Create inspiration boards, share ideas with your friends and wedding vendors, get feedback from brides like you, and lots more!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Trying to come up with the perfect bridal gift for your wedding party? Why not create "something blue" for them with this easy DIY earring tutorial? These would be a simple, sophisticated bridal earring option too.
Here's how to make your own "something blue" dangle earrings in about 15 minutes.
Materials:Earring hooks (pair) Geometric metal components (pair) Top-drilled teardrop beads (pair) 24-gauge wire (10+ inches) Flat-nosed pliers Round-nosed pliers Wire nippers
1. Pass the wire through the bead. Make sure there is at least 2" of tail on one side. You'll need this side to make the first wrap around the other end of the wire.
2. Bend both sides of the wire upwards, following the sides of the bead. The wire should cross over itself at the top of the bead.
3. Where the wire crosses over itself, use the flat-nosed pliers to bend the longer piece of wire so that it points straight up from the top of the bead.
4. Take the shorter piece of the wire and wrap it around the longer piece of wire twice. Use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the short wire off. If necessary, use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges on the clipped end.
5. Wrap the longer wire around one side of the round-nosed pliers to create a loop in the wire.
Now wrap the wire twice around the first wire that you wrapped. Like before, use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the wire off and use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges.
6. Using the flat-nosed pliers, open the earring hook.
Add the circle component and the wire wrapped bead and close the hook.
7. Repeat these steps for the second earring and you're all done!
Beautifully made beaded high neck Victorian style dogcollar choker with dripping crystal beads. Available in black jet or crystal. Adjustable closure. Perfect for your flapper or Downton Abbey costume, or for any occasion!
Before you and your significant other swap rings in front of your guests, give them the attention they deserve with a photo shoot. Below are some ideas to help you get creative!
1. Invitation Only
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Place your wedding rings on your wedding invitations, and focus in on the month of your nuptials. Frame the photograph for a cute momento to cherish for years to come.
2. Naturally Rustic
Photos by Morgan Trinker Photography
Hang the bands off of a small branch, or etch a design into a piece of wood for a more rustic and natural photograph.
3. Fruity Fun
Photos by (from left to right): Glass Jar Photography and Katie McGihon Photography
Add some bright colors to your ring photos by placing them on fruits like grapes or lemons. Just about any fruit will add a pop of personality to the picture!
4. If the Shoe Fits
Photos by (from left to right): Hazelnut Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography
A picture-perfect way to show off your bridal stilettos and gorgeous gems at the same time. We recommend shooting this before your walk down the aisle in case your heels get dirty.
Photos by (from left to right): Millie Holloman Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography
If you're exchanging vows by the water, grab some seashells for a festive photo op. Not by the beach but still feeling inspired? These decor elements definitely say summer wedding, so go for it anyways.
6. Flourishing Flowers
Photos by (from left to right): Katie McGihon Photography and Weston Neuschafer Photography
What a more beautiful way to display your wedding rings than by using flowers as the backdrop? Whether you place them on the stem or at the center of the petals, the pictures are sure to exude romance!
7. Extra! Extra!
Photo by Natalie Franke Photography
Read all about it! Pick up the local paper on the day of your wedding and use it as a fun backdrop for your ring shot! Make sure the date is clearly visible.
8. A Novel Idea
Photos by (from left to right): Kaysha Weiner Photography and Katie McGihon Photography
If you and your significant other are self-proclaimed bookworms (or if you just love book decor), then this is the perfect photo backdrop for you.
NEXT: 8 Picture Perfect Ways to Display Your Dress
Looking for a wedding day present or anniversary gift that will commemorate your special day? These simple, sentimental gold pieces will definitely do the trick -- and we bet she'll wear them as often as she wears her engagement ring.
Related: Browse Engagement Ring Photos
Yes, it's crazy expensive. But the way this simple bracelet works is so romantic we had to include it: the gifter puts it on the giftee, locks it with the screwdriver, and then holds on to the screwdriver. Think of it as a more modern twist on the "he hold the key to my heart" symbolism. Love Bracelet, from $6350 at Cartier.
A modern, minimalist (not to mention highly affordable!) way for her to wear your anniversary around her neck. Numerical Pendant, $28 each at BaubleBar.
Commemorate the first kiss, where you got engaged, or even where you exchanged vows with this gorgeous bracelet. Lattitude and longitude are listed on the outside, and a custom engraved message can be added on the inside. Meridian Bracelet, $214 at Coordinates Collection.
Make like newly married Kaley Cuoco and wear your wedding date on a calendar around your neck. The Calendar Necklace, $675 at Dalla Nonna.
A cute little somethin' to give her on your wedding day so she can wear the letters of her new last name on your honeymoon. Gorjana Alphabet Stud Earrings, $30 on Amazon.
