How to Choose a Bridal Headband or Headpiece

What does a bride look for when choosing bridal headband or headpiece?  She should know that it is important to not only take into consideration the beauty of the headpiece, but also the practicality of the style.  The bride’s hairstyle should not be too cumbersome, uncomfortable or detract from her wedding gown or her face.  For the most part, these are a few of the reasons that the styles of most bridal headbands and headpieces are relatively simple and understated.

bridal headpieces should be simple but elegant

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Some delicate bridal headbands and headpieces often resemble a piece of jewelry. If a specific wedding headpiece or tiara has been chosen prior to the wedding because it is a family heirloom or it caught the bride’s eye while she was bridal gown shopping, her hairstyle will need to be created by her hairstylist to support and compliment the headpiece.

this bridal or prom headpiece looks like jewelry

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But if the bride is most concerned about her hairstyle, then the headpiece will need to be selected keeping in mind the needs and limitations of the bride’s preferred hairstyle. In either case, it should be taken into account that bridal headbands and headpieces usually are not very functional or strong and should not be relied upon to keep in place a large quantity of the bride’s hair in place. Wedding headbands or headpieces are usually ornate accessories and should not be expected to fulfill the hairstyle needs of the bride. Additional pinning or hair accessories may be needed to provide support for the bride’s wedding hairdo.

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Quite often brides are surprised to find that bridal headbands and headpieces require advance fitting just like any other item of the bride’s apparel. Uncomfortably tight or heavy headbands or headpieces can make the wedding day less enjoyable for the bride. It’s important for the bride to try on her headpiece with the wedding gown and veil to make sure all the pieces coordinate well together.  The accessories may be quite lovely when worn separately but may not work well when worn together.


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All too often many brides wait until the last minute to try on their headpiece.  They think they will magically fit perfectly and when they don’t…. the bride winds up scrambling for a replacement headpiece. The bride should begin shopping for her wedding headbands or headpieces early in her wedding planning stages just as she would her wedding gown. Always check the return policy from any wedding accessory vendor and explain that you will need to try it with the bridal gown before making a final decision. Most wedding vendors dealing are used to this request and should be able to make accommodations for the bride.

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It is also important for the bride to have a consultation with her hairstylist regarding her headband or headpiece. The bride should have a dry run with the hairstylist and make-up provider weeks before the wedding day. A stylists opinion  on the practicality of her headpiece will help the bride make the final decision as well as seeing her choice in design with the hairstyle.

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