Not every modern bride wants to wear a traditional long veil, and neither do they have to. There are so many options out there for bridal hair accessories today, from the traditional veils or statement veils with modern twists, on trend vintage inspired tiaras, golden flora crowns, crystal or pearl encrusted vines, handmade silk flowers through to the smallest of hairpins and feather clips.
The widest selection of Bridal Accessories can be found on Etsy. There are so many options in fact that if you do a search for Bridal Fascinator you’ll find the results are overwhelming - from cheap to mega opulent and expensive, all handmade by artisans around the world.
The perfect bridal accessory doesn’t have steal from the dress (unless you've decided to go pure and simple on the dress to intentionally have the headpiece and sash be the focus). If you've gone for a beaded, floral or laced dress then the headpiece or veil should to add to it in ways that will enhance the magic of the dress, just like a perfect pair of wedding shoes doesn’t have to compete for attention but have to look showstopping and beautiful nonetheless.
How you decide to wear your hair, and decide to wear in your hair though is one of the most important elements to consider for your wedding. Remember it will be in every picture of you. Unless you don't plan having any pictures of your head in your wedding album or wall, then it will be there, so you need to be sure you've chosen the one you'll love looking at for ever more. If you make a mistake ordering poor chair decorations, table centre pieces or other elements of the wedding that turn out less than your fairy-tale dream, then it would be a shame, but you won't be reminded everyday for ever more. Your hair and headpiece will be there always in every picture of you.
Ever, and always willing to help people out with the hunt for the perfect accessories, I've compiled the below.
I have selected items from Small Etsy Shops, ones that you won't often see coming up in search results, because they list only a few unique items and are drowned by the overwhelming volume, or because they haven't done something else (like PAY to be at the top of search results, or added a shop update in last month.....!). Please support small artists, as they give you love and attention, and the art they make for you is as important to them, as it is to you. I'm giving them a shout out, not high volume sellers to whom you are just "Another". I constantly update, add, remove items each season. If you look through and see anything you like, simply click the affiliate image and it will take you to the items online. If you should buy from the store they will give me a little diddy commission - at no cost to you.
Statement Veils - Traditional Veils, with statement details: Heavily embroidered, beaded or applique details. Statement Veils are a popular choice for the AW18/19 Wedding Season.
Birdcage Veils - Popularised back in 1940s and 1950s, when merry widow veiling was used on fashionable pillboxes and hats; the birdcage veil has remained a popular choice for brides that don't want the long traditional length veils. Birdcage veils can be worn alone and secured with a few pretty bridal pins, or attached to more elaborate feather, crystal or flower combs.
Floral crowns have been popular for a few years now, and look gorgeous with a softer, bohemian style of wedding dress. Often favoured by those having a beach wedding, or boho feel. Floral crowns are more widely available in summery softer shades, but you'll also find beautiful designs in arrangements with berries, pine cones, and leaves that work well for relaxed Winter or Christmas weddings.
Headbands and crowns can also be worn with veils, so you may want to consider wearing with a veil if like the look of them but don't want to be to boho - a traditional meets modern look.
Vintage Tiara's are about Rhinestones, Pearls, Jewels and Crystals set in antique Golds and Silvers that give an air of royalty to your big day. Vintage theme bridal Tiaras are perfect for Winter weddings, and look great on Brides that are using capes, shrugs or cover ups. For a Christmas wedding you can even choose one with Deep Burgundy stones. Vintage Tiaras can be worn with a veil for the ceremony, then alone for later in the day.
Combs are a very definite and reliable way to accessorise a traditional wedding veil if wearing one, or can be worn alone. Another alternative of course is to wear with the veil for the ceremony, and then wear the comb(s) alone for the later hours.
Worn without a veil combs work best accenting an updo at the back or side, but can also be worn with your hair down and swept to one side.
Below is a gallery of some super pretty Bridal Combs in Golds, Silvers, Pearls and Crystals arrangements.