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!
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.
Have you ever wondered how some brides look so put together and other brides look a little, well, discombobulated? As if all the pieces aren’t fitting together quite right, we mean. Usually, that’s a symptom of a bride who didn’t bother to think about how her wedding accessories and her gown and her bridal hairstyle and her makeup would work together – or not – on her big day. Look, it’s not easy. Most brides-to-be have never had to worry about styling themselves for a formal event past prom, and prom was a lot simpler.
Luckily, we’re here to help, and this week we wanted to share a few tips for choosing bridal earrings that will make a hairstyle shine (and vice versa):
- Ideally, you’ll have checked accessory shopping off your wedding planning to-do list before you go to your hair trial with your stylist so she or he can style around your jewelry, head piece, and veil.
- Your bridal earrings and your wedding day hairstyle should complement one another. If they’re competing for your guests’ attention, the whole look you’ve worked so hard to create is going to seem ‘off’.
- Remember, some earrings are meant to be seen. If you’re wearing an elaborate hairstyle that has tendrils falling over tendrils or an otherwise soft, loose style, choose gem or pearl studs because chandelier earrings are just going to get lost in your locks.
- Subtle doesn’t have to mean small when it comes to earrings. If your bridal earrings are subtle and larger than the average earring, your ‘do needs to be prim and polished. Conversely, flashy complements flashy.
- It’s all about volume. A huge hairstyle is just crying out for a big, bold pair of earrings, so pick yours accordingly.
- Statement earrings are totally hot but not at all right for every bride (or every bridal hairstyle). If you don’t like the way you look in what the fahsionistas tell you is a must-have, feel free to ignore their advice. You’ll feel more beautiful on your wedding day if YOU like the way you look.
In our continuing March series of dos and don’ts for brides-to-be, we naturally had to tackle hair!
While we don’t deal directly in hairstyles, your wedding day do will influence the kind of wedding jewelry and accessories you wear… not to mention your wedding veil, and vice versa. Here are our favorite tips:
- DO make time for the hair trial. As much as you love your stylist, there’s no way to know whether her vision of the world’s greatest wedding hairstyle will match your own. And if you’re using someone new, you need to know they can do what you want.
- DON’T assume your regular stylist is the best choice when it comes to your wedding day. Loyalty is important, but this is your wedding we’re talking about!
- DO bring pictures, which really can speak a thousand words apiece. It’s a lot easier to point at a picture and say “This!” than to explain how big of a bun you want or what loose means to you.
- DON’T hesitate to explain exactly what you want. Your stylist won’t know that you really hate fussy updos unless you actually tell her. She’s not a mind reader. Speak up!
- DO bring your wedding headpiece to every meeting you have with your stylist, including your first chat before the hair trial. Seeing your tiara or comb will give her an idea of how to incorporate it into your style.
- DON’T be afraid to ask for suggestions. Your stylist is a pro and might have some amazing ideas!
- DO let your stylist show you some alternate styles. You may love long, loose looks, but your dress may be screaming for a half-up/half-down do. Remember, you can always veto styles you don’t like so there’s no reason not to experiment.
- DON’T assume you’ll remember every style you see at your trial. Taking pictures of all the options will help you make your final decision.
- DO make sure you’ll have plenty of time with your stylist on your wedding day. How many hairstyles will she be handling? Ask how much time she thinks she’ll need and then pad that, just in case. More time to get ready means less stress for everyone.
- DON’T forget that button down shirt! Wearing a t-shirt could mean having to cut that t-shirt off to get out of it and into your gown.
P.S. – We are running a sweet promo this month for 20% off all veils, so if you’re going for the traditional bridal look check out our selection!
Choosing a wedding dress is an epic undertaking, but it’s not the end of a bride-to-be’s journey. Once she has the gown of her dreams, she still has to choose the bridal accessories that will complete her wedding day look. Most brides are drawn to wedding tiaras and wedding headbands – two beautiful bridal accessory options that have so much in common but can be quite different.
A wedding tiara is the most traditional bridal accessory option and often seen as the most romantic. Wedding tiaras are also still the most popular bridal accessory. The wedding headband, on the other hand, has a lower profile and may be more subtle – but not necessarily. But a headband can be every bit as elaborate and opulent as a tiara, and both can be worn with a variety of bridal hairstyles.
Is one better or more beautiful than the other? You’ll never hear us say so! Every bride-to-be has to make her own decisions, after all. Whether she chooses a wedding tiara or a wedding headband could depend on the style of her gown, her hairstyle, her own tastes, the formality of her wedding, or many other factors. Some brides-to-be gravitate toward one or the other because their mothers or grandmothers have passed down an heirloom headpiece. Other brides just want the princess experience or they love the vintage look of asymmetrical wedding headbands.
In the end, whether you choose a wedding tiara or a wedding headband – or bridal hair pins or some other hair accessory – is entirely up to you. Don’t let what’s trendy sway you. Just pick the bridal accessories that will make you feel blissful and beautiful!
You’ve seen this look on the Red Carpet on Hollywood sweethearts like Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker, but maybe you haven’t considered it for your own bridal hairstyle. After all, common wisdom says that wedding headbands are for loose bridal hairstyles or half up, half down dos. But classic updos actually pair beautifully with wedding headbands, and there’s a long tradition of doing just that.
Wedding headbands come in all shapes and sizes, like the Tia pearl wedding headband shown in the lower right. It’s subtle enough to work with almost any updo you can think of. The Lucia filigree wedding headband, on the upper right, makes a bolder bridal statement with a classic vintage look featuring brilliant sparkling rhinestones. And for the boldest brides? We recommend the stunning Fiona crystal wedding headband with three bands and genuine hand-cut Swarovski crystals.
Three brides… wedding headbands three ways. Which look is your fave? This is an accessory that will take you from the aisle to the dance floor, whether you go for a full-on elegant updo or a glam retro ponytail. What’s particularly nice about headbands versus some other bridal hairpieces is that a wedding headband can actually give your updo some support. Hair that falls flat between the ceremony and reception? No way – not with a headband! So take a little inspiration from the celeb world and accentuate your wedding day hairstyle with a gorgeous wedding headband.
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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