Let’s talk about why brides wear wedding veils on their big day and if you are wondering whether you should, then this may help to consider whether you want to wear a wedding veil on your special day. So, first up, let’s delve into the history of the veil and why this particular bridal accessory is still popular today.
The wedding veil is one of the oldest parts of a bridal ensemble. It dates as far back to Greek and Roman times with most experts agreeing that you can trace its roots back to Rome. This was where a bride used to walk down the aisle with a wedding veil over her face in order to hide from evil spirits who might want to thwart her happiness or to frighten spirits away. Or another theory it has been said is that by wrapping her from head to toe, the look represented one of a modest and untouched maiden. So, with this tradition being carried through to the present day (whilst other bridal trends have come and gone), the wedding veil remains a must have accessory for many brides for many different reasons.
When it comes to unveiling the bride, there are no real rules although tradition suggests that it is the father of the bride (or the person who walks the bride down the aisle) who lifts the veil, right as the bride arrives next to her groom at the ‘altar’ and just before the couple starts to take their vows.
Alternatively, as in more modern times, the groom may lift the veil at the moment before the first marriage kiss is exchanged.
Now, whether you are a traditional bride or love a more modern look, there is a wedding veil for everyone and they really can add that all important finishing touch and transform your bridal look.
Your wedding veil, like your bridal headpiece and/or jewellery, should complement and enhance your overall bridal look, so if you have chosen a wedding dress that is oozing embellishment and detail, then a paired back, simple wedding veil could be the perfect accompaniment. However, if you have chosen a more simple, timeless gown, with very little detailing, then why not add a touch of extravagance with your veil and choose 3d florals, lace or even some sparkles and let your personality shine through.
So, whether you are having a bohemian wedding under the stars or an elegant affair in a stately home, wedding veils can adapt to any type of wedding and with such a vast array to choose from, there should be something that makes you feel like the most amazing version of you and that really epitomises those bridal feels.
Here’s a few beautiful images of some of the bridal veils available…
With a plethora of stunning wedding veils available to give you all the bridal feels, it is one bridal accessory that should be a strong consideration. Even if you are adamant it’s not for you, I urge you just to try one on. You’ll never get this opportunity again and if it’s not for you, at least you can say you tried.
And ultimately, if you do choose to wear a wedding veil on your wedding day, whether that be for traditional reasons or simply because you are a style conscious bride, the most important thing to remember is how it makes you feel.
If you need any help or style advice in choosing to wear a veil and what might work with your bridal gown, please drop me an email on email@example.com and I’ll be only to happy to help.
As a bride with short hair, you may feel a little forgotten in the world of Pinterest inspiration. It’s full of images with tumbling curls and boho waves but contrary to popular belief, you can style short hair in the same way as you can long hair.
Every single bridal accessory, including bridal hair pins, bridal hair combs, bridal hair vines and bridal headbands are all a possibility with short hair. It’s just a case of knowing the right techniques to ensure they all secure properly to stay put.
Let’s focus on hair combs first. The image below is my most pinned image ever on Pinterest, likely because it shows what can be achieved in short wedding hair. If a bridal hair comb is your first choice, then it should be secured by kirby grips through the ‘teeth’ in the comb. Your stylist would also use these to keep a bridal hair vine in place by interlocking one across the other, whilst securing the vine to the hair. This technique will keep it securely in place.
Next up, headbands. There’s no denying that a headband or side tiara is a perfect choice for short haired brides. It sits effortlessly on the head and will remain in situ with ease, meaning you can dance the night away until the small hours.
This option would work particularly well if you wanted a statement headpiece like the one pictured below. No amount of pins, grips and spray would keep a larger hair accessory secured into a short pixie style.
Using a professional hairstylist will ensure you really can achieve anything with short hair. One of the techniques I haven’t touched on yet is texture spray. This is a godsend for adding texture and thickening the hair and a must when styling short bridal hair and especially when adorning bridal accessories too.
Imagine the most stylish, wavy, soft and romantic updo. The style that you’ve often seen on Pinterest and thought, I’ll have to grow my hair or more likely have hair extensions to achieve that, well think again. You only have to look at the stunning example below to know that an experienced stylist can really weave their magic and make you look a million dollars, literally!
Bridal accessories would only enhance this beautifully styled hair to create an exceptional look.
Image from Pinterest
Image from Pinterest
If you are looking for subtle wedding hair accessories, pins can be the perfect solution. They can be added to a short wedding hairstyle with ease by being made on kirby grips. This of course allows the benefit of bespoke bridal accessories to shine through, as any style of pin can be put onto grips instead.
