It's your big day, and every last detail from your wedding dress to your wedding earrings to your shoes to your hair is chosen to make you feel beautiful and empowered. Together your dress and accessories bring you joy as you put them on, an expression of your personality and the love you are sharing.
You've chosen your dress and now you're looking to accessorize and build your whole look.
Everything centers around your dress, including your earrings. And if you have different dresses for nuptials and reception — or have a variety of fabulous dresses for multiple wedding ceremonies like Priyanka Chopra when she married Nick Jonas — you may need to decide on multiple wedding day earrings.
So let's take a look at how to pick earrings to complement your gorgeous gown and your style. Keep reading to learn about what bridal earrings go best with what necklines, what dresses and your face shape and which earrings will make you shine.
Then, you'll be ready to find your perfect wedding earrings so you feel gorgeous, joyful and all about you on your magnificent day.
Typically, you want to buy your dress at least a year out from your wedding day. This allows it to be sewn if it's bespoke or altered as needed. It gives you time for fittings, which is when you bring in the accessories.
Once you have your dress, you know the style and neckline and can start thinking about how you want your hair and your jewelry. The neckline, your hair, and your other jewelry will be key in choosing your earrings.
You'll start thinking about shoes and purse at this stage too but they're not key in picking your earrings.
By six months out, you should know what you want so that you can try your hair and accessories on at your first dress fitting, which is typically at three months.
Use this first fitting to try the earrings and the whole look. If something isn't working, you'll have time to try another version of your earrings at the next fitting, which is typically at about two months to six weeks out.
Aim to nail it down here. But honestly, you can always swap out your earrings last minute, so don't worry too much if you're not exactly sure.
You want your wedding earrings to match the style of your dress and complement the cut of the neckline.
The style of the dress — whether classic, contemporary, romantic, art deco, floral, or whatever you love — is a statement of your personality. It also gives you that "wow" feeling when you put it on because it complements your body type with just the right cut.
You want your wedding earrings to match the specific style of your dress too. So if you have a vintage dress, go with vintage earrings from the same era. If you have a modern dress, pick earrings with a contemporary but still elegant style, like crystal hoops.
A V-neck wedding dress, by design, frames your neck and décolletage, so you want the focus of your jewelry to be right there in the form of a necklace.
Pendants and chokers look fabulous with V-necks and so your earrings will be more understated.
The ideal wedding earrings for a V-neck gown are a simple diamond or cubic zirconia studs or more understated-yet-elegant dangling earrings. Try a few shapes and styles based on the necklace you choose, your hairstyle and the style of your dress.
With your beautiful shoulders and décolletage being highlighted, you don't want to overdo it with a necklace here. But you have room with the strapless or off-the-shoulder gown to go with gorgeous statement earrings. It's a nice balance to complement your dress and shoulders.
Structured earrings are nice with a contemporary style. Chandelier earrings are fabulous with a more classical style. And with florals, you can match your dress with floral or pearl earrings or even intricate or delicately designed hoops or swirls.
Also, consider wearing your hair up to balance the dress and complement the earrings. Leave your neck and shoulders bare but have fun with hair accessories and earrings that pop and shine like your smile.
For the halter-style wedding dress, you want to keep your jewelry to a minimum — elegantly understated. Wear your hair up and off your neck and go with studs or small dangling earrings. If your halter is contemporary, you can also go with long but thin diamonds or delicate and long hoops.
The key here is length. You don't want anything big to compete with the fabric at your neck. You want to elongate.
Certain colors of gown fabrics tend to look better with different types of precious metals in your jewelry.
If your gown is a creamy off-white — with its more traditional and classic look — or champagne or beige, classic gold is your best bet when it comes to your bridal earrings and other jewelry.
If you have a pure white wedding dress that pops, silver and platinum are the metals to go with.
If you have a dress with a tinge of pink or rose, the ever-beloved rose gold will complement the blush in the fabric.
If you have a fabulously unique dress with a color that's all you or that follows a special custom, the sky's the limit. Try a variety of metals and earrings. White pearls are usually a good bet!
Also, something fun to think about if you're a traditional girl going for something blue, you can try a pair of sapphire earrings with your gown and tick that one off your list.
The most important thing to remember when picking your wedding day earrings is your personal style and taste. You have to love these earrings and feel fabulous in them.
We've given you some guidelines to start with but remember, with each recommendation, there are many styles to choose from.
Start by perusing earrings that seem to be a fit for your dress. Try on the ones that pop out at you and get you excited with the thought of wearing them.
Once they're on your ear and framing your face, you'll know if they make you feel fabulous. If so, bring them to your fitting. At the fitting, try your options with your dress and if the whole look makes you feel fabulous, then go for it.
Also, bring a trusted friend along to the fitting. Someone that will be honest while at the same time, listening to what you love.
Your earrings and dress will be perfect if you feel great wearing them, and that's the bottom line.
Now that you know some of our secrets on how to choose the wedding earrings to best compliment your dress, you're ready to find the earrings and style that are oh so you!
To start, you can take a look at our earrings. We have a variety of collections, styles and price points. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, and we can help point you in the right direction and guide you through to the best earrings for your special day.