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What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

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.


Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath

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

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bohemian-wedding-hair-wreath/

handmade by lottie-da designs

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.

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bohemian-wedding-hair-wreath/

handmade by lottie-da designs

Bohemian Wedding Hair Wreath | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bohemian-wedding-hair-wreath/

handmade by lottie-da designs

If you like this bohemian wedding hair wreath, you can buy it here. You can find out more about this artist and see more from their shop here.

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.


Giveaway: Win a Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband

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:

Crystal and Pearl Bridal Headband

by blair nadeau | photo: whitney heard

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


Bridal Headband With Veil or Without? – Ask Emmaline

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

half crown gold

opal crystal headband

doris crystal headband with veil

antonia crystal lace bridal headband

carolyn lace headband

diana floral headband

amanda floral crown gatsby inspired

Aren’t they lovely? You can see even more from the collection here.

credits //

bridal headbands / crowns / any veils shown: blair nadeau millinery
photos: whitney heard photography


Boho-Inspired Wedding Halo Headband

boho halo wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

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

boho wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding halo headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding headband by all for love by gina

boho wedding headband by all for love by gina

photo: julie roberts

To see more details on this bohemian wedding halo headband, visit All For Love by Gina, Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride in The Marketplace!


Handmade Wedding Round-Up – March 24th

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):

Gorgeous crystal headband (Vienna) by Tessa Kim.  Perfect for your handmade wedding!Handmade wedding veil with swiss dots.  Mantilla style.  By Tessa Kim.I love this handmade wedding sash.  Named Honora by Tessa Kim.The perfect handmade wedding veil alternative.  By Tessa Kim.  Named the Lucinda Crystal Halo.crystal-halo-lucinda

from top (all by Tessa Kim): (1) Vienna crystal headband, (2) swiss dot mantilla veil, (3) Honora dress sash, (4) Liliana hair comb, (5) Lucinda crystal halo

credits: photos – honey honey photography, makeup/hair – 1011 makeup, venue – the villa in san juan capistrano, ca, dresses – leanne marshall from love and lace bridal salon

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.

Rustic handmade wedding invitation suite by Paper Street PressRustic handmade wedding invitation by Paper Street Press

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…

Adorable handmade wedding shoes for the ring bearer! By Bitsy Blossom.

… and your flower girl will love these heart-topped shoes. Shoes by Bitsy Blossom.

Give your flower girl these adorable heart-topped handmade wedding 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!

Wrap this handmade wedding locket around your bouquet as 'something blue'.  After the wedding, fill with your favorite photos and wear on your honeymoon.  By Jacaranda Designs.

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!)

Chic Parisian style handmade wedding guest book. By Crafty Pie.

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.

Chic monogrammed cuff bracelet for your handmade wedding. By Georgie Designs.

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.

Handmade wedding cake topper featuring owls: 'I Do' and 'Me Too' with 'Love' cake banner.  By Skye Art.

8. Spring Flower Arrangements in Painted Mason Jars

These handmade spring flower arrangements by Curious Floral are stunning… and I adore them placed in painted mason jars by Beach Blues (as shown below).

Spring flower bouquet made of sola flowers for your handmade wedding centerpieces.  Bouquet by Curious Floral; painted mason jars by Beach Blues.

9. Metallic Platinum Gold Leather Clutch

Metallic is always in… and this platinum clutch purse is essential for the bride-to-be. By Jilly Designs.

Stylish metallic platinum gold leather clutch by Jilly Designs.  Perfect for your handmade wedding!

10. Lace Wedding Shoes

Want a pair of insanely gorgeous (+ custom) wedding shoes? We’ve found them! I love these wedge heels with a touch of lace and elegant rhinestone detail. By Becca and Louise.

Custom handmade wedding shoes with lace and decorative rhinestone detail. By Becca and Louise.

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?

Happy Planning!


Birdcage Veil Headband

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

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


Wedding Hair Extensions: Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve never had hair extensions, but the idea of using them has always intrigued me. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on what style I’m going for) my hair grows extremely fast, so I’ve never considered adding hair extensions to my ‘do. However, hair extensions aren’t just for length: they can add instant oomph and volume to any wedding hairstyle, whether you wear it up or down. After receiving an ‘Ask Emmaline’ wedding advice request last week regarding the topic, I’ve made it my mission to jump head-in to this topic, so to speak. Victoria asks us, “I was wondering if you have any suggestions of clip in hair extension pieces for weddings. I’m planning on DIYing my hair. Do you know of any good wedding hair extensions that won’t break the bank? Thanks, Emmaline!” Great question, Victoria! In today’s post, we’re sharing hair extension do’s and don’ts, amazing finds for hair extension clip-in pieces, PLUS we’re giving away a pretty accessory for your hair (whether au naturale or with extensions in place). Read on to begin!

