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Photo: Her World Brides

I love those black and white wedding portraits from the 50s and 60s – brides then always wore headpieces, with or without an attached veil, to complete their entire look. And it looked beautifully regal and romantic.

These days brides tend to wear the veil without any headpiece or tiara – and although it looks simple and pretty, sometimes I wish there was a little more glitter and sparkle on top. There is no need for any elaborate design; even a simple silk peony attached to your chignon can define your look easily without fuss. And an eye-catching headpiece will always draw attention to your face. 

When Jade Seah got hitched, she decided on a pretty silk flower trimmed hairband and veil for her church ceremony, and a crystal embellished tiara for the evening celebrations at Chijmes Hall. Both headpieces added a stylish flair and glittering accent to her looks and fitted in nicely with the wedding themes – pretty romance for the day, and Great Gatsby vintage for the night.

Here are some pointers to note when looking for the perfect headpiece:

FIT THE THEME
Decide on your theme and look up some references for the right headpiece to go with your ensemble. For example, if you’re going to have a 60s-style party, all you need is a satin ribbon for your hair – it looks perfect with beehives and updos. But if want something more flamboyant, then a feathered and lace trimmed design will add the much needed drama. Let your theme decide the style for you.

THINK COLOUR
For a pretty difference, add some colour to your headpieces; a white wedding gown can look pretty and romantic when matched with a tiara studded with pink or blue crystals. For evenings, gleaming gold and silver hues and accents will up the luxe factor for any gown.

DRAMATIC DETAILS
An oversized ostrich feather attached to a headpiece, or lace applique manipulated to look like a cap, are some fashion forward options brides can wear to dress up their looks. The more dramatic a headpiece is the easier to have different looks for one dress. So have fun!

CUSTOMISE IT
This year’s Met Ball featured numerous celebs dressed to the nines with stunning headpieces, mostly from haute couture milliner, Philip Treacy.  If you have a certain look in mind and wish to create a one-of-a-kind headpiece, you can visit www.gioielli.com and contact Helen for a discussion and quote. Helen has been creating some of the gorgeous headpieces for brides for years: some of them are truly works of art! She will find out your preferences, refer to you wedding dress designs and theme and customise the beautiful headpiece of your dreams.

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