What Jewelry Should You Wear?Start your wedding jewelry selection by looking at your wedding dress. If it is low- to mid-cut, a single strand of pearls or a fine chain and lovely pendant will work well. Avoid neck jewelry on a higher-cut dress bodice; the necklace may get caught in the fabric, or might fall behind it and remain hidden just when you'd like your guests to see it. Chokers can work for mid-height, but not very high necklines.
An old rule stated that one should never wear a bracelet with gloves, but bridal experts are beginning to see just the opposite. A pearl or silver bracelet can be exquisite (and quite trendy!) on one gloved arm. For earrings, try to follow the style of your dress; long drop earrings with a sheath gown, for example, or natural-look silver or gold leaves and flowers for a simple, flowing frock.
Complementing Your Wedding WearYou probably chose your gown to reflect the general feel of your Vermont wedding; you'll want to do the same with your wedding jewelry. An autumn wedding in a garden overlooking Lake Champlain calls for a gorgeous antique-lace shawl over a billowing gown, while the Vermont springtime allows breezy, flowing fabrics paired with natural-look jewelry. For winter, go larger with your jewels to offset heavier wedding fabrics and trim.
If your general look is woody, natural and charming, choose natural materials for your wedding jewelry; polished wooden insets, natural pearls and darker, brushed (muted) golds and silvers. For an elegant garden tea-party style wedding, stay small: tiny cultured pearls, slender diamond drop earrings or a necklace with a geometric pendant are all great picks. For a lake or ocean theme, both popular in New England, try shells or shell shapes.