Image from Pinterest
I love nothing more than styling short wedding hair because as you can see, the options are endless. But, if after all this inspiration and advice you are still doubting what you can wear in your hair, email me for a free consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time,
Details matter and none moreso than on one of the most important days in your life, your wedding day. It’s vital that your bridal accessories are given careful consideration to ensure that you make your bridal outfit and not break it! So with this in mind, let’s discover what the Do’s and Dont’s are when styling your bridal accessories…
The obvious starting point is that you have found ‘the one’. The wedding dress that you have fallen in love with and can’t wait to walk down the aisle in. This has to be the basis from which every accessory you choose will have to work with. Your bridal accessories must complement and enhance your bridal gown.
2. Think Less is More
Ever heard the old adage, ‘less is more’? This is so applicable when it comes to accessorising on your wedding day. If in doubt, that probably means you’ve over accessorised. So in the words of fashion designer Coco Chanel, ‘before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’.
It’s a tricky one to quantify because there are so many different options and ways in which to wear your bridal accessories but for example, generally speaking, wearing earrings, a crown and a necklace is likely to be too much, unless it’s all really delicate. Of course, your choice of accessories will also be very dependant on how embellished your gown is. If it’s heavily embellished, earrings and a bracelet might well be enough. However, if you have a simplistic, minimal gown, then you will be able to be more creative and choose significant pieces to accessorise, such as a bridal hair vine with earrings and a bracelet.
3. Consider your hairstyle
This is such an important point. Having worked with many bridal hairstylists over a number of years, a high proportion of brides purchase hair accessories that are not suitable for the hairstyle that they want. There are certain styles of headpiece that only work with a particular hairstyle. It will save time and worry later if you have thought about this upfront. Take pictures with you of the sort of hairstyle you would like to your bridal trial or to the bridal shop you bought your dress from and either of these experts will be able to advise on the best headpieces for the hairstyle you have in mind. Alternatively, search for an accessories designer who can work closely with you to ensure that a hairpiece is created to suit your chosen hairstyle and dress.
4. Wear A Veil
I mean, unless you’re adamant that you don’t want one which is fine. It’s absolutely a personal choice. The message here is to assure you that you absolutely can wear a veil and a bridal hair accessory…be it a vine, crown or pins! I’ve been asked on many occasions if it’s too much or if you should only wear one or the other and the answer is no. If you try a veil on and fall in love with how ‘bridal’ it makes you feel, then have no fear that you can also adorn your hair with any accessory you choose. Your hairstylist should know exactly how to style both pieces confidently and if not, why not ask their advice, or mine!
5. Try Everything On
This is so important, particularly if you didn’t find your bridal accessories at the shop you bought your wedding dress from. So if you missed out on the experts co-ordinating everything for you, then you may decide to embark on an online journey to purchase your bridal accessories. When searching and considering what you like, you must keep your wedding dress (and possible hair style) front of mind before selecting items to purchase to ensure they are cohesive. In addition and even more important is, if you buy pieces from several places online then it’s vital that these all work together.
The key in this instance is to try everything on together. This will give you a clear picture as to whether or not the accessories and your wedding dress co-ordinate.
Of course, the alternative would be to seek a bridal accessories designer who can design and create pieces with carefully chosen components that work with the details of your dress. This will provide perfectly co-ordinated accessories that enhance your overall bridal look.
Photography Nikkis Moments My gorgeous Ellene Statement Headpiece should be worn alone, as shown here. With some detail on the dress, the headpiece works in unison with that and apart from a pair of small stud earrings, is all that is needed to provide a cohesive, polished bridal look.
Trend-focused pieces tend to date, whereas classic pieces will stand the test of time. Carefully consider the look you are going for before opting for trend-driven accessories. This will come into it’s own when you look back on your wedding photos 5 or 10 years down the line.
7. Forget about Comfort
I can’t stress this enough. It’s not often something you think about when selecting accessories but it definitely should be! As with your gown, you will be wearing your accessories all day (or you should be!). Heavy, bulky pieces will have you discarding them half way through the day, just like you do a pair of shoes when they start to hurt after several hours of wearing them. And what a shame to have to do that on one of the most special and important days of your life. In addition, with particular regards to bridal hair accessories, these pieces will not be malable and so therefore cannot be moulded around your hairstyle. Additionally, if it’s a heavy headband, your pressure points behind the ears will be adversely affected, just like they are when you’ve worn your sunglasses all day. In this instance, if you do want statement pieces that will be heavy, then consider having an accessories designer that will make you a bridal hair accessory that will be statement but lightweight too.You do not want to invest in pieces that you cannot wear for the duration of the day.
