Crowned With Flowers

For most brides, the big day hairstyle is a really big deal. They spend months refining their look with a stylist, relying on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration until finally bringing their dream to life. One of the most popular accents to any style, from beachy waves to intricate braids, is flowers.

Since antiquity, women across cultures have been adorning their hair with flowers. Indeed, everyone from Ophelia to Frida has reflected (and reinvented) what a floral topper can do for a look, and these days, there’s no one way to use them. Flowers are standing in for veils and other bygone ornaments (tiaras and combs, to name two), leaving the face and shoulders open and the hair unfussy. They bring an air of romance to the bridal look, not to mention fragrance and texture. Wear them to pick up the flower scheme used throughout the wedding or to unify the bridal party’s look. They’re also more versatile than you might think, providing the perfect accent to a more free spirited, lighthearted style as well as to a sleek, modern one.

There are some rules. Make your stylist and your florist aware early on of your intention to decorate your hair with fresh flowers. Some blooms lend themselves to being worn in the hair better than others, such as ranunculus, wax flower, lisianthus, spray roses, hypericum berries, succulents and orchids. Listen to what the experts advise when it comes to how to place the flowers based on your hair type and wedding style, as well as the kind of blooms you’ve selected. For crowns, bolder, hardier flowers and greens really hold up, but delicate halos of baby’s breath or more intricate flowers woven into the hair can be the perfect accompaniment too.

And don’t forget the back of your head, just like a veil, you want to deliver the drama from all angles. Keep your floral accents in focus.

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