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7 Tips for accessorizing with pearls on your wedding day

Whether you're opting for real or faux pearls, these beautiful accessories will make your bridal look come together in an effortlessly stylish way...
7 Tips for accessorizing with pearls on your wedding day

Pearls are timeless and iconic accessories, and wearing them on your wedding day will make for a classic bridal look.

In this post, we’ll have a look at some useful tips for accessorizing with pearls on your big day…

7 Tips for accessorizing with pearls on your wedding day

Shopping for your bridal look is just one of the many details you need to plan out for your wedding day.

For a complete set of worksheets to plan out your bridal look, makeup, hair, as well as styles for your bridal party, have a look at the very (VERY!) comprehensive wedding planner to help you with it all!


Pearls can be both risky or wonderful, depending on how you incorporate them on your wedding day. Here are the best tips for accessorizing with pearls on your special day:

1. YOU have to really like it

Choosing pearls for your wedding simply because of tradition or obligation, is not the right reason for you to have it in the first place.

If pearls aren’t your thing, then it isn’t. You can easily swap out pearls for crystals, beads, gemstones, and semi-precious stones.

Pearl T bar necklace by BossaJewels on Etsy

2. Consider your wedding style and theme

Pearls can be used to make your vintage wedding even more vintage. Also, if you’re doing a full-on theme like the 1920’s/Gatsby theme, or a French Versailles theme, then you simply have to include pearls in the decor. So, when it comes to your bridal look, you can complement this style.

3. Pearls can also be modern...

Dainty jewelry, modern designs, and minimalist pieces can be great additions to your wedding look, regardless of the theme or style you want to convey. I’ve mentioned at the beginning of this post that pearls won’t ever go out of style. You can flaunt a gorgeous hairpiece or set of earrings with as much or as little pearls as you’d like.

Multi-color Tahitian Pearl Tin Cup Necklace | Solid 18kt Yellow Gold Chain by OceanRhyme on Etsy

4. Move away from tradition

There’s an age-old tradition that rings “you never buy pearls for yourself, only others can buy them for you”. Well, this is me giving you permission to break free of that rule, and get yourself something pretty for your wedding day!

Mother Of Pearl Pendant by TheNecklaceShopIN on Etsy

5. Less is more

Even though pearls are among #alltheprettythings, you don’t need a full set of pearl-inspired jewelry to look beautiful on your wedding day. Don’t take away from your natural beauty by decorating like a Christmas tree. Rather, select one or two complimentary pieces and opt for something tiny to complete the look. For example, I would choose a bold necklace, dainty earrings, and a fully embellished hair vine.

If you are still shopping for those perfect pearl accessories for your wedding day, have a look at this post.

6. Consider your budget

If you can’t afford the real version of a string of pearls, a faux one can look just as pretty with the right combo. 

Also, choose your accessories wisely if you’re on a tight budget, because if it doesn’t work with your bridal look, then you’ll need to get something else. 

Dainty Pearl Drop Necklace by delezhen on Etsy

7. Pearls make great gifts

And finally, consider buying beautiful pearl accessories or jewelry for your bridesmaids. These can be given to them when you ask them to be part of your bride squad, or simply as a thank-you gift for having them as part of your bridal party.

White pearl with 18k Solid gold necklace by FineJewelryRU on Etsy

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by Tanya Guilfoyle

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tanya has been an active contributor and planner in the wedding industry since 2016. When not writing useful content for brides and wedding professionals, she can be found designing templates for her Etsy shop, TWCprintables