Totally Doable: Pairing Wedding Headbands with Updos

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.

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Wedding Jewelry Plus Hair Accessories Plus Wedding Gown Equals…?

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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4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Bridal Hair Accessories

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
-The Tessa
-The Amelia
-An antique silver bridal barrette

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Crystal Hair Twists: A Fun DIY Idea… for Wedding Guests!

Brides, if you’re feeling extra extra generous and want all your wedding guests to look and feel as fabulous as you do on your big day, we have an idea for you. We’ll admit, it’s not for everyone. It’s the kind of idea that most wedding guests will never encounter – but those who do will be talking about it for months, and will probably bring it up at least once at every wedding they attend for years and years.

What is it? We’re getting to that!

Though we’re proposing brides implement the idea with crystal hair twists, we originally saw it done with flowers. At her own wedding, a noted California florist set up a DIY wedding hair accessory (and boutonniere and corsage) station for her guests that included flowers, pins, ribbon, and even fresh fruit. Everyone was invited to make a hair pin to wear during the ceremony and reception.

Good idea? Great idea, we think, but of course, not one that’s easy to implement for anyone who isn’t a florist who knows what goes into making floral hair accessories.

So our thought is that brides who want to replicate the idea do so on a smaller scale by displaying a pretty bowl of crystal hair twists for female wedding guests who want to pretty up their own wedding hairstyles in advance of the ceremony. It not only gives guests something to do, it also gives guests something to talk about while they wait for you and your wedding party to finish preparing for the main event.

No, it’s not the most budget-friendly idea, but it’s not a budget buster, either. If you want to give your female wedding guests a little small something to make them feel fab, it’s a fun and different idea that they won’t see at any other wedding!

Are you doing anything to help your wedding guests feel beautiful and festive? Tell us about it in the comments!

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