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How To Choose A Bridal Headpiece


Shopping for the wedding is so much fun, but with so many decisions to make about what to wear it can also be a little confusing. When it's time to find the perfect bridal accessories, it would be so much easier if you had some expert help when choosing which wedding headpiece to wear. Britten Weddings have put together our complete guide to show you how to choose a bridal headpiece that will suit your personal style and will look absolutely jaw-dropping on your big day.

Where to begin choosing a bridal headpiece?

Let’s start with you 

Your personal tastes, your sense of style, even your hair and face shape, you are the centrepiece of your bridal look, everything else is decoration.  Designed to enhance your features and reflect your personality, bridal accessories help you feel at your most comfortable, so you’ll feel blissfully content, look beautifully happy, and just be generally gorgeous as you say ‘I do’.

Because your headpiece will be on…well…your head, the shape and style of the headpiece can help to emphasise your best facial features. 

Good news for brides with an oval face shape, you can take your pick of the beautiful bunch, as each and every headpiece, and hairstyle for that matter, will look fantastic on you.

If you have a slightly rounder face, choosing a headpiece with a bit of height to help lengthen your face and make it appear slimmer.

Rose wedding headband with pearls - 'Rosie' | Britten Weddings

For brides with a longer looking face, a little hair volume and a strategically placed bridal hair comb can go a long way to balancing the sides of the face.

1920's wedding hair comb - 'Iolanthe' | Britten Weddings

Choose a delicate bridal headband to help soften a square face shape, and team it with long tousled curls or wispy tendrils of hair to frame your face.

Flower and leaf botanical wedding headband 'Rani' | Britten Weddings

Make the most of your eyes and cheekbones if you have a heart-shaped face, with a halo hair vine to draw the focus to your eye-line.

Gold floral extra long hair vine - 'Flora' | Britten Weddings

Your wedding dress

Your style of wedding dress is already likely to be a reflection of your own personal style. Here we take popular wedding dress styles and match them to the bridal headpieces that would complement them best.

Modern wedding dresses

Brides looking for a modern aesthetic will often choose pared back strapless or halterneck column style dresses for a sleek and sophisticated silhouette.  Modern brides don't have to opt out of tradition completely though when it comes to their bridal headpiece. Choosing to wear a minimalist wedding veil can help to balance out the simple clean lines of a contemporary bridal gown by adding shape and a little volume to the overall look.  Modern brides may also wish to think about choosing bridal headbands or hairpins, made with contemporary rose gold finishes and sparkling crystals, to add understated yet elegant detail to their bridal look. 

Silver wedding hair pin with crystal spray - 'Eden' | Britten Weddings

Alternative wedding dresses

Beachy bohemian brides with long floaty wedding gowns or vintage-inspired dresses need a suitably alternative headpiece to add the perfect finishing touch. Look to floral headpieces inspired by nature, or delicate head chains for the ultimate in boho-luxe bridal accessories. Alternative brides may be inspired by vintage style veils like a Juliet Cap veil, or a Russian net veil for some old school Hollywood glamour.

Pearl and gold bridal head chain- River | Britten WeddingsImage Credit: Irene K and Louise Beukes

Crystal Beaded Juliet cap wedding veil - 'Mai' | Britten Weddings

Embellished bandeau wedding veil of Russian net - 'Alexandrova' | Britten Weddings

Traditional wedding dresses

If you've opted for a traditional A-Line or ballgown wedding dress, traditional accessories are the perfect match.  Go all out with a full veil paired with a pearl hair comb for a beautifully dramatic look with a hint of sparkle. 

Delicate lace edged two tier wedding veil - 'Millie' | Britten Weddings

Wedding hair comb/vine with beaded leaf arrangement - 'Meri' | Britten Weddings

The latest bridal trends

Dedicated followers of fashion will ensure that their bridal look is sartorial by following designer bridal trends, but classic looks never go out of style.  The timeless romance of a bridal veil will always be a popular trend amongst brides, and embroidered veils are predicted to continue to grow in popularity for 2019. Statement headpieces have also been a key trend with contemporary brides, and bridal hair vines and head chains are also enjoying their moment in the spotlight. 

Personalised Wedding Veils | Britten Weddings

How to choose a bridal headpiece

Now comes the fun part. When it comes to choosing your perfect headpiece, feel free to experiment and try new things. Shopping for your bridal headpiece is the perfect time to give a wedding veil a go even if you’ve always thought you’d never wear one. Or, why stop at one headpiece when you could wear a combination of two, or even three, individual bridal hair accessories?

Wedding Veils

Seen as the most traditional of all the bridal headpieces, the wedding veil remains a mainstay at many wedding ceremonies. Modern wedding veils are designed with a variety of lightweight fabrics and finishes in mind, and, with a choice of lengths and options for different positioning, there are limitless combinations and styles to choose from.  Veils are also a great option because they can be easily paired with other headpieces such as vines or combs, allowing the bride to remove her veil on her wedding without affecting her overall bridal look. 

Organza wedding veil- Mabel | Britten Weddings

Bridal Multi-pieces

A multi-piece set is a combination of two or three wedding hair pieces that working together to create a stunning effect. Elaborate in their intricate detail, they allow brides to change their style during the day. 

Silver floral multipiece with large centrepiece - 'Jaime' | Britten Weddings

Bridal Hairpins

Wedding hairpins are flexible headpiece option for brides. Wearing single or multiple hairpins, brides can achieve their desired look from minimalist elegance to ethereal romance by arranging the hairpins into different formations and fixing them into a variety of wedding hairstyles. 

Silk flower wedding hair pins (x5) - 'Fiore' | Britten Weddings

Bridal Hair Vines

Delicate and versatile, hair vines have become extremely popular with brides in recent years. Worn with other bridal hair accessories, positioned like a headband, crown, or halo, or entwined in a loose braid, a wedding hair vine is a fantastic option for every type of bride. 

Gold spray flower hair vine - 'Sadie' | Britten WeddingsImage Credit: Irene K and Louise Beukes

Bridal Headbands

Easy to wear. Practical. Stunning. Wedding headbands can be highly decorative with floral designs, feature vintage elements in the form of crystal deco arrangements, or embrace minimalism, whilst working perfectly with a range of up-dos and long bridal hairstyles. 

Statement crystal wedding headband silver 'Laurie' | Britten Weddings

Bridal Hair Combs

Versatile and ornate, wedding hair combs work well with veils or as an individual headpiece. Hair combs look effective when worn as side hairpiece or sitting above a bun or chic chignon. Or, combine two looks in one with a bridal hair comb with chains for vintage-inspired boho-luxe beauty. 

Wedding hair comb with a sparkling arrangement of pearls and crystals in silver - 'Nåim' | Britten Weddings

Bridal Head chains

A favourite with Bohemian brides, a bridal head chain is an alternative option to a traditional veil for unconventional brides. Worn across the forehead, they create a romantic high-fashion look by combining shimmering pearl and crystal embellishments with delicate chains draped over a simple bridal hairstyle. 

Crystal and chain bridal head chain- Esme | Britten WeddingsImage Credit: Irene K and Louise Beukes

We hope you now know how to choose a bridal headpiece and have lots of fun in the process of picking one out for yourself. Britten Weddings have an amazing selection of different types of bridal headpieces alongside our wider range of bridal hair accessories. Shop our range online, or, if you still can't see the wedding headpiece you had in mind, contact our bridal boutique to discuss our bespoke hair jewellery design options.