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Accessorise and Shine

Accessorise and Shine

Q I'm looking for a bespoke bridal headpiece for my winter wedding; what advice can you share to help the process?
A Merve Bayindir says: Move away from sinamay pieces, as they're not suitable for winter. We would start the process by chatting about where the wedding is taking place and the attire, which makes a big difference when picking a headpiece. It should not overpower your dress but complement the gown and your face while still making a statement.

I usually prefer a more straightforward style of custom-designed headbands as they would be easy to wear with a long veil but still comfortable after a party. Most of my brides use their headpieces for other events after the big day, which makes it more sustainable. I like to use flowers but never in a way that would overpower the piece, emphasising on the shape of the flower to complements the piece and detailing without shades or colours but movements. Though if we need something blue or a touch of colour, I'm never against it!

On the other hand, a cool fedora looks fantastic if you're going for a suit. Never be afraid of having that cool look. Remember, simple is more of a statement than anything else. For those very light dresses, a plain and specially-shaped headpiece can look as delicate as the gown. For a simple dress suit and more of a court ceremony, I always go with a bit of a vintage touch, like a pillbox with a veil or a headband for that 50s/60s style.

Some brides want to do a rock 'n' roll wedding, and we can go all out on the headpiece to be the day's statement according to their wishes. Every person is different, and it's all about finding your perfect option. I always see my brides as my collaborators; I try to incorporate everything they want in the piece while ensuring it still complements their look. Ultimately, it's their day, and the most important thing is they feel happy and confident with the piece.

Merve Bayindir, Merve Bayindir Millinery

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