Contributed by Sussman’s Bridal Supplies
Choosing the Right Headpiece can be an interesting new experience as most of us aren’t used to wearing decorations in our hair. The good news is that selecting a headpiece doesn’t have to be an intimidating or budget-breaking enterprise. The headpiece is meant to be the crowning touch – a beautiful accessory to complete your polished look on your wedding day.
Everyone has a different way of going about it, but here are some tips you might like to consider before heading out to look at headpieces:
• You might want to look through some bridal magazines or websites to see what is out there. Which styles grab your attention? Which styles look good with your wedding dress and desired hairstyle? It is also helpful to determine what you don’t like as well as what you do.
• You can talk to your hairstylist about potential ways of wearing your hair, and see if they have any suggestions about what would work especially well with your hair colour, length and your face shape. Are there any styles that they would recommend against? It is very valuable to get some opinions with experience behind them.
• Alternatively you can take magazine photos or go and do some legwork in the stores first, see a few styles you are interested in and then speak to your stylist about how he/she could work with that for you.
• It doesn’t hurt (or cost anything) to go into a shop and have a good look around. Don’t be afraid to ask to try the headpieces on as that’s what they are there for, and you never know…that style that has potential but looks “too much” or “too simple” on the shelf could look absolutely perfect once you try it on.
• Shop around! Feel free to check out the selection in bridal boutiques, but to save some money it really pays to check out the smaller accessory shops as well. Often you can find the same items or very similar ones for much less money
• Will it match my dress? There are no hard and fast rules about what to wear in your hair. Everyone is unique and has different preferences and tastes and there are a vast range of styles to choose from. You are free to try and match the beading in your dress (if any) to that in your headpiece but you definitely don’t have to. No one will be scrutinizing your bodice and headpiece to make sure everything is identical. Many of the dresses these days are very simple with little or no beading, and a headpiece with a touch of sparkle can be just the thing to ‘dress it up’.
Why is there such a range in prices?
There are two main criteria which determine a headpiece’s price: First are the materials it is constructed from, and the second is where you buy it from. It is important to bear in mind that if you are buying from a fancy bridal boutique then as with all designer items you will pay a premium for their name on the label (and on the shopping bags, and in the ads etc.)
What are the choices?
• Stores with a good selection of headpieces can offer you a variety of styles from traditional, to modern to specialty (e.g. Renaissance or Medieval styles, or coloured crystal accents etc.)
• There are also other choices for you to wear in your hair. Be open-minded and creative. Ask about the current trends or new styles. You certainly don’t have to wear a traditional tiara, you can use pearl or crystal twists, a beautifully beaded comb to top a veil, flowers on wires, or even delicate white feathers in your hair!
• Be aware that you generally have the choice of colours of pearls in at least two shades: white and ivory, and often in a third “diamond” or off-white, which is a shade in-between. The metal finishes are usually available in silver or gold-tone.
• Typical bridal tulle (veiling) comes in three shades: white, diamond/off-white and ivory. It is also available in different widths, and this determines the fullness of the veil. The tulle itself is not expensive. The cost of a veil is generally determined by where you buy it, the edging used, the length, number of layers and the decorations (e.g. scattered crystals or pearls).
• Again, there are no strict rules about the length of your veil, but consider your dress: if it has a beautifully detailed waistline, you may want a veil that comes to that point to draw the eye. If you have a very simple dress you may want a longer veil to add a bit of drama.
• Veils are available with a wide range of edgings. You can have a simple serged or rolled edge, a satin cord or ribbon edge in a variety of widths, a pearl edge, an embroidered edge, or no edge at all, just well-cut tulle.
• It is not difficult or expensive to dress up a plain veil. You can buy fabric glue and decorate your veil with a scattering of crystals, sequins or rhinestones.
In conclusion there is a world of choice out there when it comes to headpieces and veils. It certainly pays to shop around and talk to other brides and brides-to-be about their experiences. The factors that can make buying a headpiece and veil a very pleasant experience are informing yourself of your choices, being in a comfortable atmosphere with a great selection, reasonable prices and helpful staff.