We are all looking for smart ways to save at the moment, so here are my top tips for saving precious pounds on your wedding accessories.
One key piece of jewellery can be very elegant and have much more impact than wearing the tiara, earrings, necklace, bracelet and hairpins from the same range. For example, a statement necklace needs no other adornment, and will probably cost less than three cheaper pieces put together.
Most friends or family would be very flattered to lend you something special to wear on your wedding day, so if you have always coveted your sister’s diamond earrings, drop some heavy hints! Its also worth asking a good friend who is already married if they have a tiara they could lend you – it’s probably sitting in a box somewhere and she’d be delighted to give it a second airing.
Hair pins and grips can be much more cost effective than a tiara, and can be grouped together to create a beautiful, contemporary look.
If you have time on your side and a creative streak, have a go at making your own bridal jewellery. Search the internet for a workshop near you, or grab a copy of my book, Bridal Jewellery, and teach yourself. Rope your bridesmaids in, open a bottle of wine and have some fun.
Make your Own Bridal Jewellery
If people ask what you want for a wedding present, say bridal jewellery! When cash is tight this is the perfect way for you to get the accessories you have set your heart on, and for your loved ones to give you a special and sentimental wedding gift that will stand apart from the toasters and cutlery. Justify the expense by choosing jewellery you can wear again! We all know about cost per wear, you just need to convince your fiancé now
You may have heard about the Yarwood-White Press Sample Sale. A press sample is a piece of jewellery that has been worn by a model in a fashion show or photo shoot. It obviously isn’t brand new, but is still in excellent condition. It’s a great way to have the jewellery you want for your wedding day, without blowing the budget. Press samples are available online and sell very quickly, so if you see something you like, snap it up quickly!
If after all this advice you still need to save money, consider knocking a couple of people off the guest list!
Thanks go to Erica Higgins at Yarwood-White Jewellery for these tips.
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