Hair accessories are an important part of a perfect wedding hairdo. Yet, many brides are at a loss when it comes to understanding their choices and what will actually look good on them. Here, we answer some common questions related to bridal hair accessories.
Q: I don’t quite get it. I have read a lot about veils and have an idea of what type of hairstyle I want. But what else should I do with my hair? Why would I even want more than a veil?
A: Headpieces and hair jewelry are ways to pull a look together if wearing only a veil leaves you wanting more, or if you plan to remove the veil at the reception. Tiaras, crowns, decorative combs, backpieces, barrettes, wreaths, bun wraps, headbands, caps or hats, and hair jewelry can each complete the bridal look in a different way. A bun ring or tiara, for example, can add a regal touch.
Q: I want an extra something, but don’t want my hair to be the center of attention (I’m hoping my gown will “steal the show”). How can I accessorize my hair without distracting from my beautiful dress?
A: Think understated. Choose a subtle headpiece that complements the detailing in your gown, or works with the rest of your jewelry ensemble. Consider a headband wrapped in fabric to match your dress. Or choose a comb decorated with pearls or other subtle embellishments. You could also twist a strand of small crystals or pearls through your hair, to match a necklace or earrings.
Q: I’ve always adored hats and would love to wear one when I walk down the aisle. Is that okay?
A: Of course! It is your day and your personal style should shine through. For a sleek, close-to-the-head look you can wear a Juliet cap (which looks like a bridal skullcap) to anchor your veil. You could wear a birdcage veil under a hat, or go the Jackie Kennedy look with a pillbox. Bridal hats range from very small to floppy and large-rimmed. It’s a matter of your personal taste and which will look best with your gown.
Q: This is my second wedding. Let’s say I’m “getting up there” in years and would feel silly wearing a veil. I don’t like hats, either. I feel like those are my only options, that I’m destined to be a boring hair bride. Any ideas?
A: Hair jewelry is a perfect option for you. Try corkscrew-like twists decorated with pearls, rhinestones, or crystals. Twist them into your hair to add interest to an otherwise ordinary hairstyle. The previously mentioned method of weaving a strand of pearls or gems through the hair would work for you as well. You could even get children and grandchildren involved by making the jewelry. Create the jewelry as a family (with supplies bought at an online or local jewelry supply store), and then pass it down to them as a keepsake after the wedding.
Hair accessories can add a finished look to your bridal ensemble. Remember to keep your own style in mind and choose hair accessories that create a balanced look. You will be gorgeous!