First published: 26-11-2015

Inspire me: What jewellery should I wear to a wedding?

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
Inspire me: What jewellery should I wear to a wedding?

Whether you're the bride or a guest, knowing what jewellery to wear to a wedding is not always a piece of cake. More often than not, your decision will be influenced by the outfit you're wearing and how pieces of jewellery will sit alongside it.

If it's your own wedding you're dressing for, you want to ensure that all your accessories will stand the test of time and look just as chic when you're looking back on your photos in 10, 20 or even 50 years' time.

If you're a guest, you can afford to be a bit more adventurous, always keeping in mind that this is a day for the happy couple, so upstaging them is a big no-no! You can maintain a really appropriate level of glamour with a few choice items of jewellery.

We've compiled a few handy tips to help you find something that will match your outfit perfectly, so you can always feel great no matter what look you're going for or what style wedding you're attending!

For the bride...

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Your wedding ensemble should match your personal style, while remaining classic and elegant enough that your pictures will look timeless.

This idea applies to everything you wear, from your shoes to your hairpiece, and definitely includes jewellery! Whether you have an arm full of bangles or a delicate chain necklace, you can transform your look with just a small sparkly addition.

In almost all cases, less is more, so try to stick to one colour for your jewellery, be it yellow, white or rose gold. It is important to consider the colouring of your wedding ring in this, whether you want to have everything else match it or make it the stand-out piece of jewellery.

Your choice of necklace will depend on the neckline of your dress, as well as whether or not you wear a veil - this will also determine your choice of earrings. When it comes to bracelets and bangles, you'll have to keep in mind the sleeves of your dress, while if you're picking something with a clasp or tricky fastening, make sure it's not likely to catch on the fabric of your dress.

Pick out your pieces long before the big day so you can look at how they look with the dress, shoes, hair, veil or anything else you're wearing.


We've laid out some information for you about how necklines can affect your choice of necklace, but what about style? Your own individual tastes will play a big part here, as well as the theme of the wedding itself - shabby chic weddings and Hollywood glamour weddings lend themselves to very different necklace types.

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The majority of necklines are suited to pendant necklaces. The colouring of this DKNY necklace means it will complement most of the traditional wedding dress shades. With a hint of sparkle, it is just right for an elegant wedding ensemble. It can be matched with other silver jewellery, especially other pieces with embedded stones.

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Many brides prefer a classic pearl design, and if this is the look you want to go for then this Shimla necklace could fit the bill. The pearly pendant has two traditionally bridal colours, which would make it very easy to style within your wedding ensemble, and this also serves to make it a really interesting-looking necklace. This could match with a whole range of pearly accessories, from your hairpiece or veil to bracelets and bangles.

Bracelets and bangles

Depending on what kind of style you're after, a bracelet or bangle can be a real statement in your look. Some brides will prefer to use bangles as a way to draw even more attention down to their hands, whereas others will prefer a more delicate bracelet to provide the finishing touch. Just always be sure that your dress won't be caught on any tricky fastenings or rough edges.

Charm bracelets are a great way to inject your personality into your wedding outfit. You can pick pretty much anything for a charm, so you could fill the links with different charms that represent you and your partner, making it perfect for your wedding day.

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If you're looking for something a bit more neutral, yet still just as classy and elegant, pearls are an absolute winner. A delicate pearl bracelet, such as this Jersey Pearl model, will add a touch of feminine sophistication to your look, without drawing anyone's eye away from your dress.


How you're having your hair will really help you decide what kind of earrings you're going for, as well as the overall style and look of your wedding. A Hollywood glamour wedding might have you reaching for the chandelier earrings, whereas a shabby chic style could steer you towards smaller studs.

Similarly, an elegant up-do might allow for some creativity with your earring choice, whereas long, flowing locks could be overshadowed by anything more than a small hoop. Make sure you take your earrings with you when you go for your appointments with your hairdresser, as this will help you visualise how they will look together on the day.

