Your bridal jewelry plays a big role in how you look on your wedding day. Unfortunately, with so many different things going on during and before your wedding day, it’s easy to downplay the importance of your bridal jewelry. If you want the absolute perfect wedding, with the absolute perfect gown and jewelry, it’s important that you give your bridal jewelry the attention it truly deserves.
Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid while choosing bridal jewelry.
Mistake #1: Not Setting a Budget
Weddings are notorious for going over budget. One of the big areas that brides tend to go over budget in is in the bridal jewelry department.
It’s so easy to step foot in a jewelry store and fall in love with one of the pieces they have there – even if it’s ten times the price you’re looking for. It’s also easy to convince yourself (and your fiancé) to buy something you can’t afford because it’s a “once in a lifetime experience.” Unfortunately, most people who go far outside their budget eventually come to regret it.
Set a budget for your bridal jewelry purchases right from the beginning. Only look at jewelry in that price range, so you don’t get tempted by anything else.
Mistake #2: Choosing the “In” or Popular Engagement Ring
Every year, you’ll find a certain kind of engagement that’s being touted by jewelry stores and jewelry advertisements. You’ll see a “new” kind of engagement ring that everyone seems to be falling in love with. These are exactly the kinds of rings you want to avoid.
Your engagement ring is something you’re going to wear for the rest of your life. You shouldn’t pick your engagement ring based on what’s “hot” right now. Instead, choose it based on what you’ll want to be wearing two decades from now.
Mistake #3: Doing it Last Minute
It’s a mistake to think that you can just pick up your bridal jewelry in a couple days. Women will often spend months picking out a wedding gown. Choosing your bridal jewelry is no different.
You’ll want to go from store to store to see exactly what they have on offer. A lot of women will want to drive all over town to see what everyone has to offer. This takes time.
Ordering online takes time as well. You need to wait for shipped items to arrive. Also, you’ll often want to order several items to see what they look like in person and return a few. That takes time as well.
In short, give yourself time. Don’t rush things.
Mistake #4: Not Having a Gown Picked Out
Your bridal jewelry should match your wedding gown, not the other way around. There’s no such thing as “generic” bridal jewelry. Bridal jewelry helps accent specific things in a gown and can help bring your gown to life. If you don’t have your gown picked out yet, it’s impossible to choose the right bridal jewelry.
When you’re buying your gown, make sure to ask the storekeeper about what kind(s) of jewelry would go well with the gown. Chances are the person who made or designed the gown will have very good ideas about what you can wear with it. She may even have recommendations for where you can buy your bridal jewelry.
If you’re buying your bridal jewelry in person, bring a picture of your gown with you so your jeweler can help you pick out the perfect piece.
Mistake #5: Your Hair is Covering Your Jewelry
Finally, if you’re going to wear expensive bridal jewelry, make sure your hair doesn’t cover it up. For instance, if you got a beautiful set of gold laced pearl earrings, make sure your hair doesn’t cover them up.
Remember: Your bridal jewelry is going to be seen not just by the groom, but by the whole audience as well as by your wedding photographer. They’re going to be in your family pictures for decades to come. Make sure your hair is absolutely perfect and that none of the jewelry you spent so much time picking out is covered up.
These are five of the most common bridal jewelry mistakes people make. Avoiding these mistakes will help you choose the perfect piece(s) of jewelry for your wedding.