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At Drakes, Plymouth, when couples approach us wanting help with finding their big-day jewellery, we start by asking them a few questions:
*What are you going to be wearing your hair on the day?
*Is your dress plain or sparkly?
*What is the neckline of your gown like?
*Do you want a matching set or two different pieces?
*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?
All these questions will give our knowledgeable team an idea as to what sort of thing each bride is looking for. Most couples tend to buy their suits and dresses first and try to match their jewellery choices afterwards. Brides who have chosen a sparkly dress tend to go for plainer jewellery and those with more subtle gowns may go for something with a bit more sparkle.
Choosing your wedding jewellery is such a personal and individual experience that its often down to how the couple are feeling on the day. At Drakes, we pride ourselves on the experience our customers receive while in store, wanting them to sit and relax while enjoying a glass of prosecco and chocolates while they pick their wedding jewellery.
Drakes has seen an increase in the number of brides purchasing wedding jewellery that is similar to that worn at the recent royal weddings, and this is something they expect to see for a few years to come.
Wedding jewellery is often the last thing couples purchase 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'd recommend purchasing them at least a month before the wedding 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 rather than having to pay up front and it also means you'll have the option to purchase them on interest-free credit. Buying your wedding bands earlier will also mean that you'll have time to commission something bespoke if you can't find something you love in store.
The Drakes Jewellery Hospital is able to create shape-to-fit wedding rings that will sit perfectly against the engagement ring. There's also the option to have each ring engraved, which is a very popular and personalised touch. Drakes also offers free engraving on certain rings bought in store.
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. Watches are another item that can be beautifully engraved, whether that be with the wedding date or your names. Choosing your special piece often comes down to how often you are 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 creates the look you're trying to achieve.
At Drakes we have a wide selection of brands to suit all budgets and tastes alongside a fabulous selection of gifts for bridesmaids and the groomsmen, from hand-crafted nomination bracelets to cufflinks.
For further information, visit www.drakesjewellers.co.uk and follow them on Instagram @drakesjewellers
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