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If you are going for an up-do, you can play around with bolder earrings that have a bit more detail. These flower earrings from Lipsy will really complement a simple dress, especially one with minimal or even no straps, helping to create more volume at the top. Furthermore, though the colours deviate from the traditional bridal shades, they are still delicate and neutral enough to match perfectly.

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Many women prefer to let their hair down on the big day, and in this case a smaller, more delicate pair of earrings might look better. These petite Bering hoops are very subtle in their style, with the jewels embedded into the sides of the hoop rather than at the front. The white and silver colouring means they will blend nicely into most wedding looks, adding a hint of sophistication without demanding too much attention.


Let's face it, the ring you'll be worrying about today is the one you won't put on until a pretty important moment, so any others you wear will have to take a backseat to both your wedding and engagement rings (if you're wearing both!)

Many women choose not to wear extra rings on the big day, but if you're wanting one to decorate any of your remaining nine fingers, there are plenty of options.

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Many brides like to make an impact by choosing a bold lipstick colour and if you're opting for pink, then a ring with a similar shade will help tie your outfit together beautifully. A pink ring like this one by Zinzi will be perfect as an eye-catching feature of your look, but by matching it to your lipstick, you can stop it from looking overpowering on your hand.

For a guest...


Since you're more likely to be wearing a combination of different colours than the bride is, you can afford to be a bit more adventurous in which shades you pick. That being said, sometimes less is more, so if your outfit has quite a bold pattern or colour combination, you could find that a simpler necklace will complement you better.

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Some dresses call for quite a bold necklace to make a statement. Something like this floral garland necklace by Oasis Jewellery will be ideal, especially if you're attending a spring or summer wedding. The delicate colouring of the flowers themselves means that, despite the eye-catching design, this necklace won't overpower what you're wearing, while the pale gold chain makes it an easy accessory to match up.

Bracelets and bangles

Colour and quirky design features are two elements that you can really afford to play around with here. The benefit of bracelets and bangles is that you can wear as many as you like (provided that they match, of course)!

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Another floral accessory, this Hot Diamonds bangle will bring a real feminine charm to your wrist without requiring you to coordinate any colours. The single diamond within the design adds a hint of sparkle, while still keeping it looking very chic. This will also be easy to team up with other bangles if you want to wear quite a few at the same time.

Depending on the shades in your outfit, you could inject some variety with coloured bangles, but when it comes to the metal, try to stick to just one rather than mixing and matching, or else you might introduce too many conflicting shades.


Earrings are another brilliant way of picking out a statement shade in a multi-coloured outfit, without making the ensemble look overwhelming. As a guest, you can go for something a bit bolder and more sparkly than the bride might choose; earrings are ideal for this since they are only a small accessory, so they won't steal all the attention.

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These pink Lovelinks studs will work perfectly, adding a flash of colour and shine without looking overwhelming. These will look elegant whether your hair is up or down and they can serve to pick out one shade if your outfit has a multi-coloured pattern. They have an element of sparkle in the design, but are modest enough that they are just a small injection of glamour into your outfit.


When it comes to rings, so long as you don't steal the show from the wedding rings, anything goes! No one will be looking at your hand as much as the bride's, so find something to match your outfit and wear it with pride.

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With a silver band contrasted by purple teardrop studs, this Swatch Bijoux ring is a really fun and quirky accessory that will look great as a statement accessory to a subtle and minimal outfit, or to one with a similar dominant colour. The purple and silver shades complement each other beautifully, so if there is even a hint of purple in your look, this will surely be the accessory for you. Bright colours are also good fun to contrast, so if your outfit is mostly bright yellow, this purple will work in a really flattering and eye-catching way.

Whatever your role might be on the big day, it is easy to find jewellery that will complement your look. From your neck down to your fingertips, you can ensure that your accessories are totally on point, creating a really gorgeous ensemble for the big day.

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