Attending New York Bridal Week as a very, very single woman is both exhilarating and depressing. On one hand, I love wedding gowns, and I’d say that marathoning Say Yes to the Dress is an easy three on my list of Top 5 Things To Do With My Free Time. But, on the other, very obviously ring-less hand, my perpetual singleness (singlehood? Singledom?) means that I won’t actually be looking for my own wedding gown for a very long time. However, by virtue of my love for shiny things, I am able to shop for plenty of pieces of jewelry that, believe or not, would totally work for a wedding. I mean, sure, my crystal statement necklace has nothing on, say, Heather’s custom-designed engagement ring, but it’s still glamorous, okay?
And, since I operate on a writer/editor’s salary, I got nearly all of my jewelry (save for the few pieces that were gifts) for under $100! You can too, you know. So, in honor of bridal week, I thought I’d round up some inexpensive wedding jewelry for all you brides-to-be out there (or, you know, weird single people like who just love wedding stuff). Please note that there are no rings on this list because I am of the firm opinion that there should be no rings worn at weddings other than the engagement ring and wedding band, so, you know, you can go here, here, or here to find rings.
Read on to shop my picks!
I love the idea of a glitzy statement necklace with a strapless dress, especially one with a sweetheart neckline or one that allows for the necklace’s shape to be fully visible.
I also love pearls for weddings, so you’ll be seeing a lot of pearls on this list. Consider yourself warned. A choker is a good choice for someone who has a lot of detail on the top half of the dress and doesn’t want to distract from it, but is still adamant about wearing a necklace.
A delicate diamond necklace is always wedding-appropriate.
For all you Roaring ’20s brides out there.
I imagine that a bride who doesn’t necessarily want to go in the traditional white direction would like this necklace. It would go perfectly with a blush pink dress.
I like the meaning behind lotus flower on this bracelet: the lotus signifies the progression of the soul, inspiring us to rise out of darkness into enlightenment. I’m not a particularly spiritual person, but I do believe that marriage is supposed to bring out our best selves, and, in a way, bring us out of any darkness of our pasts. Overly-sappy couples don’t their significant other their “light” for no reason, after all.
It’s clean, simple, and perfect for the traditional, classic bride.
This is glamorous and blingy, but in a nice, subtle way. I can see this going well with a simple satin gown.
If you’re one of those women who’s planning an outdoor wedding where no one will be wearing shoes and everyone will be wearing flower crowns, I imagine you’ll love the earthy feel of this leaf bangle.
Opal isn’t just for the month of October. It’s one of the most beautiful stones out there, IMHO, and is therefore perfect for a wedding.
Everyone needs a Something Blue, right?
These are the perfect earrings for a half-up hairstyle—they’re pretty and big enough that you’d want to show them off, but not so big that you’d want to pull all of your hair back to show them off.
If you’re wearing a gown with a higher-neck, I recommend wearing post earrings. Otherwise, you run the risk of things looking just a bit too crowded near your face.
I love the antique-y feel of these. They’re a great choice for anyone wearing a family-heirloom gown, or just one with a more vintage feel.
Really, you can never go wrong with simple, delicate, drop earrings, and, as promised, there are more pearls.