Destination decadence… headpieces for destination weddings
There is something undeniably romantic about a destination wedding. The thought of going somewhere totally exotic full of white sand beaches or glistening lakes, vineyards surrounded by rolling countryside or private husky-drawn sleds, I think it’s fair to say, wherever you choose to go, the destination is what makes it so special. Cornwall itself has become a real destination venue also, we see so many couples elope to Cornwall just to witness our secluded coves and romantic rural setting. Wherever you choose, it’s bound to be a special and memorable place to get married.
One of the concerns with destination weddings is that often the bride (and the guests) would like to wear a headpiece but are worried about transporting it or damaging it in transit. This is a completely legitimate concern, after all, a stylish headpiece is a real investment and something you want to treasure forever. I’ve put together some of my suggestions for flight-friendly, compact yet chic headpieces that are pretty yet simple to pack and will guarantee minimum stress factor yet maximum style!
You can’t go wrong with a floral crown. Easy to pack, simple to transport and stunning to wear, this is the ultimate headpiece for the beach bride. This pretty piece from my new collection is created with berries, greenery and stunning white flowers. Whether a sandy wedding in Cyprus, a sunset wedding in Santorini or a pretty Cornish woodland affair, a piece like this is perfect and easy to transport with zero stress.
Another one for ocean lovers, the simple Cova comb slides effortlessly into a bun or chignon and is created by hand using a selection of Cornish shells and freshwater pearls. Each single comb is utterly unique and it’s such a compact headpiece that it will be perfectly safe inside the box en route to your destination. A petite headpiece with big wow factor, she’s stunning, stylish and totally transportable!
Pretty Hair Vines & Combs
You can’t go wrong with a hair vine. Worn in a variety of ways, as a crown, through the back of the hair or woven through a mermaid plait, a vine is malleable so that it is easy to take anywhere with you. Merrin from my new collection is utterly beautiful, created bead by bead, completely by hand which is what makes it so special. A combination of bronze faceted beads, glass and freshwater pearls makes this piece sensationally sparkly, it can be crafted either in rose gold or something blue for that ocean fresh feel. For something even more compact and chic, why not consider the Veryan Vine Comb? This has also been created with the faceted beads and freshwater pearls but is more petite and small enough to be taken anywhere, no matter how little luggage you’re transporting to your destination.
If you’re worried about not appearing bridal enough and cannot pack (and keep pristine) a traditional veil, why not think about a birdcage veil? My simple birdcage veil is incredibly popular with destination brides, not least because it can go with anything. I can combine this with a number of headpieces to give it a different look or feel and create something that is specific to your destination and bridal vibe. Nothing says ‘bridal glamour’ like a birdcage veil, no matter where you tie the knot!
Petite Cocktail Hat
Do not worry if you’re the Mother of the Bride or Groom reading this, I’ve thought about the guests as well as the bride. You’re always safe with a petite cocktail hat. I sell these in an abundance of colours, complete with feathers or veiling - simple, elegant and the most effortless change from a beautiful outfit to a wedding guest in a matter of seconds. Easy to take anywhere, looks-good-with-everything, there’s a reason these are such a best-seller in my collection.
And chaps, I’ve not forgotten you either! Take the worry of finding a florist overseas away and replace traditional buttonholes with my more fashionable feather version. Something to treasure for long after the day has passed and super-easy to transport, you’ll know what you’re wearing in advance, won’t have to worry about potentially wilting flowers in the heat and will be ready to buttonhole up and get yourself aisle-ready on the morning.
So I’ve pretty much thought of everyone when it comes to destination decadence. My only final thing to add is that I understand sometimes you just want to wear a hat or a stunning headpiece. Sometimes, petite and pretty isn’t quite right or you fall in love with a piece that perhaps isn’t the most flight-friendly. Please do not worry. You can always have your headpiece or hat in a hat box and take it onto the plane as hand luggage, keeping it with you at all times. There’s no need to compromise when it comes to wedding day elegance, no matter where you’re getting married.
And if you are escaping to Cornwall to get married, why not arrange to have a headpiece waiting for you here? I would love to welcome you to my studio to browse the pieces (or you could reserve a piece in advance that I will make especially or even order a bespoke one-off piece). What better way to inject a bit of Cornish magic into your wedding than to have a headpiece personally designed for you, perhaps incorporating local sea glass, seashells and more? If you’ve booked a destination wedding and you are seeking that all-important piece, get in touch, I can always customise something to suit your style and your destination of choice. Of course, you could always arrange to fly me out with you so that the headpiece is personally looked after, just saying….
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