Your wedding is the most important day of your life, and you want to get everything exactly right. A lot of thought always goes into the wedding dress, but what about the jewelery? It's the finishing touches that can bring an outfit together and complete a look, so you have to make sure your wedding jewelery is absolutely right.
Just like your wedding dress, you'll only wear this jewelery once. It may seem like a lot of extra expense, especially if you're outfitting the whole wedding party, but there are ways to save money and still look great.
Firstly, you should shop around. Use the internet to check out high street shops and see what they have to offer. For traditional looks high street retailers are great, but you should bear in mind that you won't get anything unique. On the other hand, if you need something quickly they'll be able to supply it, and they'll have a wide range of sizes in stock. If you're also buying bridesmaid's jewelery, high street retailers will be able to supply you with as much as you need.
You might find better deals through online retailers as they don't have the same overheads that shops do, so the internet is definitely worth a look. Always shop around; if you're buying in bulk you may get a discount. It's always worth asking and a retailer would rather give you money off than lose your business altogether.
For something different, try antique and vintage shops. You'll need time to browse and shop around, but if your wedding isn't traditional this is a great way to pick up something interesting and unique without breaking the bank. Some shops will have a website that you can browse, but due to the unique nature of the stock it's best that you visit in person to see exactly what they have to offer.
If you have a decent budget, you should think about having a piece made by a designer or local artist. Custom-made jewelery can be expensive, but if you have an unusual dress it can be the perfect accompaniment.
A lot of brides opt for a piece of unique jewelery for themselves and then more standard pieces for their bridesmaids. This is a good way to keep costs down but still look great. You could even go one step further and choose real jewelery for yourself and costume jewelery for the bridesmaids. There are some very realistic diamante pieces available that look brilliant but don't cost the earth. If you have a large party you could even buy from a wholesaler to cut costs even more.
The good thing about costume jewelery is that it's available in every colour imaginable. If you have a coloured dress then you can be sure to find a good match. You'll also be able to find matching bracelets and rings if you also want them, so for a complete look it's a good choice.
The main thing to remember is that you should always shop around and take your time in choosing the perfect jewelery. You can find good deals if you look hard enough.
Sylvia Kittens lives in Harrogate, England.