Everything from the head up

Here are some wedding tips and advice regarding whether or not to wear a veil, wearing your hair up versus down and popular wedding hairpieces on trend.

Veil or No Veil?

The main question to ask is Is wearing a veil suitable for my wedding?

Traditionally veils are still worn, but if it is a second marriage or if the bride is pregnant, veils are not typically worn. If you are considering a wedding ceremony in a location that is exposed to strong winds, it is recommended to not wear a veil. Beach wedding locations are always exposed to strong winds and the veil will end up flying over your face or having to be held by your leading bridesmaid, making you uncomfortable during the service.



Veil tips

Choosing the right veil can depend on a few factors, but the main one is to suit the dress and hairstyle as this affects the placement of the veil on your head.

  • Make sure it’s the right length. When purchasing your wedding dress, ask to try on a few samples of veils at different lengths.
  • It needs to complement the colour and design of your dress. If your dress is heavily embellished, you should choose a  simple, plain veil to not take the eyes off the dress and vice versa.
  • Most dressmakers will have veils to suit your wedding dress, but you can also get one custom made.



Should I wear my hair up or down?

This is a problem most brides come across.  This, again, quite often depends on a few factors; one being the location of the wedding and the design of the dress. If you are tying the knot in a windy location ie. beach wedding, your hair is recommended to be up. If you are wearing a wedding dress with lots of detail, whether your hair is up or down, a more simple hairstyle would be more appropriate.

Here are some tips:

  • Up styling – Wearing your hair up, if done well should last all day and night. If it is styled in a structured position, it should be more comfortable and not just secured with pins and hairspray. The looser and messier looks may not hold as well and droop throughout the evening. Having your hair up is better for humid, wet and windy conditions.


Down styling – Typically a down hairstyle is considered to be more natural, soft and relaxed and sometimes less formal. If you are wearing a backless dress, having your hair down compliments this look well. Some brides often refer to wearing your hair down a more sleek and sexy look. Remember that in humid and wet conditions, your hair may tend to frizz.


Half up Half down – If you can’t decide between an up-do and down-do, we suggest you pay attention to the variety of different half up half down bridal hairstyles. This way you’ll enjoy the best qualities of the both hairstyle groups – the naturalness and chic of freely flowing locks and the elegance of the lifted up part.


Hairpieces and Crowns

Hairpieces and crowns are becoming more popular and are taking over from the veil. The most common hairpiece is the flower crown, but tiaras, beads and other jewellery items are also still on trend.

Hair accessories are more suited to brides that don’t wear a veil. Typical hairpieces can include tiaras, pins, combs, birdcage veils and bridal hair vines. Some brides even use their hairpiece as “something blue” or keep for sentimental reasons and pass on to later generations.

Flower crowns are romantic and goddess-like. They are mostly worn when wearing your hair down as it can be easily removed and not interfere with your hairstyle too much. 





Flower crown tips

  • Ensure you choose colours that match your bouquet and reception flowers as well as the colour of your hair. For example, brunettes suit deeper, darker tones whereas blondes suit bright pinks, redheads suit white and brunettes suit pastel colours.
  •  Make sure to speak with your florist as some types of flowers may not be in season
  •  Ensure that your crown is pinned tightly to your head.


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