Bridal Jewelry. There’s always a debate between brides when it comes to wedding jewelry. How much is too much? Is it enough? What style jewelry works best with your dress? And what about cost? After spending a heap of money on the dress of a lifetime, many brides are left stunned by the cost of the extra accessories. And after veil and shoes, what’s left is a very expensive decision on where to look and how to find inspiration when it comes to styling your jewels! Of course you want to feel like a royal princess for a day and that definitely includes the right bling, but we have our favorite spots for the best baubles plotted out for the savviest of brides! Here’s the breakdown for every kind of bride and every type of budget!
Traditional Bride: If Town and Country and Grandmother’s pearls are your idea of quintessential All- American Style, then you know how important it is to invest in the basics. And if heirlooms like freshwater pearls, or an antique brooch aren’t readily available, we have some great alternatives for looking for that something new, that looks a little old. Ebay! America’s marketplace for the online obsessed is also a treasure chest of antique and vintage pieces that you will quickly learn are still in hot demand! ( Just ask this writer who got into a late-night bidding war over a sapphire and crystal costume necklace about a year ago!) But not only are the options endless, the prices range from serious collector range to your run of the mill antique store costume prices. Which is great if you are looking for one piece to splurge on and another to save. Our best tip? Try Ebay for those costly headpieces, hair jewels, fancy wedding veils, and large costume jewelry. The selection cannot be beat! Other best bets? Etsy for amazing handmade jewels with vintage accents and reproduction favorites like Tejani. If you are looking for a girl’s best friend, be sure to examine 77 Diamonds.
Fashion – Forward Bride: If you fall into this category then Rent the Runway is already hitting your mailbox on a regular basis. Perfect for special occasion dresses, but also some super high -end bling that comes with a much more reasonable price! Thinking about those dreamy Kenneth Jay Lane emerald teardrop earrings ala Angelina Jolie? That bold pop of color can be yours for a fraction of the retail price! Classics like Oscar de la Renta, Erickson Beamon, and Badgley Mischka are just a few of the hot sellers that runway obsessed brides opt for and the best part? They are totally reasonable! Our best advice? Try renting a few options in case you change your mind or need an extra piece for that perfect last minute touch!
Preppy Bride: Classic with a twist? Is your groom suiting up in seersucker and stripes? Then there may be no better place to hit up that the perennial preppy mecca also known as J.Crew. From classic yet whimsical baubles to bold and bright colors, they have you covered from rehearsal to reception with their fun jewels that can of course be worn again for years to come. Looking for something with even more eccentricity? Try Kate Spade New York We love her work with bows, and super fun color combinations. Our best tip? Try J.Crew jewels for Bridesmaid gifts too! Adding a perfectly turquoise necklace to a deep fuchsia gown will be a winning look for years to come! And look positively smashing in photos!