When there's the joy of the dress you're going to wear, it's easy to forget about what you're going to wear on your head. Yet an appropriate head dress can really make an outfit whole.
Whilst we don't all have the Queen on speed-dial to lend us a bit of bling for the big day like Kate Middleton did (The Cambridge Lover's Knot design by Cartier, above), there are plenty of beautiful yet affordable tiaras around. Tiaras have grown in popularity in the last fifteen years, especially as the veil's popularity declined. Tiaras are brilliant because they work with or without veils and they are appropriate at all times of the day. Butler &Wilson have a great range of tiaras to buy online and even more in their South Moulton Street store.
Having been big in the 80s, floral headdresses are starting to make a comeback. They often make an attractive alternative for brides who want a statement headpiece, but feel that a tiara is too formal for a more casual wedding. A simple band of roses can look very elegant, but it is all to easy to go over the top with flowers a la Liz Taylor.
Hats are a quirky choice for a bride who wishes to steer clear of traditional. Top hats to rival that of your grooms gives a delightfully feminist twist on things. In 'The Parent Trap' with Lindsay Lohan, we see a dress designed by her mother - Natasha Richardson - being modelled by a leggy blue-eyed blonde. Top hats are as good as heels for adding for height if you lack it naturally. Alternatively, a wide-brimmed summer hat is great for a relaxed garden party feel, as demonstrated by Jemima Khan.
It's not so good a bringing home the 'bride' feel though.
Of course, there is of course no reason why you should not go nude if that is what works best for you and your outfit, as exemplified by Luisana Lopilato when she married Michael Buble earlier this year. It's natural, it's simple, and if you've got a great hair do, why ruin it with adornment?