Sunday 17 May 2009

Bridal Jewelry: Common Mistakes

Jewelry is a momentous component to most weddings. In fact,
many couples introduce the idea of getting married with an
engagement ring and they seal the deal with a set of wedding
bands. Bridal jewelry is an ancient practice that is said to
have originated with the Romans. Today, many couples take extra
care when choosing the appropriate wedding jewelry.
Unfortunately, there are some mistakes that brides have made in
the past as it relates to choosing the perfect jewelry for their
wedding day. The following is a list of mistakes that brides
should be careful to avoid when choosing bridal jewelry.

The Engagement Ring

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be very exciting,
yet thought provoking. For most couples, an engagement ring is
intended to serve as a permanent fixture in their relationship.
With this said, it is important for the couple not to select a
diamond engagement ring that is too trendy. Selecting bridal
jewelry that is too up-to-the-minute may cause the bride to grow
out of her ring in a couple of years. The best engagement ring
is one that is timeless.

Bridal Accessories

The average bride will choose a bridal jewelry set to wear with
her wedding gown. However, it is important that the bride
refrain from choosing bridal jewelry before she has selected her
wedding dress. Hence, bridal accessories are supposed to enhance
the dress—not the other way around. This important factor
follows the age-old question—What comes first, the chicken or
the egg?

Something Borrowed

Inheriting a family treasure from mother, grandmother, or even
great-grandmother is a kind gesture—especially when it can be
worn on the bride's wedding day. Although wearing a family
heirloom for bridal jewelry is sentimental, it may not be a
practical choice. As mentioned earlier, the purpose of
accessories is to enhance the overall appearance of the wedding
dress. If grandmother's antique pearls conflicts with the style
of the wedding gown, it may be best not to wear the heirloom. In
this case, it may be a good idea to agree to wear the borrowed
jewelry to the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or on the

Something Old

This could easily apply to something that you received from
your mother, grandmother, etc.. but it can also be something
that brings back pleasant early memories. How long did you know
your future husband? Maybe your bridal jewelry is a reflection
of the first present he gave you (visit to a fabulous beach).
How about beach themed jewelry for you and your bridesmaids.

Something New

Even if you choose to make an heirloom as the center of your
bridal jewelry, complement it with some of the elegance of
modern Swarovski crystal accessories or the latest designs in

Bridal jewelry is a significant element in preparing for
marriage. As a symbol of everlasting love and an enhancement for
the bride's wedding attire, it's important to avoid common
mistakes that many brides have made in the past. When it comes
to selecting the perfect bridal jewelry, the bride should choose

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