Wedding Trends

21 Ideas for a Dazzling Diamond Wedding

Today I’m excited to be sharing the fourth in our series looking at beautiful birthstones. I have been looking forward to April since they started back in January, because this month’s birthstone is diamond, and if ever there was a wedding-worthy gem, it is this one!

Stunning Diamond White Wedding Ideas

No stone says “I love you” quite like a diamond, making it the perfect gem for proposals, weddings and anniversaries. As well as being a girls best friend (thanks to Marilyn) we also know that “a diamond is forever.” This is because, as well as being one of the hardest substances on earth, it is also a stone that has long been a symbol of deep and everlasting love.

The Victorians also used diamonds as a symbol of constancy, whilst the poem published by Tiffany in 1870 suggested the purity of the stone’s color gave it another meaning: “She who from April dates her years, Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears For vain repentance flow; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known.”

Since first being discovered somewhere between 3000 and 6000 years ago, Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones. But as we now know from past posts, diamonds weren’t always the gem of choice for engagement rings. Whilst it was as early as the Renaissance period that we first started to see diamonds in engagement rings, the diamond solitaires we  know and love today didn’t become the standard until a De Beers marketing campaign in the early 20th Century.

Of course, a wedding dripping with real diamonds isn’t an option for most of us, however it is still possible to give your wedding a similar level of sparkle and sense of luxury with some clever use of colour and crystals!

 

Engagement Ring

Diamonds have remained the most popular stone for engagement rings for almost 100 years, and for good reason! They are the sparkliest and most timeless of all the stones….. although of course they are also the most expensive!

Heidi Gibson Oval Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring

Heidi Gibson Engagement Ring

Stargaze Diamond Engagement Ring

Stargaze RingMelanie Casey

And, who said Diamonds must be white? They come in all sorts of shades from yellow and pink through to striking black…..

lack Diamond Engagement RingBlack Diamond Engagement Ring Set – Artemer

 

Invitations

Introduce your guests to your diamond theme with a glamorous diamante adorned invitations, or with a geometric diamond pattern. Or for a more understated nod to the gem choose a sophisticated white suite, and let some beautifully handwritten calligraphy or lavish letterpress be the only decoration.

Elegant White Wedding Stationery

Sesame Letterpress // Photography – 2 Brides Photography via SMP

 

Bridal Bouquet

Similarly with your bouquet, to add a little sparkle you could hold a glamorous brooch bouquet or select some seasonal blooms in shades of white for a scent-filled alternative. Actually, white bouquets always make a chic choice whatever month you get married, and I love the organic nature of this beauty which includes Ranunculus, Hellebores, Olive, Privet berries, Clematis vines, Majolica spray roses, Lily of the Valley, Juniper, and Amaryllis!

White Bridal BouquetIntertwine Style // Photography – Lauren Albanese Photography via Wedding Sparrow

 

Bridesmaid Dresses

For a long time white was a colour only worn by brides, but no longer – today’s bride doesn’t shy away from colour or embellishments for fear of being outshone, instead she wants her squad to look every bit as glamorous as she does! As well as beautifully ethereal, white is also the perfect colour for the mismatched trend that is still going strong…..

Mismatched White Bridesmaid Dresses

Photography – Graham Terhune via Grey Likes Weddings

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

Ivory Bridesmaid Dresses

Photography – Rylee Hitchner via SMP

 

Aisle Arch

White Floral Wedding Aisle Arch

Emblem // Photography – Erich McVey via Inspired by This

 

Bridal Crowns

Embrace your inner princess with one of my favourite bridal accessories: a regal diamante encrusted crown!

Diamante Bridal Crown

Caroline Crystal Bridal TiaraEden Luxe Bridal

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

 

Garter

Diamante Glam Bridal Garter

Bridal GarterNestina Accessories

 

Chair Decor

Swathes of white silk or tulle with continue the white theme to your reception and add an ethereal luxury to your decor. And I love the idea of tying them to your chair with a posy of white blooms to match your bouquet!

Floral Wedding Reception Chair Decor

Jana Williams via SMP

 

Chandeliers

Ok, so I might be a little obsessed with these statement light fixtures (I even have a new Pinterest board dedicated to them), but chandeliers are a fabulous example of using crystals to .

Wedding Chandelier

Love & Light Photographs via SMP

Wedding Chandeliers

Leo Patrone via Green Wedding Shoes

 

Place Setting

Choose simple white crockery with a geometric pattern for a nod to your theme, and add an extra layer of luxury (as well as a diamond look) to place settings with clear, crystal cut glass wear……

White Wedding Place SettingCrystal Cut Glasswear

Photography –  Jen Huang via SMP

 

Shoulder Jewelry

Shoulder adornments are a big bridal trend right now (and I have no doubt will continue into next year) and another great way to add a little sophisticated sparkle to your wedding day ensemble…..

Zara Bridal Shoulder Jewelry

Zara Shoulder JewelryBlair Nadeau

 

Jewelry

Victorine Bridal Earrings from Edera Jewelry

Victorine Bridal Earrings – Edera Jewelry

 

Hair Accessories

Twigs & Honey Floral Bridal Hair Chain

Floral Bridal Hair Chain – Twigs & Honey

Rose Gold Bridal Hair Comb

Evie Rose Gold Bridal Hair CombLulu Splendor

 

Veil

Juliet Cap Veil

Juliet Cap VeilGilded Shadows

 

Bridal Shoes

Offer a hint of sparkle from beneath your wedding dress with some glamorous embellished heels…..

Bella Belle Bridal Shoes

Bella Belle Shoes – Kurt Boomer Photography

Chic Vintage Brides Shop the Look

Glamorous Bridal Heels from Emmy London

Emmy London

 

Wedding Dress

Or go all out and choose a dress that will see you shining bright like a diamond on your big day…..

Open Back Beaded Mesh Column Wedding Dress

Open Back Beaded Mesh Column GownBerta

Ashton Fit & Flare Wedding Dress from Amsale

Amsale

 

Cake Stand

Last but not least, carry your theme through to the end of your day with a glamorous wedding cake stand. A crystal adorned beauty will offer a vintage vibe, or a glass stand would make a minimal alternative whilst still hinting at your diamond theme…..

Crystal Wedding Cake Stand

Cindy’s Cakery via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Simple White Wedding Cake

Photography – Kate Weinstein via Style Me Pretty

 

Wedding Cake

Glam White Wedding Cake

COCO Cakes Australia

 

Groom’s Attire

Last but not least, choose some diamond adorned accessories for your Groom, like these dapper cuff links…..

Diamond Cuff LinksMaxim Cuff LinksNordstrom

Or how about a diamond white tux jacket? It would make a super stylish alternative to the traditional black!  And how perfectly cool for a Summer wedding (find some similar here and here)

White Tuxedo

Marissa Lambert via SMP

They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and I couldn’t agree more – especially when it comes to wedding colour palettes! There’s something so crisp and clean about a white wedding, and this little roundup has given me a whole new appreciation for this chic color.

If this is the first post in the series you have seen, then you can catch up with past months here – starting with Garnet in January, Amethyst in February and Aquamarine for March.

Oh and want to know what’s coming next month before you go? Well May’s birthstone is quite possibly my favourite wedding color ever (since Pantone picked it for their color of the year in 2013) and it is one of the only shades that is perfect for a wedding whatever the season…. Emerald – I can’t wait already!

Amy

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