Matching your wedding bands to the wedding theme

Most wedding dresses don't take 98 yards of white satin to make or cost $100,000. Then again, most weddings don't involve 500 guests, celebrity chefs and fireworks-as did Donald Trump's lavish nuptials to Melania Knauss.
"...That's why the Donald's a Trump," Billy Joel jokingly sang at the ceremony.

But not everyone will have as lavish a wedding as The Donald and Melania. What's important is that the wedding fits the couple's personality. Jewelry and style expert Michael O'Connor offers these ideas on various styles of weddings:

• Romantic - Imagine being on a cliff overlooking the sea at sunset. Sound like a wedding to remember? Then chances are you're a romantic. Romantic couples often opt for an outdoor wedding with breathtaking scenery. O'Connor says brides usually like engagement rings with micropave bands, similar to Christina Aguilera's. For wedding bands, the preference is platinum rings by Kwiat, Dreamz Design or A. Jaffe with vintage attributes.

• Modern - Find yourself gravitating toward the hottest galleries and clubs? If so, you're probably part of a modern couple. O'Connor says brides may prefer platinum and diamond engagement rings with a split shank leading to a center stone similar to the ones worn by Britney Spears and Sheryl Crow. Modern wedding band styles range from square-cut diamonds, set in platinum, to oval shapes with inset filigree by top designer Cynthia Wolff.

• Traditional - If you plan to wear the same dress your mother wore, you're most likely a traditionalist. For such brides, O'Connor suggests platinum solitaire or classic three-stone engagement rings by Ritani, Hearts on Fire or Jeff Cooper. Thin, matte wedding bands without any gemstones, similar to Jennifer Garner's, are designed by Vassi and Furrer-Jacot.

• Free-Spirited - If your wedding dress can double as a sundress, you're probably part of a free-spirited couple. O'Connor suggests getting married on a yacht or some other unique destination. Eternity bands as engagement rings by Sol Rafael are popular with such couples. For a wedding band, consider matching thick platinum rings with engravings.

Regardless of personal style, O'Connor says couples usually agree on at least one thing: the jewelry. "Most couples choose platinum engagement rings and wedding bands because of the metal's inherent qualities. It's pure, rare and will last a lifetime," he says.

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