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Bridal Hair Accessories

9th April 2015 |By | Be the first to comment

The National Wedding Show is one of the most anticipated bridal shows in the UK and is renowned for it’s impressive catwalk. It exhibits the most current, on trend bridal wear styles for the season and includes outfits for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride/groom. An ideal starting point for any fashion conscious bride and her wedding party.

This year did not disappoint with stunning gowns from a range of designers including Alfred Angelo and Allure Bridal, however it was the bridal hair accessories that really caught our eye!

Headdresses and bridal gowns from Allure Bridal |

Hair accessories and bridal gowns by Allure Bridal

Headdresses and bridal gowns from Allure Bridal |

Hair accessories and bridal gowns by Allure Bridal

Whilst the traditional tulle veil is still very much a firm favourite, the National Wedding Show wowed the audience with these unique headdresses made from ruffled tulle and embellished floral appliques. Teamed with lace, ball gown style wedding dresses, they showed us that you should not be afraid of making a statement!

Bridal hair accessories on the National Wedding Show catwalk |

Bridal hair accessories as seen on The National Wedding Show catwalk

For those who are looking for bridal hair accessories that are a little different, but not quite as dramatic as the Allure Bridal headdresses, another popular trend on the catwalk were ornate 1920’s inspired headbands. From feminine flowers to statement crystals, there were different designs to suit a wide range of wedding looks. Whilst the dramatic tulle headdresses generally suit hair tied back, these vintage headbands are more versatile and look great with hair up or down and with or without a veil.

Traditional veil with satin edge and 1920's style headband |

Satin edge veil from

Which Style Should I Choose?

It’s almost impossible to choose the right hair accessories for your wedding day when you’re in your jeans, with you hair scraped back in a ponytail! If possible, book a hair trial, followed by an appointment to try on your bridal gown so that you can experiment with hair accessories with the complete look. This ensures you choose hair accessories that will work with both your hairstyle and dress.

Tiaras – The most traditional and regal hair accessory choice for a bride. Whether you want something small and delicate or big and blingy, there are designs to suit all dresses. Tiaras suit most hair dos, however they look best with a bouffant style as it  helps balance out taller tiaras and frames them. Complete the look with a traditional veil.

Ivory & Co. tiara from Crystal Bridal |

Headbands – Definitely try before you buy with headbands. The last thing you want is it digging into your head on your wedding day! Choose a classic Alice band for a cute and girly look or if vintage is the style you are going for, side pieces or 1920’s style headbands are perfect! Which ever hair style you opt for, there is a headband out there that will work with it.

Hair combs – These look great with a ‘swept to the side’ style or up do and come in a range of sizes and embellishments to suit your style. Bare in mind that unlike a tiara or headband, a hair comb will not be seen in photo’s from certain angles.

Hair pins and combs |

Hair pins and combs from Crystal Bridal Accessories

Hair pins – For a subtle amount of bling that won’t take away from your dress, little pins scattered in your hair is the answer! You will need at least some of your hair pinned up for them to stay in. If you’re wearing a veil, consider where you want to place them so that they aren’t covered by it.

Flowers – For a spring or summer wedding, floral hair pieces add a natural feminine touch. Fresh flower, hair wreaths are gorgeous for a boho bride or opt for a fabric flower embellished with beads and crystals for something a bit more formal and glamorous.

Floral hair accessories |

Floral hair wreath by The Bespoke Florist | Flower hair clip from Crystal Bridal Accessories

Veils – Brides tend to be divided on a traditional veil. Some feel like a ‘real bride’ in them and others think that they are too old fashioned, but whatever your initial thought is, always try one on as you may be surprised at your reaction! Try it with your dress to make sure it’s the right length and colour and that any embellishment on it, works with your style of dress. If a traditional veil is a bit too much, a birdcage veil is a cute alternative and looks great with vintage style dresses.

Written by

Lucy Leaper is our inspiration and bridalwear specialist! She has a degree in fashion design and 12 years experience in the fashion industry, including 3 and a half years as the manager of a bridal boutique. Lucy loves to hear every little detail about a bride's wedding plans and it is no surprise that the first thing she wants to know is what they're wearing!

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