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.
Recently engaged or plan on getting engaged soon? Read up on these tips from Lauren Priori, Graduate Gemologist and owner of L. Priori Jewelry located in Rittenhouse Square.
Table 1 Events: What is the biggest mistake couples make when it comes to selecting engagement rings or wedding bands?
Lauren Priori: The biggest mistake is not finding out what the bride-to-be wants. Having an honest conversation about her dream ring will help ring shopping go smoothly. Even better than that? Shop for the ring together. I adore working with couples on a ring. For one, it lets me get to know them and see their love firsthand. But it also lets me talk through the details with the person who is going to wear it forever. Don't worry about ruining the surprise- the surprise is in how you ask!
T1E: What trend are you seeing within the wedding industry in regards to engagement rings or wedding bands?
LP: Rose and yellow gold are back in a huge way! Brushed metal, bezeled stones, and antique
details all look gorgeous in rose and yellow. I'm also seeing renewed interest in fancy cuts- radiant cuts, princess cuts, and ovals are all making a resurgence. The round stone will always be a classic, but I love the movement towards unique shapes.
T1E: When should an engaged couple purchase their wedding bands?
LP: Ideally, you considered your wedding band when you picked out the engagement ring. If it's important that the band fits flush with the engagement ring, you'll need the engagement ring design to accommodate that.
Visit your jeweler two to three months before your wedding to finalize your wedding band selection. A custom ring can take 4-6 weeks to create in the busy season. Even if you're buying something out of the case, engraving and other customizations can take time. You're going to have so many last minute tasks to take care of the last few weeks- get your rings square away early so you can focus on the final details with your vendors.
T1E: What advice can you give to couples regarding wedding jewelry?
LP: Wear something meaningful. Consider wearing an heirloom piece from you or your fiance's mother or grandmother. If you don't love a piece as is, let's update it so that it fits your style! A sparkly new pendant will mean so much more if it's holding your family's diamonds.
Also, visit your jeweler a week before the wedding to have your ring cleaned and polished one last time. You want your ring to sparkle in those wedding photos.
Lauren Priori is a graduate of the Gemologist Institute of America To learn more about L. Priori Jewelry and their offerings click here