Choosing Jewelry for Your Bridesmaids

Don't forget about your best girls standing beside you on the big day. Consider what jewelry might work for them.


Individual Looks

There is an emerging trend in bridesmaid dresses that has each girl wearing a different cut, and even color, within the same style family. This twist on tradition can also be seen in accessories and jewelry. Even if you're choosing a more traditional, matching look for your bridesmaids, take inspiration from this trend by letting each girl show her individuality with jewelry.

It's a good idea to set a few parameters for your bridal party. While you want them to have choices, make sure they're within a designated style guide. Some basics rules to follow include:
  • Avoid large statement jewelry – unless approved by the bride.
  • Nothing excessively flashy that draws too much attention.
  • Choose jewelry that compliments the general color palette and style of their dress.

You might also request that their jewelry be the same general shape or size. For example, asking your girls to wear long earrings vs studs, or that they each choose a necklace of a certain length. This results in a consistent look among the girls while still allowing their personal details to be incorporated.

Of course, if you prefer the bridal party to match their jewelry, that is perfectly acceptable. Make an afternoon of choosing jewelry with them, or perhaps even part of dress fitting day. Make sure that your choices flatter each girl and that you take their input into account.


Color Palette

One of the most important things to keep in mind is flattering the color of their dresses. In general, you'll want to choose jewelry that creates an attractive contrast. The best way to figure out what works is simply by trying on a variety of colors and styles. To get you started, here are some suggestions based on the most popular bridesmaid dress colors:

Corals & pinks:
  • Gold
  • Green gemstones
  • Blue gemstones
  • Pearls
Wine
  • Deep blue gemstones
  • Green gemstones
  • Gold
  • Silver
Mint
  • Silver
  • Pink gemstones
  • Pearls
Dark blue
  • Red gemstones
  • Green gemstones
  • Yellow gemstones
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Pearls
Mauve & purples
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Yellow gemstones
  • A lighter or deeper purple gemstone than the dress

Keep in mind that diamonds work for every color!


Consider a Special Gift

Many brides choose to gift their bridesmaids with a special piece of jewelry to wear at the ceremony, and hopefully beyond. Based on how they'll be styled, you could choose an individual piece of jewelry for each girl or give everyone the same thing. Remember, it's always a good idea to add an engraving to each gift. This is a meaningful gesture that not only shows how much you appreciate her support and friendship, but will also make her look and feel beautiful.