Ultimately, it's up to the bride to decide exactly which accessories the bridal party should wear. Jewelry can be a nice finishing touch to bridesmaid outfits, but it's important to keep in mind that it's not a necessity. Your crew certainly doesn't have to wear jewelry, whether that's because it doesn't match your vision or they'd just prefer not to. However, if you do want your bridesmaids to add some shiny accessories to their ensembles, there's a lot to think about.
Do you want them all to wear the same jewelry, or can they mix and match? Can they wear something they already own or are there specific accessories you've got your eye on? Before diving into these important questions, you'll need to decide which types of jewelry you want your squad to wear. To help you get started, we've listed the pros and cons of each right here.
Does the bride wear the same jewelry as the bridesmaids?
Traditionally, the bride wears different jewelry from the bridesmaids. "You don't want to appear too uniform…it's nice to have a little variety," says Erlanger. Plus, it's easier to pick out accessories that go with wedding dresses, jumpsuit, or whatever if you're not worried about matching with your crew. Bridesmaid jewelry is usually less bridal and instead matches the wedding party's attire, for example, emerald earrings worn with dark green dresses.
Another thing to consider is having separate maid of honor jewelry, especially if the MOH is wearing something different from the other bridesmaids. At the end of the day, it's about picking what looks best with each attendant's outfit. That means that everyone in your wedding party can accessorize differently if that's the look you're going for. Allowing bridesmaids to wear their preferred pieces is a nice gesture that'll let each person show some of their unique personality.
Who pays for bridesmaid jewelry?
Not sure who pays for what? Generally, bridesmaids buy their own wedding attire, jewelry included. That said, it's important to keep your crew's other expenses in mind when you're picking out accessories. If there's something you really want them to wear and it's on the pricey side, we suggest giving it as a bridesmaid proposal or thank you gift card
In Erlanger's opinion, if you're asking your bridesmaids to buy a specific item of jewelry (or you're giving it to them as a gift), you should consider choosing something they can enjoy time and time again. Whether it's earrings, necklaces, or bracelets, whatever you choose should appeal to your squad's tastes too. The stylist recommends handing over a beautiful little pendant as a sentimental bridesmaid gift
How to Choose Bridesmaid Jewelry
Selecting the right bridesmaid jewelry for each outfit can be tricky, especially if everyone has a slightly different look. "Thinking about cohesion and curation is really important, and the easiest way to do that is to start with your color palette," says Erlanger. When deciding on a type of metal (yellow, white, or rose gold), you want it to complement the color of your bridesmaid dresses.
According to Erlanger, the best way to do this is to match cool tones with cool tones and warm tones with warm tones. The wedding stylist suggests pairing a pale pink outfit with rose or yellow gold jewelry. On the flipside, she shares that green and blue hues work well with white gold jewelry. "Of course there are some exceptions to that rule, but it's a really nice starting point."
Another thing to keep in mind with bridesmaid jewelry is subtlety. "At the end of the day, you never want jewelry to distract," says Erlanger. "You want jewelry to feel thoughtful, personal, and intentional." The bridal stylist warns against choosing anything too bold that could compete with the bridesmaids' hair, dresses, or worse: the happy couple.
That said, the bridal party should wear something a little more elevated than their usual accessories. "Your day-to-day jewelry is likely too casual for such a special event," says Erlanger. "This is the opportunity to wear some beautiful jewelry but keep it understated, elegant, and timeless."
Bridesmaid Jewellery We're Loving Right Now
Want some more inspiration on your search for the perfect bridal party accessories? We've listed some of our favorite bridesmaid jewelry ideas right here.
1. Romantic heart pendant
Asking your bridesmaids to wear matching heart necklaces is a lovely way to honor the thing that's bringing you all together: love. This chic pendant has a delicate gold chain and subtle sparkle thanks to the pavé heart for ONLY $32.95
2. Sparkly statement earrings
These gorgeous pearl earrings will let your bridesmaids shine without breaking the bank. The geometric design feels both modern and sophisticated, making them the perfect statement pair for a formal event for ONLY $26/pair