I know I want to wear a striking hair accessory on the big day, but the question is what? A floral garland would fit nicely with the slightly rustic feel of our Devon country house wedding, but I can’t help feeling it’s a little too festival. Headpieces and jewelled clips are having a moment right now, but striking the balance between decadent and bling can be tricky. And, once I’ve decided on my hair accessory of choice, will it actually work with the bridal hair I've got in mind?
Guiding me in these important matters is Emily Kent, founder of The Wedding Hair Company. I stumbled upon Emily’s website when searching for up-do inspiration, and her soft, natural approach to bridal hair and make-up really caught my eye. I booked in for a trial so she could test out a variety of stunning hair accessories and wedding hairstyles on me.
Below, Emily explains why each accessory suits the particular bridal hair look:
Jenny Packham, Acacia bridal hair comb, £215
'The muted gun metal tones of this dark crystal comb by Jenny Packham make it a good option for any bride looking for hair accessories that aren't too “bling” – it’s sophisticated, yet eye-catching. This piece looks especially lovely in gently waved hair, with a few strands loosely secured at the back in a simple twist.'
Doloris Petunia, Crystal and Petal Bandeau, £272.68
'This headpiece by Doloris Petunia is incredibly detailed, so the less going on with the hair the better. I chose to gather the hair up into a simple side bun – the combination of the textured tulle and crystals is stunning against stighly tousled, textured hair.'
Jules Bridal Jewellary, Vintage Style Hair Comb, £93.94
'For an alternative up-do without too much structure, try a twisted bun, set off with a vintage-inspired clasp, like this elegant piece by Jules Bridal Jewellary. This particular style works well with highlighted hair as it shows up the shape through the contrasting tones. '
Jenny Packham, Acacia bridal headdress, £270
'This unusual coloured crystal headband by Jenny Packham works well with soft waves. I used a waterfall braid to disguise the band and add interest to the back of the head.'
Minna, Milly headband, £75
'The Milly, by Minna, is actually designed to be worn as a headband, but for a more subtle look, I chose to style it on the back of the head, within a loose, knotted up-do. This is a perfect look for a country style, relaxed ceremony'
Jules Bridal Jewellery, Draping Pearls and Rhinetone Flower, £149.46
'With Gatsby-fever taking hold, you’ll find a lot of pearl-inspired hair accessories to choose from. This piece by Jules Bridal Jewellery is a gorgeous example and it sits perfectly within this low, twisted up-do.'
Which style do you prefer? Leave a comment below.
To book a wedding hair or make-up trial with The Wedding Hair Company, visit weddinghaircompany.co.uk