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Bling Bling! A Guide to Wedding Dress Accessories

You got the ring, now it’s time for more bling! Finding the best bridal jewelry to go with your bridal gown is the icing on the cake (literally!) Whether you’re into the traditional, minimal or bohemian look, there’s a perfect piece of jewelry for your dress. It’s all about the neckline! Discovering the right neckline and accessory set for you will bring your whole bridal look together. Brideside’s team of expert stylists can help you pair the right wedding day accessories with your beautiful new wedding dress. (We can also help you find that to — click here!)

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The Sweetheart Bridal Gown

The sweetheart neckline, like its name, is shaped like the top of heart. It’s a popular choice for brides because it’s so flattering. If you’re curvy up top, this neckline highlights your figure. If you’d like to create the illusion of a bit more on top, the sweetheart can help with that too, especially with some beading or texture. It’s also flexible in terms of coverage. Depending on the cut, you can make it a sexy with a deeper V, or go a bit more demure with a subtle dip. Either way, it looks great!

You have several options for jewelry with this neckline. A pendant necklace with a drop is an elegant choice. Choose a piece that ends 2–3 inches above the neckline. A collar necklace works also. Focus on a single piece like just a necklace or some statement earrings. 

The Strapless Wedding Dress

A strapless bridal gown is an opportunity to be flamboyant and glamorous. It shows off a long neck — and by extension, a fabulous piece of jewelry! If your shoulders or collarbones are one of your favorite features, a strapless dress will frame them beautifully. It’s also a great choice for brides that want more coverage at a ceremony because it pairs well with a bolero, wrap or lace overlay topper. Added bonus: Hug without any restrictions!

Wondering what jewelry to wear with a strapless wedding dress? The straight neckline on a strapless bridal gown goes well with a variety of jewelry. A necklace at a choker or collar length is very flattering. For an elegant touch, consider a simple strand of pearls. (Your something borrowed, perhaps?) If you don’t want to wear a necklace, find a pair of statement earrings that speak to you. Add sparkle with long diamond earrings, or if you’re a minimalist, look for an interesting geometric shape. We think a drop style works best.

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The Bateau Wedding Dress

Another daring, yet popular neckline, is the bateau. Also known as a boat neck, the bateau wedding dress is reminiscent of French designer, Givenchy, and movie icon, Audrey Hepburn. You may recall that Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was a bateau style as well, so you know it’s a regal look! A bateau neckline will highlight your natural features effortlessly. It’s an elegant and classy look that has more coverage. 

You can definitely keep it simple with the style of a bateau wedding dress. If your heart is set on a necklace, we suggest something small with a single diamond. You could also opt for statement earrings, which are a nice way to incorporate your something blue. Simple sapphire earrings are a timeless touch.

The Ultra-Flattering V-Neck Bridal Gown

A wedding dress with a V-neckline creates a lean, long silhouette. Brides that want extra support up top will love a V-neckline. Whether you choose to wear a bra or get cups sewn in, the V-neckline wedding dress works well with many different bust shapes and sizes. Through alterations, you can decide exactly how much you want to show, and the dress will do the rest! 

There are many ways to style a V-neck bridal gown. It looks lovely with just studs, hoops or chandelier earrings. If you love necklaces, a choker or lariat complements this neckline very well. Don’t be afraid to highlight your décolletage, but consider a shorter necklace doesn’t compete with the neckline. 

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The One-Shoulder Wedding Dress

The one-shoulder dress is one of the best gowns for brides who feels a bit daring. Why not show off your beautiful upper body? (And yes, we’re talking to every one of you reading this article!) A one-shoulder wedding dress is a beautiful, architectural moment. In a minimal style, it’s a great look for a bride that loves interesting shapes and structure. With dramatic draping, it takes on more of a grecian goddess flair. We like that it gives variety, but there is still some support from the single strap that you don’t get with a strapless.

Since the neckline is the focal point, consider skipping a necklace all together.  A necklace with this neckline takes away from the drama and can look unbalanced. Accessorize with simple, yet elegant earrings. Add a touch of glitz with bracelets or a hair piece.

The Illusion Wedding Dress

An illusion neckline is an overlay of lace or sheer fabric that holds the dress up. Depending on color and style, an illusion-style wedding dress can truly look like your skin and highlight delicate bead or applique details. Many brides choose this neckline because it covers a large bust and creates a beautiful slimming effect. Wearing an illusion neckline adds a touch of sexy without revealing too much. 

We suggest keeping accessories simple, especially since the fabric used for this neckline is usually quite delicate and easy to snag. If you want to wear a necklace, try a simple pendant style. For earrings, we like a classic diamond stud. Leave the embellishment to your dress! 

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Tying It All Together

No matter what neckline and jewelry combo you choose, we know your future life partner won’t be able to take their eyes off of you! Brideside is here to help you find a look that makes you feel the most like your beautiful self. When you’re ready to start trying on wedding dresses, book an appointment with us in one of our showrooms!

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