The headpiece you choose for your walk down the aisle can change the entire mood of your gown. Play princess in a sparkling tiara, be bohemian in a flowery garland or go grown-up with a chic chapeau. The key to finding the right style for you is to try on as many different models as you can find. Bring along a swatch of fabric or a photo of your dress, the accessories you plan to wear, and even the bouquet you'd like to carry. That way, you'll get a sense of which headpiece will work best. Here's the lingo you'll need to know to get started:
A barrette or comb that fastens to the back of the head, to which the veil is then attached. The backpiece is often decorated with flowers, beads, or bows.
Fairly self-explanatory, the bunwrap is a circular band that encircles a bun or updo.
As the name implies, this type of headpiece is held to the head with comb teeth for extra security. Can either be attached to a veil and worn on top of the head, or adorned with flowers and beads and used to cap off an upswept hairstyle.
Different from a tiara, a crown is a full circular piece that sits atop the head and is adorned with stones, gems, or beads.
Smaller than a crown, but greater in height than a tiara, the half crown is a half circle of jewels that sits atop the head.
A band of varying width that closely follows the shape of the head. Think Jackie O.
A small round cap that fits snugly on top of the head, usually decorated with pearls or semi-precious stones.
A knitted or openwork net that encases the hair at the back of the head.
A half-circle band worn on top of the head, characterized by a wider middle and tapered ends.
A tiara is a jeweled or beaded semi-circle worn on top of the head.
A romantic, organic look, the wreath -- also known as the "garland"-- features a full circle of flowers, twigs, foliage, and/or ribbon resting on the crown of the head.
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