What to Wear for a Tropical Honeymoon

Honeymoon style guide, what to pack for honeymoon, tropical honeymoon packing tips by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler

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With fall wedding season in full swing, many of you brides-to-be are nearing the end of wedding planning mode with your big day just around the corner. YAY! You’re likely moving on to plan for what comes next – the honeymoon!

To help simplify the process for you, I’ve partnered with my fashion blogger pal / resident newlywed Carolyn Zerbonia of Lipstick & Chiffon to bring you a three part honeymoon style series. We’ll tell you how to pack for a variety of climates before you jet-set with you newly minted spouse. First on our list of climates is my personal favorite: the tropics!

Honeymoon Packing Tips, Part 1:
The Tropical Honeymoon

Tropical Honeymoon Casual Beach Outfit Inspiration with jewelry by J'Adorn Designs Maryland jewelerWhen packing for your tropical honeymoon, Carolyn recommends packing versatile pieces that you can wear with different outfits to help lighten your luggage. This is especially useful for packing shoes, which are often the heaviest pieces in your tropical wardrobe. For instance, you can pair the same strappy heels with a couple of light, flowy dresses and your favorite gemstone statement jewelry.

Try to pack pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks; this will help save space in your suitcase.

Honeymoon outfit inspiration for tropical vacation by Lipstick & Chiffon, for J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry

An added bonus to packing light for your honeymoon? You’ll have more space to fit souvenirs on the flight home! 

Tropical honeymoon beach outfit inspiration by Lipstick & Chiffon for J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry blog

If you’re honeymooning in a tropical climate, chances are you’ll be hitting the beach.

A floral bikini with a lacy white cover-up is a stylish & romantic combination well-suited for a new bride.

Complete the look with pair of strappy, beaded sandals that can transition to night time. But be sure to leave your jewels in the hotel safe to protect them from damage in the sun & surf. (Remember your summer jewelry care rules here!)

Tropical honeymoon packing tips and outfit inspiration with jewelry from J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler

At night, dust off your sandals from the beach as you prepare for dinner.
Pair the shoes with a beautiful white maxi dress and a pair of brightly colored statement earrings.
You’ll be radiant as you look across the table at your new spouse, and comfortable enough to dance the night away!
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The Best Bridal Accessories for Every Hairstyle

So, you’ve curated your dream wedding on Pinterest, selected your dress and had it fitted, and finally know how you’ll be wearing your hair.  You’re finally ready to accessorize! But if you’re not sure which type of bridal accessories will best complement your chosen ‘do, take heart – you are not alone!

As a bridal accessories designer, the most common question I encounter with my clients during our consultation is, “Which bridal accessory would look best with my hairstyle?” In the following blog post, I’ll be sharing my best advice for pairing the pieces I create with a variety of hairstyles, from low and loose to closely coiffed.

Wedding Hairstyle #1: The Low, Loose Updo

Bridal accessories guide: Low loose bridal updo with rose gold crystal hair vine

Best brdial accessories for every wedding hairstyle, by J'Adorn Designs

If you’re dreaming of soft curls swept back just-so with a few loose pieces framing your face, a strategically placed bridal comb or pin may be the perfect accent piece for you!

A freeform branch-style pin like the rose gold vine pictured above will mimic the organic feel of your loose updo for a more natural or bohemian style. Or, if you’d like to add a bit of structure to the look, you might opt for a tighter comb like the Amina from our collection.  A pair of drop earrings in the size of your choice (large for a statement or smaller to keep it simple) and a matching bracelet will complete your look!


Wedding Hairstyle #2: Short and Sweet

Best brdial accessories for every wedding hairstyle, by J'Adorn Designs

If you rock a short hairstyle, you might feel limited in your options for bridal hairstyles. But just because braids and buns are off the table doesn’t mean you have only one look to choose from!

An off-center birdcage veil is a personal favorite for close crops because it brings an unexpected vintage element to a very modern look. Another stunning option is to forego the hair accessory in favor of a dress with a bolder neckline, such as the beaded gown from Hitched Salon pictured above. Drop earrings of your choice will complete the look and you can even add a pair of second-piercing earrings to coordinate! Top it off with a bracelet and you’re ready for portraits.

Added bonus: You’ll never have to worry about your hair falling out of place while you dance the night away! 


Wedding Hairstyle #3: Half Up, Half Down

Best brdial accessories for every wedding hairstyle, by J'Adorn Designs

A popular style among boho brides, the half-up/half-down style offers a combination of the breezy, natural look achieved by wearing your hair down with a bit of structure that makes the perfect anchor for your favorite hair accessory.

Brides who choose this particular style will find that it’s easy to pull off a statement-sized hair piece. With this in mind, the accessory you choose should bring the “wow factor” – the crowning element of your ensemble. If you’re going for the boho look, a branch-style piece like our Lucille crystal comb works perfectly, along with a pair of matching druzy earrings to complete the nature-inspired design.


Wedding Hairstyle #4: The Formal Updo with a Veil

Best brdial accessories for every wedding hairstyle, by J'Adorn Designs

Perhaps you’re a more traditional bride who just can’t stop thinking about the fancy updo and long veil you dreamed of as a child. In this case, an extra accessory for your hair may be a bit overwhelming, if not just heavy to wear.

(Tip: You can always wear the veil for your ceremony and switch over to a comb or fascinator for the reception!) 

If your veil is the show-stopper accessory in your wedding ensemble, you’ll want your other accessories to complement it without overpowering. I love the way J’Adorn bride Olivia (pictured above) rounded out her look with a classic double-stranded pearl bracelet and a pair of small, sparkling drop earrings with a halo to match her engagement ring. It’s just the right amount of glamour!

Best brdial accessories for every wedding hairstyle, by J'Adorn Designs

Whatever look you ultimately choose, the most important factor to consider is what makes you feel the most beautiful and at ease in your own skin.  Your wedding day is a celebration of the love you’ve built with someone who knows and adores you. So, rather than trying to fit the particular “look” of a bride you want to emulate, think about what will best highlight who you already are inside.

My best advice when all is said and done is to remember that the most beautiful part of your wedding is the love you share with your spouse-to-be and the journey you’re embarking on together. Everything else just helps it sparkle. 

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