Fashion, style, and jewelry trends are ever changing. Part of the fun of following trends is watching them evolve, seeing which trends are just a flavor of the week and which ones become timeless styles. We enjoy embracing these new trends as a means of developing our own style. However, there are certain platforms where style experimentation should be approached with extreme caution. When it comes to weddings, there are certain guidelines we should consider before jumping into the deep end of fashion and jewelry trends.

There is a certain etiquette or protocol surrounding how to incorporate fashion, style, and jewelry trends into a wedding, whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest. If you’re a bride, the guidelines for what jewelry trends to incorporate into your wedding are more ambiguous. As the bride, you get to determine the style and theme for your wedding aesthetic, though there are certain things to consider before incorporating a trend. Is this a trend that you truly love or is it a passing fancy that you’ll regret when you look at your wedding photos years from now? If you suspect it’s the latter, check in with your bridesmaid, or your maid of honor, for some feedback. In this case, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry in your jewelry trend choices.

Bridesmaids on the other hand must respect the choices of the bride. You can make kind suggestions at appropriate times, like when you all are dress shopping, but coming in at the eleventh hour demanding that the bride incorporate a specific trend is not acceptable. Remember to always check with the bride if you think your fashion choices might distract her in any way.

As a guest, you have a lot more leeway but should also consider the bride and how your jewelry choices will look in photos years down the line. Whatever trend you’re interested in showcasing at the wedding, there are three things to remember: 1) Will it distract or detract from the bride? 2) Err on the side of caution, and 3) Less is more.

If you suspect that your jewelry choice is too lavish and could potentially distract the bride or take attention away from the bride, then you should opt for something more subdued. However, if you feel that your style choice is too good to keep at home, then check out a couple fashion blogs to see how the jewelry trend is paired. Finally, if you’re interested in showcasing the latest jewelry trends, make sure to pick just one and incorporate it in a subtle way.