Expert advice about accessories

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Add a little sparkle

Add a little sparkle

Q. We're newly engaged and I wondered how my hubby-to-be and myself go about shopping for our big-day jewellery? He'd like a keepsake watch and I'd like some crystal earrings and a pearl necklace, plus we need to purchase our wedding bands. Any advice would be great!

A. Natasha Manley says: At Drakes, Plymouth we start by asking you as the bride a few questions to help you find your wedding jewellery such as how are you going to be wearing your hair on the day? Is your dress plain or sparkly? Do you want a matching set or different pieces? What is the neckline of your dress like? Will you be wearing your jewellery again after your wedding day or is it going to be something you just wear on your special day, and how would you like your wedding ring to sit with your engagement ring? All these questions will give our knowledgeable team an idea so that they can help.

How long in advance should the jewellery selection take place?
Wedding jewellery is often the last thing couples think about but at Drakes we believe the more time left between the purchase and your big day the better. When it comes to buying your wedding bands we would recommend buying them at least one month before your big day but ideally a few months before to allow for more flexibility. Buying them further in advance means that you can spread the cost over a period of time either with our Deposit Scheme or Interest Free Credit options. Buying your wedding bands earlier will also mean that you will have time to have something bespoke made if you can't find anything you love in store. The Drakes Jewellery Hospital are able to create shape-to-fit wedding rings that will sit perfectly with your engagement ring. Pricing of rings is also likely to change over time as the cost of different metal types fluctuates.

Do brides shop based on trends and celebrity trends or on their emotions and what they like and feel suits them?
Picking wedding jewellery is such a personal and individual experience that's often down to how the couple are feeling on the day. Wedding ring choices are also often determined by the style of the engagement ring. Drakes have seen an increase in the number of brides that purchase wedding jewellery similar to that worn at the recent royal weddings which is something they expect to see for a few years to come.

Should couples buy their dress and suit first, in order to match the jewellery to them?
Most couples tend to buy their suits and dresses first and try to match their jewellery choices based on what they will be wearing on their big day. Brides who have chosen a sparkly dress tend to go for plainer jewellery and those with more subtle dresses often go for something with a little more sparkle.

How do I choose a watch?
If you're looking for a keepsake watch to wear on your wedding day, Drakes can fit your chosen timepiece perfectly to your wrist, free of charge. Choosing it often comes down to how regularly you're going to wear it. It's important to try on a selection of watches so that you can get a feel of it and ensure that it's comfortable and creating the look you're trying to achieve. At Drakes we have a wide selection of brands to suit all budgets and tastes.

Benefits of shopping at Drakes:
- We pride ourselves on the experience our customers receive while in store, for example, receiving a complimentary glass of prosecco and locally made chocolates while choosing their wedding jewellery.
- Couples who purchase their wedding rings from us will receive a wedding guestbook (turn to page 13 to read more).
- We also offer Drakes Rewards on purchases made in store, ideal for putting towards buying gifts for other members of your wedding party. Drakes also have a fabulous selection of gifts for bridesmaids and the best man, from hand-crafted bracelets to cufflinks.
- Drakes offer free engraving on selected rings and watches purchased in store.

Natasha Manley

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