Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Winter wedding season is here , and while you might've already picked your dress, shoes and food, it'll pay to think of the little things that can make a big difference to your look. Here, Emily Tebbutt, Jewellery Commercial Manager at Ramsdens Jewellery shares her top tips for choosing jewellery for your winter wedding.
Winter weddings are on the rise, with more and more couples appreciating the romance of the season and wanting to celebrate their big day when festive cheer is at large. And, with this being one of the busiest periods of the year, it's easy to get overwhelmed and forget the little details, like the jewellery you'll wear on your wedding day.
Jewellery can make or break your bridal look, so it's important that you give it some thought. Here, I'll be sharing my top tips for choosing the perfect accessories for your winter wedding.
Match your jewellery and dress style
The style of jewellery you choose should match your dress in a number of ways. First and foremost, choosing modern trend-based jewellery to go with a classic wedding dress style may make your look appear a little disjointed, so make sure the vibe is the same between your outfit and your accessories.
Secondly, you should think about the cut of your dress as this can affect what articles of jewellery you can wear. For example, necklaces work well with lower necklines such as sweetheart and Bardot where there is space to fill, whereas they can look overwhelming when paired with higher necklines. Similarly, busy embroidered or lace sleeves usually mean you can't get away with any wrist accessories like bangles and bracelets, so focus on stunning, eye-catching rings instead.
Use your bridesmaids for inspiration
No doubt you've picked beautiful outfits and accessories for your bridesmaids, so if you're struggling, why not be inspired by their look? Selecting matching gemstones to the ones your favourite ladies will be wearing can tie the whole bridal party together and will look great if it matches the theme of your wedding, too.
If your bridesmaids will be wearing minimal jewellery because of busy dress styles, then choosing a gemstone that matches their dresses will also look great.
Consider your wedding theme
Thinking about your wedding theme can help you to make smart jewellery choices. And, matching your jewellery to your wedding can also mean your it'll serve as a lovely reminder of your big day whenever you wear it afterwards.
If you're hoping to welcome guests into your very own winter wonderland, consider choosing pearls or diamonds that'll nod to the ice and snow you'd typically see across this landscape. However, if you've gone for a more trend-led wedding scheme, such as emerald and aubergine as reported by the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning, you can choose gemstone jewellery to match your theme.
Choose a metal that matches your personal style
As well as choosing jewellery that complements your dress and wedding theme, you'll also want to consider how well certain pieces fit in with your current jewellery collection and if they match your personal style.
If you don't usually wear statement jewellery, and want to be able to wear your wedding jewellery after the big day, you'll want to pick something a little simpler. Similarly, you'll want to pick pieces in the metal that you usually wear.
You might also want to think about which metal your engagement ring and wedding band is made from and match your other accessories to this.
Think about how your jewellery will look on camera
Many couples spend thousands on hiring a photographer who will capture their big day beautifully and professionally, with some even opting to have a videographer on top of this. With all eyes on you, you'll need to make sure your jewellery doesn't just look good in person but will also look great on camera.
High-quality diamonds and gemstones will be well worth the higher prices as they're more likely to glint and sparkle under the crisp winter sun and the flash of a camera. You'll also need to think about which backgrounds you'll have your photos against and whether these will enhance or dull down your jewellery. For example, sapphire won't look as bright indoors as it will under clear, blue skies.
So get prepared for your winter wedding with my top five jewellery tips to make sure you shine bright on your big day.