If you’ve been harbouring a secret wedding board on pinterest for the last few years (I know you have), chances are it’s filled with dresses, decor, flowers, engagement rings, chalk board signs, couples posing inside an empty picture frame, etc… but with nary a drop earring or pendant necklace in sight. Your money and effort have gone into the gown, and the bridal jewelry is generally an afterthought. Don’t be mistaken though– if you think of your bridal ensemble as an opportunity to create a look that inherently expresses who you are as a woman (or to just be your hottest and most elegant self), then you need those accessories to take it from average bridal pretty to phenomenal.
Here in Austin, bridal jewelry is explorative, creative and unafraid, as is Austin fashion in general. While most brides want to focus all eyes on the gown they’ve probably been dreaming up since childhood, bridal jewelry (as well as head pieces and shoes/boots) is a great way to make that wedding look entirely original.
No matter what look a bride is going for, whether its modern, elegant, bohemian or classic, here are some new trends in the world of bridal jewelry and accessories that can fit virtually any look.
(pro tip: Long earrings will elongate the appearance of your neck in a lovely and feminine way)
Gold, Gold, Gold
White gold and silver have long been the classic accent colors for bridal gowns, but this season, embrace gold. This metal is a symbol of elegance, so why not wear it on your wedding day? Gold shoes, gold purses, gold belts and, of course, gold wedding jewelry can have you feeling like royalty on your wedding day. Personally, I think gold is more flattering to almost every skin tone (yes, I mean pale too).
A Pop of Color
Unless you want to horrify grandma, you’re proabably wearing white to your wedding. But that doesn’t mean your accessories can’t bring a hint of color to the look. Go bold and add your “something blue” with a dangling pair of indigo statement earrings, or consider something more subtle with a light rose colored pair of crystal stunners. Color is a powerful way to express yourself, and wearing it on your wedding day is a great way to show off your unconventional side.
Head Turning Veils
There are few more traditional wedding moments than when the father-of-the-bride (FOB, if you will) lifts his daughter’s veil and kisses her before giving her away. Let’s be honest, though, it messes up your hair and dilutes the wow factor of your big reveal. Most brides that wear a long veil don’t even take adventage of it’s face-concealing objective anyway. If you want to wear a veil as a nod to a classic wedding accessory, feel at liberty to play with veil shapes such as birdcage veils, or even consider the new trend of colored veils. The idea of a wedding veil may be traditional, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the veil itself more spectacular. The rose colored tinted veils are truly lovely.
Statement pieces are a great way to bring the wow-factor to a wedding gown. Brides wearing their hair up can opt for large chandelier or crystal statement earrings, while brides donning strapless styles, can go for a large head-turning statement necklace. A tip for brides, when it comes to statement pieces, only choose one item for your big day. While wedding jewelry is a great way to make a wedding dress your own, too many statement pieces at once can distract from the dress itself.
Beret Fascinator by Milli Starr
Every bride should feel like a queen on her wedding day, so why not wear a crown fit for a queen? Floral crowns are a stunning statement piece, as are vine-inspired metal crowns. These are a great accessory for a bride wanting to show off her ethereal side. The lovely bride shown below made her own. She’s also wearing gorgeous Catherine Nicole bridal earrings and kick ass cowboy boots.
Brad Barnwell Photography
If you’re already layered up with a cool hedpiece and gorgeus earrings, you may want to go easy on the wedding necklace. Our letter necklaces add a sweet detail that pays homage to the vows you just took, and is the perfect transition into your new life as a ‘Mrs.’ You can wear your partner’s initial, your new last name, or both. (These neckaces can be made with as many letters as you need).
There’s no need to wear white shoes on your wedding day, unless you found some you really love. You probably won’t see them anyway, and if you do.. well, that’s all the more reason for them to be strikingly great. Plus, you’ll be more likely to get later use out of them if they aren’t so bridally. That is, unless your new puppy destroys them soon after the wedding. RIP, my fabulous wedding shoes (bottom left).
Incidentally, if you want to follow our not-so-secret wedding board on pinterest, you can find it here.