Planning a wedding takes a village—you need to make plenty of decisions from beginning to end. As a future bride, you want nothing but the best for this momentous occasion, and that includes every little detail that you can possibly think of. Even when you’ve already picked a venue, florist, caterer, photographer, and other essential wedding suppliers, it doesn’t mean you can rest easy and just wait for days to pass.
Don’t forget that you still need to plan for your bridal look. After saying yes to the perfect dress, it’s time you think of how you can accessorize it. Complementing your gown with the right accessories is key to achieving the look you want for this special event.
A rule of thumb to keep in mind when you’re planning your bridal style is that jewelry should complement rather than overshadow your wedding dress. The rest of the elements must also be well-balanced. Your earrings, in particular, can subtly add glitz and shine to your wedding gown.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your wedding earrings:
- Choose a starting point
When searching for the right earrings, consider what pieces you already have for your bridal look. For example, if you already have a statement necklace, you might consider going for smaller diamond stud earrings to ensure they won’t clash with your neckpiece. (1)
If you don’t have any jewelry pieces yet that you can use as your starting point, this is where you can do a little research before buying anything. You can find inspiration online or from wedding magazines to get an idea of how different jewelry pieces will work with the bridal look you want to achieve on your big day. (1)
- Go for matching metals
The type of metal is also another crucial factor to consider. The right metal will enhance your overall appearance, so it’s only fitting to take your time choosing one that perfectly complements your look. Although it’s not really necessary to match your wedding band and engagement ring to your other bridal jewelry pieces, this might be a good place to start your search. (2)
Typically, there are three types of metals to choose from: gold, platinum, and sterling silver. If you don’t want to wear stoned or blingy earrings, sterling silver is a good option. If your wedding gown contains gold or silver elements, the metal hue of your earrings should complement the dress to highlight the feature. Rose gold is another modern option that could go well with muted tones.
- Complement your face shape
Another significant factor to consider when choosing the right earrings for your wedding is your face shape. Your face shape will help determine which bridal earring styles suit you best—from simple studs to geometric and chandelier designs. As a general rule, choose earrings that provide a contrast to your facial features.
You’re lucky if you have an oval-faced shape as it suits almost all earring styles and trends. But if you want to highlight your cheekbones, it’s best to go for simple studs or triangular earrings. Cluster earrings are another option, and if you insist on dangle earrings, make sure they aren’t too long. Statement earrings with many gemstones are also a popular option.
Long, slender bridal earrings look best on a round face, which can create an illusion that the cascading strings of your earrings are seductively caressing your collarbones. They also look lovely in strapless gowns that show off the shoulders and neckline.
Choose medium to long earrings with rounded corners for brides with square faces to help soften the jawline. Oversized hoop earrings also work for this face shape. If you have a heart-shaped face, opt for earrings with elongated curves and lines to create a harmonious balance. Try wearing teardrop earrings to draw more attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
- Consider your gown’s neckline
The neckline is everything when it comes to your bridal gown. The length of your earrings should match the neckline of your dress, whether you’re wearing an illusion, high neck, or strapless neckline. Small dangles and drops are ideal for a sweetheart or off-the-shoulder neckline. On the other hand, you may go for crystal studs or pavé earrings to complement a gown with a high neckline. (3)
Longer earrings are excellent for a dress with long sleeves and an open back. Remember to capture plenty of over-the-shoulder shots for this particular dress style and neckline. On the other hand, Halter necklines require only earrings and no necklace. Statement earrings like drop styles, geometric dangles, and elaborate patterns are a must-try.
- Match them with your hairstyle
It’s not easy to put together a whole wedding ensemble. Your gown most likely needs a specific hairdo—and your hairstyle also calls for accessories that will match the look. Consider dangling earrings or chunky studs if you want to wear your hair up. If you’re wearing a statement necklace, opt for a matching set of earrings or a pair that won’t draw the attention away from your neckline. If you plan to wear your hair down, pair it with stud earrings and a thick necklace. (2)
If your classic hairdo is influenced by a particular decade, such as the 60’s era, feel free to match it with a modern take on the same decade’s bridal earrings. Modern earring pieces are your best bet if you decide to go for a messier, careless look. This idea is perfect for a bohemian wedding, which calls for optional braids and extra tendrils. In this case, you’ll look naturally gorgeous in a larger pair of earrings, such as a dangly vine, chandelier, or hoop.
Choosing the right earrings for your wedding will help ensure your bridal look won’t be overwhelming, but also not too subdued. Bridal jewelry should enhance your ensemble and not the other way around. To find the right pair of earrings to wear on your special day, you can go for matching metals and consider essential elements such as your hairstyle, face shape, and wedding dress.
- “How to Choose Your Wedding Earrings”, Source: https://weddingknowhow.com/wedding/how-to-choose-your-wedding-earrings/
- “HOW TO CHOOSE BRIDAL EARRINGS?”, Source: https://cosmopolitanevents.com.au/how-to-choose-bridal-earrings/
- “EARRINGS IN EVERY SEASON: YOUR GUIDE TO WEDDING EARRINGS”, SOURCE: https://bellabridesmaids.com/blogs/bridesmaids-buzz/wedding-earrings