Once you've chosen the perfect wedding dress, it's time to start thinking about what to wear in your hair. Veil or no veil? Crown or tiara? How about a delicate sparkly hair pin, or even fresh flowers? There's lots to consider when it comes to bridal headpieces and the options can be quite overwhelming. But don't panic, we're here with the help of one of our top accessories brands and Fine Art Curation member, EDEN LUXE Bridal, to talk through the main options to adorn your pretty head on the big day.
Bridal crowns are not just reserved for royalty, they're a beautiful option for brides after an elegant traditional yet statement bridal look. From Swarovski crystal-embellished statement designs to sapphire blue and pearl accented styles, EDEN LUXE Bridal offers a wide range of beautiful options for regal style.
Above are some of our favorite fairytale designs, including the Gia, Charmaine and Zara crowns. For bohemian brides who look to nature for inspiration, consider a crown with leaf or floral motifs like the Genevieve to complement your bridal bouquet.
If a crown isn't quite your style, a tiara is a beautiful alternative for that elegant regal look. EDEN LUXE Bridal has a gorgeous collection of different style tiaras to suit every bride, whatever your choice of hairstyle for the big day. There are so many choices it's difficult to choose our favorites, but we particularly love the Something Blue Piper (directly above) to weave a lovely tradition into your look, and the Rainer (on the blonde bride above), which is made with shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls. For pure dramatic effect, there's the Petite Queen Victoria and Diana Princess of Wales tiaras, while brides looking for a lower key look might like the Meg or Verona tiaras.
At first glance wedding veils can seem quite intimidating but once you get familiar with the different types, it's just a case of trying on a few to find what style and length feels right. Broadly speaking, veils tend to have one or two tiers and a range of different lengths and embellishments.
Single tier means that the veil does not cover your face and flows down the back from the point on your head where it is attached (normally by a comb). Two tier wedding veils include a 'blusher' - a second layer that can be pulled forward over the face and raised during the ceremony for the first kiss, then swept backwards to form a second tier at the back. A drop veil is a popular style of two-tier veil that sits flat against the head without gathers (which add volume) creating a chic ethereal look.
Moving onto lengths and there's typically seven to choose from. There's church length (250cm); floor length (approx. 200cm), ballet length (approx. 150cm or mid calf); fingertip length and elbow length. The most versatile and beautiful are the cathedral length (300cm) and the royal cathedral length (350cm) veils. They create a dramatic entrance and frame the bride perfectly, not visually cutting at the waist or hiding beautiful details of the gown.
Additional detail can be added with trims, such as lace or satin, and embellishment such as pearls, crystals, silk flowers or embroidery. EDEN LUXE Bridal offers a stunning collection of wedding veils, including the Pippa (first image), Emma (above right) and Katherine and you can view the full range here. Our favourite has to be the Katherine (above left) to get enviable Kate Middleton style.
If crowns and tiaras feel a touch too formal, a pretty headband might be more your style. Worn alone or paired with a veil, they create a gorgeous youthful look and particularly compliment hair worn in loose waves. EDEN LUXE Bridal has a stunning range of headbands, including the Bianca, which is made with delicate white porcelain flowers; the dainty Abigail headband (above right) and exquisite Lennox, studded with Austrian crystals, porcelain flowers and creamy faux pearls. Just beautiful!
Bridal hair combs and pins
The beauty of bridal hair combs is that you can find one to compliment any look and hairstyle, from delicate flowers to adorn loose waves to a glitzy statement piece to finish a sleek up-do. We love the Poppy comb set with Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls and gilded leaves for a luxe boho vibe, and dainty Lily for a subtle touch of white that won't overpower your look. The Harper porcelain collection of combs and pins is a great choice if you want to weave flowers into loose hair or a braid, and they're super lightweight too.
Last but most certainly not least, bridal headpieces are a beautifully versatile choice and a gorgeous way to express your personal style. EDEN LUXE Bridal has a huge choice, ranging from the dainty to the dramatic. Our top picks include the Swarovski Crystal-encrusted silver Lady Mary tiara (directly above), inspired by Downton Abbey, and the aptly named Freya, with stunning white flowers on a flexible wire band for the look of porcelain without the weight. From gilded leaves, to sparkling stars and opalescent crystals, you'll find the perfect piece whatever your style.