8. Grow your Hair
Of course you can, it’s a personal choice. I know many girls feel pressured to have hair extensions on their wedding day but please don’t assume that you must grow your hair long to wear hair accessories. They look equally beautiful in short hair, you simply need the embellishment set on the appropriate hair accessory.
Brides with short hair still have a plethora of accessories to choose from. For example, a full circlet headpiece or beautiful vines can easily be worn, with ribbons at the ends to keep secure.
Be you, be yourself and let your personality shine through. All your accessories should allow you to do this.
9. Leave it too Late
Start looking early for your accessories as soon as you have your bridal gown. Once you have found ‘the one’, this will in turn dictate to a certain extent, your hairstyle too so you can go full steam ahead in choosing your finishing touches. It will enable you to have browsed a variety of bridal accessories and potentially come to a decision on your co-ordinated accessories. This will be of great help, particularly if you purchase any bridal hair accessory prior to your bridal hair trial. This will then give you the opportunity to see how your hair piece will look with your chosen style.
10. Give up if you still feel confused…
If after all this advice you are still left utterly confused with all the choice and are unsure how to create that cohesive bridal look, then get in touch for a consultation. This will save wasting anymore time and ensure that you totally nail your bridal look. I can help you choose what works for you, your dress and your hairstyle either by an in person consultation or a virtual one. It will also allow you to purchase all your accessories under expert guidance, all in one go. Everything from a bridal belt to jewellery and your bridal hair accessories. This will ensure you ooze confidence, are comfortable with whatever you’re wearing, can make purchases without any worry and know that you are going to look the most beautiful and ultimate version of you on your wedding day. ,
When it comes to wedding hair, an updo is a classic hairstyle option. From sleek and elegant chignons to tousled wavy boho braids, I’ve bought you 20 of the best bridal hair updos for all the wedding hair up inspiration you need.
Updos highlight your face, as well as your gown’s neckline and back detail. From high to low, perfectly coiled to messy and everything in between, your options are endless.
Updo hairstyles are practical as well as elegant and wearing your hair up on your wedding day, allows every spectacular detail of your wedding dress and bridal accessories to be seen.
Scroll on to see some truly beautiful inspiration for your bridal hair on your wedding day…
Here’s a stunning example of a textured bridal hair updo, with braids, from my incredibly talented friend and ambassador Danica Zurawel Hair. Enhanced here with beautiful Swarovski hair pins from my new collection.
There’s nothing I don’t love about this updo! Messy and low, it provides a gorgeous canvas for the pretty floral ‘Louise’ hair vine to complement. Hair styled by the insanely talented hairstylist Emma Kim Hairdressing.
Two stunning examples of textured hair updos, are the beauties above styled by my friend and uber amazing hairstylist, Sarah Henning Hair.
Now comes some of the most beautiful updos from the queen of hairstyling herself, Belles Beauty! Her work floors me everytime and I’m always happy to adorn my accessories into her styling. This beautiful hair vine is new and available at Rachel Sokhal Bridal.
One of my absolute favourite bridal hair updos to date is this beauty from my wonderful friend and talented hairstylist, Kim Sandford. One of my favourite bridal hair vines too, the delicate and oh so pretty, Valentina, just wrapped around the hair and finished this look to perfection.
Bridal hair updos can feel both feminine and romantic, and be accessorised with versatility, suiting a delicate bridal crown just as much as a wedding hair vine or bridal hair pins or even just a pair of beautiful statement bridal earrings.
My collections feature some of the most beautiful bridal hair accessories, as you’ve seen in some of the examples above, that pair perfectly with bridal hair updos. But of course, all my designs are handcrafted in-house and can be fully customised in order to take your dream bridal hair accessories to a beautiful reality.
If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your bridal look, please send me an email email@example.com. I’d love to work personally with you to create stunning and unique, heirloom bridal accessories for your wedding day.
Let me know in the comments if there’s a particular look you would love to see.
Arguably one of the most requested bridal hairstyles, the half up, half down is a firm favourite with brides across the globe. Trends for ponytails and updo’s are around too but a half up, half down look manages to look polished and effortless all at the same time, making it the perfect choice for your wedding day.
A half up do provides the best foundation for perfect positioning of your bridal hair accessory and of course your veil, if you are wearing one. This popular style allows you to wear a plethora of bridal accessories such as a wedding tiara/crown, bridal hair pins, a hair comb or a bridal hair vine, it really is so versatile. It doesn’t matter what length your hair either, anyone can achieve it whether you have long flowing locks or a short bob.
Without further ado, let’s take a look through 15 beautiful examples of half up, half down bridal hairstyles. Everything from twisted to braided half up, plus lots more.
