Wedding Hair Combs
The wedding veil. For centuries it has been such a huge part of the classic wedding ensemble. And now whether you want a modern look or want something more classic, a veil can be beautifully incorporated into any look. You can choose a veil in one, or both, of two ways.
Wedding Veils That Complement Your Face Best:
- For women with ROUND faces, a wedding veil that falls along the sides of the face would look stunning. For those with round faces, a veil that falls along the sides of the helps to narrow it. As for your wedding hair with this veil, wearing your hair down or in a face-framing bob would complete the look.
- For those ladies with a SQUARE jawline, softness is key. Face framing tendrils will help to relax a strong jaw, and a longer wedding veil will work better than a short wide one. A strong, square jawline is a striking feature, flaunt it!
- If you have an OBLONG face, complement it with a it of width. Look for waterfall veils paired with a wide tiara, wreath or bun wrap.
- If your face is HEART-SHAPED or TRIANGULAR, you’ll want to add width at the jawline. Since most veils will seem to full for you, the best choice is a back piece, where the width shows up behind the neckline.
- A RECTANGULAR face will benefit from softness as well. Don’t be afraid to try more voluminous veils, the goofy quality will make your face look more symmetrical!
Wedding Veils That Complement Your Personality
- If you’re vibrant, fashionable and want to look different than the rest, the Birdcage veil is for you. It has a vintage yet quirky element to it while still looking elegant and gorgeous
(From left to right) USABride Cage Veil with Crystal Edge, USABride Bloom Flower with Cage Veil
- If you have a laid back personality, you might want to forgo the veil altogether and opt for a beautiful headpiece. Floral clips with crystal embellishments are a huge trend and always look beautiful and effortless at the same time.
- For brides who adore tradition, the Fingertip veil will complement your personality best. If you appreciate tasteful and clean simplicity, then this time-honored style is the perfect fit.
- The Cathedral veil is for the princess at heart; The bride who loves all things formal and elegant. This veil adds an aura of grandeur to any look. A cathedral veil tends to be so extravagant that it works best with a simple dress that wont overshadow the impressive veil.
Whether you choose a timeless veil or a show-stopping headpiece, both would be an amazing addition to your wedding look. Good luck choosing, and happy shopping!
Sources for Photos: Pinterest/ E’lstile/ USABride
Not sure how to wear your hair on the big day? Many brides and bridesmaids strive to find a balance between a timeless and unique wedding hairstyle. Selecting the right hairstyle can be a challenge. The most important rule when choosing a hairstyle is to be true to yourself and find what will make you happy. We have compiled some of the most inspiring hairstyles from Pinterest to help you find the perfect look. Get started by selecting a basic category below!
Chic Chignon: Try a low bun or chignon. BTW, what does chignon mean anyway? It comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck. Chignons are styled by pinning the hair into a knot at the back of the head. There are so many different and beautiful variations of this style. They are usually secured with accessories such as combs or hairpins.
Ballerina Bun: The sophisticated ballerina bun is all you need for the big day. They are so comfortable you will never want to take it out! You can even sleep in this bun and then when you take your hair out the next morning… BOOM gorgeous waves! You gotta try this hairstyle; it is perfect for any age and so simple you can DIY (do it yourself). The ballerina bun is awesome to accessorize with a pair of dangly and sparkly earrings.
Vintage Waves: Speaking of waves, here is another perfect hairstyle whether you are the bride or the bridesmaid. Simple soft curls are a great hairstyle for any wedding. Vintage waves are so glamourous and works best with mid length to long hair. Shorter hair works best with Marcel waves which lie flat to the head. There are so many variations and techniques to compliment this look, such as adding a tiara or veil.
We hope these looks inspire you! #therealusabride to show us your wedding hairsyle!
Everything old is new again. Again. I think when summer rolls around brides-to-be (and the rest of us) can get a little nostalgic for times past – whether or not we lived them ourselves! 1950s wedding fashion is always a good bet if you’re a lover of all things vintage. It’s cute. It’s femme. And there’s nothing dowdy about it. For once I’m going to say that choosing wedding accessories is easy since there are plenty retro-inspired jewelry sets and headpieces to choose from. Here are some looks to inspire you and a few of my choices for cute must-haves for the 1950s wannabe.
The 1950s bridal style is playful, for sure. A big hat… a winter hat. Lace gloves or even fingerless bridal gloves! Have fun with your look and you’ll look amazing.
