Move over, classic flower crown – here’s how to do something new when it comes to floral hairstyles for your wedding day
Fashion-forward brides will adore the floral mohawk. Created by florist Juliet Glaves, this striking look is incredibly intricate, blending statement style with a flourish of delicate romance. Which blooms work best depends very much on the season, says Juliet: “For winter weddings, I create the look using dried flowers, grasses and foliage, with fresh trailing asparagus fern to finish. However, for a summer celebration, I’d use fresh flowers”.
Imagery: Lucy Davenport
For a minimalistic look, pick a subtle foliage-inspired hair piece, like this (below) from Hushed Commotion. “We preserve real plants in a rare, speciality technique using glucose,” explains founder Thea Bloch-Neal. “The resulting designs look totally natural, last for years and make true heirloom pieces to treasure long after the wedding day.”
Image: Rebecca Yale Photography
This isn’t so much a crown as a headdress. As fitting for a bohemian bride as it is for a carnival queen, it’s bright, punchy and utterly gorgeous. Severin Hubert, founder of Hepburn Collection, says: “Ask your florist to sew a couple of combs onto the crown to make securing it easier. If this is not possible, backcomb small sections and use pins to hold it in place”.
Image: Anneli Marinovich
Wearing your hair in a ponytail or twisted half-up ‘do? Use a floral flourish to conceal the hair tie for a polished, sophisticated finish. Whether it’s an elegant single bloom or a whole rainbow of petals, this is a look you have total control over. Award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford advises: “For this kind of style, choosing the right flowers is key: they need to match both the size of your hairstyle and also your face shape. Only add the flowers once your hair is styled; use bobby pins to hold them perfectly in place”.
Image: Olivia Richards Photography; hair styling: Michele DeeAnn Makeup Artistry
Real bride Alice wore her hair in a loose fishtail braid, with fresh red roses and peeps of greenery breaking up the look. “Fishtail braids might look daunting but are actually incredibly simple,” says celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas MBE. “Scoop hair into a ponytail and ‘fish’ strands from underneath, pulling them into the middle. Once you’ve finished working down the braid, ‘bag it up’ by pulling sections loose”. The secret to adorning the braid with fresh flowers? “Avoid anything that looks too forced,” recommends Errol. “The random placement of the buds creates a more natural, dainty finish.”
Image: Egle Laukyte at White Cat Studio; Hair styling: Hair By Mar
Thicker, longer hair – and don’t fancy wearing it in tumbling curls or tousled waves? Instead, consider a braided updo or a halo braid. “The key to this look is to pick hardier flowers that won’t wilt dramatically over the course of the day or outside of water,” explains Sarah Loughrey-Jennings, founder of Hiding in the City Flowers.
Image: Georgina Harrison; hair styling: Hair & Make-Up By Leila
Meanwhile, on the catwalks...
Debuted on the Rodarte runway, this oh-so fierce floral mane was the talk of Haute Couture Fashion Week. Too much? Not enough? Our verdict is out... Also spotted was this gorgeous matching combo (left): a fresh, gently in-bloom flower crown, perfectly paired with a delicate matching floral stole.
For the bride who really (like, really) loves flowers: why not transform into an actual real-life, ribbon-wrapped bouquet, à la Gigi Hadid at the Moschino SS18 catwalk show? For a total switch in perspective, leave your hair untouched and instead let #extra floral accessories do all the talking. As the old maxim goes: if in doubt, just add more flowers...