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Wedding Style Guide

Eva-Mae Jewellery Wedding Style Guide
As with all things 'wedding' there is a vast array of choice out there and bridal jewellery is no exception to this. Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming, as bridal jewellery is not something you wear everyday - although I do quite often wear pieces from my collections! Maybe you don't often wear jewellery, so when thinking about a suitable necklace or tiara, where do you begin?

This guide is by no means set in stone, in fact I would suggest trying on a selection of styles before choosing 'THE ONE', but it may give you a starting point and help you to focus on possible options. The most important thing is that you have lots of fun choosing. Your wedding jewellery is probably going to be one of the most special pieces of jewellery that you will ever wear, so it is important that you make the right choice.

First things first.....

Before you begin to choose your jewellery, I would suggest that you wait until you have chosen your wedding dress, as the style, neckline and detail of this will help you to determine the style of jewellery  that works best.
Choose jewellery that reflects you and your style, it is important that you feel comfortable in the jewellery that you are wearing, so if you do not normally wear a lot of jewellery, have a look at delicate pieces, such as the Amy Earrings or the Chloe Bracelet.
In contrast to this you may decide that as it's your big day you would like to wear something totally different from your usual choice of jewellery, there are certainly no rules, if you are happy and feel comfortable in what you are wearing then you have made the perfect choice!
Whilst I create 'collections' of bridal jewellery, many of the pieces will mix and match perfectly. For example, if you love the Molly Bracelet, don't feel that you need to wear the Molly Earrings. If you prefer a longer style with more movement the Erin Earrings will compliment it perfectly.
You may choose a tiara to wear during the day, but would prefer something a little less formal for the evening party, some brides choose to remove their tiara and replace it with some sparkly hair pins or a comb.
Don't feel that you need to select only traditional colours such as white, ivory or cream for your bridal jewellery. Small additions of colour can be subtle and compliment your chosen colour theme perfectly. The Mary Pearl Hair Pins can be made in a range of colours or why not choose the Bella Shoe Clips - with their light sapphire Swarovski crystal they will also cover your 'something blue'! 
Choosing your Hair Accessories.....
Tiaras
A tiara is not something that you wear every day so it may be useful to have a chat with your hairdresser to establish the style that you will be wearing your hair in, this will then give you an idea of the type of hair accessory that you choose to wear. There are many choices available, so if you prefer not to go down the traditional route of wearing a tiara, why not look at combs or hair pins or a combination of both?
Tiaras can be created in many different styles, from the more traditional, such as the Martha or Connie Tiara, to a side tiara, such as the Marian Side Tiara or for the ultimate sparkle, the LexiSide Tiara all of these give completely different looks to the hair. Tiaras are suitable for a range of hair styles, whether wearing the hair up or down.
Combs
Combs are a perfect alternative to a tiara, still creating a pretty feature to the hair, though in a more subtle way. A comb can be worn in an 'up' hair style placed in the back or if wearing the hair down, it can be simply swept up to the side. The Lily Comb is a beautiful design which looks so elegant bridal hair, or for something a little more simple, the Lottie Comb would look look why not try some of the mini combs, such as the Ruth or Chloe Mini Combs. These are sold in sets of three and can be dotted around the hair and even combined with some hair pins for extra sparkle!
Hair Pins
Hair Pins can add a really pretty and delicate look to the hair, simply dotted around they are ideal to be worn alone or they can add an extra feature if combined with a comb or tiara. Hair pins are only suitable if wearing the hair up as they would not hold in loose hair, however if you like the look of hair pins but are wearing your hair down a suitable alternative is the hair grip. All of the hair pins can be created on a hair grip, simply let me know in the message box at checkout. As hair pins disappear into the hair showing only the embelishment these come in one standard colour, however hair grips are more noticeable in the hair so they are available in both blonde and brown colours.
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Hair Vines
Hair Vines are a more recent addition to the Bridal Collection and are certainly proving very popular with brides to be who visit the studio. They are the perfect choice for those looking for an alternative to the traditional tiara and are amazingly versatile - The LilyRosie and Cora Vines are attached to pretty satin ribbon and can be worn 'hair band' style or across the forehead 'boho' style (or you could remove the ribbons and weave the vine into your bridal hair, securing with hair grips. Shorter style vines such as the Marian and Sophie are also incredibly versatile, instead of ribbons they have simple loops to secure using hair grips. The Rebecca Hair Wrap also gives a similar look to the Hair Vines.
