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The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

Scattered Pearl Border & Cut Edge Veil Earlier this week we discussed ways for the bride to style her hair for her wedding day and one of those options is to wear a veil. However, we didn't go into great detail on the reasoning or history of why brides are traditionally meant to wear a veil. Brides have been wearing veils since ancient Greek and Roman times. The veil was said to be able to protect the bride's purity - the bride being at her purest on her wedding day - from jealous spirits. At its beginnings, the veil was worn in bright reds and yellows because those were the two dominant colors that would scare away evil spirits. Then, the veil also symbolized protecting the bride's modesty from the view of the husband. In ancient times and in some cultures today, during courtship, the bride would be veiled as a way of protecting her modesty and purity. The bridal veil tends to have more particular meaning in religions, though despite the many various faiths, the meaning of the bridal veil seems to come down to the same idea: To protect or cover a woman's purity. 

Single Layer Veil in Soft Tulle with Beaded Edging In today's culture the weight of that meaning is often dismissed and is instead exchanged for being a fashion accessory the bride can choose from. This isn't a cut and dry negative and neither is it entirely a positive transformation. What it does do is it give brides a lot more options. By not being limited to the symbolic nature of the bridal veil it frees the exact style or design of the veil giving brides a wide selection of veils. This does not mean that the veils beauty and meaning is completely lost, but it may mean that brides that do have the desire adhere to the traditional use and symbol of the veil will need to make the extra effort to emphasize its importance and meaning. 

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What to "Do": Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

What to "Do": Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

One decision when planning your wedding day that usually induces high levels of stress for the bride and some possible mocking from a teasing groom or brother is how the bride wants to do her hair. Laugh if you want, but the how to style your hair on your wedding day is a pretty big deal and will effect your overall wedding look. As the bride, you will of course have the advantage of that pure happiness glow, but to pull together a beautiful look you need to pay extra attention to your hair.

popular formal updos for long hairstyles  Wedding Hair with a Veil

First off, do you want to wear your hair up or down? Al lot of brides will try desperately to grow there hair out as long as they can for their wedding day with the intention of wearing it long beautiful locks. But if your facial features are shown off best with a shorter hairstyle you may want to forgo the push for longer lengths. A Short spunky do can be made elegant plenty easy. Regardless, if you do want to wear your hair down for your wedding we have two suggestions: Firstly, don't just wear it in a straight everyday look and secondly add some sort of hairpiece or veil. We don't suggest having your hair down and straight because it is rather casual and everyday look. Adding some soft waves or curls is a great way to add a little extra umph and elegance to your look. Also, with adding a hairpiece you will further distinguish yourself as the bride particularly from your bridesmaids. Wearing your hair up does tend to more easily give you added elegance, but, like when deciding if you should have a short or long hair cut, deciding between an up and down do will require the same facial feature considerations. Furthermore, you will still want to consider the addition of a veil, headband, tiara, or other hairpiece to mark you as queen of the day. Besides, what bride wants to turn down the opportunity for a little added sparkle?

Eden Crystal Flower Headband

Bridal headbands like the one featured above are what are trending right now. They are beautiful and, typically, and unobtrusive addition that highlights the bridal look without overpowering it. Typically they can be found with floral or beaded designs that can easily mesh with your gorgeous wedding dress.

Scrolls & Flowers Tiara in Silver

The tiara is the perfect choice for brides that want to feel like a princess on their wedding day (or are a self proclaimed princess everyday). They work great with up do's and can be as queenly or as subtle as you want to take it. Overall, the bridal tiara would be the crowning jewel to your bridal look. 

2-Tier White Standard Tulle Veil - Floor Length

The bridal veil is probably the most traditional bridal accessory you could choose, but they still come in all shapes and sizes. The one above is a particularly dramatic undertaking, but if grand entrances are your thing, this veil will definitely help make that happen. If you want a veil, but want something a little less, then try something like our "Scalloped Lace Border Veil". This veil has a particularly traditional look and is undeniably beautiful. Either veil will enhance and act as a soft framing of you on your wedding day. 

 

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Options for Casual Bridal Hair Accessories

Casual Bridal Hair Accessories for a Laid-Back Wedding

Casual Bridal Hair Accessories

  It sometimes seems as if all hair accessories for brides were made for grand churches and formal ballrooms – sometimes a cathedral veil just doesn’t work for a casual garden wedding or a short flirty dress and a destination wedding. Casual bridal hair accessories do exist, however, and you have more options than you may think. So, think about these casual bridal hair accessories as you prepare for your fun, laid-back wedding: Fabric Flowers: Whether you make them yourself or leave them to more capable hands, fabric flowers make great casual bridal hair accessories. They’re fun, flirty, and they give a fun pop of color to your wedding day look. You’ll find that these casual bridal hair accessories will come in a comb, clip, or headband, so any hair length will find what it needs to keep your casual bridal hair accessories from slipping as you walk down the aisle! Feathers:
Just like the fabric flowers, feathers make awesome causal bridal hair accessories either as pre-prepared looks or as a Do-It-Yourself project. Fasten them with bobby pins or clips to make this a cute look for your casual wedding. Birdcage Veils:
These casual bridal hair accessories are a cool throwback to a more vintage feel for your wedding, if that’s what you’re going for. They look fabulous with shorter dresses especially, and they still give you something to pull back at the altar. These casual bridal hair accessories never miss the mark!
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Bridal Hair Accessories to Complete your Look

Selecting the Right Bridal Hair Accessories

Bridal Hair Accessories

Bridal hair accessories are what makes a complete outfit on your wedding day. Whether you have your hair up, down, pulled back, front, curly, or straight, every bridal "do" needs some special bridal hair accessories to complete the look. So what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each style? Which bridal hair accessories are best for different wedding styles and venues?   Bridal Combs: If your inspiration is a mix of old Hollywood with contemporary glamour, bridal combs might just be the right bridal hair accessories for you. Bridal combs work best with long hairdos that sweep to the side - these hair accessories should look like they're held up effortlessly. If you have thicker, longer hair that will look heavy if pulled to the side, opt for a different style. Bridal Combs are the most versatile of all bridal hair accessories; from sparkling flowers to beaded tendrils, there's a bridal comb that will fit your look and your venue. Tiaras: No girl is ever the wrong girl for a tiara. These bridal hair accessories work best for formal affairs and sweeping ball gowns - just like the fairy tales. Almost any hairstyle will work well with a tiara, especially if you don't have much to work with. Short hair tends to be limiting in the world of bridal hair accessories, but tiaras are a great compliment to any length.   Birdcage Veil: The reason birdcage veils count as bridal hair accessories is this: they're usually secured by a headband or small pill box hat. Birdcage veils take a special kind of bold to pull off well, especially if you're opting for a funky head accessory. Vintage weddings tend to rock these bridal hair accessories best, but don't be intimidated - Birdcage veils are all about the attitude.
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