Your Guide to Bridal Headpieces
We Discuss Crowns, Tiaras, Wreaths, Snoods and More!

Bridal headpieces are one of the final touches of your wedding-day glamour. From tiara formal to headband chic, what you wear depends on personal taste, the type of ceremony, and your dress & hairstyle. Any headpiece that lifts your hair away from your face is a great option if you want to accentuate high cheekbones and a long neck. Read on for some heady advice.

Tiara: The tiara is the mother of all headpieces, symbolizing a princess look. Jeweled or beaded, and worn on the top of the head, evoking beauty and royalty, tiaras go best with a formal affair and a ball-gown dress. Most women opt to wear them for indoor or winter ceremonies. They are not as common for a summer, beachside affair.  Tiaras vary in formality, and can be worn with either your hair up or down.

Crown: Wedding crowns are very similar to tiaras, in that they are formal, and adorned with jewels or beads. The main difference is that they circle your entire head, and usually don’t have the typical tiara arch at the center. You can also wear a half crown, which is virtually the same as the full crown except that it only goes halfway around your head. Once again, crowns are elegant choices best-suited for a formal, winter affair. Crowns can be worn with ball-gowns or other dramatic dresses. Because of their full-circle nature, they usually look best with an updo.

Wreath: Also referred to as a garland, wreaths are full circles of flowers or ribbons, even twigs. The image is one of old-fashioned romance mixed with a touch of bohemia. Wreaths make for wonderful headpieces at summer and informal weddings, especially beach or garden affairs. While a cocktail dress is not advised as an accompaniment outfit, wreaths go beautifully with princess-line dresses, less-formal A-lines, or vintage styles.

Hair Pin: Hair pins are an increasingly popular alternative to tiaras and crowns. They can be cute and trendy, or chic and sophisticated (think Swarovski). You can wear one pin, or several. Functionally speaking, hair pins also serve as bobby pins, holding your updo in place, or helping cascading curls keep their twist. Depending on the formality, hair pins are great for any season, and all types of dresses. However, if your hair is super-short, you might want to re-think the pin.

Snood: Snoods are making a big wedding comeback, and make for a great alternative for your big day. Snoods date back to the Middle Ages, and are bun wraps that hold most of your hair inside and in back (think of a chignon made of material). They can be crocheted or knitted, made out of cotton or lace, even ribbon. Generally, a piece of elastic holds them together at the top. Formality speaking, you can have a snood created to match the style and color of your dress (do an Internet search for handmade snoods). If your snood is adorned with jewelry, the formal level goes way up, but don’t try this look with a ball gown or any dress with lots of detailing.

Head Bands: Extremely popular for weddings, head bands work wonders for brides who want to keep their hair back and away from the face. Head bands can be thick or thin, formal or informal. A lace head band is perfect for an outdoor, summer affair, and goes with any style of dress. Should you be having a winter wedding, beaded head bands are stylish and Old Hollywood glamorous.
-David Toussaint

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