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Great Advice for Wedding Planning

A Hint of Sparkle

by MaryAnn Barone

There’s more to wedding day bling than just the ring. Having beautiful statement earrings or a tiara with the right hairstyle can wonderfully frame your face. Whether you’re a modern, classic or glamorous bride, we have the picture-perfect look for you. Jewelry can be a great way to subtly infuse your wedding look with your own sense of style.

“Jewelry is the finishing touch for the bride’s ensemble,” says Erica Elizabeth Koesler, owner/designer of Erica Elizabeth Designs Wedding Accessories.

Contemporary, elegant or show-stopping jewelry says a lot about you as a person, and it should act as a way to showcase your fashionable flair.

“With everything the bride purchases for her wedding ensemble, make sure that she chooses accessories and jewelry that are an extension of her and not others,” Koesler says.

For the bride that wants a special sparkle and wants to feel like a princess, a tiara is a foolproof way to get that fairytale wedding look, no royal background necessary. Tiaras come in countless styles and designs, so there’s something for every bride. Koesler assures us that they look pretty, framing just about any face shape.

Follow our guide to finding the right bridal accessories for your personality.

modern bride:

A modern bride is a stylish woman who’s always current and on the pulse of the newest trends. 

 

EARRINGS: 
This bride should try chandelier or drop earrings. “They are the most flattering styles to wear since most bridal gown necklines don’t work well with a necklace,” says Janna Conner, owner of Janna Conner Designs. “Chandelier and drop earrings elongate the neck without overwhelming the face.” 

If you want to use more colorful stones and save some money, Koesler recommends natural gemstones because they offer color, texture and brilliance like a diamond would but without being quite as expensive.

HAIR:
To show off your sparkle, put hair up in a French twist or an updo. To keep your hairstyle in place, use bobby pins the same shade as your hair for discreet support.

TIARA:
For the modern bride instead of a traditional tiara that stands straight up, look for one that fits you like a headband. It’s a low-key way to include a tiara into your wedding ensemble. For this tiara type, try loose, flowing waves for a romantic effect that’ll seem fun and fuss-free. Want to step it up a notch? Wearing a headband piece like Kim Kardashian’s wedding tiara—one that goes across the forehead—can be a knockout look for a modern bride. With a more dramatic piece, put hair in a modest updo and keep the rest of your jewelry simple so the tiara can serve as the statement piece.

classic bride

The classic bride is a woman who looks to the past for inspiration, but who also keeps her look fresh with the present.

EARRINGS:
Stud earrings are a staple to every woman’s jewelry collection, so why not wear them for your wedding? They are understated and simple enough that you can wear your wedding pair long after the big day. Studs can come in any manner of size or style, but a basic diamond set in a circular pear or square shape can give you the ultimate classic look. If you can’t afford real diamonds for your wedding day but want the same sparkle effect, opt instead for white topaz.

 “White topaz is a great alternative because it’s a natural stone, and it’s semiprecious so it’s more affordable,” Conner says.

HAIR:
Conner recommends pulling hair into a classic chignon so that the earrings can be seen. Do a chignon at the base of your neck for easy elegance or slightly to the side behind an ear for a more romantic look.

TIARA:
Many elegant women throughout history have worn tiaras. Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn are just a few who embraced the tiara’s chic look, making it a must-have for any classic bride. For a statement-making hairstyle reminiscent of these famous faces, use your tiara to accent a large bun or a regal updo. Koesler advises using basic bobby pins to secure it because they can slide through just about any band or comb without being seen. Want an extra dose of glam? Incorporate pretty bobby pins into your hairstyle for added sparkle and a more secure tiara.

glamorous bride

A glamorous bride is a woman who loves getting dressed up in sparkly earrings, statement shoes and flawless makeup. Whether she’s running errands or going out for the night, she always looks event-ready.

EARRINGS:

Hoop earrings bring the “wow” factor without taking away from your overall look. They can be plain or studded, depending on the look you want. Make sure you try hoops on before you buy them to see how they fit in proportion to your profile. Beware of hoops that are too big, as they can wave in your face and serve as an annoyance rather than an accessory. On the other hand, a hoop that’s too thin could get lost in your hair and not be visible in your photos. To strike a balance between both extremes, find a medium sized hoop in a width you like. If you want your hoops to be more dramatic, look for ones with diamond or stone accents on them. To get an idea of how they’ll be on your wedding day, do a rough copy of your wedding day hair when you shop so you can see how they’ll look and move.

HAIR:
Hair can be worn down with the upper half pulled up and away from the face. Loose waves or a blowout can add to the glamorous feel of this look. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, spritz hair with an anti-humidity hairspray to seal out moisture in the air and preserve your look all day long.

TIARA:
For a glamorous tiara look, Kate Middleton’s wedding day style should be your inspiration. Having her hair half-up accentuated the tiara, but leaving half of it down and loose kept it youthful and feminine. This look is the perfect mix for a bride that wants to look fresh but still refined. Try a half-up hairstyle with a delicate tiara and veil for your own romantic, royalty-worthy look. From a low-key look to a high fashion ensemble, your bridal style should be a reflection of you. Whether you want to be modern, classic or glamorous, the right jewelry, hairstyle and tiara can help tie together the overall feel of your wedding.

