Happy Wednesday, loves! When you are knee-deep in planning your wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in cookie cutter ideas or traditional ways of doing everything. We encourage you to think outside the box when planning your big day; skip traditions you don’t like, participate in the ones you love, and start a few of your own! To kick start your creativity, we’ve gathered our favorite wedding alternatives to transform every detail of your big day. Read on to see which wedding alternatives made the cut…
It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Bride-to-be, Michele, asks:
“Help! I’ve tried on a few wedding veils in a store but I didn’t like how they looked. I don’t think a veil is my style and I just don’t see myself wearing a veil at my wedding. Does a bride have to wear a veil? Or is there something else I can wear as an alternative?”
Fantastic question! For starters, you asked if the bride has to wear a veil. Remember that it’s your wedding: there are no rules. A bride doesn’t have to do anything or wear anything that she doesn’t want to, so a veil is definitely not a requirement.
Now, before we show you some wedding hair accessory options, if you try on a veil in store make sure you also…
1.) try on a veil while wearing your dress (or a similar style)
2.) try on the veil with a hairstyle you plan to wear the day-of
3.) try on several veil styles
The third one — trying on several veil styles — is especially important because one style can look better on some people than others. Your face shape, hairstyle, dress, and personal style are all factors when it comes to picking the perfect veil — or veil alternative. Also, trying on many different veil styles to see which one you like best is also a great rule of thumb. For example, a bandeau veil — like this one, shown below from Serephine — is a unique veil style that differs greatly from a traditional, classic look.
We are delighted to share the new fall collection by J Arends Designs! This boho inspired hair accessory line was inspired by all things romantic, bohemian, and luxe. These beautiful handmade pieces are one-of-a-kind and feature luxurious vintage details. You’ll find wired crowns, hand-beaded headbands, drop chain headpieces, and more! Get ready to be inspired…
Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a great weekend! It’s time for today’s #HANDMADEADAY find: a gold bohemian wedding hair wreath. It is a stunning handmade piece that can be worn with or without a veil.
Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath
This boho chic hair accessory can be worn two ways:
1. in the back with a hair down hairstyle,
2. in the front as a halo-style headband
This stunning boho chic hair wreath is handmade by Lottie-Da Designs and offers customizable features: the ribbon can be satin or organza in white, ivory, or blush. The flowers are handcrafted in silk or sheer organza, depending on your preference. Finally, you can decide whether you prefer a gold wire or silver wire to coordinate with your jewelry and bridal accessories.
Happy Sunday and we hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ll be patio-living all day and evening, that’s for sure. Check back with us bright and early tomorrow morning as we kick off a brand new week of gorgeous handmade wedding inspiration. Oh, and while we have your attention, be sure to subscribe to our posts so you don’t miss a thing.
Brides: do not miss this one! Do you remember when we talked about the gorgeousness that is Blair Nadeau’s new collection? Now we’re giving away one of our favorite pieces to one lucky reader! Blair Nadeau is giving away this Christie crystal and pearl bridal headband to one lucky bride-to-be. Will it be YOU? Enter for a chance to win below!
Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband
One lucky reader will win this pretty headband:
It goes perfectly with any hairstyle! If you’re wearing a veil, you can pair the headband with it; or, take the veil off for the reception and just wear the headband.
Here are the full details:
o Enter between 3/25/15-3/31/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Crystal / Pearl Bridal Headband by Blair Nadeau | NEW from the 2015 Collection | Can be made in winner’s choice of colors
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
Wondering what to wear instead of a veil? A bridal headband is one lovely option! Read on to find out more + be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post.
Are you considering a veil alternative for your big day? A bridal headband is one of our favorite choices, especially since it is extremely versatile. It can be worn with nearly any hairstyle and can be paired with a veil or without. You can even wear it with a veil for just the ceremony portion, and remove the veil for the reception. This question to our Ask Emmaline inbox couldn’t have come at a better time, since the lovely Blair Nadeau Millinery just released a beautiful new collection of bridal headbands, halo headbands, fascinators, and more for the discerning bride-to-be. Alicia asks,
I want to wear something other than a bridal veil, but I want it to be fancy enough. Also, am I supposed to wear a veil with a bridal crown or headband or is it better without?
Great question, Alicia! One of the wonderful things about a bridal headband or crown is that it can be worn with or without a veil. There’s no requirement — as the bride, you get to decide whether or not you wear a veil at all. It’s really up to your own personal preference. We think they look great with or without, and can really show off any hairstyle (whether up or down) nicely. To inspire you, here are a few handpicked (+ handmade!) bridal headbands we found that will fit the bill nicely. Some of these headbands can even be transitioned to a sash, which we love. Take a look…
Bridal Headband with Veil or Without
Aren’t they lovely? You can see even more from the collection here.
