Post # 1
Alright ladies, so somehow in my 21 years of life I seem to have skipped over this popular right of passage. I have not a tattoo or piercing on any part of my body, including my ears.
As a child, through my teen years and even now I’m an avid horseback rider, so I’m always pulling my helmet on and off. As a kid, I read in an article that earrings could catch on your helmet, and as the overly cautious child I was (as in you tell me the elmet on the stove is hot and I wouldn’t get within 6 feet of the stove as a kid) and also a pretty pain sensitive one at that, I simply never got them pierced.
I would kind of like my hair pulled away from my face for my wedding, up or down I haven’t determined yet (although up may be the decision so I can show off the back of my dress) and I’ve come to realize that when you’ve got a higher necked dress and hair up and back there’s nothing quite like a pair of glittery earrings.
That being said, I have no holes in my ears in which to put earrings. So here’s my dilemma, bees. Either I pierce my ears within the next month so they can heal before my June 22nd wedding, or I go with magnetic earrings. I’ve found some simple diamond-esque studs that are nice in magnetic earrings from what looks like a reputable magnetic earring distributor-type place, but I’m also kind of in love with the Kate Spade ‘putting on the ritz’ studs (http://www.katespade.com/putting-on-the-ritz-studs/WBRU3998,en_US,pd.html) and think that they might be really glitzy and would be kind of fun with my ensemble for the day.
I’m thinking of wearing a simple cream belt on my lace fit-and-flare dress, but with a bejewelled broach on it, so the multiple crystals in the Kate Spade earrings would definitely pick up on that sparkle without being more earring than I can handle.
Any bees with unpierced ears who are getting married or were married and are facing the same decision as I am?
Post # 3
I actually had pierced ears when I got married, but due to keyloids my holes closed up and formed scar tissue after I married. I may have had pierced ears for a total of 18 months of my life. I’m 31.
Anyway, ear rings are so NOT apart of my life. Embrace what you can wear- necklaces and bracelets. Or go for it. Get your ears pierced at least 8 weeks before your big day and have fun with the new accessory.
Post # 4
@mademoisellesacha: I would look for clip-earrings. I would not pierce my ears now and then plan to weigh down new holes with really heavy earrings.
I think you would also get more security with clip-on or screw-backs vice magnetics.
Here are some pretty clip-ons: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A3367581%2Ck%3Abridal%20clip%20on%20earrings
Post # 5
@mademoisellesacha: i have pierced ears and i bought 2 pairs of clip on earrings as possible wedding earrings… i had an easier time finding pretty clip ons than pretty earrings for pierced ears
Post # 6
My ears are not pierced, so I didn’t have anything in my ears on my wedding day. I had my hair in a “half-up half down” do so my hair was kind of falling behind my ears, and I don’t think earrings would have added to my look. But then I’m not really an accessories kind of girl, and wanted to keep it simple for my wedding anyways.
Post # 7
@mademoisellesacha: I faced the same issue and ended up getting them pierced 10 months before the wedding. They took a LONG time to heal (longer than expected) and took some getting used to, but I love that I had them pierced. Clip earrings have always been painful for me to wear and I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it! My only hesitation in having you pierce them now is you are cutting it close with 4 months to the wedding.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t pierce them now and then try to wear heavy earrings on your wedding day.
I would go with clip ons or screw ins. Magnetics fall out more easily.
Post # 9
@mademoisellesacha: If this is the first time you’ve contemplated piercing your ears, and you don’t see yourself wearing earrings often after the wedding, I wouldn’t go to the fuss (and I say that as someone with multiple ear and body piercings!).
But if you DO decide to do it, please don’t go to Claire’s/Piercing Pagoda/any establishment that uses a piercing gun. Guns can’t be autoclaved (so there’s the possibility of disease transmission). They also use a not-that-sharp earring to literally crush through the tissue, like piercing with a thumbtack. They don’t heal as well, it hurts more, and they’re operated by people who are not professional piercers and may or may not place the piercing properly or have good sterile technique.
Go to a real piercer at a piercing or tattoo studio who will use a piercing needle, sterile technique, autoclaved equipment, and who does this for a living. It will be lower risk, hurt MUCH less (an ear piercing with a needle is MUCH less painful than one with a piercing gun- it’s the difference between a sharp needle with good techinque and a dull one with brute force), and you’ll be likely to get better positioning and heal faster (less trauma to the tissue to heal).
Post # 10
I was in the same position. I got my ears pierced when I was 10, and I left them out for a day a little too early in the healing process and they closed right up (kids heal so fast!). I had some scar tissue there and so I never got them repierced. All through high school and college, literally no one noticed- I can’t tell you how many gifts of beautiful earrings I’ve gotten, even from people who knew me for years!
Last September, I had a job interview and wore my hair in a bun. For the first time in forever, I looked at myself in the mirror and really wished my ears were pierced so I could wear some pearl studs. So, I looked up piercing studios on yelp and took a friend to a well reviewed one to get them done!
It honestly barely hurt, because at a piercing studio they use a needle and not a gun (ouch!). The aftercare is a little annoying, but not hard- you just have to make sure you keep them really clean.
I’m glad I did it, because I’m going to wear my hair up at my wedding and I know the pearl drops I picked out will look beautiful, especially with my dark hair. And it is so fun buying earrings on Etsy now (I just love jewelry!).
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend the magnetic earrings- they hurt. If you think you will enjoy being able to wear earrings after the wedding, then go for it. If you don’t think you’ll care, then just get a fabulous necklace to wear instead!
Post # 11
@mademoisellesacha: I think you should only pierce your ears if that’s what you want for the rest of your life. Don’t do it for just one day if it’s not your thing. Also, if you plan on wearing long earrings (chandelier) they tend to get heavy as the day goes on. I would suggest that you get the earrings you want and have them “converted” (can buy a kit cheap) to a clip-on style.
My mother had my ears pierced when I was 5yrs old at the doctor’s office, and got my daughters done when she was 10 months old – but she decided not to wear earrings for several years and now she loves them, but I don’t allow her to wear anything long or heavy so her holes don’t get streched.
Post # 12
Maybe wear a pretty/sparkly hair piece with no earrings. Like this:
Post # 13
You can get special clips from Claire’s where you put in normal earrings and fold the sticky-outy-post thing (yes that is the technical term) over, thus converting normal ones to clip ons
Post # 14
@mademoisellesacha: I wouldn’t trust magnetic earings. They just seem really unstable for me.
Really, getting your ears pierced is no big deal and they do heal really quickly. But if you don’t want to, then don’t. If it’s never been an issue to you now, I don’t know that it’s worthwhile just to do for your wedding day.
I would suggest getting some twist in backs or the clip kind. I think both of those are more likely to stay on rather than magnetic.
Here’s what I mean:
Post # 15
@mademoisellesacha: I had an issue with my ears getting infected the first time I pierced them (I was young.. maybe 11/12?) so I let them close up. At prom, I remember being so upset by this! I found gold hoops that had almost a spring loaded type deal that were fine! Maybe search an option like that?
I got my ears repierced in college and now they’re fine. I would suggest going to get them pierced and going with a stud for your wedding day. I second going to a real piercing parlor – and ask them if you can change them a bit earlier than healing time for the big day. Just make sure there are ALWAYS earrings in your ears so they dont close up!
Post # 16
@Mrs.LemonDrop: +1 to clip on earrings vs. manetic
However, I love my ear piercings. You could always take your earrings out when you go horse back riding and have to wear a helmet.