The perfect wedding day accessory. Keep it in your pocket, then slip it round her neck between the ceremony and reception. Kate Spade New York Say Yes Bridal Necklace, $78 on Amazon.
Chandelier earrings on your big day? So predictable. So to mix things up we've compiled a list of our favorite, anything-but-average studs -- and they'll all cost you less than $75.
You Might Also Like: Mint Earrings We Adore | 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100
1. For the retro bride who can't resist a bit of glitz.
Maharaja Ice Earrings, $36 at Baublebar.
2. For the Classic Bride.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Glass Stud Earrings, $32 at Bloomingdale's.
3. For the contemporary bride who still loves her sparkle.
Nadri Open Work Stud Earrings, $70 at Bloomingdale's.
4. For the glamorous bride-to-be.
B. Brilliant Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Pave Stud Earrings, $70 at Macy's.
5. For the nautical bride.
Giani Bernini Sterling Silver Twist Knot Earrings, $60 at Macy's.
6. For the winter bride.
Kenneth Cole New York Silver Tone Pave Round Stud Earrings, $24 at Macy's.
7. For the garden bride.
Betsey Johnson Rose Bud Stud Earrings, $25 at Macy's.
8. For the bride that's cute as a (pearl) button.
kate spade new york Skinny Mini Bow Stud Earrings, $48 at Bloomingdale's.
9. For the traditional bride.
RJ Gaziano Holiday Stud Earrings, $30 at Bloomingdale's.
10. For the edgy bride.
Rebecca Minkoff Long Bar Stud Earrings, $58 at Nordstrom.
11. For the boho bride.
House of Harlow 1960 Pave Leather Sunburst Stud Earrings, $55 at Nordstrom.
12. For the ready-to-be-married bride.
kate spade ny "Say Yes - Mrs." Stud Earrings, $48 at Nordstrom.
13. For the beach bride.
Bling Jewelry CZ Starfish Pave 925 Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $71 on Amazon.
13. For the princess (Di) bride.
Beaux Bijoux Sterling Silver Oval Blue Sapphire and CZ Princess Diana/Kate Middleton Earrings, $70 on Amazon.
15. For the holiday bride.
Bling Jewelry Winter Snowflake Micro Pave CZ Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $30 on Amazon.
16. For the blushing bride.
Crystal Fan Earrings, $38 at C. Wonder.
17. For the glam bride on a budget.
Croft & Barrow Simulated Pearl & Simulated Crystal Stud Earrings, $12 at Kohl's.
18. For the vintage bride.
Crystal Trumpet Drops, $22 at Jeweliq.
19. For the preppy bride.
Gem Pearl Earrings, $55 at J.Crew.
20. For the whimsical bride.
Reach for the Moonflower Earrings, $12 on ModCloth. (PS -- Click here for 8 more mint wedding earrings we adore.)
21. For the romantic bride.
Patterned CZ Studs, $17 from The Dessy Group.
22. For the downtown bride.
Kenneth Cole New York "Marquis Stone" Faceted Gem Stud Earrings, $24 on Amazon.
23. For the old Hollywood bride.
Emerald Astro Studs, $28 on BaubleBar.
24. For the Flower Child bride.
Freshwater Girl Earrings, $11 on ModCloth.
25. For the Rock 'n' Roll bride.
Vince Camuto Rose Gold and Crystal Pave Stud Earrings, $28 on Amazon.
We love these sweet little trinkets!
Blue Bijoux gold and crystal bow bracelet, $14 at Max & Chloe.
Dapper bottle stopper, $10 at BHLDN.
Glitter bow shoe clips, $20 at Ban.do.
Miss Dior Eau de Toilette, $75 at Sephora.
Dogeared Little Bow Earrings, $40 at Bloomingdale's.
Kate Spade Bow Terrace Cindy wallet, $229 at Piperlime.
Vickers Bracelet in Scarlett O'Hara, $58 at Kiel James Patrick.
Pink Couture iPhone 4 Case, $23.99 at Shop Ruche.
Pave bow necklace, $58 at Juicy Couture.
RELATED: Monogram Bridesmaid Gifts
Wedding dress designs are more elaborate than ever these days, often leaving little room for extra accessories. But what about the bride that can't live without her jewelry? Here's five fashion-forward dress neckline and jewelry pairings that definitely don't feel like they're trying too hard.
1. Tee Shirt Neckline + Statement Necklace
The beauty of being a bit more covered up on top is that you can go overboard on neck baubles. If your wedding dress fits more like a T-shirt, a major statement necklace will glam things up without sacrificing sweetness. Perfect Pairing: J. Crew's Dauphine gown and the Delight in What is Present necklace by Elva Fields ($238).
