How to Measure and Fit Bridal Jewellery

pearlsOnce you have decided on your dress and you are happy with the way it looks, you should at some point consider carefully what is the best way to accessorise your wedding day attire. Wearing the right jewellery is important to any Bride wanting to ensure she has the perfect look on her special day and this article should help to guide you in measuring your items correctly and suitably to fit in with your wedding outfit!

Most accessories comprise of necklaces and bracelets as well as earrings and for some Brides, tattoos, tiaras, headbands and even some facial jewellery can be added to their accessory list. Given that every single Bride will have a different preference as well as a different shape any measurement guides you follow should all be adapted to suit your own shape and suitability.

Following are some examples of what you could wear and how to make them compliment your look. Remember to use a tape measure when you are taking your measurements. It is not always appropriate to use other items of jewellery as a guide or your own fingers and then 'guess' the right size. Keep the measurements snug but comfortable.

Body Jewellery

Remember that a 'normal' earring designed for the ear will not necessarily look good used as a nose ring. Measuring jewellery to fit other parts of your body can be difficult but body jewellery does come in lots of different lengths and sizes just like traditional jewellery so consider this when deciding on the size of stud to wear in your tongue or the length of labrets for your belly button.


The length of a bracelet, bracelet watch or a bangle is a totally personal thing. Some Brides will prefer a tight fitting bracelet whereas others will want it to hang down past their wrists slightly. For a comfortable fit, it is advised that once you have measured your wrist (usually slightly above where your wrist bone sits) that you add around one inch (just over two centimetres) to your bracelet length.


If you feel the need to measure your earrings, perhaps because you are wearing your hair pinned up and want them to hang to a certain point then measure the length from the hole within your ear rather than the bottom of your ear lobe.

Head Bands and Slides

These are usually designed to be quite tight fitting so you will need to measure the part of the head where you want the band or slide to sit but while it is usually tight it also needs to be comfortable as no Bride wants to retire for the evening with a headache. A head (or alice) band is measured from tip to tip whereas slides or barrettes usually come in a range of sizes and you will need to take this into consideration when choosing who will wear them (i.e. you or your smaller bridesmaids etc).


We have provided you with some great advice regarding the type of necklaces that will suit you and your dress including the style of dress to wear, how to set your hair and even the colours that you should consider.

A lot of jewellers, if you want a perfect measurement for your necklace, will measure your neck and then add the right amount of inches that they recommend. Sometimes using an old necklace that you already own is not always appropriate to measure the length as the weight of it may differ from the necklace you want to wear on your wedding day.

It is usually recommended that approximately four inches (around ten centimetres) is added to your neck measurement to acquire the perfect fit. Measuring your necklace to the right position should ensure that it does not get hidden in your cleavage or the neckline of your dress.

If you are considering wearing a smaller necklace or even a choker chain of some sort, then you should add around two inches (five centimetres) to your neck measurement.


It is not surprising that hardly anyone will know their correct ring size so unless you already know yours, or you can remember what size your engagement ring was when you purchased it (and given that you are around the same size) then you will need to be measured for your wedding ring. You can get your fingers measured (as you may be wearing other rings on the day) at most jewellers, usually free of charge.


A Bride who chooses to wear a Tiara will automatically give herself some 'height' so the measurements for this should be taken from the closest point to the head to the very top of the tiara.

Things to consider

  • A cruder, but sometimes efficient way to make measurements is to use a piece of string for each item you wish to wear, tie it round the relevant body part and tie a knot in it where you want it to end. You can then use this to measure an item you are considering or take the string to a jeweller if you are having something made specially.
  • Do your fingers swell at certain times of the day? If so, it is probably not a good idea for you to go out and get measured at this time.
  • How heavy is the necklace? You will need to take this into account as a heavier necklace may not sit exactly where you want it to.
  • Will your tiara make you appear much taller than the Groom and if so, is that the look you wanted?

The most important piece of advice with regard to your accessories is to try them all on with your complete wedding outfit. This way you can see straight away what will and will not work with the look you are trying to achieve. It will also give your mother or maid of honour the chance to see you completely 'dolled' up and give their opinion as two sets of eyes are always better than one. What you see in the mirror is usually what you want to see whereas a fresh pair of eyes will give a different perspective.