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Guide: Incorporating Bracelets Into Your Wedding Day Attire

It’s no secret that bridal gowns are the show-stopper of any wedding day, but the appropriate accessories and jewelry can elevate your bride style, and we’re here to help you do just that.

Before rushing out and getting knee-deep in jewelry shopping, read our ultimate guide on how to incorporate bracelets into your wedding day attire. With these helpful wedding jewelry tips, a flawless wedding day look will be easy to achieve.

Do I Need to Wear a Bracelet with My Wedding Dress?

Wedding jewelry is a very personal choice, so it’s entirely up to you whether or not you want to wear a bracelet with your wedding gown. But if you do, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a bridal bracelet.

Match the Design Element

When selecting a bracelet for your wedding day, keep the design of your other accessories in mind. For example, if you go with a halo design for your wedding earrings, you’ll want to match it with a halo bracelet.

For example, you wouldn’t want square stones on your bracelet if you were wearing beautiful teardrop earrings. Instead, choose a bracelet with a teardrop-shaped stone and a teardrop-shaped pattern.

Color Coordination

On your wedding day, you want to look your absolute best, and that includes what you wear. When selecting your wedding day jewelry, it’s important to make sure that all of your wedding jewelry has the same tone. If you buy a gold necklace, you should match it with gold earrings and a bracelet. Mixing and matching tones is not a good idea.

But of course, if there is a sentimental heirloom that you want to wear and it doesn’t match your other jewelry, that’s ok. Heirlooms override the need to color coordinate your jewelry. But if matching is important to you, then shop for bridal jewelry that matches the tone of the heirloom.

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Think About the Fabric of Your Wedding Dress

Consider the fabric of your gown while determining whether or not to wear a bracelet on your wedding day. If your gown has a tulle skirt, avoid buying a prong-set stone bracelet (this is when the metal prongs that hold the stones in place wrap around the stone). Delicate tulle, chiffon, and organza fabrics tend to catch prong settings, causing snags and eventually holes.

Since holes in a dress aren’t problems you can easily fix, it’s probably best to avoid a wedding day bracelet entirely if you’ve picked one of these fabrics. If you must wear a bracelet, a strand of spherical gems, pearls, or other similar items may be the right option.

Just remember to take the style of your other jewelry into account. Don’t wear a pearl bracelet if you’re wearing a rhinestone necklace (unless of course, it is a family heirloom or fits your criteria for something old or borrowed).

Consider the Venue, the Date, & the Wedding Theme

It’s also vital to consider the location of your wedding, as well as the theme and time of day when searching for wedding jewelry or a bridal bracelet. Sparkly bridal necklaces and earrings may be too much for a morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception. Beautiful, delicate pearls might be used to accessorize your bridal look instead.

The opposite applies here as well. A nighttime, sophisticated soirée or black-tie wedding necessitates some extra pizzazz—so make sure to bring on the glitz and glam!

Wear Your Wedding Bracelet On Your Right Wrist

During the ceremony, you will likely be receiving a new piece of jewelry: your wedding band. And some of your wedding guests will want to check out the new bling. We recommend wearing your bridal bracelet on the right wrist so that your magnificent diamond tennis bracelet does not detract from your wedding set.

Bride wearing white robe holding a rhinestone bracelet in her hand

Different Bridal Bracelet Styles to Choose From

One of the things we love most about bracelets as wedding accessories is how you can make them as subtle or as bold as you desire. A thin gold chain with a couple of charms or a classic tennis bracelet adorned with gleaming diamonds will merely provide a pleasant, polished finishing touch If you’re looking for something a little more modern. On the other hand, an architectural bangle—perhaps with a few diamonds or other gemstones—will lend a modern touch to your ensemble.

A full string of pearls around your wrist is always a classic choice, but we prefer pearl bracelets done in a more modern way—try a delicate gold or silver chain with a pearl or two featured on it instead of a whole strand of pearls around your wrist.

A bracelet may dress up a plain gown, add extra flair to a dramatic one, and act as a special memory to wear after the ceremony. A bridal bracelet is a beautiful way to differentiate your bridal style and further personalize your outfit, whether it’s a heirloom-worthy item that will be passed down for years or something sleek and simple. Still, whether you choose to wear a bracelet on your wedding day or not, you’ll be a beautiful bride ready to say “I Do!”