Post # 1
I don’t really have family jewelry or any pieces that are suitable for my wedding day. I’m trying to decide about accessories and have been looking at some of the nicer imitation pearl items on etsy. Fiance saw me looking at them and panicked and told me yesterday that he was planning to buy me a strand of real pearls for the occasion, which is really lovely. But he has no idea what my dress looks like, or the size of pearls or length that I would want, so I’d need to get involved in the decision. But I keep looking at the stuff on etsy and thinking…is it really worth it to spend a lot of money on the real thing? I know having a strand of pearls is just a nice thing to have, but since we’re trying to pay for a wedding right now, I’m not sure it’s the best time to add on this expense (given that “his” money is really “our” money at this point). Will I regret wearing costume jewelry? Will the difference be noticeable? What would/did you do?
Post # 3
If I could afford it, I would have.
Post # 4
@MASPA: If I could afford it, I would have.
Yeah for me it’s, if I/we could easily afford it, it would be a no brainer. But the “easily” part is the problem.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.