Getting married soon? Worried that you have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks? Guess what? You don't! Throughout this blog I will share some helpful tips and tricks to getting you fabulous wedding day jewels at a great rate, or free!
You've bought the dress, you know how you want your hair and makeup to look. You have a veil and shoes. Now you just need those last final pieces to make your look complete- you need some bling! I know some brides stress out over this part. You're worried about how the final look will come together and you're worried about how much bridal jewelry will cost. I totally get it.
Ask your jeweler if they rent out pieces for free. (Yes-- for free!)
Your finance most likely went to a jeweler and spent a pretty penny on an engagement ring. Then the two of you went and bought wedding bands at said jeweler. Now go ask this jeweler if you can borrow some pieces for your big day. Some jewelers will allow their returning customers to borrow earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet to borrow for their big day. Just remember- these items usually need to be returned the day after your wedding, so make sure someone is available to return these. (Most wedding planners can do this for you!)
RentTheRunway.com and VowToBeChic.com
Rent the Runway and Vow to Be Chic are websites where you can rent designer dresses, handbags, and jewelry. This is a great way to wear designer jewelry at a fraction of the price. I have personally used both sites and have always been happy with their jewelry selection.
Stella & Dot
Full disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. But I work with this company because they offer stylish jewelry at a great price. Check out their inventory for your big day-- I love their statement pieces. Shop now here.
Kendra Scott's new Bridal Collection
Another affordable designer is Kendra Scott. She recently came out with a bridal collection that is affordable and chic. Besides Stella & Dot, Kendra Scott is my go-to for jewels!
I love when I see a bride borrow some bling from her mother, grandmother, or even a friend. If you are traditional bride, this can be your "something borrowed"! Family and friends are usually more than happy to lend some jewels.
Pulling the look together
Before your wedding day, set aside some time to put your look together. Do your makeup. Put your hair up in a bun (or down- if you plan on wearing it down for your wedding). Put on your veil or headpiece, and put on all of your jewelry. If you don't have your wedding dress in your possession, put on a white dress or a dress that had a similar top to your wedding dress. Have someone take pictures of you. This will allow you to make any last minute changes before your big day.
Heather and Mark were married on October 14th at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of--- everyone involved was so happy and excited! The couple met at a Physical Therapy conference in California, even though they were in the same PT program at Temple University. It was definitely fate that these two got together!
The pictures from Daniel Moyer Photography are amazing because they perfectly captured all of the emotions from the day. It's clear to see that this couple is head over heals in love with each other!
Heather's "something borrowed/something old" was her grandfather's purple heart from WW1 and her great grandmother’s handkerchief which she had wrapped around her bouquet.
Heather's mom also had her grandmother’s handkerchief tied around her bouquet from when she and Heather's dad got married.
The ceremony took place outside of the Aldie Mansion and was absolutely beautiful. Heather, escorted by her father, had a very long walk down the aisle. But I think it added a dramatic effect to the day!
I love looking at the groom's reaction when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. This couple did a 'first look' prior to the ceremony, but poor Mark couldn't contain himself when he saw Heather. She was one of the most beautiful brides so I don't blame him for getting a little choked up!
Look at their smiles! :)
The couple danced to a song called 'Never Stop' (wedding version) by SafetySuit for their first dance as Mr. & Mrs.
Another thing I loved about this wedding were the speeches. Both father's spoke and there was not a dry eye in the house. It's so nice to see a young couple have the love and support of their families as they enter this new chapter of their life.
The groom's family is Jewish so the couple incorporated some Jewish traditions into their wedding. One of the best moments was the couple being raised up on chairs, known as the "horah". The expression on their face says it all!
The couple's parents even got in on the fun!
Total Entertainment DJ is a close family friend of Heather, so they pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone was up and dancing!
Heather and Mark had guest sign pieces of fabric, that will be made into a quilt. They did this in lieu of a traditional guestbook. They also donated money to a charity in their guests name. These are just a few of the reasons I loved working with this couple!
Another favorite moment of mine was the couple's grand sparkler exit.
Heather & Mark's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Aldie Mansion
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Daniel Moyer Photography
DJ: Total Entertainment DJ
Florist: Posey Hill Flowers
Video: Above & Beyond Wedding Studio
Dress and Formalwear: Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Shop
Hair: RIAH Hair Studio
Makeup: All Dolled Up
Officiant: Justin Zadnik (groom's cousin)