Tuesday September 22, 2009
Bold Wedding Veil Alternatives
More and more brides are opting out of wearing a traditional veil and instead choosing something more modern. Last week I talked about a hot accessory that many brides are choosing instead of a veil—the fascinator. I personally chose to forgo the veil and instead decorated my ’do with a couple of pretty barrettes and some hairpins to add a little sparkle. There are tons of options if you too decide to unveil yourself on your wedding day.
I started to do some research on options and found so many things that I liked that they wouldn’t all fit into one blog post. So, for the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at a variety of bold, stylish hair accessories. There are many alternatives to the traditional veil, so this will by no means be an exhaustive list. I’m also going to skip the more traditional accessories. We’ve all seen typical bridal tiaras. There are many more exciting ways to glamorize your wedding-day hair.
Let’s get started. First up…hair vines.
Hair vines are delicate flexible strands that can be twisted to best suit your hairstyle. They are held in place with small combs attached at each end or with bobby pins. Hair vines are perfect for adding an ultra-feminine touch to your bridal hair, regardless of the way its styled.
Hair vines can be worn in any number of ways.
They can be woven through your hair.
Wrapped around a bun or ponytail.
Placed on the side your hair.
Or worn as a headband.
Here is the same hair vine worn two different ways.
Next, let’s talk about hairpins. They are usually sold in set of two, three or more. You can spread them out to give a bit of sparkle or gather them together to form a more substantial headpiece. To add more interest, mix and match a few different kinds of hairpins (for example, mix pearls and crystals or use both smaller and larger hairpins). Try to place the pins where they will have the most impact and will look the best and, with the smaller hairpins, it’s best to asymmetrically scatter them throughout your hair.
Hairpins come in all shapes and sizes and, like hair vines, can be worn many different ways.
They can be used to subtly accent your updo.
Spread out to create visual interest.
Clustered together to give the illusion of a larger design.
Accentuate a knot or bun.
Or creatively highlight an otherwise ordinary messy ponytail.
Next week we’ll look at some fabulous headbands.