Floral crowns, combs, headbands and tiaras are making a huge comeback among brides.
Brielyn Souza donned a cathedral-length veil for her church wedding in 2015, but popped on a fresh floral crown for the reception.
With its earthly beauty, the crown fit the laid-back, rustic-glam feel of her barn party, and felt true to a bride who often wore flowers in her hair as a girl.
“It was my version of a bride,” Souza, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, says of the crown. “Some people put on a veil and they feel like a bride. I put on that floral crown and I felt like a bride.”
Crowns and other types of headpieces, often made with crystals, rhinestones and pearls, have become more popular among brides in recent years, experts say. Delicate or statement-making, a bridal headpiece adds a little bit of extra glamour to a wedding-day outfit.
“They’re really an exquisitely beautiful way to finish your look, and something that’s really special, rooted in tradition but really modern,” says New York accessories designer Jennifer Behr, whose designs have been worn by a slew of celebrities.
“It’s really jewelry for the hair,” she says, adding that, like makeup, headpieces “bring a lot of brightness and attention and beauty to the face.”
The floral crown, made of fresh flowers or fashioned from metal or silk, is a standout among headpieces, says Shane Clark, senior fashion and accessories editor at Brides magazine.
“Floral crowns are the biggest hair accessory trend we’ve been seeing,” Clark says. “It makes it feel more romantic. You have that ethereal, hippie, romantic, laid-back vibe.”
Behr offers several metal floral styles she calls “a more sophisticated take on the floral crown. It’s a little bit more elegant.”
If a crown’s not your thing, consider a decorative comb, clip or pins. A beautiful comb can hold your veil in place, or pins or combs could be tucked into an updo or low chignon.
Headbands, too, are plentiful. Newer versions, called circlets or halos, can be worn across the top of the head like a traditional headband or lower down, toward the forehead. Hair vines are flexible strands that can be woven into bridal braids.
Tiaras, famously worn by British royals like Kate Middleton, are available for those princess moments, and may soon be making a bigger comeback, Clark says.
How to find your perfect hair accessory? Choose something that complements your gown and hairstyle, and that feels natural, Clark advises. “Make it your look, but make sure you feel comfortable,” she says.