(Closed) Strapless gown brides–With or Without Necklace?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How do you think a necklace looks with a strapless dress?
    Love the look of a necklace with a strapless dress : (30 votes)
    38 %
    Don't love the look of a necklace with a strapless dress : (15 votes)
    19 %
    Don't mind it either way : (12 votes)
    15 %
    Depends : (21 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it largely depends on whether or not the necklace takes away or adds to the dress.

    Some really blingy dresses don’t need much sparkle in the form of jewelry. Whereas, if you have a plain satin dress, a sparkly sash or jewelry can dress it up a bit. In my own opinion, your dress can go either way.

    Do you have a picture you could put up of the necklace so we could get a better idea of what it will look like with the dress?

    Post # 4
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Personally, I would prefer a necklace. 

    Post # 5
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    From how you described it, I think that will look great. I went to a ball in a dress with an almost identical silhouette and neckline (rouched the same too) and an almost-choker length vintage crystal necklace, I think it made a good pairing. All you can really do though is try them on together. If the necklace doesn’t work out, you could definately at least wear the earrings.

    Post # 6
    1888 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, and I’m wearing a double-strand pearl necklace. I love the look of strapless dresses with necklaces– it draws the attention up to your face.

    Post # 7
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Personally, I don’t like the necklace look with strapless gowns. But I’m a less is more kinda person. Apart from my rings, the only jewelry I wore on our wedding day were diamond/sapphire stud earrings. 

    Post # 8
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I think it depends on the other jewels you plan to wear.  If you’ll be wearing big, dangly earrings and a blinged out bracelet, a necklace might be too much.  You should ask your Future Mother-In-Law if you could try them on with your gown in order to make a decision. 

    P.S. Don’t let anyone pressure you.  Do what YOU want! 

    Post # 10
    4150 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I love strapless dresses with necklaces as long as the necklace doesn’t detract from the dress or compete too much with the sash.  I also added a blingy sash to my strapless gown, and I found that the necklace was too much with my sash, so I’m going with earrings and no necklace (I think).  Your gown is beautiful, and if the jewelry goes with it and does not detract, I say go for it.  That is very sweet of your Future Mother-In-Law….but only wear it if it’s what you want and you like it! 

    Post # 11
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends on if the necklace “works” with the dress. For yours, I wouldn’t want one that is too dainty but a too thick/chunky one might compete with the dress. I think for that dress, there’s definitely a happy medium and I’ve worn necklaces with strapless dresses before. It would also depend on if you are wearing your hair up or down. I’m wearing my hair down and between that and the dress, it was just too much going on in the bust/neckline area. I also have a brooch + real flowers bouquet.

    Post # 12
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I tend to think that chandelier earrings with a busy necklace can be too much, especially if you have a blingy belt. I would vote for just wearing the earrings and then maybe a bracelet from your mom’s side if there is one? It sounds like you are incorporating a lot of your mom’s touches already though, so I wouldn’t feel guilty. Your dress is beautiful!

    Post # 13
    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    I prefer no necklace since it creates a nicer, longer neckline. Instead, I am going for an elegant pair of drop earrings!

    Post # 14
    182 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am also wearing a strapless gown with a sparkly belt/sash. I personally thought that a large necklace and earings AND belt looked a bit much (for me) when I was trying on accessories. I don’t think you are obligated to wear both of your FMIL’s family pieces. I think that by choosing one or the other, you are still honoring her family and yet not overdooing it as to offend your mother/family. 

    Post # 15
    49 posts
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Because of the sash, I would definitely not wear a necklace.  I’d go with just the earrings.

    Post # 16
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    Now that I’ve seen something similar to what your Future Mother-In-Law is offering, I would pass on the necklace.  It competes too much with the neckline and the sash.  You could compromise and just wear the earrings and maybe your Mom could buy you a necklace to wear on your special day. 

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