How To Select The Right Necklace Length For Your Wedding Gown
If the neckline of your wedding dress rests high on the chest (jewel, bateau, and portrait) but still reveals your neck, a choker necklace works best with these designs. A simple choker can go with virtually any wedding gown from casual to fancy evening wear and just about any neckline imaginable. A choker necklace may be made of one to three strands and is worn close to the neck. If too much skin is showing, choker necklaces may disappear, as a plunging neckline will steal the attention.
A Victorian inspired collar necklace (shorter than the choker) is made of three or more strands, which fit securely around the middle of the neck. This style works lovely with plunging V-necks, off the shoulder designs and strapless necklines.
The princess necklace works very well with almost every dress style (except high necklines). Princess necklaces are normally sixteen inches in length (but can vary from 17 to 19 inches) and fall below the hollow of the neck. They work beautifully when paired with a charming pendant.
A matinee necklace is longer than the princess, and hits the top of the bust. This necklace also works well with jewel and boat necklines, or a gown with a lower neckline. It would be best to try this type of necklace on with your dress because you do not want the bottom of the necklace to touch the top of the neckline of your gown. This is a good choice for casual affairs.
Opera or lariat necklaces are the queens of all necklaces and are perfect for high collar necklines. Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, these necklaces are refined and can be worn in a multitude of ways. However, these are often not a good choice for wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses.