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How to Wear a Bow in Your Hair

The bridal hair bows and ribbons trend remains a super popular wedding day look. This versatile hair accessory is simple yet chic. Romantic, feminine, and undeniably elegant, a bridal bow can add a touch of charm to any wedding day look. Whether you prefer a classic satin ribbon, oversized silk bow, delicate velvet ribbon or a modern, embellished design; I have three top tips to share on where to start if you’re looking to incorporate this beautiful accessory into your bridal hairstyle.

1. Coordinate with Your Outfit

Your bow should harmonize with your overall bridal look.

  • Match the Dress: If your dress has specific details (like lace or beading), choose a bow that mirrors these elements.

  • Complement the Veil: If you’re wearing a veil, ensure the bow doesn’t overshadow it. Look at the positioning of the bow so both accessories can shine.

  • Balance Your Jewellery: If your jewellery is bold, opt for a simpler bow. Or, if your jewellery is subtle, a more elaborate bow can add the perfect finishing touch.

2. Choose the Right Bow

Before you start your search, it's important to select a bow that complements your dress and overall wedding theme.

  • Material: Satin, silk, velvet, or organza are popular choices. Satin and silk offer a classic, smooth look, while velvet provides a richer texture, and organza adds a touch of whimsy.

  • Size: Consider the bow's size in relation to your hairstyle and face shape. A larger bow makes a statement and works well with simpler hairstyles, while a smaller bow is subtle and suits intricate hairdos.

  • Embellishments: Pearls, crystals, or lace can enhance the bow’s beauty. Choose embellishments that echo details in your dress or jewellery.

3. Decide on the Hairstyle

The beauty of a bridal bow is its versatility. It can be integrated into various hairstyles, each creating a different vibe.

  • Updo: For a classic and elegant look, position the bow at the base of a chignon or bun.

  • Half-Up, Half-Down: Place the bow where the sections of hair meet, adding a romantic touch.

  • Ponytail: A high or low ponytail adorned with a bow is chic and contemporary.

  • Loose Waves: Tuck a bow above or behind the ear for a soft, boho feel.

If you’re in need of inspiration look at bridal magazines, Pinterest boards, socials, and wedding blogs. Seeing how other brides have styled their bows can spark ideas and help you envision your perfect look.

Incorporating a bow into your bridal hairstyle is a beautiful way to express your style and add a unique touch to your wedding day ensemble. Whether you opt for a simple ribbon or an ornate, embellished bow, this accessory can elevate your look and make you feel even more special on your big day.


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