Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most memorable and important days of your life. So being asked to stand beside the bride as a bridesmaid is a true honor in itself.
As the saying goes, "with great honor, comes great responsibility," looking the part as a bridesmaid should be one of your top priorities.
Some brides prefer to choose their bridesmaid accessories, while others allow for free reign. Either way, it's important to get a good understanding of bridesmaid jewelry ideas and dresses that work perfectly together.
Whether this your first or fifth time as a bridesmaid, here are a few handy pointers to keep in mind when it comes to bridesmaid accessories:
First off, the bride should always have a say in the matter, even if she's left the accessorizing decision up to you. Make sure you run your accessory ideas past the bride before making a purchase.
If you are all wearing the same bridesmaid dresses, this gives you a chance to get creative and mix up your accessories. But remember to tone it down, rather than go for extravagance. The last thing you want is to outshine the bride!
If you're a little clueless when it comes to accessories, simply ask your bride for a few guidelines to help narrow down your choices. Would she prefer pearls over crystals, drop earrings or studs, a necklace or bracelet, or perhaps both?
Even if the bride makes a decision on the amount of jewelry you'll be wearing, you should generally have free reign on the final details.
The great thing about being allowed to choose your own accessories is that it takes the pressure off your own budget too. And bonus, you can turn accessory shopping into a bridesmaid bonding event.
You may have already connected the dots, but generally, your bridesmaid dress will determine the type of jewelry you wear. Particularly the neckline of your dress.
Here are some of the most common bridesmaid dress styles and the perfect jewelry to accessorize with:
This is one of the most common bridesmaid dress styles and for good reason- it's flattering and elegant on all body types and super comfortable, too!
This leaves the neck and decolletage area free to accessorize with a larger statement piece of jewelry. Perfect options include chunky pearls, a dramatic drop necklace, or bold multi-layered necklace.
Alternatively, you could opt for larger statement earrings and a more simple necklace if you are wearing your hair swept up.
Similar to the strapless dress, the sweetheart or v-neckline is also incredibly popular for bridesmaid style dresses.
The sweetheart style tends to draw the eyes down away from the neckline, so this style is accentuated by a simple pendant necklace. A drop necklace is also ideal for this style dress.
This neckline is typically quite romantic, so a teardrop, diamond or heart pendant would complete the look beautifully.
The halterneck dress is not as popular as the above-mentioned styles but is a great way to accentuate the shoulders and back. Due to the fact that there's already plenty of detail around the neck, there's no need to accessorize with a necklace.
Opt for simple earrings such as diamond studs or small hoops if your hair is bearing worn in an up-do and an elegant bracelet instead.
This classic style is yet another crowd pleaser and popular in today's wedding scene. The delicate straps and square neckline create a simple yet elegant silhouette to be complemented with the right jewelry.
To keep the elegance of this dress on point, pair with simple accessories such as a dainty crystal drop necklace or thin string of pearls. You can also add a simple pair of studs earrings. Remember that less is more for a perfectly demure look.
The one-shoulder dress is a statement in itself and the neckline should honestly be the star of the show here. Trying to accessorize with a necklace will only confuse your entire ensemble.
The ideal type of jewelry to pair with this dress is a dramatic pair of drop earrings and a simple bracelet.
Similar to the halterneck dress, sheer necklines are all the rage in today's day and age and are also a beautiful statement in and of themselves.
A necklace is not recommended with this style dress as it will not only complicate your look but could also snag and tear the sheer fabric of the dress. These necklines are usually crafted from lace, chiffon or embroidered lace and need to be handled with care.
The same applies to this style dress- drop earrings, a bracelet and even a statement ring are ideal accessory choices.
While your dress is probably your main consideration as a bridesmaid, here are three others worth remembering when choosing accessories:
Well, it's pretty obvious what the bride will be wearing, but in terms of accessories what has she chosen? If the bride has chosen one type of metal, such as rose gold, it's best to stick with this theme in your own jewelry decision.
Some metals just pair better with certain colors, so remember this when choosing your jewelry. For example, silver tends to pair better with lighter, pastel colors. While rose gold or yellow gold pairs better with warmer colors.
There are no set rules for bridesmaid hairstyles and jewelry pairing, but there are a few handy pointers to keep in mind. Up-do hairstyles generally allow for more leeway with statement, dangly earrings.
If your hair is being worn down then it's always better to opt for more demure stud or pearl earrings. Also, if you are wearing a hair statement piece such as a floral crown or sparkly barrette, try to keep your earrings simple.
At Roma Designer Jewelry, we offer a stunning collection of accessories for all the bridesmaid jewelry ideas you're looking for!
If you're a bride-to-be, we've thought about you too - check out our blog post on creative gift ideas for your bridesmaids for much-needed inspiration.