Style Report: Headpieces

Bridal headpieces are a great way to spice up or add drama to the dress of your dreams. There are various types of headpieces to choose from for your wedding day, which many brides nowadays aren’t aware of so we’ve decided to host a quick Bridal Headpiecesl101. They also come in a variety of colors, but the most common for brides include white, soft white, ivory, and champagne.

To begin, there are three types of veils you should know about. First, we have the cathedral veil—this veil is typically quite long and can be plain or have subtle beading and embellishments displayed along the edges. This veil drapes over the back of the dress and train giving a soft, ethereal look to the whole dress. It also makes for a dramatic entrance when the bride walks down the aisle to meet the man of her dreams! Brides can wear this veil for the ceremony and also during pictures.

Second, we have the fountain veil, which usually hangs at elbow length. This veil typically has beading, lace, pearls, sequins, or ribbon that compliments and sometimes even enhances a wedding dress. Most of the details can be captured from this veil when its edges are worn around the bride’s shoulders. Brides can wear the fountain veil alone or on top of the cathedral veil when you walk down the aisle, for pictures, and even during the reception.

Third we have the blusher veil, the mot simplistic of all the veils. This veil’s purpose is to cover the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle.  This allows whoever she chooses to walk her down the aisle to partake in the actual ceremony by unveiling her right before giving her away to her groom. This tradition is a sentimental one as it allows the father, or someone else that is dear to the bride, to share a special moment before saying “goodbye”. The blusher is usually worn on top of either both the fountain and cathedral veil, or just one or the other, but hardly ever by itself on the actual wedding day. It does make for a fun statement to wear behind the head at the bachelorette party. That way everyone will know who the bride-to-be is.

Although, these next few headpieces are not veils, they still coordinate with the first three mentioned previously. The next headpiece to be discussed is the tiara/headband. This showpiece gives a finishing touch to any look when veils are involved. After placing each of the three veils on top of each other, brides can finish the look by wearing a tiara/ headband. The tiara or headband acts as an anchor for the various veils to prevent the look of having a random poof coming out of one’s head. Brides also have the option to wear the tiara/headband alone. Simply slipping one of these two headpieces into her hair will add that extra sparkle to complete her look.

Veils are also a great option if the bride is still unsure of how she is going to wear her hair on the big day, because veils are attached to combs, which allow the simplicity of sliding easily and staying in place in someone’s hair. These veils can fit perfectly into whatever hair style a bride chooses whether it’s an updo, half-up/half-down, or all down. Simply add a couple of bobby pins to secure it in place to ensure it won’t go anywhere. These combs also allow a bride to easily change her look throughout the day. For example, she can wear the cathedral veil, fountain veil, and blusher veil as she walks down the aisle and then simply take off the cathedral and blusher veil after the ceremony, which will give her a new look for her reception.

There are other options to consider if wearing a veil is not your thing, but you would still like to wear something in your hair.  A popular thing to wear now is the Russian tulle blusher, also commonly referred to as birdcage veil. This headpiece is made out of tulle netting, and is usually accompanied with another type of headpiece such as flowers, feathers, and other embellishments. The great thing about the birdcage veil is that a bride can wear the tulle netting in front of her face or simply fold it up and over backwards so it partially covers the back of her head, while adding dramatic volume to her hair. Again, the most common bridal colors for tulle netting are white and ivory, but there are other colors to choose from.

If wearing the tulle netting is not something you’re interested in, you can always just go with a fabulous flower or feather clip in your hair. Be sure to check out Twigs & Honey by Myra Callan. She hand-makes all of her masterpieces and they are simply GORGEOUS!

The headpiece options are truly endless, which is great news for the bride-to-be, because there are so many choices one simply can’t go wrong. Now that she’s found the dress of her dreams, she can take it to the next level with headpiece accessories! Go have fun trying on all these headpieces with your friends and add some STYLE to your wedding day ensemble!


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