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How to accessorize your wedding dress

Table of Contents

  • The Importance of Wedding Jewelry
  • How to Accessorize Your Wedding Dress
  • Types of Wedding Styles

A bride wearing assorted rings from Diamond Nexus

Unsure of what jewelry to wear with your wedding dress? You’re not alone. Many brides spend so much time on their gown and hair that wedding accessories seem to end up as a last-minute decision. Too often, the price of your wedding jewelry can put you over your allotted budget. Thankfully, there are so many alternative options to diamonds—like simulated lab created diamonds—that it is easy to splurge on your look while still staying under budget. Spend a bit of time researching your options for wedding accessories before deciding what type of jewelry is right for you. You can do this by browsing online, or getting a referral from friends and family. It may also be helpful to specify the budget you’re looking to stay within so you can more easily decide. If you want to plan your look ahead of time but are unsure of where to start, learn about different bridal styles to achieve your ideal wedding day vibe.

The Importance of Wedding Jewelry

Your wedding day is the most exciting day of your life. All eyes will be on you, which is why it is so important to look and feel your best. Sure, the dress will steal the show from far away, but your wedding jewelry will be the real eye-catcher up close. The wedding accessories you choose will be featured in your wedding photographs for years to come. You want the jewelry you choose to encompass both your wedding day vibe, as well as your daily style. It should be an expression of who you are in your everyday life, but also who you aspire to be in this new chapter of you. Begin this new journey with confidence and sparkle.

A bride and groom's wedding ring set from Diamond Nexus.

What many soon-to-be brides don’t know is that jewelry can actually make their wedding day style. Wear simple drop earrings with a wispy hairstyle to transform your look into one of a shear goddess, or a bold necklace and colorful earrings to draw eyes in. Change your style mid-day? No problem. With a few extra pieces, you can change your style as many times as you want. Whatever you’re imagining for your special day, you can find the perfect adornments to complete the look at Diamond Nexus.

Before you begin your shopping spree, it’s important to understand why your jewelry is just as important as your wedding dress and how to find the style that fits you. Learn how to properly accessorize your wedding dress with a few key tips for the best wedding jewelry accessories.

How to Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

There is no right or wrong way to accessorize your wedding dress. Your big day should encompass your personality and style most importantly, which is why you should choose your jewelry based on what you feel good in. Pick accessories that are comfortable enough to wear all day, but allow you to feel beautiful as well. While there isn’t just one way to choose the perfect jewelry, there are some tips that can steer you in the right direction when it comes to accessorizing.

A bride wearing a mixed-metal ring stack from Diamond Nexus.

A tip to remember when searching for your wedding jewelry is to match metals, or if you plan to mix metals, do so strategically so they complement one another. Choose only two types of metals to interchange, like white and rose gold. Make sure to layer them to ensure they don’t offset the look. Once you have the perfect dress, it’s important to keep in mind the undertones of your ensemble, like your wedding shoes and dress fabric if they’re off-white or have color. This will help you decide on a metal type. The most common and safe metal to choose is white gold, as its tone is cool and matches well with white. Some brides choose a more vintage metal, like rose gold, which helps accentuate a trendy look that encompasses old-fashioned glamour.

Another important tip to remember is to keep your jewelry relatively simple. Unless you’re going to be wearing a dress with almost no details, your look may become distracting if you add too much dazzle. This doesn’t mean you can only wear one or two pieces – you can wear as many pieces as you want as long as they don’t overpower the beauty of your dress, hair and makeup. This can be one of the trickiest details to get right, so to help you balance out your look, we put together a few trendy wedding day looks to inspire your unique style.

Types of Wedding Styles

Choose your fine jewelry so you’re ready for the big day and beyond. You can change your jewelry, makeup and hair to perfectly match your personal style or become an entirely different you. To help you figure out your unique style, we put together popular bridal styles. Pick something chic for a simple look, or edgy for a refreshingly modern look. No matter which style inspires you, be sure to make it your own with pieces that call out to you and make you feel beautiful. See the adornments paired for each one to determine if it’s the style you’re searching for.

Before you dive in, ask yourself who might you want to be in this next chapter? Write your story with these stunning bridal looks.


Begin your day with poise. A simple hairdo is perfect with the right chic additions.

Simply Chic: A bride wearing simple Diamond Nexus jewelry.

This look includes the basics of a jewelry collection, but that doesn’t mean it’s dull. A structured, elegant hairstyle and studs will say a lot about you. Wear earrings that hug the ear, or add an enhancer to brighten up the vibe. Either way, these dazzling accessories will look radiant paired with a sleek wedding dress. Try a neutral makeup style with this look, but, if it feels right, add a bright lip to let your true colors shine.