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There’s more to wedding day bling than just the ring. Having beautiful statement earrings or a tiara with the right hairstyle can wonderfully frame your face. Whether you’re a modern, classic or glamorous bride, we have the picture-perfect look for you. Jewelry can be a great way to subtly infuse your wedding look with your own sense of style.

“Jewelry is the finishing touch for the bride’s ensemble,” says Erica Elizabeth Koesler, owner/designer of Erica Elizabeth Designs Wedding Accessories.

Contemporary, elegant or show-stopping jewelry says a lot about you as a person, and it should act as a way to showcase your fashionable flair.

“With everything the bride purchases for her wedding ensemble, make sure that she chooses accessories and jewelry that are an extension of her and not others,” Koesler says.

For the bride that wants a special sparkle and wants to feel like a princess, a tiara is a foolproof way to get that fairytale wedding look, no royal background necessary. Tiaras come in countless styles and designs, so there’s something for every bride. Koesler assures us that they look pretty, framing just about any face shape.

Follow our guide to finding the right bridal accessories for your personality.

modern bride:

A modern bride is a stylish woman who’s always current and on the pulse of the newest trends. 

 

EARRINGS: 
This bride should try chandelier or drop earrings. “They are the most flattering styles to wear since most bridal gown necklines don’t work well with a necklace,” says Janna Conner, owner of Janna Conner Designs. “Chandelier and drop earrings elongate the neck without overwhelming the face.” 

If you want to use more colorful stones and save some money, Koesler recommends natural gemstones because they offer color, texture and brilliance like a diamond would but without being quite as expensive.

HAIR:
To show off your sparkle, put hair up in a French twist or an updo. To keep your hairstyle in place, use bobby pins the same shade as your hair for discreet support.

TIARA:
For the modern bride instead of a traditional tiara that stands straight up, look for one that fits you like a headband. It’s a low-key way to include a tiara into your wedding ensemble. For this tiara type, try loose, flowing waves for a romantic effect that’ll seem fun and fuss-free. Want to step it up a notch? Wearing a headband piece like Kim Kardashian’s wedding tiara—one that goes across the forehead—can be a knockout look for a modern bride. With a more dramatic piece, put hair in a modest updo and keep the rest of your jewelry simple so the tiara can serve as the statement piece.

classic bride

The classic bride is a woman who looks to the past for inspiration, but who also keeps her look fresh with the present.

EARRINGS:
Stud earrings are a staple to every woman’s jewelry collection, so why not wear them for your wedding? They are understated and simple enough that you can wear your wedding pair long after the big day. Studs can come in any manner of size or style, but a basic diamond set in a circular pear or square shape can give you the ultimate classic look. If you can’t afford real diamonds for your wedding day but want the same sparkle effect, opt instead for white topaz.

 “White topaz is a great alternative because it’s a natural stone, and it’s semiprecious so it’s more affordable,” Conner says.

HAIR:
Conner recommends pulling hair into a classic chignon so that the earrings can be seen. Do a chignon at the base of your neck for easy elegance or slightly to the side behind an ear for a more romantic look.

TIARA:
Many elegant women throughout history have worn tiaras. Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn are just a few who embraced the tiara’s chic look, making it a must-have for any classic bride. For a statement-making hairstyle reminiscent of these famous faces, use your tiara to accent a large bun or a regal updo. Koesler advises using basic bobby pins to secure it because they can slide through just about any band or comb without being seen. Want an extra dose of glam? Incorporate pretty bobby pins into your hairstyle for added sparkle and a more secure tiara.

glamorous bride

A glamorous bride is a woman who loves getting dressed up in sparkly earrings, statement shoes and flawless makeup. Whether she’s running errands or going out for the night, she always looks event-ready.

EARRINGS:

Hoop earrings bring the “wow” factor without taking away from your overall look. They can be plain or studded, depending on the look you want. Make sure you try hoops on before you buy them to see how they fit in proportion to your profile. Beware of hoops that are too big, as they can wave in your face and serve as an annoyance rather than an accessory. On the other hand, a hoop that’s too thin could get lost in your hair and not be visible in your photos. To strike a balance between both extremes, find a medium sized hoop in a width you like. If you want your hoops to be more dramatic, look for ones with diamond or stone accents on them. To get an idea of how they’ll be on your wedding day, do a rough copy of your wedding day hair when you shop so you can see how they’ll look and move.

HAIR:
Hair can be worn down with the upper half pulled up and away from the face. Loose waves or a blowout can add to the glamorous feel of this look. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, spritz hair with an anti-humidity hairspray to seal out moisture in the air and preserve your look all day long.

TIARA:
For a glamorous tiara look, Kate Middleton’s wedding day style should be your inspiration. Having her hair half-up accentuated the tiara, but leaving half of it down and loose kept it youthful and feminine. This look is the perfect mix for a bride that wants to look fresh but still refined. Try a half-up hairstyle with a delicate tiara and veil for your own romantic, royalty-worthy look. From a low-key look to a high fashion ensemble, your bridal style should be a reflection of you. Whether you want to be modern, classic or glamorous, the right jewelry, hairstyle and tiara can help tie together the overall feel of your wedding.

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