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Jewelry is the finishing touch on your wedding day look. It's important of find the right pieces that complement your gown, yet don't steal the attention away from it. Here are some tips for doing just that:

Shop early
Don't wait until the last minute to find the right jewelry. Include this step as one of the bullets in your wedding planning checklist and you will have enough time to shop around for the perfect accessories.

Use your gown as inspiration
Your wedding gown should serve as inspiration for your bridal jewelry. If you have a strapless neckline you can wear a variety of necklaces, like pearls, crystals or beads. However, if you have any of those components near the bodice of your dress, be sure not to wear a large necklace so the accents aren't competing with each other. If you're wearing a V-neck dress, a pendant necklace is the perfect option.

For one-shoulder gowns opt for drop earrings. Pick this accessory instead of a necklace. Don't forget about bracelets. When adorned in crystals they add an extra touch of sparkle that is perfect for your big day.

How to pick your bridal jewelry

Choose something bold
Consider choosing jewelry with a touch of color. Select natural stones like sapphire, ruby or opalescent beads. Additionally, you can make a statement with a crystal headband or tiara that is worked into your veil. Some brides might not consider brooches to be bridal jewelry, but an antique piece adorned with embellishments can make you feel extra special while walking down the aisle. Be an original bride when you infuse your style aesthetic into each jewelry selection.

Scale back when necessary
Once you have found the right bridal jewelry bring it along to your dress fitting. See how everything pairs together and scale back if necessary. You don't want to look overdone, so try to achieve a classic look. This way your wedding pictures will have a timeless nature to them.

Extra tips
Try to tie the look of your gown and jewelry into the theme of your nuptials. For instance, send out vintage wedding invitations if your accessories have an Old World style to them. Additionally, you might want to offer guests unique wedding favors if you have something bold in your gown, like a colorful brooch.