Let your hair down, and let your jewelry flow with it. Start elegant, end fearless.

Fairytale Romance: A bride wearing romantic Diamond Nexus jewelry.

This look features flowing lines, whether that is in your hair, dress, accessories or all three. Incorporate feminine pieces into your attire to achieve this romantic style. Instead of a simple drop, go big with pieces that feature multiple stones in a line. Add a studded bracelet to extend sparkle throughout your look, instead of clustering the sparkle all together. Pops of color also pair well with this style. You can achieve this by adding an heirloom piece, like a lab grown sapphire ring, to your ensemble.


Inspired by vintage, destined for glam. Go old-Hollywood with dazzling halos.

Hollywood Vintage: A bride wearing vintage Diamond Nexus jewelry.

The glam, the class and everything in between. This vintage attire mixes old pieces with modern charm to create a whole new style. Choose earrings that dazzle like halos or vibrant drops, then pair them with a glitzy necklace or high neckline to transform into a Hollywood star. Halo jewelry is popular in this look because it encompasses the Art Deco style that was so popular in the early 1900s. So, while your jewelry says old-fashion glamour, it also says modern charm.


Destination wedding? Embrace the vibe. Think sweet, simple and stunning.

Island Vibes: A bride wearing tropical Diamond Nexus jewelry.

Airy but striking. Let your hair flow to its own rhythm. For a beach resort or tropical paradise, this look says it all. Beachy waves or a wispy up-do will be the perfect base for this style. Layer it with accessories that enhance the vibe. Flowers or dangly accessories will help capture this distinct look. Clusters can resemble the objects you might find in the sand, while stacked wedding rings can resemble your own modern style.


Your jewelry makes a statement. So do you. Make it bold and unforgettable.

Modern Edge: A bride wearing modern Diamond Nexus jewelry.

The modern bride will have no problem piecing this look together. Think daring and bright. Statement pieces, like a right-hand ring full of sparkle or a bracelet with modern stone cuts, will define your style. You don’t need to pile on the jewelry to achieve this look, but each piece should be chosen for a specific reason. Accessory pieces with an edgy design and plethora of metal will add contrast next to more dainty pieces that don’t feature as many details.


Make heads turn with an airy ensemble featuring yellow and rose gold.

Boho Goddess: A bride wearing airy Diamond Nexus jewelry.

Warm metal tones can help you achieve this vibrant wedding day style. Feel elegant with dainty pieces, but modern by adding a pop of color. Earrings that feature clusters will draw eyes to your face, while a bracelet that dangles will draw eyes to your dazzling dress. With this look, it’s okay to match your makeup with your metal type. This will allow your ensemble to look effortless and utterly boho.

Now that you know what jewelry to wear with your wedding dress, you’ll be able to nail the perfect look on your big day. Choose accessories that match your existing personal style, or use the opportunity to create a completely new look. A destination wedding can be the perfect place to reinvent yourself. Start this new chapter of your life with new-found confidence. Confidence in your look and confidence in your purchase. When you buy from Diamond Nexus, you can be sure that your stone is free of the environmental damage inherent in mined diamonds. Choose to love your style and choose to love the earth, all while choosing a better stone.

If you opt for diamond alternatives on your wedding day, think about choosing Nexus Diamond™ alternatives. They simulate the look, weight and wear of a perfect mined diamond, but cost up to 80% less. This means you can dazzle on your big day, without having to worry about going over budget. Plus, you’ll be able to wear your jewelry beyond your big day worry-free because of our Lifetime Stone Guarantee. Our lab created diamond simulants are guaranteed to never chip, crack or discolor. If something ever does happen, we’ll replace your stone for free. With that kind of reassurance, why not give your bridesmaids the gift of dazzle as well? Browse gifts under $250 that are perfect for giving to special guests on your big day.

A bride putting on her Diamond Nexus drop earrings.

To see a more in-depth look into these wedding styles, request a free catalog. Take inspiration from a defined look, or piece your own together by choosing accessories throughout different collections. No matter what style you end up with, it should feel uniquely you.


*Diamond Nexus strives to provide valuable information, while being clear and honest about our products. The Nexus Diamond™ alternative is a patented lab created diamond simulant that, among all simulants, most closely imitates the look, weight and wear of a diamond, with two exceptions – it is absolutely perfect in every way, and it costs significantly less. Price points and environmental facts expressed in this blog were taken from popular online retailers and may vary. Learn more about the environmental impact of mining by visiting our blog.

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