Statesville, North Carolina (PressExposure) May 05, 2008 -- With weddings costing, on average, over $20,000, today's brides are looking for ways to save money and have found one through at-home jewelry parties, says Lisa Young, Independent Advisor for lia sophia of North Carolina.
"By hosting an in-home jewelry show, brides can find not only traditional or trendy jewelry for themselves but can end up saving hundreds of dollars on their bridesmaid gifts," Young said.
"Necklaces can be timeless gifts that are both functional and affordable," Young says.
Layered strands of cream white pearls is a traditional wedding classic and always a welcome gift that never goes out of style.
According to Young, "There's a reason that pearls are a popular wedding day gift, they are beautiful and they can be worn for so many different occasions."
For a trendier look that can flatter many skin tones, try a strand of colored pearls in shades such as pale pink, champagne or amber. Ribbon style or cascading necklaces that mix gemstones or glass are also popular this year. For a cost effective gift, try an invisible wire necklace with beads or other decorations.
"Pay attention to the neckline of the dress and don't pick a color that can overwhelm the dresses", Young said.
"First, the necklace should complement and enhance the dress by combining nicely with the neckline and the frame of the face," says Young. "If a dress is heavily embellished, with beadwork for example, choose a simple necklace that isn't overpowering,"
Don't overlook junior bridesmaids or flower girls when it comes to gift giving, as well.
"Remember the younger girls with a silver angel or a colorful cut crystal butterfly pendant on a chain," says Young. "It's a memorable gift that's age-appropriate, but enjoyable for years to come.