A Seaside Affair | 5 Tips for choosing your beach wedding headpieces
It’s been a long cold winter but it feels so good to finally feel the warmth in the air. It’s amazing how simple things like the smell of freshly cut grass over the weekend can trigger so much excitement and anticipation for longer and warmer days ahead.
Warmer weather brings with it lots of beautiful beach weddings and seaside nuptials, especially here in Australia. Over the past little while, I’ve been designing some special beach wedding headpieces for some of the loveliest brides-to-be for their wedding days. Inspired by classic elegance and a relaxed bohemian vibe, I love hearing about all the pretty details – long flowing gowns, beach bridal hairstyles and of course, comfortable flats! A definite must have for any beach bride who plans to walk along sandy shores and feel the sand between their toes.
When it comes to choosing accessories for your side side wedding, it’s all about being practical and choosing pieces which reflect your personality and the vibe you’d like to capture on the day.
I’m all about being practical so there’s a few things to consider when planning your beach wedding accessories:
1. To veil or not to veil? There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t wear a long veil to your beach wedding. I tend to recommend fingertip or floor length veils for weddings on sandy beaches, not only because they are picture perfect and delightful, but because I tend to find shorter layers are often at the mercy of windy weather and can be a little distracting as they blow around in the wind (and your face!). If your wedding will be held in areas without sand, hill tops or grassy patches for example, a chapel length veil will work beautifully. Consider also a veil with a lace trimmed edge which will add a little weight to your veil so it won’t fly around as much.
2. You can’t go wrong with a simple hair flower or a cluster of blissful small flowers in your hair. Whether they’re freshly picked to match you bouquet or it’s a silk floral headpiece you’ve had custom designed just for you, hair flowers are an effortless way to add a pretty point of interest to your hair.
3. Swept away… Choose a hairstyle which works for your hair type. As you know, a glorious sea breeze brings with it volumes of salty air which can make or break your perfect hairstyle. If tousled wavy hair isn’t for you, opt for a messy updo which won’t get in your way. Or, if you love the feel of the wind in your hair, loose long wavy hair is the way to go. Go with whatever style makes you feel most like ‘you’. A comfortable bride is a happy and beautiful bride.
4. Find accessories which capture the relaxed vibe you’re drawn to. Organic lines, textures, pieces with delicate drapes and movement, unexpected details. These could include a statement clustered pearl necklace, dangly earrings, a charming flower crown or a simple lace cuff to showcase your free spirited ways and the charm and beauty of the sea.
5. If the shoe fits… choose glamorous flats and sandals or wedding wedges if you’d like some height. No matter how beautiful they are, shoes with thin heels will sink right into the sand and will cause you more anxiety than they’re worth. There’s a world of beautiful flat wedding shoes at your fingertips including some gorgeous wedges which you could easily wear again after the big day.
Photo credits: Paper escort cards Laura Gordon Photography via Style Me Pretty | relaxed bridal updo Buffy Dekmar Photography via Wedding Sparrow | Alexandra Grecco wedding dress via The Bridal Detective | Feathered backdrop via BHLDN Chicago | Empress bridal headpiece by Percy Handmade | braided wavy hairstyle via Bridal Musings
Beach wedding headpieces and veils for recent brides
I’ve had the pleasure to work with some amazing brides to create some beach wedding headpieces and veils for their weddings. Today I’d love to share with you two different styles for two very unique brides-to-be:
Floral bohemian bridal headpiece with beaded lace for Chloe
Combining the beauty of lace with the delicacy of silk, this floral beach wedding headpiece is all about free spirited styling. Featuring a subtle feather spray, a fine ribbon tie back and delicate beading, this precious piece for Chloe will frame her messy side-bun and off-the-shoulder wedding dress. I love the warmer ivory tones of the silk petals and how they harmoniously blend with the antique silver details on the beaded lace headband. A touch of vintage-inspired goodness.
Silver beaded floral hair comb and veil for Sylvia
Inspired by the unexpected details of what lies beneath the sea, the silver beaded hair comb I created for Sylvia is the perfect finishing touch to adorn the long and flowing Wynter wedding veil which was cut to floor length. I love the organic lines, the intricate detailing and the sparkly rhinestones which shimmer in the light. The comb can be detachable from the veil and worn again after the wedding – the perfect piece to adorn a messy updo to celebrate her first wedding anniversary or her best friend’s wedding.
Sylvia loved the delicate detailing of the Thea bohemian headpiece but was looking for a smaller comb with floral details.
Fancy a bespoke piece for your beach side wedding? If so, I’d love to hear from you. You’re most welcome to browse a small sample of some of the bespoke pieces I’ve recently designed for brides around the world. Feel free to send me an email and share all the pretty details and we can go from there.