We love to find unique bridal veils and veil alternatives. This boho-inspired wedding halo headband is one of our favorite bohemian veil alternative finds, perfect for your wedding ceremony, reception, or bridal shoot. We spotted it at All For Love by Gina and it features ivory and blush-colored millinery flowers and leaves. This piece has amazing texture with a mix of satin and velvet, a hint of pearls, and a rhinestone chain with ostrich feathers and a gold birdcage netting. This wedding halo headband ties at the back of the head for an adjustable fit (with skinny soft jute or ivory satin ribbon). We especially love it with a hair down style.
Wedding Halo Headband
photo: julie roberts
This bride wore a gold statement piece to accessorize her gorgeous thick + curly natural hair. Instead of a veil, this gold accessory steals the show and frames her face beautifully. Take a peek!
Curly Natural Hair with Headband
You can find hair accessories similar to this one here. Happy browsing!
P.S. What’s your favorite wedding hairstyle so far?
Hi, loves! At Emmaline Bride, you know we’re crazy over handmade weddings especially with so many beautiful items always added to our Marketplace. So, to inspire you, we’ve rounded up ten handmade wedding finds for your big day. We’ve found a stylish new accessory collection, a (totally fun!) rustic wedding invitation, shoes for your ring bearer and flower girl, a delicate locket necklace, a monogrammed gift for bridesmaids, and more. But, we want to know… which of these finds is your favorite?
Handmade Wedding Round-Up
1. New Accessories Collection
The lovely Tessa Kim just rolled out her 2014 wedding accessories collection and it’s absolutely stunning! Here are a few of our hand-picked favorites (though it was hard to choose):
2. Rustic Wedding Invitation Suite
When we spotted this rustic wedding invitation suite over at Paper Street Press, the first thing that caught our eye was the “Pretty Please” response card that, instead of ‘Yes’ states, “OH YEAH!” (love that!) It also indicates to ‘Save us the best ___ seats’. So cute! The colors, the typography, the twine… perfection.
3. Ring Bearer Shoes
Maybe it’s because Baby Boy is arriving any day now (!!!), but shoes like this were meant to be shared. I mean, does it get any cuter? If your ring bearer is a little guy, he’ll love these soft-soled shoes to wear on the big day…
… and your flower girl will love these heart-topped shoes. Shoes by Bitsy Blossom.
4. Locket Pendant
I’ve forever been a fan of lockets, especially ones that have a vintage-y look. There are so many incredible locket styles over at Jacaranda Designs that it was honestly hard to pick just one. I recommend wrapping this locket around your bouquet handle, with the bead as your “something blue”. Then, place photos in it from your wedding and wear on your honeymoon. That’s what I would do!
5. Parisian Chic Guest Book
Oh, how we adore the custom guest books over at Crafty Pie! This mint Parisian Chic design is my favorite of the collection. It suits many themes and is fully customizable with your words and color choice. Love, love, love. (P.S. I saw there’s a special 15% spring discount happening storewide, too! Hooray!)
6. Monogrammed Bracelet
I love the idea of giving monogrammed wedding party gifts (and I love when the bride wears her new monogram on her wedding day). These cuff bracelets spotted over at Georgie Designs are sweet, petite, and coordinate with anything.
7. I Do, Me Too + Wedding Cake Banner
Want your wedding cake to stand out from the rest? This cake topper set will do the trick! I love the owls that say, “I Do” and “Me Too”, along with the cake banner that simply reads, “Love”. Plus, it’s sold as a complete set. By SkyeArt.
8. Spring Flower Arrangements in Painted Mason Jars
9. Metallic Platinum Gold Leather Clutch
10. Lace Wedding Shoes
We’ve shown you a few handmade wedding finds to inspire you, but there are so many more to love in The Marketplace! Bookmark it — there are new items being added every day!
Which handmade wedding item shown here is your favorite?
Brides: want to wear a birdcage veil, but you’re nervous about it staying put? You’ll love this idea! Introducing the birdcage veil headband, spotted at Nestina Accessories and ideal for any hairstyle! Take a peek…
Birdcage Veil Headband
Instead of a traditional birdcage veil that slides in one’s hairstyle with a comb, this is set on a headband. This means you can be assured the birdcage portion is always in a perfect position and it won’t budge in windy weather. This piece is made with nylon veiling and beaded lace applique with small pearls and sequins as accents. The birdcage veil portion is attached to a fabric (silver satin) covered metal headband and is comfortable for all-day wear.
To find out more + order yours, visit Nestina Accessories.
What do you think of this style? Will you wear a birdcage veil (or birdcage veil headband) at your wedding?
pictures by Hannah Mayo Photography // model: Lauren