Though wedding etiquette dislikes guests looking good enough to possibly upstage the bride, we will quietly avert our eyes when it comes to the rehearsal dinner, and in particular, accessories. The rehearsal dinner is attended only by the bridal party and out-of-town guests, which creates an interesting dynamic. On the one hand, this is an intimate setting; on the other, it is the only chance the bridesmaids have to choose their own ensemble. Additionally, for those who have traveled a long distance to attend the wedding, it is a kind of first impression opportunity to show off to those they have not seen in a while. Here, jewelry designer Sarah Stephens offers a few tips on how to accessorize – subtly.
1. Pair Fun Earrings with Conservative Clothes
The one thing wedding etiquette won’t give you a break on at the rehearsal dinner is showing way too much skin. So leave the samba gown at home and opt for something more conservative, but also flattering. Then spice it up with jewelry that allows you to express yourself. Choose earrings replete with sparkling gemstones – there are gemstones out there in every color to match every dress – and find a style that works with your face shape and hairdo. We suggest cascade earrings for long faces, chandelier earrings and big hoops for oval faces, and cluster drops for round faces.
2. Don’t Overlook the Bracelet
Large, sparkling necklaces can often be too bold for a situation like a rehearsal dinner, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your favorite pendant at home. Bracelets that feature one or two gemstones in a pattern, as charms, or as a single pendant allow you to don your signature bling without overwhelming the entire outfit or drawing too much attention off the couple-to-be. We guarantee the people at your table will notice it, and you’ll win a few points with the etiquette Goddess as well.
3. Shine Your Own Ring
Just because your own wedding took place some time ago (or has yet to happen) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t highlight your own finger bling, or any other jewelry for that matter. Sparkle comes from the way the light hits and reflects off the gemstone surfaces. If those surfaces are dirty, the reflection won’t be as strong, making the jewelry look dull or old. Wash gemstones with a soft cloth, mild soap and water. Oxidized or tarnished gold and sterling silver can be cleaned with household toothpaste and a soft cloth. Pearls maintain their luster through your body’s natural oils, so wear them often. Check out this jewelry care guide for complete care and storage instructions.
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