Are you struggling to choose your bridal hair accessories and jewellery? Here, Anna Hartshorn from Sweetheart Vintage Designs offers her expert tips and advice for finding your perfect finishing touches.

choosing the perfect hair accessories katherineashdownWhen should I start looking for my accessories?

It’s best to choose your dress before you begin choosing your accessories, so you can make sure they co-ordinate. This doesn’t stop you looking, in the meantime, to find out what companies sell the style of accessories you like. If you get the opportunity, try on as many different hair accessories as you can because they tend to look very different in the hair. You may end up falling in love with something that didn’t catch your eye to begin with.

I don’t usually wear much jewellery, what should I do for our wedding day?

It’s up to you how much or little you decide to wear. There are some beautiful, delicate accessories that you will probably feel more comfortable in. Some people opt for one statement piece, and in this case it’s advisable to keep other accessories simple.

Should I wear silver or gold jewellery?

Gold jewellery is becoming more popular and usually goes well with champagne and gold-coloured dresses. Silver is always very popular and goes well with white and ivory dresses. It’s personal which you prefer, but ideally all your jewellery should match in terms of metal colour.

How do I choose between different types of bridal hair accessories?


Headbands are very versatile as they can be worn with the hair down, half up or all up. You can ask to have the band wrapped with a ribbon that matches your hair colour if you want it to blend in, or pearls and crystals if you want it to stand out.  Side headbands are particularly fashionable right now.

Hair Combs

Hair combs vary in size and shape, and are usually better if at least some of the hair is up. If you are wearing a veil this could be kept on a separate simple comb that can be removed after the ceremony while the decorative comb is left in.


With a tiara, all of the focus is on the front of your head but again they are versatile in the fact that you can have them with your hair in any style.

Hair Pins

Hair pins are more understated and can be worn towards the back of the head, especially if you choose prominent jewellery. They can be interspersed into a bun, chignon or Grecian-style plait for some subtle sparkle.

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What about bridesmaids?

Some brides like to choose hair accessories for their bridesmaids that coordinate with their own, such as a hair comb that matches the bride’s headband. Some of my brides have chosen different hair combs for each of their bridesmaids, so don’t feel as if you have to conform to having all their accessories matching. If they choose something they really like, they are likely to wear it again after the wedding.

What if the item I like isn’t exactly how I want it?

Some companies offer a customisation service allowing you to tailor products to your needs and create something very unique.

About Sweetheart Vintage Designs

Sweetheart Vintage Designs offer an eclectic range of bridal jewellery and accessories, lovingly handpicked and handmade using both authentic vintage and vintage-inspired components. Their ethos is to provide beautiful products at affordable prices, with fantastic service. What’s more, their new Cheshire boutique is now open by appointment only. To find our more visit their website today.


  1. My hair is shoulder length Its flicked out at the bottom and layered like a bob on top. If you get what i mean. and i dont wear it up.What headwear would be best? Im not wearing a veil as its second time round and il be 50 yrs old so i dont want anything busy

  2. Hi I’ve fallen in love with the jewelley shown on page 63 with the maggie sottero dress in issue 118.. Any idea where I can get those beautiful earings and necklace from, thanks in advance. Bonny xxx


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