Style of dress.....
If your dress is heavily embellished then you may want to keep your jewellery simple, maybe a delicate pendant and small simple drop earrings. Likewise if your dress is simpler in style you can wear more detailed jewellery. Remember, your wedding jewellery should always compliment your dress rather than compete with it.         
Strapless
Most styles of jewellery will suit this dress so  you can really have lots of fun playing with ideas; a delicate necklace such as the Evelyn Chain or ConniePendant or if you prefer the look of a full row of pearls try the Lorna Necklace. A pair of drop earrings would look lovely such as the Molly or Evelyn or for more movement, the Erin or Pippa. All ranges of bracelet would be suitable, however if you are wearing the Evelyn pendant and Earrings, why not complete the look with the Evelyn Bracelet. 
One Shoulder
This style of dress does not need a necklace as it can detract from the feature of the dress, instead focus on a statement bracelet and earrings. A Bracelet should be worn on the opposite arm to the shoulder strap, try a chunkier style, such as the Lorna Bracelet or the Ella Cuff for extra sparkle and detail. Any style of earrings could be worn as they won't be competing with a necklace, why not choose a style with movement, such as the ErinRubie or Pippa earrings?
High Neck
As with the one shoulder dress, a high neckline would not suit a necklace, therefore focusing on a bracelet and earrings would be a good choice. A detailed bracelet, such as the Olivia or Adele Bracelet. Earrings should be kept simple, particularly if there is a lot of detail on the bodice of the dress. The Evelyn Earrings are simple in design but still have the little sparkle form the swarovski, or the Amy Earrings which are one of the shortest of the drop earrings in the bridal collection. If you prefer a stud style earring, the Lois, featuring freshwater pearls are such a pretty choice. 
Sleeves
If your dress has long sleeves wearing a bracelet is not neceessary as it will not be noticeable with the sleeve detail. Instead focus on other pieces of jewellery, such as earrings and a necklace. The Daisy Necklace is an elegant drop style featuring the gorgeous lustre of freshwater pearls and swarovski crystal for a hint of sparkle. If you like the idea of freshwater pearls but prefer a more classic style, the Isla Necklace would be a lovely alternative.
Matching earrings are also available to complete your look.
Halterneck
Wearing a necklace with a halter neck can confuse the neckline so it is probably best to avoid a necklace unless you choose a simple pendant such as the Lorna or Evelyn which would add a subtle touch to the neckline. Focus on statement earrings and a bracelet, any style would be suitable, though if you are not wearing a necklace then longer style drop earrings would be a good choice, such as the ErinRubie or Freya Earrings.
Sweetheart
A sweetheart neckline would suit most styles of jewellery. A simple pendant, such as the Evelyn or Pippa would compliment the shape perfectly, along with matching drop earrings and bracelet to complete the look.
Off the Shoulder
This style of dress would suit a classic round necklace, such as the Lucy Necklace or Lorna Necklace. A delicate bracelet, such as the Chloe or Lola would be a lovely addition, along with simple drop earrings.
 
Other Accessories.....
Should you wish to add a little extra detail to your dress, why not choose one of Eva-Mae Jewellery's Sashes - these create a beautiful finishig touch to your dress and all are handbeaded and finished on luxury satin ribbon.
Shoe Clips 
These make a perfect alternative to buying a pair of wedding shoes that you probably won't wear again, instead why not attach clips to a coloured pair of shoes, providing you with the look of weding shoes, whilst still enabling you to wear the shoes again.
These can be worn in many ways either attached to your dress, in a bouquet or even attached to ribbon and worn in the hair. They also make a lovely keepsake of your special day.
 
As mentioned previously these are by no means the rules when choosing your jewellery, in fact perhaps the only rule that I would recommend you follow is that you love what you choose and feel comfortable wearing it - then you will have definitely made the right choice!
All of the Collections are available to view and purchase through the website, however you may prefer to make an appointment to visit the studio where you will have the opportunity to see everything in 'real life' and have fun trying on as many pieces as you wish. 
A bespoke serviceis also available, working with you to create a special piece of jewellery just for you!
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your ideas or to book a studio appointment
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