FAQs and expert advice about accessories

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastmidlands.wedding


Vintage classics

Vintage classics

Q. For our vintage wedding, I'm looking for accessories to finish off my look. What would you suggest? 

A. Chantelle Hewitt says: Vintage-style weddings are so on-trend right now and you can incorporate one or two elements into your accessories, even if you don't want to embrace the theme fully.

The wedding dress usually dictates the type of accessories chosen. Flowers and leaves on a hair vine, woven through a plait or around the forehead for a '70s look works perfectly for boho styles – jewellery can be delicate gold bees or butterflies, silver feathers or maybe a pearl pendant!

If you're looking for a Gatsby style, slim-fitted and heavily-beaded dresses look amazing with sparkling hair combs or tiaras.

If you're reflecting the '20s, then a feathered headpiece works well with a fabulous pair of glittering Swarovski drop earrings. 

The '40s and '50s were full of elegance and style; opt for tea-length dresses, classic string pearls and matching studs for a timeless look that's never out of fashion. Birdcage veils also bring a touch of vintage glamour to any wedding dress. 

For those Hollywood-style brides, glittering hair combs studded with crystals and a gorgeous statement necklace and earrings will epitomise the theme.

Chantelle Hewitt, Crystelle Belle Jewellers


Trend setters

Trend setters

Q. My mum's so excited for our wedding, but she's struggling to find the perfect headwear. What are the current trends?

A. Clare Brown says: The modern mother-of-the-bride is tending to move away from a full ensemble by the same designer that matches her dress. It's therefore much easier and wiser to shop around for headwear and other accessories.

A hatinator-style is very popular and attaches to the head by a piece of elastic or a band which makes it more practical to wear all day as they're light and don't flatten hair like a full hat and are regularly seen on the heads of royals like Zara Tindall and Kate Middleton. They may also be more appropriate at a smaller, more intimate gathering, while still making the mother-ofthe- bride feel special. Current millinery trends include veiling, headbands, beret shapes and Dior brims. A contemporary edge is given with the addition of simple lines, materials like leather and pretty florals. Colours such as dusty pinks, blues and neutrals are everywhere at the moment and are flattering for most.

Beautiful mother-of-the-bride, Sheila, wore a blue percher style hatinator with a spectacular sculptural swirl to match her wrap dress from Stine Goya, as can be seen in this photo.

Clare Brown, Clare Brown Headwear

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