Weddings

Bridal Necklace Jewelry Tips

When in doubt, go with subtle and understated

By Andrea Campbell

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You've spent hours selecting the right bridal gown and tried lots of hairstyles to choose the one that makes you look your best. Now spend some time choosing your jewelry -- especially the necklace. The right necklace depends on your gown's neckline.

Pearl Necklace

Pearls are a traditional choice for a bride's necklace and earrings. Whether you choose authentic pearls, cultured pearls or simulated pearls, bring a wedding-dress fabric swatch to choose the right color. Pearls are sold in a variety of lengths. Collars, chokers and strands can all be appropriate depending on the gown's neckline. Stands longer than 19 inches are generally too long for wedding gowns.

Heirloom Jewelry

Your mother may want to participate in the "something old" custom by presenting heirloom jewelry to you on your wedding day. Try to match the neckline style of the gown to show off the vintage necklace best: generally gemstone pieces, pearls or diamonds complement low-neckline gowns.

Chokers and Collars

Chokers and collars are the right look for round and sweetheart necklines. Avoid wearing a choker or collar-style necklace with a strapless gown, which leaves a disconcerting blank space in your otherwise lovely look. Consider a longer, more substantial necklace for a strapless gown.

Single-Stone Pendants

Single-stone pendants are a good choice for halter-style wedding dresses that have generous necklines. Consider a small, delicate pendant with a single pearl or gemstone that matches your color theme.

Less is More

A simple gold chains or no necklace at all is the right choice if your bridal gown is heavily embellished. Too much jewelry can clash with seed pearls, embroidery or sequins on the neckline or bodice.

About the Author

Andrea Campbell is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She has been writing professionally since 1991.

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