Useful advice when choosing bridal accessories
It can be very confusing choosing your bridal accessories and jewellery, especially with so much choice available online and in shops. The most important thing when deciding is that you feel your best ever, but also that you feel as comfortable as possible.
When I meet brides they have a lot of questions which I hope will provide useful advice for other brides reading this article.
When should I start looking for bridal hair accessories and jewellery?
It’s best to choose your dress before you embark on choosing your bridal accessories to go with it, so you can make sure they coordinate. This doesn’t stop you from looking in the meantime to get ideas of companies that sell the style of accessories that appeal to you and rule out ones that don’t. If you get the opportunity, even if you are not ready to buy yet, try on as many different hair accessories as you can as they tend to look very different in the hair. You may end up falling in love with something that didn’t catch your eye to begin with.
I don’t usually wear much jewellery but feel I should on my wedding day, what should I do?
It’s up to you how much or little you decide to wear. There are some beautiful, delicate bridal accessories that you will probably feel more comfortable in. Some people opt for one statement piece of jewellery or headwear and if you do so, it’s advisable that the accompanying accessories are understated so there is one focal point.
Shall I opt for silver or gold jewellery?
Gold coloured jewellery is becoming more popular and usually goes well with champagne and gold coloured dresses, whilst silver is always very popular and goes well with white and ivory dresses. It’s personal preference which you prefer but ideally all your bridal jewellery should match in terms of metal colour.
How do I choose between different types of bridal hair accessories?
Many brides are put off by bridal headbands after bad experiences with uncomfortable ones that dig in behind the ears. Lots of headbands, especially handmade ones, are very comfortable so I would encourage everyone to at least try on a handmade headband to experience how comfortable they can be. They are very versatile as they can be worn with the hair half up, half down or all up. You can ask to have the band wrapped with a ribbon that matches your hair colour if you want it to blend in or pearls and crystals if you want it to stand out. If you are wearing a veil it can be worn in conjunction with a headband. Consider whether you want a side headband or one where the decoration goes all the way across.
- Hair Combs
Hair combs vary in size and shape are usually better if at least some of the hair is up and can be worn on the top, back or side of the head depending on your hair style. If you are wearing a veil too, this could be kept on a separate simple comb that can be removed after the ceremony whilst the decorative comb is left in.
With a tiara, all of the focus is on the front of your head but again they are versatile in the fact that you can have them with your hair in any style.
- Hair Pins
Hair pins are more understated and can be worn towards the back of the head, especially if you opt for prominent jewellery. They can be interspersed into a bun, chignon or Grecian style plait for some subtle sparkle.
What about bridesmaids accessories?
Some brides like to choose hair accessories that coordinate with their own for example, a hair comb that matches the bride’s headband. There are lots of smaller hair combs and hair pins available that brides choose for their bridesmaids. Some of my brides have chosen different hair combs for each of their bridesmaids, so don’t feel as if you have to conform to having all their accessories matching. If they choose something they really like, they are likely to wear it again after the wedding.
What if the item I like isn’t exactly how I want it?
Some companies offer a customisation service allowing you to tailor products to your needs and create something very unique to your own style and taste. It’s advisable to find a company that can offer this service if you are looking for something tailored to suit your own requirements.