Or keep it super simple with a wedding jewelry set that gives your look just a little bit of sparkle but lets your 1950s wedding dress take center stage.
Tea length or ballet length – it’s all gorgeous.
A simple bridal headband, a sash (with a flower if you’re a nature lover), a pair of CZ bridal earrings and you are all set.
This is a great look to pair with the new lace trend that has been setting the bridal runways on fire! Opt for a little lace or a lot like the bride in the picture above.
Don’t forget the accessories! I love this CZ necklace and earring set and an adorable satin clutch for their old fashioned charm and, in the case of the clutch, usefulness. It never hurts to have somewhere to stash your lippy!
Are you going to rock the 1950s style at your wedding?
Thinking of doing your own bridal hairstyle on your wedding day? Then we have three words for you: practice, practice, practice. Even if you’re used to doing your own hair. And especially if you want to try a new style! To start, you’ll want to have your bridal hair accessories ready to go and plenty of weeks or even months in which to do trial runs of your ‘do. Here are six tips for DIY brides from Gretchen Maurer, creator of Weddinghair.com:
1. Time your practice session and make a list of all of the tools and products you will need. You need to be 100% sure you can create the bridal hairstyle you want, including the insertion of any bridal hair accessories, in the time you’ll have.
2. Put everything in a basket and hide it away to bring out fresh and ready for your special day. Don’t try to substitute out products on the big day – use exactly what you tested in your practice sessions.
3. Schedule times for showers if you will be having relatives stay over. Make sure your bathroom needs take priority if you’re going to be sharing.
4. If you are not dressing at home make sure there is a mirror and a counter or table to work from. Take a tour of the ceremony facility to figure out exactly where you’ll be doing your wedding hair.
5. Make sure there are proper outlets – if not bring an extension cord. And bring extas of everything (e.g., hairpins), just in case.
6. Put on all of your pretty under things and cover up with a button down shirt or robe. This way after hair and makeup are done you can just slip into your gown instead of having to wiggle out of a t-shirt without mussing your hair.
Now you tell us: Would you do your own wedding day hairdo?
The wedding day hairstyle can be such a dilemma for so many brides. Up, down, half up and half down… there are just too many bridal hairstyles to choose from! Luckily we snagged Gretchen Maurer, a bridal hair specialist and author of The Business of Bridal Beauty, to get some excellent tips for the bride-to-be who can’t seem to settle on a style:
Start with the dress because, the brides total bridal look has to be taken into consideration, every thing must balance. The brides dress choice and wedding jewelry sets the tone for the entire ceremony and the hair design has to evoke the same feeling.
Believe it or not the wedding gown can also dictate the texture of the finished hair design. A smooth, shiny updo of curls or glossy stick straight hair complements a smooth satin gown. Where a gown of sweeping tulle is beautifully accented by soft flowing curls.
3. The silhouette:
Your look from head to toe has a silhouette, either horizontal or vertical. A full skirt is horizontal and best balanced by a wider hair design and or full veiling. A vertical look being narrow and slim is complemented by a hair design of the same lines; it could be a bob tucked behind the ears or a narrow pile of curls on top of the head.
No, we are not back in school. But is there a period of history your gown reflects? Theme weddings such as renaissance or swing, make a great excuse to have some creative fun with your hair.
Again the full effect needs to balance. The bride with short hair who is wearing an ornate full traditional dress needs to remember to balance her look with the appropriate headpiece. Like wise the petite bride with too much hair might think about wearing it up to draw the eye vertically.
6. Time of Day:
Next to the dress, the time of day should have some bearing on the hairstyle and bridal headpiece you choose. For a day or morning wedding less glitz and sparkle. Save the crystals, sparkle and tiaras for more formal evening weddings. Headbands, flowers, wreaths, and hats are perfect for day or morning ceremonies.
When you’re trying to choose the bridal headpiece that will top off your entire wedding day look, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. But it doesn’t have to be! When selecting a tiara, bridal comb, headband, or hair pins, just make sure:
1. You’ve picked out and really settled on a wedding dress
2. You have a general idea of how you want to wear your hair on the big day
From there, you’re ready to really do the work of choosing between the numerous bridal headpieces out there!
