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Tips to choose the right Necklace for your wedding dress

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Once you have purchased the perfect wedding dress, it is time to start looking for matching accessories. This may seem like an easy task, but it is not too different from your experience of buying a wedding dress. While you do not have to research or plan for months, you must realize that there are plenty of options in wedding accessories, and that is all it takes to end up confused.

One fact you should remember when choosing any accessory is that it should work with the wedding dress, not against it. Wearing it should enhance your wedding dress and not distract from it. If you have chosen a dress with plenty of details like sparkling crystals and embellishments, go with simple accessories to avoid looking like a glittering maze. On the other hand, if your dress is relatively simple, you can choose bold accessories and thus dress it up.

In this article, we will look at an essential wedding dress accessory – the necklace! Since a chain will be displayed prominently, let us find out how to choose one that will properly complement your wedding dress.

Dress neckline and matching necklace

Not all wedding dresses need a necklace. For example, if your dress has an embellished neckline with gorgeous detailing, skip the chain altogether. Instead, pair it with statement earrings or crystal drops to complement the look. Learn more about crystal and their meaning at, if your dress features halter straps or if the neckline is a high cut square, bateau or scoop, adding a necklace can make it seem crowded.

A strapless or sweetheart neckline, as well as one with spaghetti straps, calls for a necklace, as your decolletage may seem a little plain without anything to adorn it.

The necklace that complements the dress colour

If your dress is ornate and has plenty of details, choose a small and delicate necklace to match. If your gown is ivory, you can opt for gold or rose-toned jewelry. For diamond and white gowns, compare it with silver, platinum or pearl jewellery. You can also choose coloured stones with any of these options, as long as it is set in a complementary metal colour. If your wedding gown is coloured, you would have to pay more attention to finding a complementary neckpiece that doesn’t clash with the colour of your gown.

Necklace designs that match your build

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When you choose your necklace, it should match your dress and look suitable for you. Lower the dress neckline, the longer your chain should be. Opt for rhinestones or coloured gemstone necklaces for a polished, sophisticated effect or a string of pearls for a soft, feminine touch. Pearls are a perfect match for delicate lace dresses and vintage styles, while modern dresses benefit from contemporary necklaces, pendants and statement jewellery.

If you have well-toned shoulders and collar bones, don’t hide it behind a thick choker. Instead, accentuate it with a long chain. A long necklace also works if you have a wide neck and want to elongate your neck and torso. Don’t wait till your wedding day to try on your wedding jewellery with your dress. Make sure you are comfortable with how you look, and you are bound to be a beautiful bride.

For more valuable wedding tips and advice, as well as for all your wedding shopping needs, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Trend alert: Dreamy Illusion necklines to transform you into a real beauty

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Finding the right wedding dress is mostly about choosing the right silhouette that flatters your figure. However, there are certain other details that can make all the difference between looking good and looking fantastic. The neckline, length of sleeves, skirt length and type of train have a huge role in determining the total effect of how you look. You can play up or play down your total look, by choosing them appropriately.

The illusion neckline is a runway hit for 2015, and it is with good reason. The pattern has a unique charm that makes it a showstopper. Let us take a closer look at this trend, which has taken the bridal world by storm.

What is the illusion neckline?

This neckline basically combines a strapless bodice with an overlay of lace or sheer, to create a second neckline above the one that belongs to the bodice. Although the bodice may feature any neckline beneath the sheer layer, the prettiest illusions are those created by sweetheart, boat and scoop necklines.

The highlight of this design is in it’s ability to create an air of mystery. Over the years, illusions have been perfected and now it incorporates several elements such as floral lace motifs, embellishments and embroidery to add more style. It is surprising how a simple wedding dress can be elevated to a fabulous one by the addition of this single element.

Extending the illusion neckline into sleeves and a sheer back for more drama

Certain wedding dresses with this neckline also feature illusion sleeves. Whether they are cap sleeves, three-fourth or full sleeves, the result is always stunning.

Take a look at this dress from the Mori Lee Bridal Spring 2015 collection. It is a magnificent design that makes the most of the enchanting sheer effect, by incorporating it into the neckline, sleeves and back.

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Here, a sheer bateau neckline stretches over a sweetheart bodice. Further, the illusion sleeves are adorned with floral lace motifs. At the back, a wonderful effect is created with floral motifs embracing the torso, and a single train of fabric buttons travel all the way down to the derriere.

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Benefits of sporting the illusion look

The sheer neckline is very versatile, and it can be carried off by brides of almost any body shape. Unlike strapless designs that tend to slip and move, the additional layer of sheer holds the bodice in place, and is comfortable that way. The sheer layer can easily convert a strapless design into a more modest choice, rendering it suitable for traditional events too.

Another factor is that with an embellished illusion neckline, you needn’t worry about finding a neck piece to complete your look. The details on the sheer fabric photograph beautifully, with the underlying fabric barely visible in the pictures.

The illusion neckline is your choice if you want to look elegant, classic and sophisticated, while still allowing your sexy side to shine through. Check out the bridal collection at Best for Bride for more fantastic wedding dress that feature this fabulous detail.