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The Best Time to Purchase Your Bridal Jewelry

By Emily Wilke

July 17, 2015

custom bridal jewelry, wedding planning tips

Many brides will wait until the last minute to select their bridal jewelry and accessories.

Does this sound like you? 

This isn’t the best decision since you will be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life.

Leaving the details of your bridal look for the last minute can result in settling for something less than perfect.

Use the below guidelines to assist you as you approach your big day.

Elements of your Bridal Look:

There are many elements that go into your bridal look. Knowing them can save you time, help you plan, and help you figure out what you want to purchase.

Bride with Veil Flower Bridal Jewelry

Photo by @katelynbradleyphotography

  • Dress and Veil
  • Sash/Belt
  • Make-up
  • Jewelry
  • Hair
  • Hair Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Flowers

This is a lot to coordinate, especially when you never really see all of them together until the day of your wedding. 

Hopefully this isn't scaring you! The most important thing to remember is that you are marrying the love of your life, and you will look gorgeous, no matter what!

Here is what I suggest to make things run more smoothly and ease your mind.

Bridal Look Timeline:

The right time to pull your look together

  • While dress shopping or immediately after: Think about the kind of jewelry you want to wear while you are gown shopping and after you have purchased your gown. This is when the details of your gown are the most fresh in your mind. Does this include a necklace or just earrings? Did you have any jewelry thoughts while you had the dress on? 

  • 4 Months prior: Purchase your jewelry and hair accessories. This will ensure you have them for any trials and fittings that you schedule, even if they are ordered online or are being custom made. Plus, it can eliminate the stress of trying to find something at the last minute.

  • 2-3 Months prior: Schedule your hair trial and bring all your accessories with you. Having the jewelry and accessories on hand will help the stylist create the right look and let her include the pieces in your practice run.

  • 2 Months prior: Choose your shoes + start your gown alterations. Don't forget to wear them around the house for the next couple of months to break them in! 

Bridal Make-up Thee MakeUp Girl

Bridal makeup and hair done by Haley Puser - Thee Makeup Girl (photo by Ashley Nicole Baeza - Ashley Nicole Photography - www.ashleynicolesacramento.com)

Next Steps:

Hire a Professional 

Maybe you are finding this overwhelming, you are not sure how to accessorize, or you don't even know what you want.

You can start here...Check out my fun QUIZ to help you learn your bridal jewelry style.  

OR maybe you have already started looking and can't find what you are looking for. If this is you, then you should consider custom bridal jewelry. 

I couldn't well articulate what I wanted, but that was okay because Emily is so talented, she knew what questions to ask...Working with her was stress free and just plain special. She's a great woman who does even more amazing work! ~ Lauren Urhausen
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Together we create your bridal look based on your dress, how you want to wear your hair, the kind of jewelry you like to wear, and the materials you are envisioning. The result is that you get exactly what you want and it saves you time, effort, stress and worry. Plus talking it over with a professional will clear up your vision and make you more at ease with how it is all going to come together!

Custom jewelry can also save you time searching for your bridesmaids gifts by creating jewelry to match their dresses. They get to wear it that day, and have a permanent token of your friendship. Since it is all custom you have so many options for how to design the pieces.

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Post Updated Sept 27, 2022

  • Custom jewelry for bridesmaids has got to be the sweetest thing ever. I still regularly wear the bracelet my BFF gave me when I was her bridesmaid. It just broke last week, and normally I don’t care a whole lot about repairing broken jewelry, but this bracelet is priceless to me and I’m sending it in to a jeweler to repair it.

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