.

Headband

This tiara looks like a classic headband. It is often made with crystals and pearls to create a feminine look.

Double-Band

The double-band is a popular option for a modern wedding look. This can be styled or worn in different ways.

Wreath

Wreath tiaras are great for natural-style garden, beach and boho-inspired weddings.

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Match Your Metals

Another important point to consider when choosing accessories for your dress is the color. Yes, even the color of your dress affects your jewelry decisions.

There five major types of color commonly used for wedding gowns, and each hue has its own preferred metals.

Bright/Pure White

The best picks for bright white dresses are silver and platinum metals.

Champagne white

This color is off-white, which looks good with just about any color of metals. Stay classic with yellow or white gold, or go daring with rose gold.

Ivory

Gold pieces will best enhance this creamy shade. If, however, you’re wearing an ivory dress with pink undertones, you can play with rose gold jewelry.

Candlelight

A candlelight dress has a yellow undertone. Thus, you want to pair it with yellow gold pieces.

Ecru

The deepest shade of ivory, this dress color looks more like beige and works well with yellow or white gold jewelry.

Think of Your Something Blue

Whatever the style and color of your wedding dress are, you might want to incorporate something blue in it.

Your something blue could be a hairpin, your shoes, your nail polish, etc. It could also be a blue piece of jewelry.

A gorgeous pendant necklace with a sapphire or aquamarine gemstone, earrings with blue pearls or stones, or a bracelet with blue diamond stones surrounding it are all gorgeous options for your something blue.

Keep Your Venue in Mind

Your wedding reception’s theme and style can also help you decide the best accessories for your wedding dress. The key is to match your jewelry to your wedding venue. So, if you’re having a simple reception, consider wearing simple yet elegant pieces.

If your venue is more over-the-top, feel free to choose intricate pieces too. Having a whimsical wedding? Why not wear fine artisan pieces with curvy, floral and unique patterns?

Vintage-wedding? You have a ton of options for vintage jewelry.

Remember, Less is More.

You don’t have to be all-out when it comes to accessories. Strive for a balanced look, rather than trying to impress with your jewelry. The focal point of your look should be your dress. So, every other detail — from your headdress to your shoes — should complement your wedding dress.

If your necklace is already an attention-grabber, choose simpler pieces for your earrings and bracelets to avoid looking overdone.

Achieving the perfect wedding look is possible by learning to accessorize your wedding dress. Always keep these tips in mind when shopping for accessories.

However, feel free to break a rule or two if there are pieces you really want to wear, such as a family heirloom or unique jewelry you absolutely love. Note that your look should be a reflection of who you are.

Lastly, enjoy the process. Mixing and matching accessories with your dress are fun. As long as you know the dos and don’ts, it shouldn’t be a stressful endeavor.

You can do it!

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9 Things To Remember When Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress: 

  1. Pay Attention to Your Neckline
  2. Find the Right Necklaces
  3. Pick Your Earrings
  4. Mind Your Bracelet
  5. To Wear or Not to Wear a Tiara?
  6. Match Your Metals
  7. Think of Your Something Blue
  8. Keep Your Venue in Mind
  9. Less is More

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