How to layer wedding veils and headpieces
One of our favourite wedding looks is layering a wedding veil with a headpiece. It’s a modern take on the traditional bridal comb or hair pins nestled into the side of a bun. It’s sophisticated and chic, and creates a mood of regality without wearing a tiara or crown.
A bridal headpiece is a great option for brides wanting to add a statement piece to their hair. They are decadent in detail, serve a function of framing your hairstyle and/or wedding veil, and creates a beautiful focal point from behind as you walk down the aisle.
How to layer your wedding veil and headpiece
When this look is styled correctly, it is simply breathtaking. Unfortunately, not all combs and veils can be styled together. The size of your headpiece and veil are important, as are the attachments on each piece. We have designed many styles in our headpiece collection to achieve this look which, over the years, has become the signature look of our brand.
If there’s a piece from a collection you love but you aren’t sure if it will work with a veil, get in touch. We’d love to offer advice and recommendations.
To achieve the layered look, it’s important to think proportions, spacing and your hairstyle. The goal is to create a look where the headpiece and veil appear as one and pair seamlessly together.
Here are our tips to create a picture perfect headpiece and veil layered look.
It’s all about the proportions
When choosing your bridal comb, consider its proportion relative to your veil comb. You’ll be positioning them next to each other so size is important. The body of your bridal headpiece should be wider (longer) than the width of your veil comb. So if your veil’s comb is 3 inches long, your headpiece needs to be at least 4-5 inches long.
- Extra wide veil comb? A veil comb that’s 4-4.5 inches or wider is best styled with a longer and narrow comb. Delicate hair pins will appear disproportionate and too busy in the hair.
- Plastic veil comb? Consider the thickness of the veil comb itself, particularly ones that are attached to thick plastic combs with a lot of tulle wrapping. These veils are hard to work with because they appear heavy and chunky in the hair. We avoid plastic combs across our collections and we only use fine metal hair combs as they’re stronger, sturdy, flexible and lightweight.
- Love a fuller veil with lots of volume? Ensure your headpiece is wide enough to cover the veil comb. The VERSE comb is a smaller comb that pairs perfectly with a fuller AMORA wedding veil. At just over 5.5 inches wide, the VERSE is perfect to cover a wedding veil comb that’s up to 4 inches wide.
- If you prefer a sheer wedding veil, a drop veil like our ROSELLA chapel veil or BLAIR fingertip veil will sit flat against the head and will ensure your bridal comb will sit flush against it.
Step 1: Secure your veil
The more accessories you have in your hair, the greater the base that is needed to support them. We suggest the layered look is best suited for an updo, but a half-up half-down or even loose wavy hairstyles can be achieved using a few simple techniques to secure those metal hair combs.
If you are wearing your hair all down, your hairstylist will most likely create a hidden foundation under the hair to support the piece in your hair. These extra precautions (extra hair pins!) will securely hold the headpiece and veil in place.
2. Secure the headpiece on top of the veil
Once the veil is secured into place with bobby pins, you’re now ready to position the headpiece and pin it into place. It’s best to secure the veil first and then the headpiece on top of the veil’s comb for a more seamless finish.
Choose headpieces constructed using split combs or no comb at all
When styling your wedding comb and veil, make sure you take into account how they’re constructed. If you have two central combs (one on the veil and one in the middle of the headpiece), it will be possible to layer them one of top of the other but it may be more of a headache – literally – than it’s worth.
Look for headpieces designed around a split comb system or headpieces which don’t feature a comb at all. This way you can easily position the veil, position the headpiece and easily secure them into place. The two comb system is signature to our brand – we feel two combs allows extra flexibility with style around various hairstyles and head shapes. And of equal importance, it means you can style your headpiece with a veil. Just ensure the combs are wide enough to sit either side of the veil’s comb.
Customised wedding accessories to suit you
If you have found your wedding veil and are looking for a bridal headpiece to finish your look, we’d love to chat. Send us photos of your wedding dress, bridal veil and hairstyle and we can get back to you with ideas and recommendations to suit.
Our collections are all designed and handcrafted in-house so we are able to customise our designs to best suit the proportions of your veil and hairstyle.