5 Jewelry To-Do’s Before Your Wedding Day
Make sure you check these five important to-do’s off your list before saying “I Do” on the big day!
1. Engagement Ring
Your engagement ring is going to be one of the most precious pieces in your jewelry box- make sure you take care of it! Before your wedding day, make sure your ring is cleaned and polished. Depending on the duration of your engagement, it may need to be re-rhodium plated to get rid of any yellowing. While your ring is being cleaned, ask that the jewelers also check your stones- nothing would ruin your big day more than losing your big diamond in the midst of all the fun! Most importantly, make sure your insurance company has received a copy of the appraisal and that it’s been added to your insurance. Do this in advance- it would not be wise to take your engagement ring on an exotic honeymoon vacation without proper protection against theft!
2. Wedding Bands
A few months before your wedding day, the two of you should return to your local jeweler and search for wedding bands. Look for a jeweler with a large selection of both men’s and ladies bands so that both of you have a better chance of finding The Right Ring! Try to find a wedding band that complements your engagement ring- many women prefer to have a band that will sit flush with their engagement ring to avoid pinching or unsightly gaps. Don’t make the mistake of waiting till the last minute to look for bands! Allow for special ordering time before the wedding- many stores will only carry samples of men’s wedding bands. Once a customer chooses his style, the store must order it in his specific size. This process can take a few weeks, especially if you’re ordering a brand that makes each ring from scratch as they’re ordered.
3. Wedding Day Jewelry
The jewelery you choose to wear on your wedding day is extremely important- these are things that will be shared in every photograph. Don’t choose pieces that cause you to cringe in 20 years- ‘You wore THAT on your wedding day?’ Think of the staples and then choose pieces that best suit your personality and your wedding style. Diamonds and pearls are always hugely popular timeless choices. More often, women have elected to wear family heirlooms on the big day. Using vintage jewelry like your mother’s pearls or your great grandmother’s best diamond bracelet will make your wedding even more special. Even if you’re using jewelry accessories as your “something borrowed,” utilize your local jewelers’ talents! Even if you’re not buying something, many jewelers will be happy to clean your jewelry and check to make sure any prongs or clasps are still in top condition.
4. Bride/Groom Gifts for the Wedding Day
Many couples choose to give each other special gifts the morning of their wedding day. Some of our favorite bride and groom gifts are not surprisingly jewelry. We’ve seen grooms give their brides key pendants (as a symbol of the key to their hearts,) infinity symbol bracelets (as a symbol of their eternal love,) or Mrs. themed jewelry. A fine Swiss timepiece is the perfect gift for the groom on your wedding day. This is the watch he’ll put on every morning that reminds him of the joy he felt on his wedding day. It’s what he’ll check to make sure he gets to every teacher’s conference, school play, and little league game on time. It’s an heirloom he can one day pass onto your child on their wedding day. Need a kleenex yet?
5. Bridal Party Gifts
They’ve been with you every step of the way through the wedding planning process, and now’s your opportunity to thank them. Many brides choose to give their bridal party a small piece of jewelry that they can wear on the wedding day that they will still enjoy wearing for years to come. Simple pendants or stud earrings are always popular choices that will be enjoyed by most women regardless of their personal styles. A bar pendant like the one shown above is affordable, and you can even have them engraved to add a more personal note to the gift.