Choosing Jewellery to Compliment Your Wedding Dress – A Guide

Your dress style will usually dictate your choice of jewellery and tiara. Jewellery designer Debbie from Debbie Graham Jewellery, shares her expertise on how to compliment your overall look with pearls and diamonds, while not competing with it.

Pretty bride wearing veil and jewellery
Photo by Jason & Anna Photography


Classic style dresses are usually more about the cut and structure rather than detailing and so, a bracelet, necklace and simple drop earrings won’t be going too overboard. Pearl jewellery suits a classic dress style perfectly, either freshwater or Swarovski pearls, which come in a range of shades. For a subtle sparkle, Swarovski crystals could be added into the design too.  A pretty hair comb or hair pins dotted throughout the hair, or perhaps a simple band style tiara made with pearls that match your jewellery, would be an elegant finishing touch.


Princess style dresses are often full skirted with layers of material and detailing on the bodice. Because of this detailing you don’t need to go overboard with your wedding jewellery and tiara. Remember – your wedding jewellery and tiara should compliment, not compete with your dress. Of course if your style is ‘blinging’ then why not go all out on your big day! A Swarovski crystal necklace, drop earrings and matching bracelet would suit, and for the ultimate princess style finishing touch, go for a crown-style tiara to top off the look.

Bride hair accessories flowers
Right: Photo via Weddingbee | Top & Below: Milan back drop necklace by Debbie Graham Jewellery


Glamour styles are often associated with the bygone years of old Hollywood. A dress for this type of affair is usually a fitted and flowing gown, with touches of sparkle throughout. If your dress has lots of detailing to the front but you still want some sparkle at the back, consider having a backdrop only necklace commissioned. This can be attached to the back of your dress, if the dress style allows. If the neckline of your dress does not suit the necklace, a cuff style bracelet and big statement earrings in green or blue would look amazing. If you go for statement earrings, go easy on the headpiece though, a small birdcage veil would probably be best. If you go for studs however you can go for a statement side set headpiece of crystals, diamantes, and just about anything else you can fit!

Get even more inspiration on our Fashion pages and Jewellery, Tiaras and Veils.

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