Wedding Accessories

Wedding Accessories

When shopping for a wedding dress, most brides take this as potentially the most serious step on the way to the alter. Who needs great wedding invitations or a reception seating chart if you don’t have the perfect dress? We love the idea of being original. Though there are thousands of dresses to scout, you can make your wedding dress unique to you with just a few simple touches…wedding accessories.

One way is statement jewelry. It’s easy to be swayed at the jewelry store by “real” diamonds but trust us, there’s an easier and even customizable way! Besides, no one’s going to be inspecting your dress with a magnifier to see if they’re real diamonds. Swarovski crystals get the job done in spectacular fashion.

Think your dress needs a splash of color or accent to make it unique? Why not try a black ribbon belt with crystals or a bow on it?
Wedding Accessories

We love the thousands of options to browse through on Etsy, simply type in whatever you want to find such as “black wedding belt” or “wedding jewelry”. The prices are usually pretty fair and the shipping is minimal. We’ve had great experiences with brides dealing with Etsy artisans. What better way to support a local artist and also create your own style dress? It helps to keep this in mind when wedding dress shopping – everything can be altered and every dress can be dressed up or down with wedding accessories!

Vendor Spotlight: Dana Rebecca Designs

Dana Levy is a Chicago girl through and through. Born and raised on Jeweler’s Row, the gem phenom has maintained the Windy City as her home and has found great success launching her business here as well.  And clearly her surroundings are more than enough to inspire.  Her signature line, Dana Rebecca Designs, is chalk full of timeless pieces along with modern and trendy jewels that are equally as high-end.  She has her own bridal line and custom services and counts Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart, and Carrie Underwood as just a few of her loyal celebrity following.  While you are sure to be seeing her designs everywhere (in case you haven’t already) we took the liberty of breaking down the coolest gems this local favorite has to offer.

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It’s no surprise that we are a little more than obsessed with the Dana Rebecca bridal line. Call us biased on all this bride and bling, but this perfectly selected array of stone shapes and settings is an accessible, yet luxurious approach to picking the perfect ring.  Everything can be chosen from a ring that has already been made and then changes can occur or the process can be completely customized. Either way, you are getting a piece of fine jewelry that is totally unique and one-of-a-kind.

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And when it comes to one of a kind pieces, their website even boasts a section strictly dedicated to hard to find, and ultra rare pieces. Hand-made jewels with only one in production guarantee something so original that we can’t think of a better wedding gift.  Nothing will forever remind you of the most important day of your life than a stunning piece from this collection that you will have forever. Again, Dana Rebecca designs will work with you to create something just as special and loves working with brides and grooms to create that perfect piece you maybe haven’t been able to find….until now.

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And for those nervous grooms to be, this may be the perfect way to get acquainted with terms like color grade and clarity, cut and shape and all your engagement ring basics Take a gander at their interactive site that gives you all of your choices right there in plain sight.  Use their search feature to find something to get your creative juices flowing and even click on their diamond education tab to impress your bride-to-be with all things bling.

And don’t forget about all of the other special people in your life and your wedding.  The pave circle bracelets, perfect crystal star pendant necklaces (perfect for Bridesmaid gifts) and crazy gorgeous green onyx earrings are just the tip of the iceberg in the fabulous selection of jewelry to suit all tastes.  And the best part? Buying jewelry that is made and sold right here in Chicago. So don’t forget to support your local jeweler. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s gotta do it!

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Happy New Year to all of our friends and gorgeous couples!  2012 was an awesome year, and we have a feeling 2013 has quite a bit in store for us.  We’re excited to kick off this year with some of our favorite pins of the year (not too hard, since we’re just a day into 2013!)

How to Clean your Ring at Home. With the holidays behind us, we imagine your engagement ring is looking a little “loved.”  With all the hugging, handshaking, present opening, cookie baking, and glass clinking, it’s likely that your ring needs some sprucing up.  However, if you don’t have time to make it to the jeweler, don’t worry, this video shows you several easy ways to clean your ring, with products you likely already have at home.  We’ve been fans of the people at FabSugar for years, so head over, and check out some quick and easy ways to give your bling a little New Years love.


J.Crew Bling.  Blame it on leftover New Years Eve energy, but we are loving all things big bling lately.  Statement jewelry is having a major comeback, and these Lulu Frost earrings by J.Crew take the cake.  They come in white, which is gorgeous, but they also come in a creamy light blue, which to be honest, we love.  It’s a subtle but daring detail, and we love that these earrings could serve as your “something blue” for the big day.  And let’s be honest, when it comes to fashion, J.Crew does no wrong!


Change. A new year always brings an opportunity to reflect, and this simple statement captures how we want to take on this new year.  Sometimes the world around us can seem a little crazy and overwhelming, so this serves as a wonderful reminder to take a deep breath and focus on changing the world within us.