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!
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.
“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? If you have any tips on what to wear instead of a veil, I’d appreciate it!”
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.
You can also change up your look mid-day: wear a veil for the ceremony and swap to a headband in the evening. Furthermore, you can wear a hair crown during the ceremony and swap to nothing for a no-fuss look at your reception.
Ah, endless possibilities. See how much freedom there is when you’re the bride? You get to make all of the decisions!
Now, on to the loveliness!
What to Wear Instead of a Veil
From hair combs to hair crowns, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for what to wear instead of a veil on your wedding day. You can find even more ideas in The Marketplace.
These are just a few of the many hair accessories you can choose. What’s your favorite style above? I’m loving the draped look lately, where you see the accessory just from the back. It’s gorgeous and perfect for a hair down hairstyle You should also see these hairstyle ideas for inspiration, too.
Do you have a wedding question?Ask Emmaline! Your question might appear in an upcoming Wedding Advice Wednesdays feature. Regardless, we’re always happy to help via email, too.
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.
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):
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!)
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