The perfect headdress

You’re going to look amazing on your wedding day. You’ll spend many weeks searching for that perfect dress, so don’t forget to seek out the perfect headdress too – after all, it’s the one thing that will be seen in every single photo!

The right headdress will reflect your personality and finish the vision you create perfectly. But it also needs to be something you love wearing, and a reminder of the best day of your life. Here are some ideas and top tips to help you choose.


Period drama – Art Deco glamour, Edwardian elegance

Period wedding themes, perhaps inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby, are romantic, feminine and beautifully stylish. Have fun researching your style a little and choose a headpiece that complements the look. Original jewels and dress ornaments, re-purposed into a vintage headdress, will add a touch of authenticity and glamour.

Iconic Couture

Often drawing inspiration from the great design houses of the 1950s and 60s, these styles are all about indulgent fabrics, sculptured lines and sumptuous detail. Short hemlines are so on-trend too! You’re sure to feel like a movie star in any of these styles, so you need a Hollywood headdress to match! Glittering statement headpieces work perfectly. Original jewels from the 1950s and 60s were designed to dazzle so why not look for a contemporary headdress created around designer jewels from this era?

Contemporary Elegance

Beautiful and luxurious, lace remains a much-deserved favourite. Lace edged cathedral veils complete a regal vision for church weddings, especially when worn with a gleaming crystal tiara. But for a more informal look consider a headband of crystals and pearls, a delicate floral vine, or lace and appliqué embellished with glittering crystals.

The colours of love

As Coco Chanel said: “the best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you!” Colour appears in just about every new bridal collection for 2015 and beyond, either as detail or as a stunning alternative to a traditional white or ivory dress. We’ve spotted everything from blush shades of blue, champagne, pistaschio and pink to metallic accents of vintage copper, gold and silver. If you opt for a coloured dress should your headdress reflect and enhance the colour too? We think so!

Bohemian Rhapsody to Renaissance Fairytale

Relaxed silhouettes and light-as-air fabrics are a key look on this season’s catwalks. Combined with whimsical and oversize details, off-the-shoulder wisps of fabric, Swan Lake feathers and light-as-air tulle skirts, these gowns tell a tale of enchanted forests, cottage gardens and wild flower meadows. Complete this look with unstructured hair and a fairytale floral headdress – maybe a jewelled floral crown, or a garland of silk flowers with sparkling crystals leaves.


Our top tips

  • Just like your dress, the perfect headpiece might not be as you first imagined. Try lots of different styles and types until you find “the one”.
  • Bridal shops can only show you a small selection of the huge and varied headpiece designs on offer, so shop around once you’ve chosen your dress. You may want to pick out detail on the dress (such as colour, pearls or lace) or enhance a period style. Refining your search will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • A second dress may be well out of your budget, but choosing a second headpiece for your reception can wow your guests and refresh your look for the first dance!
  • Be bolder with your choice of headpiece – it’s a great way of making a statement on your special day! Feathers, lace and huge flowers are hot trends.
  • Chat to your hairdresser about your wedding day hair style and whether a headband, tiara, vine or comb will work best. Above all make sure your accessory will be comfortable and secure all day.
  • Consider commissioning a bespoke headdress. This will give you the opportunity to create something completely unique, perhaps incorporating seashells for a beach wedding, crystal snowflakes for a winter wedding, or even your own family heirloom jewel.

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