Olivier Laudus shares his top tip for choosing your dream hair accessories and wedding jewellery
Once you’ve found your dream dress, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding jewellery and accessories! Firstly, arrange an appointment with your hair stylist to decide on your look – your wedding gown and hairstyle will both influence your accessory and jewellery choice, so it’s important to prioritise these.
When it comes to hair accessories, there are several styles to choose from…
The queen of all hair accessories can be worn with hair down, half up or all up. If you’re not keen on the metal band that holds the embellishment, it can be wrapped with a ribbon that matches your hair colour. There are side headbands and Alice bands, which create a similar effect to tiaras without the height.
These are usually associated with a princess look and can be worn with most hair styles. Facial features are very important when choosing the right tiara. A tiara with too much height or that is too peaky will elongate the bride’s face.
The most versatile of hair accessories, and perfect for brides who want to show of their jewellery rather than the hair accessory. A finely detailed floral crystal hair comb at the back of the head, lodged into the side of a bun, will complement a lacy dress perfectly, and won’t compete with the jewellery. It can also be placed on top of the comb that holds the veil in place.
Hair pins / hair vines
Versatile and perfect for an understated look – they are usually positioned at the back of the head inside or around a chignon or Grecian style plait. Hair vines can be worn just like an Alice band for a Boho look, with the added benefit that it is flexible. You can also wrap it around a bun.
Making the final choice – top considerations
- Always keep in mind that your hair accessories should complement your dress and not the other way round.
- The simpler the dress, the bolder the accessories should be.
- Keep the style of your accessories in line with the style or era of your dress. For example, a crown of flowers, hair vine or forehead headband will suit a boho dress perfectly.
- A mixture of pearl and small diamante is a perfect match to lace.
Finding the perfect jewellery to match
- Less is more! I would suggest a combination of 3 wedding accessories including the hairpiece.
- Base your decisions on the features of your dress. For example, if your dress has a heavily beaded neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace.
- The bigger the head piece, the less jewellery should be worn around the face and neck. My recommendation with a tiara or large side headband would be studs or medium length earrings and a bracelet (depending whether the dress has an ornate belt as the bracelet could compete with it).
- For an updo, diamond stud earrings and a subtle pendant are perfect for a classic look, while a pair of chandelier earrings can create a dramatic effect. For the latter I would suggest a hair comb positioned at the back of the head.
- Finally, stay true to your natural style. You want to feel comfortable and be the most beautiful version of your regular self.