Who was it that said your hair should be the cherry on top of your wedding-day-look sundae? Whoever it was, they were on to something...
And while your loose low-bun might be so on point it'd make Lauren Conrad proud, nailing your wedding day 'do means rocking the perfect hairpiece, comb or veil too. There are heaps of hair accessory options, from long and short veils to garlands and vintage combs, so picking just one needs as much attention as deciding between a sleek top-knot, ponytail or tumbling curls à la a Kardashian. So, to make choosing your hairpiece a cinch, we've rounded up a collection of accessories that have every style and look covered - all you need to do is pick one (or maybe two).
For when you want to be like Kate
We're kicking things off with a classic: the sweeping veil, worn by everyone from Princess Di to Anne Hathaway and both Kates (that's Moss and Middleton). The long veil is an elegant choice that can be worn pretty much any way you fancy: covering your face, pinned at the base of your bun or as an Art Deco Juliet cap. It's also hella romantic and can be trimmed with lace, scattered with crystals or worn as is. And for accident-prone brides worried about wearing, and tripping over, a dress with a train (#thestruggleisreal), a floaty veil can add that extra length while still being easily detachable when it's time for your Beyoncé dance battle.
For when you want to get shorty
Old school meets new school with the short veil. But just because you've got less fabric to play with doesn't mean you have fewer options when it comes to style, look and shape. You can go for a vintage feel with a netted birdcage, practical with shoulder-length or a sliver of tulle that just covers your eyes.
For when you know clip-ons aren't just for ears
Truth bomb: wedding hair can be a tricky, fiddly art to master, especially when you're having a crack at it yourself. And really, who wants to spend their wedding morning fixing bobby-pins when they should be sipping champagne and hanging with their leading ladies? We thought so. So, to make things easier, a hair clip or comb is the way to go. It can be as sparkly or understated, as small or as statement as you want. And, if you have a knack at scouting out a bargain, they don't have to take a chunk out of your budget either.
For when you want to bring a little bit of boho
This festival favourite also makes regular appearances on brides' Pinterest boards, and it's not hard to see why. Perfect for boho brides wanting to unleash their inner wood nymph free spirit and draw the 'ooh's and 'ahh's of their guests, flower crowns are here to stay. Get colourful with a multi-hued garland, tick off your something blue with a simple chain or match your white dress with a wreath of delicate roses. The flower crown is an accessory with so many alternatives, you can easily get the exact look you want - and what's not to love about that?
For when you want animal magnetism
We've taken our cues from TV's most stylish lady - no, not Betty White, we're talking Sarah Jessica Parker's alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw for our next pick. And if wearing feathers on your big day is good enough for SJP, we're embracing it wholeheartedly. Whether you go bold and blue like Carrie or simple and white, feathers are an unexpected, yet insanely awesome, accessory to any wedding day 'do.
For when you know size matters
For the bride who wants all eyes on her, an oversized headpiece is a must. We love these floral looks, but you could easily go for a more avant-garde style to make a serious statement. A larger-than-life headpiece will make your wedding ‘do pop, but if you’re a little intimidated by the idea, just keep the design simple.
For when you want to channel Blair Waldorf
She's got the Manhattan penthouse, a millionaire main squeeze and what she doesn't know about headbands probably isn't worth knowing: meet Blair Waldorf. Wearing a headband on your big day is fail-safe - as well as looking amazing, they also keep fly-aways from getting stuck on your lippy. For a tiara look, opt for glittering jewels, crystals and pearls. Antique lace makes a sweet vintage style, or you can go retro with a printed scarf.