To veil or not to veil? Wedding head piece accessory options

Of the many, many choices brides have to make while planning their wedding, one of the most visible is ‘what are you going to wear on your head’? As with everything else, there are squillions of options, so I thought I’d (hopefully) help some of you ladies out by giving you a visual guide to how different wedding head piece accessories look and also change the feel of your wedding, and also your gown.

Now I’m certainly no fashion expert, and if you’ve met me, you know this is true (I march to the beat of my own drum when it comes to fashion). So please take my ahem, opinions, with a grain of salt. Also, go with something YOU love, don’t worry about what anyone else wants or says. It’s your wedding day, your way. Also, apply that advice to the rest of your wedding, you only get to do it once. You can thank me later for that morsel of excellent advice.

Let’s talk about some of the wedding head piece options (sounds like a matrimonial trip to the orthodontist haha) out there for brides.

The Cathedral veil

Ok, I admit, I freaking love a good cathedral veil. Traditional, beautiful, timeless, and boy do they take a gorgeous photograph. All hail the cathedral veil! Of course, these beauties don’t go with everything. Best suited to a long dress, and you may want to remove it by the time the reception rolls around and replace with a comb or other hair piece. Can be worn over the face (traditional) for the ceremony entrance or simply at the back of the head. Other considerations may be the length of your hair. Long hair is best, but be sure to try it on at the hair trial to see how it’s going to look on the day.

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Lauren and Tony had a traditional church wedding and the most spectacular sunset!

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Liz chose to wear her veil over her face for her wedding ceremony in St Brigid’s Red Hill in Brisbane.

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Marina chose a simple cathedral veil for to compliment her classy black and white wedding in Brisbane city

Chapel, Waist and Elbow Veils

If a cathedral veil is not for you, you can still go for a shorter length veil to compliment your dress. There are various lengths shorter than cathedral (who knew right?), the most popular seems to be a waist length. After all they are pretty versatile and can be worn in tiers with or without blusher (the bit that goes over your face), beaded, with lace, and will work for both garden and chapel/church ceremonies.

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Sharna chose a lovely veil with blusher for her Royal Pines chapel wedding

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I loved Louise’ choice of mid-length veil for her church wedding

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Ainslie wore a mid-length tiered veil for her garden ceremony in New Farm, Brisbane

Hat Veil

Are you a little more into the vintage look? Then perhaps a hat and veil combination is more your style. I thought Katie-Marie chose the perfect accessory to compliment her peach ballgown dress for her retro vintage themed wedding.  The hat was easily removed too, as it was on a headband. Genius!

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Katie-Marie and her completely fabulous hat with veil. Perfect!

Headpiece

The term headpiece is reallllly broad when it comes to wedding accessories. There is so much to choose from! Flowers, combs, diamontes, halos, and lace are just a few things that can be incorporated into a headpiece. The one thing that has to match is the style. I mean if you are having a vintage wedding then you might consider a small birdcage veil or diamonte comb. The style can completely make or break your overall look. Here are some brides who nailed their choice of hair accessory.

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Brianna chose the perfect comb for her classic vintage hairstyle and lace dress.

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Alex teamed her tea length dress with flowers that matched her bouquet

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Nicola wore an understated diamonte headband because let’s face it that dress is definitely the star! Gorgeous!

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Solua wore beautiful bright orchids for her tropical beach themed wedding

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Emma wore a vintage antique coloured hair tie for her art deco themed wedding and it was stunning

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Mum-to-be Cath chose a beautiful soft white hair tie with flower to match her bohemian Grace Loves Lace dress

So what if you can’t decide? I have another option for you. You can mix and match! One of my fave brides Sarah is a self-confessed head piece freak, so when she couldn’t decide she made the decision to wear a different head piece for each part of her day, and it totally worked. Sarah wore a veil for the ceremony, a flower crown for part of the location shoot, and a diamonte head piece for the reception. All went beautifully with her mermaid tail dress, and made for some wonderful and different photos throughout the day. Problem solved!

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Sarah changed her hair pieces throughout the day

 

So there you have it. Many options, many choices for wedding head pieces. You just have to find the right one for you. Here are some of my favourite suppliers and websites for more inspiration (this is not a sponsored post in any way, I just like these guys’ work).

http://www.julieherbertmillinery.com/

https://www.fletcherandgrace.com.au

http://graceloveslace.com.au/

http://bohemianbrides.com.au/

 

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