While the seemingly never-ending rollercoaster of the last few months has undoubtedly ignited plenty of heated discussions and disagreements, if there’s one thing that we can all agree on it’s that 2020 was a bad year to schedule a wedding.
From delays and postponements to entire cancellations, brides- and grooms-to-be have faced disappointment after disappointment as the rules around mass gatherings impacted their wedding parties. Receptions were initially restricted to thirty guests, then to fifteen, before some areas were limited to no more than six.
As these regulations continue to fluctuate in line with the pandemic’s insatiable impact and the government’s subsequent restrictions, it’s no surprise many couples are forgoing the big ‘do’ altogether in favour of a low-key – but no less official – registry office ceremony.
But with weddings providing the occasion for so many sartorial traditions, what does this upheaval mean for the classic bridal aesthetic?
While some have opted for beautiful, simple midi – or even mini – dresses, many have plumped for wearable separates that can be re-styled for later occasions in lieu of a big white dress.
But it’s not just the much-anticipated dress that’s had somewhat of a wedding makeover; a bride’s hair has also become an area for a little experimentation, with several shunning the veil in favour of something a little more unusual.
From clips to grips, headbands to hair-ties, the world of hair accessories has never been so in-demand. And, unsurprisingly, it’s the white and cream pieces that are proving most popular.
If you’re looking for something bold and statement-making in place of a veil, Prada’s sequin satin headband is the perfect piece to wear with your hair down.
If you’re looking for something a little less punchy but similarly unusual, Lelet’s faux pearl and crystal hair slide looks great worn to the back of the head, falling down the back of the hair, and stand out particularly well on dark brunette shades.
More whimsical pieces come courtesy of 14 / Quatorze, whose gypsophila-inspired designs add a serene and quaint feel to the look, with a headband perfect for looser styles and hair-pins for sharper up-dos.