Post # 1
There are so many options, it’s driving me nuts! I have so many stores favorite on Etsy and I can spend hours just looking at all the necklaces and earrings and headpieces… But it’s so hard to know what is going to work best with my dress. It also doesn’t help that I don’t have any pictures of myself IN my dress b/c I didn’t take any when I tried the dress on, and it still hasn’t come in yet (and it’s been almost 8 months so I’m getting aggravated, but that’s another story).
There are a few pieces that I like that aren’t shown on a mannequin or model, they’re only shown on a backdrop so it’s hard for me to imagine what they’d look like on me. Also my co-worker said to make sure it doesn’t become “too much.” Too much what? Is a headpiece, earrings, necklace and a bracelet too much? How do I know when the jewelry becomes too much LOL. Any advice?
Post # 2
Well, I looked through my jewelry box and picked out some simple studs. And cleaned my rings that I wear everyday. On the day of the ceremony I decided to borrow a hari flower from my sister. So yeah, I didn’t stress about it that much.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I found a necklace that I loved at Nordstrom. It was way out of budget, though! Then, another bee offered to help people do searches for different things, and I asked if she’d help me find something like it at a much lower price point. She did AMAZING! I’d already spent hours online trying to find something that I liked. I hemmed and hawed for a week or so, and put in a custom order request on Annamall. She couldn’t match the necklace, so I asked about altering one of the necklaces she had on her site. She couldn’t. So I hemmed and hawed for another week and then put through an order for the unalterable necklace. I was so happy to have it done! A week later she canceled the order, saying she couldn’t source the necklace any more. DOH!! So back to the drawing board. Found http://www.weddingfactorydirect.com – looked around there for several days, making lists of the ones I liked. Earlier this week I finally ordered a necklace and earring set, as well as a matching bracelet. I ordered several different pairs of earrings of varying sizes, as I don’t know what will work best. I had a coworker say the same thing to me when I showed her what I was thinking of – that I didn’t want to overpower what else I am wearing. She thought the necklace was too much. Ultimately, I decided (after texting with my mom, who had agreed with me about the necklace) that I love the necklave and I don’t think it’s too much. I just got an email that it shipped this morning! Here’s hoping it isn’t “too much!” I don’t think I’ll know until I try everything on . . .
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I had a very distinct sense of what I wanted based on the feel we were going for on our wedding day, my own personal style, and a specific element of my dress that I decided to draw out. I could have gone romantic with my dress, drawing on the large flower at the hip, or I could have gone more modern and angular, drawing on the asymmetric neckline that jutted to a point. My personal style trends toward dark colors and clean lines, so I decided to play up the asymmetric, pointed neckline of my dress, and chose accessories that also have strong angles and points. From that point I started looking and noticed that many of the items calling my name were labled as “art deco” so that became a key search term for narrowing options down. If I found something I liked, I clipped it to Polyvore, where I had already clipped a photo of my dress, and paired it with other items to see how they worked together.
My rule of thumb is that bold earrings = no necklace, a bold necklace = simple stud earrings, bold earrings + bracelet, bold necklace + cocktail ring. I figured that on my wedding day, I could get away with bold earrings, a bracelet, and a cocktail ring. I’m such a rebel. haha I also had a hair piece.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
stargazer102706: OMG a new acronym I have to learn!
I struggled A LOT with my “DOJ” as you put it. I bought several sets off of Ebay and Amazon (and returned them). I ended up going with simpler, CHEAP earrings from Ebay, some diamond studs I’d received as a gift and another bracelet from Ebay.
I decided if something was too much or not by comparing pictures on WB and trying on my dress with the jewelry.
Post # 6
I just made exactly what I wanted (artbeads.com).
Post # 7
I wanted something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. For my something old I wore a beautiful necklace that my grandma got when she was very young. She and my mom bought me beautiful blue earrings that match it perfectly. I borrowed a sparkly hair comb from a friend, and wore a beaded bracelet I bought on a trip that was very important in my life. All of my jewellery had a lot of meaning to me.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
Ugh, I have two dresses and went in to an upscale boutique to shop. I fell in love with $1800 worth of accessories and bought them all!! I loved them at the time (I don’t have them yet since they are all special order). But I am now regretting one of hte headpieces I bought for $300 and I called yesterday and the shop will not cancel the order or allow me to exchange it for something else in the store! So sad, but hopefully when I get it again I will love it.
I went knowing I wanted a headpiece, earnings and braceletes to go with each of my dresses and taht’s what I walked out with. I had searched Etsy, but I just couldn’t bring myself to order something final sale without seeing it in person and trying it on first!!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your opinions! It’s so nice having people to talk to that can relate to what I’m going through 🙂
Post # 10
stargazer102706: to me, simple is always better, especially if your dress is ‘busy’. think Kate Middleton.
my dress was lace from the waist down, with a satin beaded sash (built in) and a rouched organza bust, so i didn’t wear a necklace because it would have been too busy. i don’t do headpieces (too busy for me) so i wore a statement bracelet and small pearl and rhinestone earrings. when in doubt, do as the ladies always say – take one piece off.
Post # 11
stargazer102706: I think it depends on how heavily decorated your dress is. Like lovekiss and TwoStatesBride mentioned, I feel accessories are about balance to prevent it from being “too much”.
I knew that I wanted my jewelry to be simple and timeless from early on. My dress is lace with a beaded sash and I won’t be wearing a headpiece except for the veil. I know I definitely want to wear my mother’s pearl bracelet, so depending on how I do my hair, I’ll pair it with either her pearl stud earrings or pearl necklace.
Post # 12
I’m gonna post pics of my dress (it’s not me in the dress, it’s a pic I found on pinterest) and the headband I just bought and then the necklace I’m thinking of buying. Let me know what you guys thinks 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I think the hairpiece and necklace may compete with each other, as they are both quite bling-y. If you want to keep the necklace, I would skip the headpiece. If you want to keep the headpiece, I would go with a small pendant necklace.