A veil may be the wedding headwear du jour, but what happens when layer-upon-layer of lace and tulle is trashing your vintage look? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if it is, give one of these alternatives a go instead.
Flower garlands for festivals are so last year, but for weddings? We can’t get enough. Your nuptials needn’t be held outdoors to channel the Woodstock vibes on your big day. Sprigs don’t come much more subtle than the hugely underrated gypsophila, better known as baby’s breath, and one of the year’s top wedding trends is to weave this pretty little plant through braided updos to immediately add a boho edge. That said, there’s no need to show restraint when it comes to bigger blooms. Long and loose locks look incredible with garlands crafted from piles of petals.
Tiaras went through a rough patch after appearing in one too many episodes of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but they’re making a sparkling comeback for vintage-style brides, especially when worn with a thoroughly modern gown. Fashion designers including Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent have seen the fash-pack polishing their crowns and placing them firmly back in place, leading to many a bride doing the same. The key to wearing a tiara the 2016 way is to keep your wedding hair looking a million miles away from prissy Park Avenue princess, taking your inspiration from a rock star wedding in the Cotswolds instead.
Do you remember when Big left Carrie Bradshaw standing at the altar in that god awful Sex and the City movie? There is one thing that could have changed the mind of the reluctant groom, had he bothered to show, and that was a peek of Carrie’s out-there headpiece. It was big, it was bold, it was…a bird. Carrie’s inimitable style saw her get away with a lot, including tons of teal plumage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the look work for weddings that are more, you know, realistic. Even without that unreal Vivienne Westwood gown to work with, feathers are a great alternative to fascinators, especially for brides who are channelling their wedding style from the 1920s or 1940s.
Blame it on our never ending obsession with Game of Thrones if you like, but we’re noticing a real resurgence in the appearance of circlets (try saying that after one too many Babychams!). The ethereal accessory is worn much lower down the forehead than a traditional tiara, putting across a Middle Earth-cum-Medieval aesthetic. Add a flowing boho gown – this look won’t work with more structured, traditional styles – and you’ll be ready to utter those magic words in an enchanted forest. Or indeed any enchanted venue that happens to hold a wedding licence.
Once you’ve chosen your alternative headwear, don’t forget to get in touch with The Beauty Artist so we can create a wedding day hair and beauty look to show it off to full effect.