Putting the finishing touches to your wedding attire can be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, and when it comes to hair accessories the options are pretty much endless! Some brides-to-be will have their heart set on a stunning statement headpiece, others on a classic and romantic comb, some may opt for a fabulous fascinators while others have fallen head over heels for the vintage feel of a pretty birdcage veil. No matter what style you’ve your heart set on, you can find it at one of the many amazing boutiques we have dotted around the country, from Donegal to Dublin – and remember trying each one out is part of the fun!
If you’re struggling to find something your style, or you have a piece in your head that for the life of you you can’t find, fret not – there are so many incredible Irish designers and milliners who are there to make it for you – no matter what your budget. Check out some of the most talented Irish accessory designers we’ve come across below. And for those of you who prefer to style from the comfort of your couch (or desk! cough…) we’ve included some of the best bridal accessory sites online for you to browse to your heart’s content. Enjoy!
Allure is a full online wedding accessory store which is based out of Sligo. Renowned for its designer handbags, bespoke bridal jewellery and other exquisite accessories, the site is a treasure trove for brides looking for something special to add a burst of glamour to their wedding wear. We’re particularly enthralled with Allure’s range of beautiful crystal hair drapes (above) for something unique for the bride’s hair ‘do. The store in Sligo is a treasure trove of tasteful and glamorous pieces and it’s aim to offer customers designer accessories at affordable prices should appeal to everyone!
Sophie Hunter Millinery, Louth
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Talented Irish milliner Sophie Hunter specialises in gorgeous ready-to-wear party hair accessories. We love Sophie’s whimsical and wonderful sequin pillbox hats and bold glitter bows which are a great option for brides who want to don something truly unique and fun on their big day. Customers are invited to customise their own piece by adding netting or crystals to make it their own. Sophie is based in Drogheda, Louth and her pieces can be spotted on celebs both in Ireland and internationally.
Palles Millinery, Dublin
Irish duo Jane and Sandra Palles are professionally trained milliners who make hats and headpieces to the highest standard. Palles has an array of incredible hats and fascinators, perfect for brides and bridal party for a thoroughly glamorous affair. They also offer a hat rental service from their studio in Dublin.
Stacey Hannan Designs, Dublin
Stacey Hannan is one of Ireland’s leading head wear and accessory designers, hand-making all her creations from her studio in Dublin. We love Stacey’s gorgeous Grecian-inspired beaded flower headpieces, which immediately inject a burst of style into any outfit or gown they’re paired with. Contemporary bridal accessories at Stacey Hannan include; decorative hair combs, hair pins, hair clips, crowns, hair bands, hair wires, hair vines and feathered combs – there is something to suit every style of bride.
Love Ezra, Donegal & Kildare
Love Ezra offers brides-to-be and their wedding party an opportunity to be unique and stand out with their range of handmade bridal headpieces and hats. From their carefully hand cut and pressed petals to their hand stitched French tulle veils, each piece is made with a special kind of affection and always with the customer’s personality and style in mind. In addition to headpieces, Love Ezra creates bespoke accessories with a focus on elegant hand beading and embroidery. Visit Love Ezra at their studios in Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal and Straffan Co. Kildare.
Twice as Nice, Galway
TWICE AS NICE has been supplying stunning and unique pieces to Irish brides for over thirty years. They stock a diverse range of beautiful bridal headpieces, from combs to hairbands and tiaras of intricate designs from the subtle to the dramatic. The boutique and online store also offers genuine antique jewellery, as well as vintage, classic and modern designs.
Very Engaging Designs, Dublin
With over a decade spent styling and designing for Irish brides, designer Aideen of Very Engaging Designs prides herself on creating each of her custom-made accessories to complement her customer perfectly.Very Engaging Designs’collections of veils and accessories are all handmade in Ireland and use top quality materials to bring out the best in each design. Swarovski crystals and pearls are chosen instead of cheaper, duller beads and elegant high quality lace and trims come in the very finest of fabrics. Each item is made to order which means that every piece is a custom design, and one that Aideen hopes will become an heirloom for the bride’s family. If you’re looking for something specific like Juliette cap veils or custom lace veils visit their design house in Dublin 2.
The Parisian Bride, Dublin
The Parisian Bride is all about elegance and glamour. Stocking a huge range of wedding accessories including jewellery, hair accessories, garters, nightwear, gloves and umbrellas, Parisian Bride is very much a one-stop-shop for brides-to-be looking for the finest of finishing touches. Products are sourced form both Ireland and around the world and feature collections from designers such as Anu jewellery, Poirier, Footzyfolds Luxe, Shlomit Ofir and June Ellen Designs.
Erin Bijoux is a dedicated online bridal accessory store specialising in couture headpieces and handmade jewellery and accessories. The signature collection of couture headpieces is made in studio and range from vintage to contemporary. Erin Bijoux offers a bespoke service for brides-to-be, including headpieces and hats customised to your requirements by professionally trained in-house milliners and designers. They also have a range of ready-to-wear accessories.
The Finishing Touch, Galway
The Finishing Touch in Galway is a treasure trove of gorgeous wedding accessories for bride and bridal party including clutch purses, shawls, jewellery and fascinators. Bridal hair accessories include pins, twists, bands and combs in a range of sizes, made from pearl, diamante or a mixture of both. The Finishing Touch have announced on their website www.finishingtouchgalway.ie that they will be closing down soon, but as a result you could grab a great bargain on literally all of your accessories with sales of up to 50% off.
Tahnee Morgan Designs, Dublin
Tahnee Morgan has been creating custom-made headpieces for weddings and special occasions for over ten years. The exclusive, professional and individual advice that Tahnee offers stems from her wealth of experience in dressing both Irish and international brides. Tahnee designs a wide selection of tiaras, crowns, combs, and Alice bands – from traditional to the ultra modern, as well as a selection of individual designer accessory items.
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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.