What type of hair accessory should you consider?

Afshan Shamas shares some of her tips on how to manage the accessory-buying process

With the ever-evolving bridal trends, searching for the perfect finishing touches can prove to be quite overwhelming, especially with so much choice out there.


Many brides visit me with a particular design in mind, however I encourage them to try on an array of accessories to see what works best for them.


Certain factors should be taken into consideration when selecting accessories: the theme of the wedding, art deco, vintage, traditional, rock ‘n’ roll or modern day bride, as well as the hair style you have in mind.

Liberada Hair Wrap withShanna Melville Dress

Often an accessory can be the determining factor of how to wear your hair on your special day.  Will you be wearing a veil? And, if so, will it be removed for the reception? If this is the case, a hair accessory that sits well with the hair without interfering in the removal of the veil is essential, to ensure the hair remains intact.


Is colour an option for the accessory?  As we all know, most brides opt for soft white or ivory tones, however pastel hues have become a very popular choice – especially the inclusion of soft blush tones, which work beautifully for spring and summer weddings, while blush and topaz work marvelously for autumnal tones. You could even consider incorporating scarlet tones for a festive season wedding.

Deluxe Vine Cap with Shana Melville Dress

Next comes the style of accessory, is it to be a statement piece, which works well with a simple understated dress? or perhaps something subtle? It isn’t always essential to opt for a headband.  Hair vines are wonderful to weave around the hair for a beautiful sweeping effect or in and out of a plait.  If this is still too much for the bride, hair combs can be ideal or an odd number of hair pins worn in the hair for a delicate look.  Dainty earring and a bracelet, wristlet or cuff can bring the accessories together wonderfully.

Real bride Marwa

Having a bespoke style created is highly recommended as it is unique to the bridal look and special as it incorporates input from the bride with the designer, resulting in timeless accessories that can be treasured for life and passed down as family heirlooms!

Ultimately my advice to all brides is to try on a maximum amount of accessories to ensure that the final look compliments, the hair style, shape of face and more importantly completes the final look without detracting the attention from the dress.

This blog post was written by The Wedding Fair at ExCeL exhibitor Afshan Shamas. Visit them on Stand M40 to see their latest designs! Buy your tickets here.