The Best Bridal Jewelry for Every Wedding Dress Neckline
After months of searching, you've finally found your wedding dress. Now that one of the hardest parts of the big-day preparation is over, it's time to start considering how to accessorize your bridal look with jewelry and other accessories. So, where should you start? Much like your bridal hairstyle, bridal jewelry has a lot to do with the neckline of your gown. Whether you opted for a demure boat neck, classic sweetheart, or unexpected one-shoulder neckline, there are plenty of accessory options out there to elevate each specific look.
To help you find out what works best for your dress, we tapped a few of our favorite bridal stylists for their expert advice; they'll help find which necklaces, earrings, and bracelets you should consider based on the neckline you've seleted. One thing these experts stress? Make sure your complete look feels cohesive. That means keeping your hairstyle, veil, shoes, and other accessories—in addition to your wedding dress—in mind when picking out jewelry.
Ahead, we've assembled several jewelry options to suit each neckline. From high-neck and off-the-shoulder to strapless and V-neck, there's accessory inspiration for every bride here. Beyond the neckline, it's also important to keep your gown's fabrication and adornments in mind when shopping for jewelry. "Remember to pay attention to the fabric and embellishments of your wedding dress," say Heidi and Violet Johnson of The Wedding DeTailor. "Keep it simple if your gown has a lot of detail." Most of all, the pros say to enjoy yourself when trying out options: "Don't forget to have fun with the process of selection. Look for something you feel wonderful in, because we all look our best when we feel beautiful."
Strapless: Statement Earrings
Add a dramatic element to a strapless neckline with bold, statement earrings, says Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides. "You can play around with color and texture especially if your necklines are clean," notes the stylist, adding that statement earrings will also draw eyes up to the face.
Strapless: Long Diamond Earrings
Howard says symmetry is an important element to consider when choosing bridal jewelry for this neckline—it perfectly balances out your look. To achieve this, she recommends long diamond earrings with matching tennis bracelets for each wrist.
Strapless: Choker or Collar-Length Necklace
When it comes to picking jewelry for strapless necklines, Violet and Heidi Johnson stress that it shouldn't compete with the overall vibe of your dress. Howard agrees and says brides with this neckline should opt for a choker or collar-length necklace that doesn't detract from the gown's aesthetic.
High-Neck: Drop Earrings
For a gown with a high neckline, Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride recommends pulling the hair back and going for a drop earring. "When the fabric comes high up on your chest," she says, "there is enough going on without adding a necklace to it, so the earring becomes more important."
In keeping with the simple theme, Howard also suggests wearing small studs with this particular cut. However, she says you can still make a statement by choosing earrings with a subtle pop of color.
One-Shoulder: Drop or Post Earring
Wearing a one-shoulder dress on the big day? It's important to note that this neckline will be the focal point of your gown, says Sabatino, which is why she recommends skipping a necklace. "A necklace would not only get potentially tangled, but also look odd with the imbalance," she says. Instead, choose a drop or post earring that won't detract from your dress' dramatic detail.
One Shoulder: Simple Earrings
Highlight the beauty of your of your one-shoulder neckline by opting for simple earrings, especially if your strap or sleeve has embellishments or other details, says Johnson.
Boat Neck: Necklace with Solaire Diamond
According to Sabatino, boat neck (or bateau) necklines "highlight the face" beautifully. In order to keep the attention on your face, she suggests a smaller necklace with a solitaire diamond.
Boat Neck: Colorful Studs
Daring brides wearing this neckline should pair colorful studs with a boat-neck dress, says Howard: "Since the dress takes up a lot of space on the neckline, the color would reflect nicely against the dress. Something blue is always a good idea."
Scoop Neck: Choker with Matching Earrings
If you're worried about not finding a necklace in a proportionate length, Maradee Wahl says you can't go wrong with a choker. Also be sure to grab a matching pair of studs to balance out the look.
Scoop Neck: Drop Earrings with No Necklace
For those who don't want to wear a necklace, the best way to accessorize this neckline is with drop earrings, advises Wahl.
Off-the-Shoulder: Choker with Studs
With such a large space between the top of your dress and face, you'll want to wear something to break it up. A choker with matching studs will do the trick, suggests Wahl.
Off-the-Shoulder: Earrings with Movement
You can add sparkly drama to this neckline even if you decide to bypass a necklace. Wahl's solution? Opt for statement earrings with movement.
Off-the-Shoulder: Set of Pearls
A pretty jewelry option for this romantic neckline is pearls, says Wahl—plus, it's a traditional choice for your nuptials. "A set of pearls is classic and timeless and can be the bride's something borrowed or something new for the wedding day!" she adds.
Sweetheart: Pendant with Drop
"A pendant necklace with a drop looks best with a sweetheart the more architectural angled shapes will pair nicely together," says Wahl. For the best results, the piece should end two to three inches above the neckline, she advises.
V-Neck: Pendant Necklace
Match a pendant necklace with the width of your neckline's "V," say Heidi and Violet Johnson. "[Choose] a smaller one for a narrow plunge and larger ones for wider Vs," they say. "And be careful not to select a necklace that is too long—it will compete with the neckline."