By Mary- Jane O’Regan
Azure Jewellery specialises in exquisite handmade jewellery, bridal jewellery and bridal hair accessories, all of which are handcrafted in their studio in the heart of Cork City.
You have found your dream gown; you are loving the location of the venue and you have chosen the bigger details of your big day. The next step is choosing your accessories. We know the dress is the star of the show, but nothing sets off the perfect dress better than some exquisite headpieces. We just adore Azure. Nestled in its new home on Georges Quay in Cork for almost two years the team is quite simply super talented. Audrey the amazing owner has seen her headpieces on television, on some of Irelands best loved celebrities like Celia Holman Lee and Cork internet and business superstar Just Jordan. There is nothing that the team cannot create. They even offer a bespoke service also and work with brides to create their vision and perfect look for their big day.
You don’t need a veil, tiara, earrings, necklace and a sash. Accessories add a unique touch to your look—which we love—but one too many can be OTT or tacky. We have to say though that a gal can never have too much Azure and they do the most incredible occasion pieces too.
We have some top tips for choosing your bridal accessories:
- As a rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy opulent tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing/ beading —gold may clash with brighter white shades and look quite garish.
- You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown—this barely off-white colour looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. It works so well with Irish skin tones.
- If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colours of your accessories. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a headpiece, necklace, or earrings with a platinum base.
- Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with updos than others. Also remember that dainty pieces look great in fine hair but if you are planning a bouncy style, you’ll need to choose something less subtle.
- Headbands are a great way to add flair to your wedding updo, be it a sleek bun or loose ponytail. But if headbands aren’t quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins for some extra flamboyance.
- If your dress is V-neck or plunge, consider wearing a neckpiece. Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style cries for a little décolletage decoration.
- If your dress is sweetheart or strapless, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look or add a splash of colour. Try using a meaningful gem, like topaz for “something blue” or maybe your partners’ birthstone. You could also use a hue from your bouquet or your bridesmaids’ outfits.
- Although it’s a special day, there is no need to stray too far from your normal style. If you rarely wear jewels, there’s no need to bring it up on your wedding day. The goal is to look and feel like the best, most beautiful yet comfortable version of your fine self.
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Mary- Jane O’Regan Hi Style Editor