It doesn’t matter how long or short or curly or straight your hair is. Your locks deserve a standout hairdo on your wedding day. If you’re ditching a veil, add some glitz and glam to your look with a hair accessory is a must. Whether that’s sweet, small pearl pins, a colorful headband, or a fit-for-a-princess tiara, the options vary in price, size, and subtlety – but they all work on all hair lengths and types.
Scroll on for ten of our favorite wedding hair accessories to add some sparkle to your locks on your big day.
1. A small hairpin to add serious sparkle
So rarely can “subtle” and “Swarovski” be used to describe the same item, but this bohemian hairpin is an exception. The pretty vine-like pin is relatively small (2.8 inches long), and is ultra-versatile no matter how long or short your hair is. Pinback just a little bit of hair, or use it to flourish an updo. The options are nearly endless, so have a brainstorming session with your hairstylist on the best (and most you!) way to wear it.
2. A headband that’s sure to turn heads
No matter how long (or short) your hair is, this padded headband from Jennifer Behr is the hair accessory dreams are made of, wedding day or just day-to-day. It brings a wildflower meadow vibe to your look – an especially perfect fit for a spring or summer garden wedding – using embroidery, beading, and three-dimensional silk chiffon flowers. Sure, it’s a serious investment, but an item you’ll reach for often.
3. Mix and match pretty pearl pins
Pretty + affordable = our favorite combination. This four-piece hairpin set from Lulu’s includes two pairs of designs: one set has small, delicate faux pearls, and the other has more bulbous faux pearls. Each pin measures 2.75 inches long, so use all of them for a standout look or a couple for a more subtle hairstyle. While they look substantial, they aren’t heavy – a must for a hairdo that has to last from the first look to the very last dance.
4. A tiara fit for royalty
If you, like us, firmly believe we don’t get enough opportunities to wear tiaras in life, use your wedding as a day to do just that. We’re confident you will feel most queen-like in this ultra-glamorous tiara, coated in crystals. Whether you opt for an updo or use this tiara to push back your tresses, it makes for an unforgettable wedding hair accessory that’ll have your guests talking about how you look like royalty.
5. This bridal hat
Attention: rock ‘n’ roll brides, bohemian brides, and non-traditional brides, this unexpected hair accessory is for you. Enter: the bridal hat; that adds some edge to a sleek jumpsuit at a city hall wedding or to keep the sun out of your face during an outdoor affair. This adventurous choice is not for the faint of heart, so bold brides prepare; this sleek, standout piece crafted by an Etsy seller will be a showstopper.
6. Create an ultra-elegant ponytail with pearls
Plan on pulling your hair back come the big day? You’ll want to upgrade from the sad hairband that lives on your wrist or in the bottom of your makeup bag. This Swarovski pearl pony wrap from Jennifer Behr includes a golden elastic cord and is perfect for securing a low pony, a bun, or any variation of an updo. If you have long, flowing hair, consider including a few of these to secure a cascading pony.
7. A bridal headband that transcends styles
Consider this bridal headband the Goldilocks of wedding hair accessories. This piece is not too flashy, trendy, or even expensive. This pearl piece is just right. This headpiece features translucent beads and faux pearls; twisted with gold wire and finished off with two ribbons tying it together.
8. A tiara that’ll have you feeling like a star
It’s your wedding day, and you can wear a tiara full of stars if you want to! (You are the star of the show, after all.) A constellation of Swarovski crystal stars twinkles atop this statement tiara, which would look so sleek with a bob or long wavy tresses. A word to the wise: this hair accessory should be the center of attention. Plan to keep your jewelry (except your wedding ring!) minimal.
9. A flower crown fit for a bohemian bride
This gorgeous flower crown is ideal for the laid-back bride looking for a relaxed wedding hair accessory. This mix of succulents and flowers includes tiny roses, seeded eucalyptus, delphinium buds, ranunculus, dusty miller berries, lilac, wax flowers, and more. Wear it atop not-too-done hair for an outdoor wedding or any event leading up to the big day, from a bridal shower to a bachelorette party.
10. A lovely lace hair clip
Wedding hair accessories don’t get much cuter (or more budget-friendly) than this sweet-as-can-be lace hair clip from Lulu’s. The embroidered lace design sits atop a silver French barrette closure, making for an easy embellishment to a half up-do or low ponytail. We’re confident you’ll want to pass it down to a little lady in your life, making it an instant heirloom.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.