Wedding season is upon us. Unlike spring or winter, this time of year we see the blooming of jewelry and the changing of accessories depending on the dress code.
Dressing for such a joyous occasion is a fine art, no matter how you fit into the affair. In this blog post, we’re exploring traditions from around the world. And for those looking for engagement rings, designer wedding jewelry or gift ideas for grooms, there’s a Tateossian selection that’s wedding-ready.
The white dress, the tuxedo, the bridal party — although they may seem very similar, British and American weddings have slight differences. Most notably, it’s quite common for female guests to don hats at a British wedding, a fashion statement that the Royals help keep in style. The British ceremony is also considered less formal than its US equivalent. American brides throw both their bouquet and garter while British brides usually opt only for the former.
But in both cultures, the exchanging of wedding bands overlaps. More than just a declaration of weddedness, this tradition originated from the ancient Romans, who believed that the vein in the left ring finger, also known as the "vena amoris," ran directly to the heart.
Indian wedding ceremonies are known worldwide for their elaborate and vibrant celebrations, steeped in cultural and religious traditions that date back centuries. The ceremonies are usually multi-day affairs, filled with music, dance, food, and family, and they vary greatly depending on the region, religion, and customs of the couple and their families. The bride’s hands and feet are decorated with intricate henna designs. They often don heavy gold jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, as a symbol of prosperity and wealth.
In China, you’ll see the bride wear red as it's seen as a lucky colour and associated with happiness, love, and prosperity. Similar to Indian brides, they also stack on gold jewelry which complements the red of their gown.
In some African cultures, brides wear brightly coloured clothing and jewelry made of beads and shells. These pieces of jewelry are often handmade and unique, and they are passed down through generations. The jewelry is believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The bride isn’t the only decorated one as the groom showcases his new symbol as a husband with his own jewelry.
In Japan, the bride does wear white. For the big day, she puts on a traditional white kimono called a shiromuku, and elaborately styles her hair with combs and pins. She may also wear a traditional headpiece called a tsunokakushi, which is believed to symbolise her resolve to become a good wife. Japanese brides also often wear jewelry made of pearls, which are believed to represent tears of happiness.
While we primarily attend weddings to celebrate the couple, we cannot deny it’s a brilliant time to enjoy some dressing up. Occasions like these have a well-defined dress code and level of decorum — so it’s in your best interest to familiarise yourself, unless you’re okay to gamble with a tuxedo for a beach wedding.
For a formal or black-tie wedding, a dark suit or tuxedo is the preferred option. Cufflinks, a watch or a bracelet will be the better choice of accessories as a necklace would be lost beneath your collar.
A semi-formal invite still means a suit but a tie is up to your preference. An open collar begs for a necklace but layers would be too overpowering. A simple pendant will keep you looking sleek.
Casual affairs are an indication to leave the shirt studs at home. A crisp white shirt and smart trousers will still have you looking polished, and can be styled with most accessories that are appropriate for the weather and location.
Ultimately, the key to dressing for a wedding is to strike a balance between looking stylish and being respectful of the occasion. You can never go wrong with silver or gold but if you still want to add your own personality, opt for an interest piece that still retains a high level of refinement.
Groom, guest or gift — no matter what your role or intention is, there’s a Tateossian piece that is the right fit.
A wedding band and engagement ring should be the two pieces of jewelry that receive the highest level of consideration. They are the accessories that you’ll wear for the rest of your life, so it’s important to choose a design that you love and that reflects your personal style.
If you're looking for something that strikes a careful balance between unique and timeless, the Segreto ring collection is an excellent choice. Crafted in 18K white gold, this contemporary collection features a row of brilliant-cut white or black diamonds (0.25cts or 0.33cts) that are inlaid along the inside of the band for a subtle, hidden design.
Alternatively, the Signature Band is a wide band-style ring that proudly shows off your wedded bliss. The rhodium-plated sterling silver ring boasts a domed effect and a signature Tateossian diamond pattern around the edges, representing true luxury style. The rounded inner edges ensure a comfortable fit, which is necessary for something you plan to wear every day
Pearl jewelry for her
Pearls are the epitome of elegance, and there's no better time to embrace them than during wedding season. For those who want to step away from the traditional milky white string necklace, Tateossian is your oyster for pearlescent choices.
The Southsea Pearl collection celebrates the drop grey Tahiti pearl, an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster. It’s both classic and contemporary — and it’s a stunning choice for any formal occasion. The collection features three jewelry pieces for her: the Grey Tahitian Pearl and White Diamond Drop Earrings, the Grey Tahitian Pearl and White Diamond Bracelet and the Grey Tahitian Pearl and White Diamond Drop Necklace. Each piece is carefully crafted with 9K white gold and adorned with dazzling white diamonds. Put together they form a sophisticated and cohesive look, and worn alone they make a graceful statement.
For those looking to make a bold statement with their accessories, our signature gear cufflinks and tie clips prove small pieces can have a big impact.
The Silver Rhodium Plated Silver Diamond Gear Cufflinks are a true mechanical masterpiece, featuring our signature gears set with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and citrines. The rhodium-plated sterling silver case is adorned with 88 white diamonds, ensuring that they will turn heads when they catch the light.
Designer jewelry for every occasion
The time for toasting love has only begun so make sure your collection is prepared. Shop Tateossian accessories for every occasion including men’s diamond rings, tuxedo shirt studs, groom’s cufflinks and more.