We love those brides who make a big fashion statement on their wedding day, and if you’ve gone for an elegant and subtle wedding dress, your headpiece could be the accessory that you really make an impact with!
By Karen Birney
Pearl and Swarovski encrusted lace bridal caps were popular with boho brides in 2012, and we think they are a real contender for the statement piece of the year for 2013. They give a fabulous vintage-meets-hippy look and are incredibly chic, however we advise to approach with caution as they can be difficult to pull off! The whole look needs to be light and airy. Floating dress fabrics are the preference, and with as little detail as possible. This is perfect for brides opting for a vintage look but unable to choose between a beautiful veil and a beautiful headpiece!
Below are two gorgeous examples from Victoria Mary Vintage’s Millésime collection (left) and noted American bridal jewellery designers Twigs & Honey (right).
Victoria Mary Vintage | Twigs & Honey
Stacey Hannan‘s floral headpieces are a real statement of style for Irish brides and this bandeau (below left) as used in the Louise Kennedy bridal campaign 2012 is one of our favourites for a statement piece. The top knot is a very modern and elegant bridal style, and this particular piece suits it like a glove, creating a Greek Goddess like style.
Another alternative to a tiara, but with the same impact, is this floral crown from Allure Designer Accesories in Sligo. It creates a soft look with plenty of bling for classic brides who want to add something different.
Stacey Hannan Designs – Hair Accessories & Jewellery | Allure Designer Accessories Online
Another gorgeous statement piece we love is the full side headpiece. These are similar to the small lace caps worn by women in the 1930s however these modern bridal versions are more detailed and consist of beading, sequence and sometimes pearls, mainly in a floral style.
Twigs & Honey | Victoria Mary Vintage
The traditional tiara will always make a girl feel like a princess on her wedding day, but for a more unusual headdress, you could try something like this crystal and white pearl garland (below right) from Irish milliner Emily Jean. If you are going for a Kate Moss style of wedding this ivory petals and pearl garland (below left) could be perfect for your fairy like bridesmaids or flower girls!
Emily Jean Milliner
If you are looking for a piece to perfectly complement an updo (we’re thinking an elegant, structured bun for instance), one of the below hair slides from Azure Jewellery in Cork could create a beautiful frame. These are less ‘statement’ but just as eye catching if worn as a focal point of your hairstyle.
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.