A Guide to Wedding Jewelry: Which Bride Are You?

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By Raleigh Burgan May 11, 2016 7:17 PMTags
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Today's bride is faced with many (read: many, many) choices.

It's up to you to pick a location, choose who to invite, design your invites, choose table settings, map out the seating chart (so your friend who used to date your other friend isn't sitting at the same table with her and her new SO), then after all that—and so much more—you have to pick out what you're going to wear. And because not every bride is alike, it's important to nail down your personal (or preferred) style before the big day—especially when it comes to your accessories.

Enter: the below wedding jewelry guide. Keep scrolling for gorgeous visuals as well as crazy-helpful tips on choosing the right bling for you and your bridal personality.

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Princess Bride

She's all about the glam. Her dress is most likely a ballgown and her incredible, intricate updo is on point. If you relate to her best, don't be afraid to lay on the jewels and in the words of Rihanna, "Shine bright like a diamond."

Pro Tip: When it comes to matching your metals to your dress, keep in mind that silver is universal in that it works with all wedding dress shades: stark white, off-white, etc. If you're planning on going with gold, make sure you try everything on together before the big day.

Kenneth Jay Lane Rhodium-Plated Cubic Zirconia Earrings, $50; Swarovski Fit All-Around Necklace, $300

Tacori RoyalT Engagement Ring, $4,990; Blue Nile Milgrain Marquise and Dot Diamond Ring, $750; Nadri Small Tennis Bracelet, $120; Marchesa Faux Pearl Hinge Bracelet, $68; Judith Jack Boxed Skinny Pave Hinge Bangle, $60 

Boho Bride

She's all about being au naturel when it comes to the day of. Something sheath, not form-fitting, is more her style of dress and she's not afraid to play with different gem stones (other than diamonds). Bring on earthy-toned jewelry, long necklaces and one rockin' engagement ring (because chances are she won't want a wedding band).

Pro Tip: It's likely you'll be wearing some sort of flower crown or headpiece on the day, so plan your hairstyle around that statement piece.

Abbey's Blooms Woodland Delicate White Rose Flower Crown, $31; Panacea Stone & Crystal Hoop Earrings, $22; Topshop Semi Precious Multirow Necklace, $22 

Jennie Kwon Crown Ring, $835; Ruxi Tirisi Set of 3 Bracelets, $115

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City Hall Bride

She's the opposite of an attention-seeker. Everything she does and wears on the day is going to be minimal and dainty. It's not about the production; it's just about the love.

Pro Tip: Even small statements are statements, so when it comes to choosing your accessories, make sure everything looks cohesive and don't stack on too much.

Vrai & Oro Line Stud Earrings White Gold, $70; Catbird Jewelry Chained to My Heart Necklace, $288

1909 by Erica Weiner Machine Age Ring, $1,500; Catbird Classic Wedding Bands, $230; Melanie Auld Pave Bar Cuff, $115

Metropolitan Bride

She's edgy in her own right—wearing a sleek mermaid or trumpet-style gown to show off her curves. When it comes to jewelry, she's not one for dainty pieces. It's all about strength and power in the statements she makes.

Pro Tip: Strong lines are what make you happiest. Pick one major statement piece, whether it be an ear crawler or necklace, then have everything else follow a similar shape.

Marchesa Drama Crystal Ear Crawler & Stud Earring, $78; Poppychain Minimal Flat Wire Open Cuff, $35

X Revolve Exclusive Love Stone Ring, $42; Loren Stewart Band Set, $275; Bling Jewelry Criss Cross x Cuff, $30

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Shabby Chic Bride

She has a thing for vintage-inspired pieces and a DIY spirit. Her tea-length wedding dress is playful and fun just like her mason jar centerpieces filled with wild flowers and baby's-breath. 

Pro Tip: Costume-esque jewelry can be quite chic (and, sometimes, inexpensive). Just make sure all your metals match!

H&M Hairband, $13; Marchesa Faux Pearl & Crystal Cluster Drop Earrings, $58; Zara Pack of Crystal Necklaces, $30

Tiffany & Co. Flower Ring, $2,850; Low Dome Comfort Fit Wedding Ring, $160; Givenchy Rose Goldtone Flex Bracelet, $78 

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