Finding affordable jewelry for your bridesmaids (or yourself) is no easy feat. After dropping a number that shall not be repeated on your dress (and let's be honest, bridesmaid dresses can cost a pretty penny as well), it's a lot to ask your gals (or dig into your own wedding budget) to spend more on jewelry. Some brides opt to go the "wear your own" route for the maids, however, the traditionalist in me loves a little uniformity with the bridesmaids.
For my own wedding, I splurged on matching Givenchy earrings for my gals, but I remember feeling some disappointment because the cost of the simple studs ate my budget and they weren't very original. I only wish I had known about local jewelry designer Realia by Jen during my own quest for the perfect bridesmaid bauble. Jen Scheffler has been designing jewelry under the brand Realia by Jen for five years, and her most recent collection, which just launched on March 1, is filled with fun and flirty options that any bridesmaid would love. (Dare we say they might actually wear them again?) From her simple single stone earrings (priced at only $38) to her c'est la vie bangle ($35), Scheffler has mastered the art of affordable jewelry that makes a statement. Brides-to-be will also be glad to know that Realia by Jen offers customized options, catered to the look and feel of your big day. Simply spend 30 minutes with the jewelry maven, and trust me when I say that her final creation will emulate your style better than any store-bought bauble ever could. Scheffler is also a master when it comes to repurposing vintage jewelry, so with her help, your grandmother's broach that has been stored away for years could be recreated into a stunning day-of accessory. Or if that family heirloom is too precious to recreate, peruse Scheffler's already created vintage collection. (We're loving this brass cuff for only $88.)
Look for her designs at local stores such as Bachman's and Love from Minnesota, or contact her directly to set up a consultation. Your bridesmaids will thank you.