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Headpieces sit on the head differently, so pick one that will
complement the shape of your face and hairdo, as well as the style of your
gown. While one of the options includes a hat with a veil attached,
that look is not currently popular with brides who are generally choosing
headpieces that work with their hair style. Style options include:
Backpiece: any headpiece that attaches to the hair at the back. It is often
a bow or cluster of flowers.
Bun Holder or Wrap: a small to medium sized circular
headpiece that wraps around a bun. Often decorated with beads or lace.
Butterfly: a partial headband that arcs over the top of the head but does
not extend all the way to the ears.
Combs: while they serve a function to hold a veil down, they can also
serve in lieu of a headpiece when trimmed with jewels, flowers, or feathers;
close together teeth will hold more securely than widely spaced ones.
Fascinator: a concoction of feathers, ribbons, beads,
flowers, or a combination of them attached to a headband, clip, or comb.
This style of headpiece is not confined
to bridal occasions, but in white with a birdcage veil attached, they top off a
sophisticated bridal look.
Headband: usually a design of flowers and/or pearls going all across.
Jeweled Pins & Sticks: an alternative to an actual headpiece; these
hair ornaments can embellish your updo or add some sparkle to a standard
hairstyle with pearls, flowers, or crystals.
Juliet Cap: a small cap that covers the crown of the head;
it usually is done for a retro look.
Tiara: acrown, which can feature crystal,
pearls, flowers, or any combination of the above, sits on top of the head.
Vines: a wire base adorned with jewels or flowers produces a headpiece
that is flexible enough to wrap around an updo or to frame the head with hair
Wreath of Flowers: this is worn on the crown of the head, some
may extend to the forehead, while others sit further back. Wreaths are a
popular adornment for flower girls, too. A kallah could also skip the headpiece
and add a blooming touch with flowers woven into her hair or with a flower comb
for a less formal look. You can make these out of fresh flowers, but
then you would have to have great confidence in your florist getting the
measurements exact, as you will only get to ascertain that the finished product
is a perfect fit on the wedding day instead. Silk flower wreaths can look
perfectly lovely and offer more peace of mind.
Angle: a version of
birdcage, it features a length of 11”-13” of netting set at the side
near the ear to covers both eyes with a subtle angle.
same style of veil as you would see on some elegant retro hats, it incorporates
a net fabric that wraps close to the head and ends above the chin or even above
the nose. The veil could be attached to a pillbox hat or a feathered or
over-the-face veil that just grazes the chin.
108” for a dramatic sweep.
up to seven feet from the crown of you head, so that up to two feet will trail
Elbow Length: will show
off any detailing at the waist of the gown. This style is especially flattering
to petite brides less than 5’4” tall.
Fingertip: 38-45” in
length --falls to the hip line. Choose the length according to your
height, so that it won’t fall to the point just above the knee.
Pictured here is a chapel length train on the gown echoed by the somewhat longer veil with a cut edg
multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders, up to 18” long. Though it
is considered less formal than longer veils, it may be the choice for a bride
who wants the back detail of her gown uncovered.
Fountain: a slight pouf
at the top of the head cascades down to shoulder or elbow
length, shoulders also may be referred to as a bubble shaped.
Mantilla:Spanish style, lace trimmed veil that is secured directly to the head without an additional headpiece by a comb.
Monarch or Regal: 120”long,
for a really royal effect.
Princess:veiling that is
approximately 60" in length. It comes to about your knees. Waltz or
Ballerina: at 81” falls to just above the ankles, the point at which
a tea-length dress will fall.
Veils could be
finished and embellished in various ways.
Edge: has nothing added, also known as Raw Edge
Embroidered Edge also known
as Pencil Edge provides a subtle definition.
Pleated Veil: designed by
folding the netting to create "pleats" to create a dimensional look
Satin Edge: available
as a rounded cord that measures approximately 1/8" wide or in Satin Ribbon
in a variety of widths.
Scalloped Edge: features an embroidered
edge stitch to the veil whose edges have been cut in a rounded scallop pattern.
Embellishment: pearls, rhinestones, or crystal distributed
throughout the veil. You can also opt to have pearls or rhinestones
strung along the edge
Edge: 1/8" wide flat braided satin band that gives effects similar
You can add color either by selecting a
sheer veil fabric with a whisper of color or by selecting a colored trim for
the edging. The one rule that holds is to select the gown first and then
a veil that works well with its style, color, detailing, and train
length. Also be sure it’s not too complicated to get the front veil on
for the bedecken [veiling]. You can choose a veil
style and then attach it to a headpiece or select a headpiece with a veil already
Where to shop for the headpiece?
If you shop for a headpiece in a salon, you are likely to spend
more than you have to. Even the rental charges often exceed what it
would cost you to buy if you know where to shop. While I would not recommend
that anyone but a truly skilled seamstress attempt to sew a wedding gown, that
is not the case with headpieces, which can be very easily put
together. Check out the headpieces, veils, and kits for customizing
in craft supply stores like Michael’s. You know that gorgeous
headpiece you saw in a salon for $200, you can duplicate it for a fraction of
the price without any sewing skills.
Then of course, you can borrow. A friend or relative who got
married recently may have her headpiece just sitting in the closet. She
will probably be happy to lend to you because, unlike dresses, headpieces do
not require expensive dry cleaning or alterations for each wearing.
Many gmachs will return the full deposit paid when the headpiece is