There are so many styles of bridal headpiece – the trick is to identify your bridal style and use that as your guide! Here we’ve put together a little bit about each kind of headpiece and what makes them special to help you pick the perfect one:
Tiaras offer the most dramatic look. They are a gorgeous accent to any style gown, from simple and contemporary to ball gown traditional. Tiaras can be worn with or without a veil and are usually accented with Austrian crystals, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, AB crystals, fresh ater pearls, and faux pearls. Tiaras compliment up-dos and pretty much any other bridal hairstyle.
Headbands are now one of the most popular wedding day looks. For brides who want to wear their hair down, a headband can be used to keep hair away from the face. They also can be worn to accent upswept hairstyles and looks fantastic with shorter hairstyles. In fact, this is one of the best bridal hair accessories for the short haired bride!
A comb is a simple piece that can be worn in almost any hairstyle. Brooch style combs offer the striking look of a headband or tiara, but smaller. Depending on the style, a bridal comb can sometimes provide a less formal look, and the best part is they can be worn on different parts of the head. Crystal bridal combs are still the most popular options, but flower combs and feather combs are tres trendy.
Wedding hair pins are also very versatile. They are a great option for any hairstyle, whether formal or tussled, but especially up-dos with body or layers. They have become very popular for the beach bride because they’re less formal than a tiara or headband but have just as much sparkle.
Coordinating your whole wedding day look – something we’ve discussed more than once in the past – is a matter of choosing wedding jewelry and accessories that harmonize with each other and with your gown. But how exactly do you do that? The first step, obviously, is choosing a wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful. Next comes your wedding jewelry, which should coordinate with your gown.
Then come the wedding hair accessories – and for some brides-to-be, this is the hardest part of planning a successful bridal ensemble. That’s because coordinating two things – a gown and a bridal jewelry set – can be a lot simpler than coordinating three things… plus a bridal hairstyle, yikes! No wonder some mild mannered brides morph into bridezillas!
But we want to make it easy, at least so far as your bridal hair accessories are concerned. The first guideline we offer brides is to look at bridal hair accessories that have something in common with already-purchased jewelry sets. You might coordinate design, color, shape, gemstones, or style. For example, you might pair a pearl tiara with a pearl bridal jewelry set.
Once you figure out what you need to look for, you can start thinking about the type of bridal hair accessory you’d most like to wear. Here are the basic kinds of hair accessories favored by brides:
Tiaras: This is one of the most versatile bridal accessories because tiaras can be worn with short or long hair. If you want to feel like a princess on your big day, a crown-like tiara with gems or pearls will definitely do just that.
Bridal headbands: Just like your everyday headband, a bridal headband can be worn with long hair to keep it out of your eyes. Headbands can also easily be a part of an upswept hairstyle.
Double headbands: Just like a traditional headbands, this hair accessory can be used to keep loose hair in control. Double headbands can make more of an impact, though, because there are two rows of pearls, gems, or decorative elements.
Bun rings: A bun ring is a circle of crystals or peals that wraps completely around a bun or other updo. This particular accessory is a classic and not often worn by modern brides, but very beautiful with the right wedding day hairstyle.
Backpiece: When you don’t want to take away from the impact of your wedding jewelry, a backpiece is a great hair accessory compromise. These clips and pins sit in the back of your hair – sometimes with an attached veil.
Combs and clips: These bridal hair accessories can be worn with almost any hairstyle. Just be sure to let your stylist know that you’ll want to incorporate them into your hairdo!
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Can brides go bareheaded on the big day? Absolutely! Should they? If they want to, sure. But of course, we are a little bit biased when it comes to wedding hair accessories because we love to see brides sparkle!
So let’s just say that you’re not one of those brave brides who is going bareheaded, and you’re looking for the perfect bridal hair accessories. This is where things get tricky. There are so many options! Too many, maybe. Crystal hair pins, pearl hair twists, crystal hair combs, bridal barrettes… it’s enough to make an already frazzled bride go a little bridezilla.
But don’t fret! We’re here to help you narrow down your options so you can pick the perfect wedding hair accessories – and not have to worry about bridal regret when you look back on your wedding photos in a year. Here are four tips that will make choosing hair accessories a snap so you can keep your inner bridezilla bottled up:
1. Your wedding dress comes first. Unless you have a beloved heirloom bridal accessory that you can’t get married without, choose your dress before you even thinking about looking at wedding hair accessories. The style and silhouette of your gown, the color, and the overall look will help you find the perfect bridal hair accessories.
