(Closed) Would/Did you buy real jewelry for your wedding day?

posted 9 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: What type of jewelry did you wear/are you wearing (not counting your ring)?

    Real jewelry that I already own or that's in the family

    Real jewelry that I or someone else purchased for the occasion

    Costume jewelry purchased for the occasion

    Mix of real and costume jewelry

    Some combination not described above that I will tell you about below

  • Post # 3
    3501 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    If I could afford it, I would have.

    Post # 5
    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    If you have to stretch yourself thin, then no it isn’t worth it. The pearls from etsy will photograph just as nicely.

    Post # 6
    7103 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had pearl earrings and bracelet, which my Mum bought for my birthday 6 months before. I didn’t need a necklace due to the jewel detail at the top of my dress. You’ll figure out what’s best.

    Post # 7
    1174 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I was originally going to buy really nice jewelry for the wedding, but then I just happened to find some earrings I loved at an outlet store marked down to only $15, and then I found a gorgeous bracelet for about $20. I’m also wearing a diamond ring that is a family heirloom, so I guess I’m doing a mix of real & costume jewelry. 

    Post # 8
    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Me and Fiance have been discussing to buy “real” jewelry for the wedding, at least for me, but nothing extravagant. I am not talking thousands of dollars, but pair of nice earrings or necklace so I would have something nice to wear on anniversaries etc. I think it would be nice to have something that won’t tarnish for years to come. Also, it would by nice to make them part of a future childs wedding or special occasion to give away since we have never done that in my family, but a small tradition like that would be so cute for the future.

    If we couldn’t afford it, or choose to save the money when that time comes I would ask my mom or Future Mother-In-Law to lend me (which she prob will do anyways) for a nice pair of earrings to wear. 

    Post # 9
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My DH has a thing against costume jewelry, so I didn’t wear any.  He probably would have flipped.  I just wore a pair of diamond studs that I’d already had.

    You know though, you don’t need Mikimoto pearls for them to be real and they don’t have to be expensive.  You can get a really nice strand for a few hundred dollars, if that’s in your budget.  Or maybe even less.  Try Target or Kohls.  

    http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/jewelry/shop_bystone/bridal_collection/pearls/necklaces_pendants/PRD~132556/10k+Gold+6mm+Freshwater+Cultured+Pearl+Necklace.jsp' defer='defer

    I don’t think costume jewelry will be noticeable but you also don’t want to keep thinking, “I wish I’d have bought real stuff”.  Tha’s a decision you’ll hve to make.

    Post # 10
    6375 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    Real pearls aren’t necessarily expensive. The problem is that you have to see them in person to determine their value (you can’t tell from pics) and that non-online stores have an obscene markup… I’ve seen pearls priced at hundreds of pounds which I would only pay about £25 for.

    I’d definitely do ebay if you could get good enough photos… but it’s a risk. That said, I bought a pair of 16mm rice pearl earrings on ebay and they are stunning. They were £10 (about 15USD). You shouldn’t pay more for rice pearls… they are beautiful but almost valueless in the grand scheme of things.

    Shame I’m not physically there to give you better advice! I went for real because they can be cheaper than fakes, plus they look nicer…

    EDIT: My wedding jewellery will probably consist of my rice pearl earrings (£10), freshwater pearl hair pins and clip (£4), and maybe a necklace or two (ranging from £10 to £60 each, as I have several sets). Total spent: £14-74 (21-111USD). All “real” jewellery, save for the crystal accents on the earrings.

    Post # 11
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had been planning on just wearing a blingy pair of earrings and maybe a bracelet. But then my mom and I found this awesome statement necklace at an arts & crafts show. It totally falls into the costume jewelry but I love it. My Fiance wasn’t too sold on it and wasn’t going to let me buy it, but then he saw the disappointment on my face and surprised me with it later.

    I haven’t tried it with my dress yet, so I hope it works! But I do also plan to pair it with a pair of simple earrings from my grandma for my something old.

    Post # 12
    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My dress has beading that includes pearls, so I plan on wearing a suspended pearl necklace I actually got for free. It’s genuine pearls, I’m getting it free for hosting a Lia Sophia party for my friends.

    Post # 13
    1651 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I will be wearing real jewellery,  

    A pearl bracelet my dad gave me when i was five,

    a pendant necklace my mom had made for me out of the center diamond of her Engagement Ring (divorced)

    And a Aqua marine ring my grandparents gave me years ago. 

    Post # 14
    1319 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I just bought some swarowski crystal dangly earrings and they were my only jewelerry. Didn’t want loads anyway as my dress was very ornate. My mum offered me her pearls but they didn’t go in the end.

    Post # 15
    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I got a pair of pearl and diamond earings from DH as a wedding gift (he gave them to me at our shower) so that’s what I wore.  I did not wear a necklace and I wore a bracelet that I borrowed from my mom (my “something borrowed”)

    I know many many ladies that wore costume jewelry so I don’t think it’s a big deal at all.  I also know many ladies that wore jewelry that they already had, so anything goes!

    Post # 16
    3345 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I ended up making my jewelry for my wedding day.  I bought real pearls at Micheals (they are not as perfect as the ones you see on pearl strands in stores), and put together my necklace, bracelet and earings.

     I planned to buy something off of etsy, but after looking at what it cost, and knowing I could do that myself for half the money, I decided to go that route.  

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