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4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Bridal Hair Accessories

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

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.

Shown:
-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!

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

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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My Favorite Wedding Headbands for 2011

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

This year we saw tiaras take a back seat to the ever popular wedding headbands. I think what brides love about wedding headbands is the versatility. They can be worn with just about any hairstyle with so many options -- side ornamented headbands, thin double rhinestone headbands and lavish wedding headbands with Swarovski Crystals. Here are my favorite 5 Wedding Headbands for 2011...