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Emily Tebbutt, from Ramsdens Jewellery, offers her advice to brides-to-be who are looking for the perfect earrings to complete their wedding outfits.
A lot of weddings take place over the summer months, so there's sure to be many of you out there who are finalising the details of your big day — including the accessories you'll be wearing with your dress. Earrings are especially important for brides to get right because they're worn next to your face and will therefore be prominent in all your wedding portraits, even close-ups. Plus, if you're planning on wearing an updo for the occasion, they'll be even more on show.
With that in mind, I've put together this guide for picking the perfect earrings to match your wedding dress to help you look your best on your special day.
For your wedding day, you should be looking for earrings that will last so you can wear them on special occasions for years to come or store them as sentimental keepsakes once the day is over. The best option is to look for precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum as these will not break or tarnish easily. Gold and silver are also classic colours that will complement both traditional and modern wedding dresses.
Most brides choose white for their bridal gown, but there are still plenty of variations to consider within the category of white. Ivory, cream, pale gold and champagne are all subtly warm colours, so gold earrings will work best for these tones. For materials in cooler shades, such as pure white or diamond that have a subtle blue undertone, look for silver jewellery.
If you are the kind of bride who'd rather do away with white, you should still try to match the temperature of your chosen hue to your metal for a polished and put-together look. In general, blues, greens and violets are considered cool and so you should look for silver earrings, while reds, yellows and most pinks are on the warmer side and would be better suited to a gold pair.
Straight necklines are probably the most versatile when it comes to matching your earrings, so you can pretty much wear what you like. If your style is quite minimalist, you can plump for a simple pair of glittering studs for a clean look. Or, if you like something a little fancier, you can get away with a pair of drop earrings with big gemstones and plenty of detailing instead.
For one shoulder, off the shoulder, and sweetheart necklines, it's important to consider their shape. One shoulder and off the shoulder dress necklines are usually quite straight, so you'll want to look for dangling earrings to mimic that clean edge. On the other hand, sweetheart dresses are very round and soft, so look for complementary curves in your jewellery.
You can't easily wear a necklace with halter, high, or illusion-necked dresses as they can make your décolletage look too busy, and the delicate material could snag on the jewellery. The plus side of this is that you can go for even bigger and better earrings to compensate. So, if bling is your thing, look for statement earrings for maximum impact.
The amount of detailing in your gown should also influence your decision when it comes to choosing earrings for your wedding day. Sequins and embellishments can range from a subtle shimmer to a dazzling sparkle, so you'll want to equally match the level of brilliance in your jewellery to suit. If your detailing is quite muted, look for earrings with lots of small gems rather than one big stone, as these have a soft twinkle that's not too overpowering.
Lace and embroidery are popular ways to add pattern onto your dress while keeping everything monotone so, whether the fabric is Victorian lace, an art deco print, or something more contemporary, your earrings should follow the theme. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to find earrings that perfectly match but if your dress has flowers on it, for example, then you might want to look at earrings with a floral motif.
The tips in this guide can help you to choose the perfect pair of earrings to complement your wedding dress and finish off your look, just in time for wedding season. Remember to take your personal style into account, as it's your special day and your personality should shine through.
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