Stunning braided half up do, styled by the talented Bespoke Bridal Hair by Nicola, accessorised for maximum impact with bespoke Swarovski diamante pins. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Just how beautiful is this braided half up do styled by Sarah Henning Hair, finished off with the gorgeous Eden bridal hair comb that co-ordinates so delightfully with this romantic lace bridal gown.
ACCESSORISING HALF UP, HALF DOWN BRIDAL HAIR STYLES
Half up, half down wedding hairstyles feel both feminine and romantic, and can be accessorised with versatility, suiting a delicate bridal crown just as much as a wedding hairvine or bridal hair pins or even just a pair of beautiful statement bridal earrings.
My collections feature some of the most perfect wedding accessories, as you’ve seen in some of the examples above, that pair perfectly with half up, half down hairstyles. And of course, all my designs are handcrafted in-house and can be fully customised in order to take your dream bridal accessories to a beautiful reality.
If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your bridal look, please send me an email email@example.com. I’d love to work personally with you to create a beautiful heirloom bridal headpiece for your wedding day.
Let me know in the comments if there’s a particular look you would love to see.
Before you even start to think about what bridal accessories you may want to wear on your wedding day, there are certain things that need to be thought about before you purchase anything. Sure, your bridal gown is the main and biggest purchase but the right bridal accessories should not be underestimated and will totally elevate your look and add a personal touch. So, before you buy anything, read my ‘5 things to consider when buying your bridal accessories’:
Please, please make sure you have fallen in love with and purchased your bridal gown! Now, whilst this may seem obvious to most, there are still those that see a hair accessory that they love and go ahead and purchase it before anything else! You cannot possibly make an informed decision on any of your accessories before you know, for example, what the neckline of your gown is. Is it backless or does it have an illusion back? Does it have long sleeves or no sleeves? Will I need to wear my hair up or down? For your bridal look to be cohesive and co-ordinated, your gown should be your first purchase. Only then can every other detail be considered.
2. Hair Trial
If you are confident you know how you are going to be wearing your hair on your wedding day, then you may wish to purchase bridal hair accessories to take to your trial with you. However, like in a lot of cases when purchasing your bridal gown, you may end up with something slightly different to what you were initially considering. Please don’t forget that your wedding dress will likely dictate how you will style your hair. A hair trial first is ideally the way to go as you can be totally confident what you select will be the perfect choice. Bear in mind that your other bridal accessories, bridal earrings, bracelet or even shoe adornments will need to be considered with what bridal hair accessories you choose in order to beautifully co-ordinate.
You should keep in mind what you wear on a day-to-day basis. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, and make your every day accessories relevant to your wedding day look. For example, if you don’t usually wear statement earrings then there’s no reason to wear them on your wedding day. Generally speaking, less is more. You want to look elegant and demure on your wedding day and so it really isn’t always necessary to have a tiara, veil, necklace, earrings and bracelet. Carefully select the right number of accessories and don’t go overboard. Try them all on together before the big day and don’t be afraid to scale back. The wedding images are a permanent keepsake of your very special day and with this in mind, you want to make sure that your choices aren’t too trendy or your photos will look dated really quickly. Opt for luxurious classics instead and your bridal style will remain timeless and sophisticated in years to come.
4. Comfort is Key
Let’s focus now on footwear, although it is important that ALL of your bridal accessories are comfortable since you will be wearing them all day. This is why most of my brides come to me as not only do they want something unique, they can also guarantee that they will not even realise they’re wearing them throughout the day.
Ask yourself, where are you marrying your beau? Are you having an outdoor wedding? Destination Wedding? Stately Home? Do think carefully about this when you’re choosing your wedding shoe. Clearly heels are not the way to go if you’re getting married on a beach! And if you don’t normally wear heels, then consider beautifully adorned flats for your wedding day.
One of the biggest trends of recent years is instead of buying ivory wedding shoes, buy a beautiful nude heel or a pair of shoes to the colour of your choice so that they may be worn many times after your wedding day. This way, you’ll be able to relive those special memories every time you put them on. My recently launched bridal shoe accessory service is perfect for this as you can purchase your very own pair of shoes and allow me to adorn them with beautiful accessories that will also co-ordinate with your wedding dress and other bridal accessories perfectly. Get in touch for more details.
5. The Most Authentic and Beautiful Version of You
Above all else, don’t stray too far from your normal style! Although it’s the most special day in your life, the idea is to look and feel like the best, most beautiful version of your regular self.
If you require any advice on selecting the right bridal accessories for you, please do contact me or comment below, I truly would love to be able to help you.