by Chandani Karnik
15 tips for picking your bridal jewellery this season
A lot of planning goes in every aspect of your wedding. Why not pay as much importance to the bridal jewellery as well? It is a once in a lifetime purchase, which has to be done right. So we have brought 15 bridal jewellery tips for this seasons gorgeous brides.
- Start shopping for your wedding at least 6 months before the actual date. Aim to have your entire look ready and set at least 3 weeks before D Day, keeping enough time for any changes you may require. If you are as picky as me, you will take a long time to find the jewellery you like. A good idea is to begin by visiting the stores where you have bought jewellery before. There’s a good chance you may find something you like there.
- Begin by shopping for your lehenga or sari first. Write down a list of the functions that you are planning to have for your wedding and shop for your clothes accordingly. Then proceed to the jewellery. If you buy the jewellery first, you may realize that it is actually not required. For example, if you buy a high neck or a halter neck choli, a long necklace you bought a month ago may not look nice.
- In your overall wedding budget, set aside a certain amount for your wedding jewellery. Keep a small buffer amount so you can exceed it if you happen to fall in love with a particular jewellery piece (as we all do). Consider what heirlooms you are likely to get from your mom and your mother-in-law so that you don’t buy two of the same pieces.
- When you finally step out to shop for your jewellery, leave the house armed with a picture or a part of the fabric of your clothes. Use this to compare the metals, and the colors of the jewellery that you are planning to buy. This happens especially in Indian weddings, the gold embroidery on the lehenga and the gold of your jewellery has to look like it belongs together, if not match totally. The pictures will help you make a wise decision.
- Measure your ideal necklace length, wrist circumference and other surfaces and keep the measurements with you. You can simply use a string to get the exact length. Refer to this list when you are out shopping for your jewellery so that you don’t get fooled. Also this will save a lot of your time, because you won’t waste time resizing your jewellery!
- When you are picking out your bridal trousseau, it’s a good idea to pick out stuff that you will be able to wear again. So if you plan to buy a very heavy necklace just for your special day, it may not be worth it. Try interchangeable wedding pieces, which are flexible and can be used on many occasions, even after your wedding day. Many brands do detachable jewellery these days. The cost effectiveness of this option is something that you can’t ignore!
- A lot of times, as a bride you are expected to abide by your mother’s and mother-in-law’s wishes. Their taste may not match yours, to put it mildly. So here’s a simple and effective way to skip the drama- just opt for modern versions of classic styles. Look at any of the brands which house a “classics” section. More often than not, they will look modern enough for your liking and classic enough for your mom’s!
- Keep your personal appearance in mind while buying jewellery. Just because a particular style looks good on a model or on your friend, does not mean that it will suit you. For instance, if you have a wide jaw, wearing studs is only going to make it appear wider. In this case go for longish earrings and a necklace with a long pendant. This will draw the focus away from your jaw. Also, if you have a button nose, a giant nath (nose pin) is going to look garish. Be careful when you pick one or just opt for a diamond stud.
- While picking your earrings, keep your hairstyle in mind. If you are going to wear your hair down, pick longer earrings. For a bun, choose medium length earrings which will look elegant, but will still not overpower your face.
- If you are working with a tight budget, have a look at the heirlooms that your mother would have set aside for you. You could either re-polish the gold (which would cost you lesser than actually buying it) or use the stones. Revamp your mother’s heirloom to suit your requirements to have beautiful, personalized jewellery for your wedding.
- The engagement ring is the biggest part of your bridal jewellery. This will remain on your ring finger at all times. So when you pick these out stick to a simple mantra- pick something that you know you love and would like to wear every single day. Be it a solitaire diamond, a band or a design filled with baguettes and diamonds.
- Love it or hate it, gold is inevitable. Choose the shade of gold on the basis of your lehenga. You could also pair two types of gold together depending upon your style. If you are opting for a vintage look for example, you can mix yellow gold and rose gold for a touch of heritage.
- Keep your jewellery ready in time for your dress rehearsal. Wear it with your bridal outfit completely from head to toe so that you can see what the entire look looks like. Then you can alter the dress or the jewellery to fit your requirements, leaving you ready to face your wedding day without any last minute hassle.
- The most important thing to keep in mind is to be yourself. If you are not the kind of person who dresses up too much or wears too much jewellery, follow the same thumb rule here. Keep your jewellery elegant and simple and it will definitely work for you!
- Keep a list of all the different jewellery pieces you are wearing for wedding functions and try to reuse them during the ceremony. Your anklets can be reused for different functions, and (most probably) nobody will notice! Don’t forget to pick up a storage box to keep all the jewellery in place after the festivities are over.
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