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A watch might not be the first item that comes to mind when you think about traditional wedding jewelry, but the right piece can really elevate a look. Surprisingly versatile and elegant, a classic watch will make any bride look put together and can easily turn into a wardrobe essential once the big day is over.
For grooms, watches are a bit more common and should always be considered when looking for the perfect accessory to go along with a tux. But instead of strapping on the leather watch you wear on a daily basis, or a smartwatch that also counts your steps, you might want to look for something more refined and classic.
Brides who are thinking of swapping a bracelet for a watch should go for something understated, especially if your gown features intricate beadwork. Jeweler Apeksha Kothari says, "I'd generally recommend a bracelet-style watch with a slim band. You want the dress to be the star of the show here, so best to go subtle." If you're wearing a solid-colored gown, you can opt for something more ornate. She adds, "The watch should complement, not overshadow the other elements of the look."
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For grooms, picking a watch is a little easier. Kothari still recommends that grooms go subtle, saying, "For weddings, you want to stick with something classic and neutral. Tempting as it might be to show off that Rolex, we suggest leaving the bling at home in favor of brands like Shinola and Daniel Wellington."
No-fuss styles such as link, lather, and metal mesh straps are great choices.
When watch shopping, take your wedding theme into consideration as well, just as you would when looking for any other type of jewelry. For a beach wedding, go for something more casual; for a formal black-tie affair, Kothari suggests the groom wear a watch with a black face.
You'll also want to match your watch to the metal type of your ring. "A silver watch with a rose gold wedding ring would look a little odd, for example," Kothari says. "Same applies to the cufflinks and men's wedding band. You want your metals to match, otherwise, it's a distraction." You could also your watch as a sentimental piece of jewelry—the perfect "something borrowed!"
Need some suggestions? Here's a look at some perfect classic watches for your big day.
Want to wear a watch on your wedding day? We answered the most common questions brides and grooms might have when shopping for a watch.
- Should you match your watch to your wedding ring? It's recommended to match the metal in your watch to the metal of your engagement ring or wedding bands. So, if your ring is rose gold, try wearing a rose gold watch.
- Is it appropriate for a bride to wear a watch on the wedding day? A watch is an elegant and versatile alternative to a bracelet and is appropriate for a bride or a groom.
- Should you match your watch to your gown or tux? Opt for a watch that complements your overall look rather than one that matches exactly or stands out too much.