Vintage Wedding Jewellery: How to Make it Work For You

Hola my lovely Moers!

Anyone getting married this weekend?  The weather looks crisp and fresh, which I love for this time of year?

For all future brides, how far along are you with the planning?  Have your brought your dress, what’s the style and have you got accessories to compliment?  Which brings me on to this post!

Weddings are – naturally – one of the most exciting, wonderful and memorable days of your lifetime.  The sheer planning that goes into every aspect of this single day is truly incredible and attention to detail is vital.  One detail that so often seems to get overlooked until the last minute is wedding jewellery.  It’s understandable really, of course the dress takes centre stage, and so it should, but it’s the accessories – no matter how simple – that can truly make your wedding day outfit a success.  Deciding upon the perfect jewellery for you can quite honestly be as difficult a decision as the dress, which is why leaving it until last minute is an absolute no-no.  There are so many stunning pieces of jewellery out there and picking out the perfect accompaniment to complement your dress can often seem like a daunting task.

In terms of wedding day jewellery, the term “less is more” could not be more apt, and steering away from jewellery that is trashy rather than classy, often poses a problem for the modern day bride.  Luckily, we’re seeing more and more vintage themed weddings emerging, and with so many beautiful eras to choose from, it’s easy to see why!  Whether you’re bold enough to theme your entire wedding in fashion, décor and food from your favourite era, or you simply want to add a hint of vintage charm to your big day, there are plenty of options open to you in terms of incorporating vintage jewellery into your outfit.

Of course, where better place to start than the roaring twenties.  Glamour, elegance and plenty of decadence, thanks to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, twenties inspired weddings have certainly been a theme of late.  Whilst gold may seem like an obvious choice when hunting for inspiration for this era, it can often add brassy tones to your crisp white gown, instead opt for extravagant strings of pearls, or if you’re a less showy type, a single diamond droplet necklace can be just enough.  If however your dress is more ivory in colour, then gold is certainly the perfect accompaniment. If you are in search of something stunning for your wedding day jewellery, companies such as George Pragnell have a huge selection of gorgeous vintage and antique pieces that would be perfect for any bride.

Diamond and natural pearl pendant with millegrain finish in white goldCultured pearl and diamond clusters in 18ct white gold'Eden' diamond pendant                      'Eden' diamond bracelet

Moving on a couple of decades to the 1940s.  The 40s are again a decade of pearls and lace, and despite being known as the war years, were full to the brim with tradition and fuss.  Styling your wedding dress with vintage pieces from the 40s is perhaps the easiest way to incorporate vintage jewellery into your outfit, and you can pick up some gorgeous pieces fairly cheaply – making it affordable no matter what your budget.  Try not to over-do 40s jewellery, keep things simple and style your dress with a vintage brooch, a string of pearls or even a floral head piece studded with tiny pearls.
South Sea pearl necklace with diamond set claspWhite Gold Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings

The 50s are perfect for those brides who describe their style as being girly with a little bit of an edge and if you want to shy away from the more traditional styled wedding, then the 50s is the perfect year for you.  If you want to add a touch of colour to your outfit, then jewellery with coloured crystal or glass adds just the right amount of colour without being too garish.  Costume jewellery is also a gorgeous choice and rhinestone necklaces, chokers and brooches are easy to come by and sparkle beautifully in the light –  but try to make sure it’s not too OTT for your dress.

White gold aquamarine and diamond cluster pendantWhite gold aquamarine and diamond cluster earrings

Whatever era you choose, do not over-accessorise and avoid mixing new with old.  If you do choose vintage then your wedding ring should be the only piece of contemporary jewellery you wear on your wedding day.  Your jewellery speaks volumes and should be something that reflects your personal style and something you wouldn’t feel uncomfortable wearing, so avoid picking something you wouldn’t normally go for.

Hope these lovely ideas help you to choose the right jewellery for the right theme.

Thank you for coming by and I wish you all a lovely, lovely weekend!

Lot’s of love,

Matthew Oliver Wedding and Events Planner xxx