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Bridal Accessories

Bridal Accessories

By Dena Nance, owner and founder of What’s-In-Store, located at 407 Main Street in historic downtown Franklin

When it comes to weddings, the best way to accessorize for the big day, and the many events celebrating your union, is to PERSONALIZE. From the gift itself to the wrapping, infusing your personality, message, and event theme into your giving is sure to showcase your taste and commitment to your friends and loved ones.

Jewelry has been a staple gift for bridesmaids for years. Brides also look to modern offerings to look their best when heirloom pieces need a little compliment. Fortunately, there’s no better place to find just the right baubles than in downtown Franklin.

For years, Walton’s Estate Jewelry on Main Street has personalized the crème of wedding solitaires for many lucky ladies. Antique settings, vintage replicas, and exquisite quality mark the staying power of this diamond out of the rough. And the service that accompanies the fine rocks shines just as brilliantly!

Just down the street, you will find that Ragazza (which means “young woman” in Italian) offers a most classic way to personalize jewelry: engraving sterling silver. Owner, Marianne DeMeyers, guarantees overnight engraving services on a wide range of earring, bracelet, and necklace designs (many a la Tiffany). And for that added touch, she recommends a Brighton jewelry box to complete the gift. From hostesses to mothers, the perfect gift choices abound at this timeless boutique!

Tucked gently behind Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street, funky but chic Enjoue buzzes with wedding-minded women. Owner, Bethe Smith, a trained and experienced designer, partners with jewelry maven Robin Haley to offer custom designs for the entire bridal party. Just convey your wedding colors, theme, and budget, and the team will create elegant accessories for any occasion. Most brides choose semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls set in either gold-filled or sterling silver metals to compliment the bridesmaid gowns. This is a wedding day DO that becomes a lifelong treasure for the ladies that mean the most.

Yet with respect for the check-signer and host of your nuptial soiree, one last must-stop shop offers a great selection of jewelry at less-than-designer prices. What’s-In-Store has made cheap chic a reality for downtown Franklin and far beyond (the line is now available nationally). The collections of owner and designer, Dena Nance, have walked down numerous aisles over the past six years, only after spending little moments tucked in customized packaging for the “experience” of giving. Brides convey their own unique messages that are individually printed in the box so that budget-friendly jewels become rich treasures amongst friends. The best kept secret here is the availability for the last-minute bride. No matter how much your wedding party grows, the jewelry of choice is often in stock so you can mark that to-do off your list!

When planning your fairy tale wedding and stressing over the details, remember that professionals can make your life much easier if you let them. In Franklin, the choices are tremendous and come with friendly service and talented artists. Indeed, the best way to finalize your plans for the big day and crystallize your most important relationships is to accessorize.

Photograph by David Wright Photography