Flowers in your hair? Or will you choose a veil? Some brides today choose to forgo the traditional veil and meet their groom bareheaded, or with an alternative to a veil. The most common choice is flowers. It’s a lovely choice, especially for a spring or summer wedding. Below are a few gorgeous options.
A particular favorite is the photo below. I love the bright colors in contrast to the bride’s white gown.
One of the most famous brides to opt for flowers AND a veil? Miss Sarah Ferguson, who married Prince Andrew and became the HRH, Sarah The Duchess of York. Proper aristocratic etiquette is that only MARRIED aristocratic women wear tiaras. Here, Sarah adheres to the mandate, wearing orange blossoms under her veil. As soon as she was married, signed the marriage license, and returned to the public eye in Westminster Abbey? She sported the tiara the Queen gave her as a wedding gift. Legend has it that the tiara was already in place under all those orange blossoms. Not sure I buy into that, but I like the story. Look how happy she is. Too bad that level of joy could not be maintained.
Perhaps you want to wear a veil, but want a little something to adorn your hair when the veil comes off at the reception. Below is a picture of my daughter, Maggie. That was her choice. She wore my headpiece, her own veil, and a small floral decoration for after the wedding ceremony. A nice compromise. Remember, if you choose to do this, take your “flowers” to your hair appointment so your stylist can attach them for you. The photo below is by Stephen Wang. It’s from my wedding business Instagram. Perhaps you’d like to follow? 🙂 @marypkarnesweddings
Above is daughter Kathleen with her “after ceremony” wreath. She also wore my headpiece with her own veil. I love this tradition!
So you have said, “Yes to the Dress!” Next, your bridal consultant walks over to the ‘wall of veils’ and rushes back to your side with glee, (obviously thinking of her commission!), and arranges a veil on your head. Now you really look like a bride! “Of course,” she reminds you, “the color of the netting will match your dress color.” VERY few brides today wear stark white…not the most flattering shade.
But what about a headpiece? In my day, it was all about a wreath. I think every bride for the first 5 years of weddings Kenny and I attended wore one. The wreath headpiece was to veils what the mermaid dress was to wedding gowns.
I love the top photo. This headpiece can double as a holder for the bride’s veil, and will look lovely if she chooses to remove her veil for the reception – something I HIGHLY recommend…
The above photo has quite the retro air. One would have to have a certain “look” to carry it off, and a veil would be a no-go. Maybe for an older bride, or a second marriage?
The photo with the tiara is quite regal. It’s flattering and classic. It too would double nicely for ceremony and reception. And the styling of the bride’s hair and tiara will provide a nice “shelf” if she chooses to wear a blusher.
Seriously? I have never been a fan of the 20’s/30’s fashion. Never less so than for bride’s. I think this bride’s headpiece/veil is gruesome.
And below…you see my own Maggie wearing my headpiece. I have it on good authority that my own Kathleen is SERIOUSLY considering wearing it as well…could this become a Karnes girls’ tradition? I certainly hope so…
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