Attending the wedding of a close friend or family member is a special privilege. Undoubtedly you want to look and feel great on this happy day. But what jewelry should guests wear? Here are a few etiquette do's and don'ts to help you choose the perfect piece for any wedding.
1. Don't Overshadow the Couple
Every wedding party member and guest should keep one fundamental rule in mind: the wedding day is not about you. Even though the happy couple is certainly excited to have you there, they should remain the stars of the show. Guests may want to select smaller, simpler, or fewer pieces of jewelry to avoid drawing too much attention to themselves.
2. Do Play With Colors
Most women know that it's considered taboo to wear white to another woman's wedding. But did you know that this extends to white or clear gems? Diamonds (and gems like diamonds) are traditionally reserved for the bride. The good news is that you're encouraged to have fun with colors instead. Look at this as an opportunity to get a new gemstone, try colors outside your comfort zone, or find something surprising.
3. Don't Wear Noisy Jewelry
Test out your jewelry by wearing it and walking around, sitting and rising, and even dancing before the wedding. The last thing you want is to arrive late to the ceremony and have all eyes drawn to the jingling of your large necklace as you walk to a seat. Save noisy jewelry for another time.
4. Do Consider the Setting
Before you select any jewelry, think about what you know about the wedding setting and location. Is it a beach wedding? A rustic mountain event? Formal and elegant? A backyard barbeque? All these venues and styles call for different types of wedding jewelry. Some nuptials may warrant bold and fun costume jewelry while others might go best with a classic fine gem.
5. Don't Be Afraid to Ask
Finally, don't be afraid to ring up a friend of the couple or the couple themselves and ask questions. If you're not sure about the style of the wedding, for instance, ask for details before choosing your jewelry. Want to match the color scheme? Email or text a contact for suggestions. The couple will appreciate your attention to their interests.
Where to Start
Ready to start finding the perfect wedding guest accessories using these tips? Visit a fine jewelry retailer in your area to learn more about options and get help from a professional. No matter what you choose, you're sure to have a great day celebrating your friends' love story.