When Meghan wed Harry, one of the highlights of that unforgettable day was the bride’s stunning cathedral veil. Paired with a sparkling filigree tiara, it showed that when it comes to your bridal style there are no rules.
Perfect bridal headpieces like Meghan’s complement your hairstyle and dress to a T. When considering what headpiece or hair accessory you’d like to wear on your big day, start by thinking about your personal style. Are you a laid-back beach bride, a romantic princess or a modern minimalist?
Bridal accessories add instant glamour that’s as understated or flamboyant as you are, and with so many beautiful bridal headpieces to choose from you can change your accessories as you change your outfit.
Here are some examples of bridal styles where you might choose to wear a veil, headpiece or hair accessory…
The Wedding Icon: The Veil
Bridal veils are iconic. A truly timeless choice, no other accessory pulls your entire look together in quite the same way. Whether you opt for mantilla, fingertip or cathedral length, the right veil should add the perfect flow to your style.
When it comes to choosing bridal veils, let your dress do the talking. A mantilla veil is perfect with a retro style dress, while a Juliet cap veil is gorgeous for a ’20s-style wedding. A longer veil will elongate your silhouette while a super sheer veil will show off any exquisite detailing on the back of your dress.
The Regal Choice: The Headpiece
From tiaras to crowns of all styles, a bridal headpiece will definitely add a regal touch to your wedding style. Channel generations of royal princesses with a classic pearl or diamond tiara, or play it tongue in chic with a modern spin on the traditional crown.
The great thing about this style is that it doesn’t have to be formal. A beautiful silver or gold floral headpiece is a contemporary and elegant style which combines a natural and princess-like appearance.
The Relaxed Vibe: A Hair Accessory
If a veil isn’t your style then try a gorgeous hair accessory. Whether you choose a headband, comb, pin or hair vine, this look can be as dressed up or dressed down as your wedding style.
You don’t have to worry about your hair accessory matching your dress perfectly either – it’s designed to work as a subtle embellishment to your overall look. One useful rule of thumb is to pair gold with ivory and cream and let platinum or silver add a pop to your pure white dress.
When choosing a hair accessory it is important to consider the hairstyle you will have on your big day. Combs and vines look stunning with a casual updo for a relaxed and boho look, while lightweight pins can be a subtle and beautiful choice for fine hair. A vine is particularly versatile and romantic because you can wear it in so many ways – as a halo, wrapped around your updo, or as a headband to hold a light veil in place.
The Perfect Look
The secret to the perfect look is being adaptable; you may find you need to simplify one or more elements when you bring your wedding look together. Your phone is your friend when you’re shopping for the perfect accessories. Ask the assistant or a friend to take a shot of your bridal accessories from different angles to see what works best for you. You’d be surprised what a difference a 360° view can make.
Taking the time to create the perfect look with a veil, bridal headpiece or hair accessory is ultimately about your vision. Stay true to your personal style and you’ll be at your most confident, comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day.
Guest post by Sarah Bates of Britten Weddings
Bride Wearing Veil Sitting in Chair: Jeremy Chou Photography
Bride Wearing Headpiece with Foliage: LeeYen Photography
Hair Vine in Updo: Oobaloos Photography