Wedding Hair Extensions: Do's and Don'ts

hair extensions

Wedding Hair Extensions: Do’s and Don’ts

Hair extensions are helpful if you want to add instant volume or length to your hair. Extensions are also popular for brides-to-be who have thin hair and want to try a particular wedding hairstyle. Here are some tips to follow when considering hair extensions for your wedding:

Hair Extension – Do’s

o DO put in hair extensions at least one to two weeks in advance
your wedding day is not the day to try out a dramatic new style, including extensions

o DO use multi-color extensions to look blended and more natural

o DO schedule a trial run before the wedding day with hairstyles
just in case

o DO prepare for the expense: using real hair will look more natural
it will cost you more, but worth the price if you want it to look best

o DO wash and condition hair extensions before the big day

o DO your homework: find an expert stylist
find one that is skilled in hair extensions and knows how to care for and style them

Hair Extensions – Don’ts

o DON’T shampoo hair for at least 48 hours after extensions have been applied

o DON’T use too much hair if using clip-in extensions
or it will look unnatural

o DON’T go crazy with colors
avoid using eccentric colors — you’ll want your hair to look natural

o DON’T (or be careful with) ‘glue-in’ hair extensions
from reviews I’ve read, people report it ruining their hair. always go to an expert stylist and heed his or her advice.

Hair Extensions + Clip-Ins

Hair extensions don’t have to be an all-or-nothing decision. You can use hair extensions as clips or hair pieces to change up your look. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

Long Clip-in Hair Extensions

These clip-in hair extensions were one of the products I came across while doing research. These are VERY inexpensive, which means they’re not made of real hair. But, I think it’s fair to note that they have decent reviews. If I was considering an application of wedding hair extensions, I might buy one of these just to see if I like the look of extensions first. After all, it’s only a five dollar investment and it actually had good reviews. I wouldn’t recommend them for wedding hair extensions, but these would still be fun to try.

long clip-in hair extensions - Wedding Hair Extensions: Do's and Don'ts

clip-in hair extensions

Hair Extensions for a Prettier Ponytail

Dress up your ponytail! This is one I am definitely going to try. This hair extension is by HairDo (I’ve heard great reviews!) and features an extra strand to wrap around / disguise / dress up your ponytail. There are TONS of colors available so you can easily find a match to your natural hair color.

hair-extensions-ponytail - Wedding Hair Extensions: Do's and Don'tsprettier ponytail with extensions - Wedding Hair Extensions: Do's and Don'ts

from hairdo

Bang Extensions

Ok, quick story: so a few months ago, I was getting my hair cut and on a total whim (as it always happens) I was all, “I want bangs.” My hairstylist was like, “Are you sure? I mean, this seems sudden.” And I said, “I’m feeling adventurous today.” Yeah. Anytime you feel adventurous at the hair salon, cancel the mission immediately. She gave me bangs, and, bless her heart, she did a nice job. I liked them initially. I thought, okay, I can rock these. Twenty minutes later, I got home and was looking in the mirror and I felt like I was twelve years old again. I hated the feeling like I couldn’t just go back to ‘normal’ grown-out bangs (and would have to pin them back for the next 3 weeks until they grew out). THEN I FOUND THESE. Have you ever heard of clip in bangs? What a genius idea. Plus, it’s brought to you by Ken Paves, the celeb stylist (most notable for styling Jessica Simpson). I can’t wait to try these, stat. You can put ’em in, take ’em out. No tears. No ugly bobby pin for 3 weeks. No ‘oh-my-goodness-what-did-i-just-do-to-my-hair’. Just beautiful, removable bangs. Thanks, K.Paves.


ken paves

Pump Up the Volume

This isn’t technically a hair extension, but it is clipped into one’s hair and acts more as a volumizer.

pump up the volume hair extensions - Wedding Hair Extensions: Do's and Don'ts


You can also try these extensions and clip into the back of your hair as instant length. What I love about these is they can be heated like normal hair, so you can curl or straighten (up to 350 degrees).

Hair Accessory Giveaway!

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore some hair extensions for your wedding, let’s switch the focus onto an accessory for your ‘do! We love this bridal hair flower headband by Sterling Gurl Designs and we’re giving one away! Use entry form below to enter (between 2/12-2/18/14 11:59pm EST). No purchase necessary. Prize value: $50. Shipping included to U.S. only. No cash value. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Ready-to-ship! This couture handmade headpiece is made of Swarovski vintage crystal rhinestones, millinery stamens in off-white/ivory hues, and a handmade white feature plume. Illusion tulle is used as a ‘mini veil’. Placed on a metal headband (which can be covered in white satin ribbon or ivory satin ribbon, or left as-is) for easy addition to any hairstyle. Good luck!


bridal hair flower headband

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