5 tips for picking your bridesmaids’ jewellery
The memories from your wedding day are bound to be cherished, not only by you and your partner, but also by your bridesmaids. From being involved in planning your hen do, to ensuring every little detail on the big day is perfect, it’s only right that you properly thank them for their help and support. And, one great way of doing so is to pick out some stunning pieces of jewellery that they can treasure for years to come.
Whether you choose to gift them jewellery they can wear with their dresses on the day, or surprise them once the festivities are over, you’re going to want to get it right. And, as your bridesmaids will have different personalities and tastes, we know it can be hard. So, we will be sharing our top tips for picking your bridesmaids’ jewellery to ensure you choose a gift that’ll impress even the pickiest member of your bridal party.
Set a budget
Your wedding is likely to be one of the most expensive days of your life, with The 2019 Global Wedding Report revealing that British couples are spending an average of £14,740 on their big day. So it’s important that you know how much money you’ll have to spend on your bridesmaids’ jewellery.
If you’re on a tight budget and have already spent a fair sum on their dresses, it might be a more sensible idea to go with smaller, inexpensive pieces that are still meaningful. For example, opting for synthetic gemstones will keep costs down but still impress your nearest and dearest. Similarly, choosing pre-owned jewellery can be a great idea if you’re on a strict budget. This will also give you the chance to find some one-off pieces that will be completely unique to your wedding party.
If you have a little more room for manoeuvre in your budget, you can consider looking at more expensive pieces of women’s jewellery like sophisticated bangles or statement necklaces. Your budget can also dictate how many pieces you can afford to buy. Will it be just one eye-catching piece per bridesmaid or will your budget stretch enough to get them each a stunning jewellery set?
Take their dresses into account
If you want your bridesmaids to wear their new jewellery to your wedding, it’s important that you consider what their dresses looks like and what accessories are going to work best with them. For example, if their dresses have a high neckline, it’s best to steer away from necklaces as this can make the outfit look too busy, while earrings will add a subtle but stylish touch of sparkle. Alternatively, if your bridesmaids’ dresses have sweetheart or Bardot necklines, they’re likely to benefit from having minimalist or statement necklaces.
When picking these pieces, you’ll also want to bear the colour of their dresses in mind. Too much colour can look chaotic so, if you’re considering gemstone jewellery, it’s best to go with hues that match their dresses or something versatile like crystal, cubic zirconia or diamond jewellery. Alternatively, sticking with plain metal jewellery will ensure your bridesmaids are well accessorised without overdoing it.
Consider their lifestyle
Whether you already have an idea of what to pick or you’re starting from scratch, one important factor to consider is how often you expect your bridesmaids to wear the pieces you choose. While some brides will pick jewellery with only the bridesmaids’ dresses in mind, others will want to get the most out of their money by treating their favourite ladies to some accessories they can wear again, whether that’s daily or to future events.
If the latter sounds like you, you’ll need to consider the lifestyle of each bridesmaid to ensure you find jewellery that will seamlessly slot into their daily routine. For example, if one or more of your friends or family members are very active, or work in a corporate office, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to wear big statement pieces. This means it’ll be better to go with simple pieces that are understated and won’t restrict them from doing the things they love or make them look unprofessional.
Look at their personal style
Even if the primary purpose of these gifts is to complement your bridesmaids’ dresses for your wedding day, you’ll still want to choose pieces that suit their personal style and that they will enjoy wearing.
Although uniformity is traditional among bridesmaids, recent years have seen modern day brides welcoming variation, whether that’s in the way their bridesmaids wear their dresses or the accessories that they choose. Take advantage of this shift away from the “cookie-cutter” look and allow your bridesmaids to embrace their individuality with a mix and match of pieces. For example, while some of the women may prefer plain necklaces, others may enjoy more expressive necklaces with coloured stones.
You’re bound to know the ladies in your bridal party pretty well but, if you have doubts about the type of jewellery you should be getting them, take a look at current pieces they wear. Alternatively, asking their partner or a relative may offer you some further inspiration.
Match their accessories to yours
If you want to add coordination between you and your bridesmaids, a popular thing to do is to match their jewellery with yours. For example, if you’ll be wearing a sparkly diamond headpiece, consider getting them clips or hair slides that match your accessories to tie everything together nicely.
You might even want to ensure that the metal colours they are wearing match that of your engagement ring and wedding band.
Your bridesmaids will do anything to make your wedding a day to remember, so treating them to some stunning jewellery is sure to show them your appreciation. Here at Ramsdens Jewellery, we have a fantastic selection of women’s jewellery including pendants, bracelets, and rings, so be sure to browse our collection for pieces that’ll impress each and every member of your bridal party. Keep up to date with our blog and jewellery and watch guides for more news and inspiration. If you have any questions about the products we stock, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit us at your nearest Ramsdens branch.