Jewelry: 12 Smart Ideas

How to pick the right pieces for your wedding dress

1. Wait to shop for your jewelry until after you've purchased your wedding dress, veil, and headpiece.
2. Less is more: If you're wearing a headpiece, skip the necklace.
3. Wear a top with the same neckline as your wedding dress while trying on necklaces. You'll get a better sense of the overall look of the piece.
4. If you're wearing a simple wedding dress, go for jewelry that's a touch over-the-top (but not gaudy) for a bit of flash.
5. Wear a sapphire bracelet with matching earrings as your traditional "something blue."
6. Thank each bridesmaid with a piece of custom-made jewelry that reflects her individual style.
7. Wear a piece of jewelry that your dad gave to your mom on a special occasion for a sweet, personalized touch.
8. Personalize your engagement ring by inscribing your wedding date or initials directly onto the perimeter of your diamond.
9. Keep your jewelry simple if your wedding dress is ornate and heavily beaded. If your neckline is elaborate, forgo a necklace in favor of a lovely pair of earrings.
10. Choose matching gems: Don't wrap a strand of pink pearls around your wrist if you're wearing chunky rhinestones around your neck.
11. Skip the watch. Wear a beautiful sterling-silver bracelet instead.
12. Borrow the earrings that your grandmother wore on her wedding day as your traditional "something old."

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