Weddings

September 5, 2017 by Kiesha Joseph

Just like the bride herself, there’s something elegant about pearls. Traditionally, brides have combined white strands of pearls with matching pearl earrings to create a soft, gentle look. But, today’s brides tend to want more dangerous, trendy, fashionable looks on their wedding days. Pearl wedding jewelry offers that and more.

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Pearls are still an excellent choice to make a bride stand out on her special day. As bridal jewelry, pearls are simple, yet classy. From chokers to long strands of pearls, from simple pearl studs to long, dangling pearl earrings, these gems are the staple of fine jewelry for brides. And, they don’t have to be simple white pearls either.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Strapless Wedding Gowns

When choosing pearl jewelry for your wedding day, your dress is the most important factor. Think about its length, sleeves, proportions, and neckline. If your wedding dress shows a lot of cleavage or neck, such as a V-neck, off the shoulder, bateau neck or strapless wedding gown, compliment it with a pearl necklace. A pearl choker, or multiple strands of pearls used to create a choker, are the perfect accessory for these dress styles.

Not all brides are into having an all-white affair. Even if your wedding gown is white, you can make your outfit pop by adding some colored pearls. For a daring look, go with all black Tahitian pearls. Or, for a more colorful, even festive look, pizzazz things up a bit with multicolored pearls or various pieces of pearl jewelry in various colors.

Chokers make awesome pearl wedding jewelry for brides with low cut and strapless dresses.
Chokers make awesome pearl wedding jewelry for brides with low cut and strapless dresses.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Halter Style Wedding Gowns

If you want to make a statement with your wedding jewelry, a large pearl will do the trick. For a more imperfect, unique look, check out baroque pearls. Choose a Freshwater cultured pearl with an awesome, unique shape, such as off-round, diamond-like shaped, slightly squared, etc… Set this huge gem in a white or yellow gold heart setting, and you’ve turned a simple piece into an elegant pearl wedding necklace.

Even though the design is quite simple, this necklace will make your neckline stand out. It will also bring attention to your gem, which will enhance the look of your wedding attire. This type of pearl wedding jewelry goes well with halter cut wedding dresses. Or, make it even more creative by adding graduating pearl sizes at the front of the necklace only.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for High-Neck Wedding Gowns

Are you planning to wear a jewel-neck, illusion, Queen Anne or high-neck style dress on your wedding day? Then, you won’t need a necklace of any kind. But, you still want your look to be amazing. So, accentuate it with other pearl bridal jewelry, such as your wedding day earrings.

For a simple, classic look, pearl studs are a great choice. You can even add a little edge to your look by wearing mismatched pearl earrings, which was a major craze last year. Try one black pearl earring to symbolize your dangerous side, and one pink pearl earring, symbolic of your girly side.

Or, wear one color that matches your eyes, and another that matches the groom’s tie. When it comes to pearl colors, your choices are endless. You can even have real pearls dyed to match your wedding colors, so you blend in and stand out all at the same time.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, looks amazing in her simple drop pearl earrings.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, looks amazing in her simple drop pearl earrings.

If you go with simple pearl studs, you can still create a more embellished look with your wedding jewelry. Customize your own pearl earrings by surrounding your star gem with diamonds for extra sparkle. Or, add a pop of color with various sizes of your birthstone or other favorite gems.

You can also go with pearl drop earrings, which come in a wide range of colors and styles. Go with short and simple, long and elegant or sleek and bold. For a simpler style, black pearls mounted in a white or yellow gold drop setting works perfectly. If you’re looking for something bolder, chandelier-style dripping pearl earrings will do the trick.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for the Wedding Party

Now, it’s time to get the rest of your wedding party dressed for the occasion. As the bride, you’re typically responsible for buying jewelry gifts for your maid of honor and bridesmaids. These are the accessories they will wear on your wedding day.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor

For a timeless piece that reminds her of you and your special day, how about a simple gold and pearl pendant? A pendant featuring a single pearl will complement your bridesmaids’ dresses, but keep their looks from upstaging the bride.

This bridesmaid looks fancy with her large, multi-strand pearl necklace.
This bridesmaid looks fancy with her large, multi-strand pearl necklace.

Although simple, the pendant doesn’t have to be so plain. You can add the pearl to a heart-shaped, diamond-shaped, animal-shaped, circle-shaped setting or any other style you choose. And, if you want to personalize the bridesmaids’ gifts, choose a specific color for each lady, so no two bridesmaids’ necklaces are just alike.

When choosing pearl earrings for your bridesmaids, simply follow the same rules as choosing earrings for the bride. It all depends on the style of the dress and the neckline.

Do you want your maid of honor to stand out? Then, gift her with pearls that are noticeably larger than those your bridesmaids are wearing. If not, make the strands of pearls a bit longer. Or, simply choose a color that stands out louder than those being worn by your bridesmaids.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Flower Girls

Flower girls are the essence of sweetness and innocence in a wedding. They give the affair a sense of purity, which should be reflected in their looks of the day.

Doesn't this Engraved Flower Girl Pearl Wedding Bracelet make a great gift from the bride?

Doesn’t this Engraved Flower Girl Pearl Wedding Bracelet make a great gift from the bride?
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Since flower girls are usually pretty young, their wedding jewelry needs to be smaller and daintier than that of the bridesmaids. Most brides go with small pearl sizes for the little girls of the wedding party.

For a simple, customary look, a short strand of white pearls and small white pearl studs will do. If you want something a bit saucier, go with a 2-strand pearl choker and a simple pair of short drop pearl earrings.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Mothers of the Bride & Grooms

Both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are important figures at any wedding. The same goes for both party’s grandmothers. It’s not just about them standing out fashion-wise. Instead, it’s more about them being honored as women who helped make the day possible.

The Mother of the Bride (and Mother of the Groom) deserves to wear magnificent pearls that make her shine.

The Mother of the Bride (and Mother of the Groom) deserves to wear magnificent pearls that make her shine.
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This is especially true for the bride’s mother, who worked so hard to plan and prep for the wedding. To show these mothers how much you appreciate them, gift her with pearl jewelry that blends in with what your wedding party is wearing.

Just keep in mind that mature women like big jewelry and big gems. So, make sure the pearls you buy for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are large, yet elegant and classy. And, they don’t have to match each other, making it easier to pick out wedding jewelry they both like.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry for Grooms and Groomsmen

Check out this freshwater pearl wedding band for women.

Buy her a wedding bank she’ll cherish forever. Check out this freshwater pearl wedding band for women. Isn’t it simply stunning?!?!?!

Since pearls are the gem theme of your nuptials, make sure the men wear pearls too. If your groom wears an earring, swap it with a pearl for the wedding day. Even in today’s times, it may be a bit hard to get him and his groomsmen to wear pearl necklaces. But, there are other pearl wedding jewelry and trinkets that will work for men on your wedding day:

  • Pearl cufflinks
  • Pearl embellished cummerbunds
  • Single pearl earrings used as tie clips
  • Pearl studded handkerchiefs for tuxedo coat pockets