2. Are you wearing a veil? Fewer brides are wearing bridal veils these days – or they’re going short with birdcage veils. You can mix certain wedding hair accessories with veils – like pins and twists, for instance – while other hair embellishments, like big barrettes and fascinators, won’t work with a veil unless they’re part of it. Keep in mind that some hair accessories can limit your veil options and vice versa. And too many accessories will overwhelm your look and underwhelm your guests!
3. Whether you’re wearing your hair up or down can help you choose wedding hair accessories, so settle on an updo, down do, or half do before you shop. You don’t need to know your exact wedding day hairstyle, and your stylist can even create a unique style based on your hair accessories. It just helps to have a general idea of the kind of wedding hair look you’re going for.
4. Finally, your jewelry may play a role in your choice of bridal hair accessories. For instance, if you’ll be decked out in pearls, you probably don’t want to wear a crystal hair comb. Are your bridal earrings going to play a starring role in your wedding day look? Then keep your hair accessories on the simpler side. Basically, it’s all about balance. Don’t go overboard with your accessories – they should all work together to make you shine without blinding your guests.
-A dazzling crystal bridal barrette
-Our Maya pearl hair pin
-A gold and pearl hair pin
-An antique silver bridal barrette
Last year’s couldn’t-miss-it royal wedding gave Americans a look into the big and beautiful world of British wedding accessories, and brides haven’t looked back since. It could be said that Kate Middleton introduced the rest of us plebes to the fascinator, but the fact is that feather bridal fascinators have been a mainstay of UK wedding wear forever.
We in the U.S. have just been a tad slow on adopting this versatile style.
What’s a fascinator? Just a flexible piece of millenary that can be worn in place of a veil or hat anytime one finds oneself at an occasion that calls for a veil or hat. Like, for instance, a wedding. Bridal fascinators are the go-to option for brides who aren’t enthralled with veils, but also don’t feel quite right walking down the aisle bareheaded. Is it any wonder that we here on this side of the pond have become fascinated by fascinators?
You may be asking yourself whether bridal fascinators are just part of the trend that has brides coveting all things vintage and/or royal, but we think they’re here to stay.
We’re not only seeing feather fascinators on brides… bridesmaids in fascinators have been a part of at least a quarter of the weddings we’ve attended recently. And wedding guests are getting in on the accessories action, too, with colorful fascinators that are entirely evocative of the aforementioned royal wedding. In fact, American weddings are starting to look a lot more like British weddings, and we love it because we’re fascinated, too.
-Our extravagant comb
-The demure starburst hair clip
-The Chrissy flower and feather comb
-A satin flower and feather hair brooch
We don’t know where you are in the world, but around here? Winter has finally hit, and it only took until midway through February. Up until last week, most of winter has felt like an early spring. That means that while we warm our hands over our laptops, we’re just now starting to dream about summer. And that means beachy-keen summer weddings!
Now, unless you’re on an expedited wedding planning schedule, the summer wedding you’re thinking about may be taking place in the warmer months of 2013. But whether you’re on the fast track to say your warm weather vows or you have a whole lot of time left, leave it to us to offer up some beach wedding dress advice!
And this time? We’re not just talking about the accessories!
We started with an amazing pair of nearly flat Valentino sandals with a structured bow. Why sandals? Frankly, we’re amazed at how many so-called beach wedding shoes have heels. Do people not know by now that sand plus heels equals a sinking bride?! Flats have the advantage of no sinkage, plus an open sandal – okay, we’ll admit it, it’s a flip flop – means no having to stop intermittently to empty the sand out of your shoes.
Next, we did like the brilliant budget brides do and chose a white bridesmaids dress over a more traditional (and more expensive) wedding gown. This sweet belted number from Lela Rose is gauzy, flirty, and fun – and the ruffled bodice makes it just perfect for a hot beach wedding.
Then we accessorized with our Melanie Rose hair flower, which is diamond white and reminiscent of the tropics. On top of that, we added the striking Pearl Bliss gold and pearl bridal bracelet. Finally, we finished the look with the chic but simple pearl bridal jewelry set that gives just a hint of shine at the ears and neck without taking away from the drama of the bracelet and the playfulness of the hair flower.
So that’s how we’d wear it – how would you accessorize this white bridesmaids dress? Or would you go short for a sandy beach wedding, just for the fun of it?