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!)
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.
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.