2. Sleek and Strapless + Long Earrings
Don't cover up those gorgeous collar bones with a big necklace! If your gown is sleek and strapless, show off glowing skin instead with delicate, dangling earrings. Sick and tired of chandeliers? Try a pair of drop down pendants instead. Perfect Pairing: Kenneth Pool Spring 2014 and Club Monaco's Long and Lean earring ($49.50).
3. Portrait Neckline + Monogram Necklace
For the romantic bride who's always looking for sentimental touches, we love the idea of accenting the curves of a lace portrait neckline with a delicate gold charm—especially if it's the first initial of her new last name. Perfect Pairing: Legends by Romona Keveza Spring 2014 and Peggy Li's Cursive Initial Necklace ($44).
4. Dramatic Collar + Demure Studs
An embellished halter makes a statement all on its own, but, if you really can't resist the extra flourish, find small stud earrings with the same finish as your collar. They'll add to the ornate effect without making you look like a medieval princess. Perfect Pairing: Lazaro Spring 2014 and the Teardrop Cluster Stud Earring by Sorrelli ($62.50).
5. Skinny Spaghetti Straps + Jeweled Headpiece
A jeweled headpiece is beautiful option for the Boho bride who wants to look a little funkier on her wedding day. Wear with dainty spaghetti straps for a carefree, beachy look. Perfect Pairing: Jim Hjelm Spring 2014 and Jennifer Behr's Delphinius Diadem Swarovski crystal headpiece ($425 at Net-a-Porter).
Related: Engagement Ring Inspiration | 9 Amazing Bridal Statement Necklaces
Follow the Jewelry Editor!
Delicate and modern, mint is a beautiful accent color choice for the fashion-aware bride that still wants to look feminine. And what better way to dress up your bridal look than with a pair of statement earrings? Here are eight pairs we're loving right now, with five coming in under $30!
1. Mint marquise drops, $25 at JewelIQ.
2. Pim + Larkin Mint Leaves stud earrings, $28 at Piperlime.
3. Kate Spade New York Fragment Cluster seaglass multi-colored stud earrings, $68 at Amazon.
4. Elizabeth Cole 'Fern' earring, $243 at Elizabeth Cole.
5. Blu Bijoux gold and mint rectangle earrings, $10 at Max & Cloe.
6. Heirloom Finds three oval drop gold tone and mint Cabochon dangle earrings, $12.99 at Amazon.
7. 'Merry-Go-Round' Earrings, $9.99 at ModCloth.
8. Loren Hope Petra earrings, $68 at Loren Hope.
Related: 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100 | 9 Statement Necklaces for Brides
Give your bridesmaids a little extra sparkle on your big day with some fun pieces of jewelry. We’ve rounded up our favorite bridesmaid jewelry looks for your inspiration! Bright Statement Necklaces You can’t go wrong with a fun, fresh pop of color! Photos by (from left): Jillian Mitchell, Jackie Cooper Photo Cluster Earrings These flatter all face shapes and look especially sophisticated and chic against a pulled-back ‘do. Photo by: Anne Robert Photography Cuff Bracelets We love the way these pretty cuffs complement the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Photo by: Geoff White Photography Costume Pearls Glam up those necklines with dramatic clusters of oh-so-lovely pearls. Photos by (from left): Ann Taylor, One Love Photography Cocktail Rings Your maids will be “cheers”-ing in style with these bold baubles! Photos by: Stephanie Williams
Check out our jewelry picks for every bridal style! Bohemian Go for leafy gold earrings or a necklace of loosely braided beads for a relaxed, boho-chic look. Photos by (from left): Natalie Neal Photography, Anjuli Paschall Glamorous Sparkle and drama are a must for a glam bride. Get the look with a glitzy bib necklace or diamond chandelier earrings. Photos by (from left): Sarah Seven, Jessica Lorren Organic Photography Classic Go with something understated and elegant, like a single strand of pearls or delicate diamond drops, for a timeless look. Photos by (from left): Jen + Ashley Photography, Abby Grace Photography Vintage An antique locket, a classic symbol of love and romance, is the perfect choice for a bride going for vintage style. Photos by (from left): Oh Darling! Photography, Luna Photo Preppy Go for pretty and polished with oversized rose-pink pearls or simple halo studs. Photos by (from left): Erin Hearts Court, Paper Antler Trendy We love a chunky, geometric neckalce or a stack of shiny silver bangles for a contemporary, experimental bride. Photos by (from left): Jagger Photography, Shoot in Love Whimsical Playful, daydreamy pieces like this light dew-drop cuff or trickling quartz earrings are lovely choices for a whimsical look. Photos by (from left): Mikan Designs, Jose Villa