Your Wedding day is the most important day of your life and naturally you expect everything to be perfect. One of my favourite parts of my job is working with brides to choose the perfect headpiece for their day. Here are some of my top tips.
1) Use your wedding dress for inspiration.
When meeting a bride for a wedding headpiece, I recommend to bring a photo of the wedding dress and a swatch of the fabric (Of course, it’s even better if you can bring the wedding dress itself!). It gives me an insight into the aesthetic of your look and ensures that the headpiece compliments the dress.
Colour-wise, there are many shades of ivory, cream, white, and off white. It’s good to have a swatch of the fabric to ensure the colour matches the dress perfectly.
If you’re wearing a very simple dress, go crazy and wear a larger, more detailed headpiece. If your dress is very detailed, perhaps keep your accessories a little more simplistic.
2) Be different
While it is important to feel comfortable and confident with what you’re wearing on your wedding day (that goes for your dress too), don’t be afraid to try on headpieces that are a little different. Larger headpieces have been very popular recently. Sometimes a larger piece is more striking and will help you make a real impact with your look (Of course, this depends on what style dress you’re wearing too!)
Incorporating colour into your wedding headpiece is a great way to make your wedding outfit unique. Soft blush tones, champagne hues or rich golden shades look gorgeous alongside ivory gowns and can really complement your hair tone.
4) You can wear a veil
I have had many brides wear a headpiece (such as a small pearl teardrop) and a veil at the same time - They work beautifully together. When choosing your headpiece or veil, make sure you to try on both of them with your dress to help you get the balance right.
5) Costume change
In love with the idea of a veil but don’t want your hair to look a little bare when the veil comes off? Why not have two looks!
Many of my brides last year wanted to wear a veil to the church part of the wedding. For the evening part, the veil can be a little uncomfortable (especially if it has a train). Why not wear a smaller headpiece for the evening part? Headpieces really glam up your look and leave you comfortable to dance the night away in style!
6) Hair styles
Looking for your wedding headpiece without knowing what hairstyle you’re going to have is completely normal!
Many brides come to me not knowing how they will wear their hair. Choosing your headpiece first can sometimes help you decide on your bridal hair style. While I love to offer advice on this (and do anytime I can), your hairdresser is another great person to ask!
Ideally you need your headpiece to be ready in time for your hair trials and final dress fittings. Having the piece to hand makes life so much easier for your hairdresser, and of course it’s lovely for you to try everything on together before the big day.
Time wise, it takes me approx 3-4 weeks to make the headpiece. It is best to order it a 3-6 months in advance of your wedding so you can try on everything in advance and make sure the final look will be perfect!
Unlike your wedding dress and veil, you can wear your bridal headpiece time and time again.
A pearl encrusted headpiece can be easily coordinated with other outfits.
You can also add colourful detailing to it. For example, if you’re wearing a red dress to your next wedding, why not add a little red rose to it? Not alone, will it look fabulous but it’s a special reminder of your own wedding day! (Cheeeeeeeese!)
Of course, these guidelines are not only for brides. Whether you're a mother-of-the-bride, a regular guest at a wedding or planning a day at the races, they are good guidelines to keep in mind!
To see more of my bridal headpieces, please visit the 'Bridal Gallery' by clicking here.
If you have anymore questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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