Bridesmaids and other attendants are an important part of the overall look of your wedding day. This means that how you accessorize their outfits makes a difference. But while you want a cohesive and unified wedding party, you may also want to allow some freedom of choice. How can you marry these two goals? Here are four of the best approaches a bride or groom can take.
1. Visit the Jewelry Shop Together
Letting your attendants participate in the selection of their accessories helps everyone feel involved and express their personality. Plan a shared trip to the jewelry store to select from a group of pre-arranged choices you've already screened. Make a full day of this adventure by combining it with another group outing like brunch or an evening out.
2. Provide a Theme
If you want to let your attendants choose their own pieces, give them some parameters to work within so your look remains unified.
For instance, if your wedding is a casual, nature-focused outdoor affair, you might ask attendants to choose floral-based jewelry. Minimalist beach wedding? Have them opt for pearl-based items with a modern look. Using red and black as your colors? Give attendants swatches or dresses to match and an idea of the size or style you'd like them to use.
3. Match Your Own Elements
You could also have your attendants align with your style rather than with each others'. Is your jewelry all gold with pops of shiny diamonds? Then help the attendants to choose all gold jewelry with pops of either real or faux diamond. They can each express their style but will take their look from yours — thus creating a group that has you as the focus and harmonizing feature.
4. Buy For Them
Most brides and grooms know their attendants very well. If you feel that you know them all intimately enough that you "get" their style, consider buying their wedding jewelry as a gift. Taking this approach allows you to control the look of the wedding party and the budget for jewelry.
Just as importantly, though, this approach provides you an easy way to give each attendant a "thank you" gift for being at your wedding. For the most satisfying results, do your best to personalize each piece rather than buy everyone the same cookie-cutter jewelry item.
No matter how you plan to accessorize your wedding party, creating a harmonious look that matches everyone's personalities will make the day even more special. Want more ideas? Start by consulting with the staff at a jewelry shop in your area today.