Your wedding day jewelry is a keepsake that should last a lifetime—and the inherent value of pearl makes it a natural choice for your big day. Remember, the focus should be on you and your wedding dress, not your necklace; so it's best to choose your pearl jewelry with your dress in mind—not the other way around. Once you have picked out your wedding gown, choose pearls that complement the neckline, length and proportions.
For high-neck styles—backless, bateau (boat neck), cowl, halter-top, illusion, jewel and Queen Anne—opt for stud earrings and bracelets instead of a pearl necklace, which would compete with fabric close to the neck
Off-the-shoulder, strapless, sweetheart and dresses with a square neckline really show off the collarbone. A bridal choker looks stunning with this neckline.
V neck dresses and dresses with a plunging neckline draw the eye upward to the face. A wide drop necklace or a longer strand enhances the vertical impression this neckline gives to the dress.
Accessorize a one-shoulder wedding dress like you would a strapless dress—unless it has a lot of detailing.
Ivory and white are the most classic, but don't rule out the other colors entirely. Dark colored Tahitian pearls can look incredibly modern and ultra-sleek.
If you are planning to wear your hair long and straight, avoid stud earrings—you won't be able to see them. And don't forget to put your pearls on last!
Many brides-to-be are given pearls by their mother or their mother-in-law to wear on their big day. Often, they're family heirlooms, which hold significant sentimental value and come with the expectation you'll wear them on your wedding day. If you've been given heirloom pearls but have other jewelry mind, don't worry—there are other ways to incorporate your pearls into your celebration. Consider wearing them to the rehearsal dinner, or ask the florist work them into your bouquet.
Bridal Party Jewelry
If you require your bridesmaids to wear a specific type of jewelry, etiquette dictates you should purchase it for them. Your bridesmaids' pearl jewelry should match (but not upstage) your jewelry. For example, if you've decided on Akoya pearls for your wedding day accent, your bridesmaids should wear Akoya too. Choose a piece that matches their personality—treat the task as though you were shopping for a birthday gift. Different styles will still look cohesive if they're the same type of pearl and your bridesmaids won't end up with pearl jewelry they'll never wear.
Gifts For Your Bridesmaids
Because of their timelessness and versatility, pearls are a popular bridal party gift. The number one mistake women make when it comes to bridal party gifts is gifting something that gets tossed out because it doesn't suit the bridesmaid's taste and personal style. Pearls are a gift your bridesmaids will be excited to get. It's the most classic way to say, "thanks." Here are our top picks: Studs | Strands | Sets.