Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A headpiece for my veil

I haven't done anything about the rest of my plans yet - i.e. still no invitations or menu - but my outfit is starting to really come together. I recently found a headpiece for my veil.

The wreath is very similar to the 1920s wax-flower wreaths I've seen, so I suspect it may date to that era. I'm not sure if it's plastic or wax. You can see vintage tulle sewn onto the wreath on one side of the flowers, I assume from the original veil. I'm going to see about having a new veil made, probably in a slightly different style than the original.

With the right veil, I think this will look stunning with my dress!



At 9:22 PM, Blogger Suzanne Jeffares said...

Hi there, I am having an 1886 wedding and they also wore orange blossom in their hair, I was wondering if you could please advise where you got your wreath from please as it looks lovely - by the way so do your other photos.

Thanks Suz - suzannejeffares.blogspot.com

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for visiting! Yes, I read that orange blossoms and wax flower wreaths were used in weddings during the 19th century as well.

I found my wreath on eBay. The seller didn't know what it was, so I got it for about $30. I suggest browsing the various categories on eBay, because there are often really great finds listed in the wrong category or with the wrong information.

I did eventually verify that my wreath was wax, not plastic, by the way.

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've had fun reading back through your posts. I have just bought a vintage wax headpiece for my wedding - am considering doing a bit of DIY and making it a into just one band (at the moment there are 4 bands) or some other decoration for my hair. Did you do anything to your headpiece?


At 12:04 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


The only thing I did was to sew my veil onto my headpiece myself. The seamstress who made the veil set it up with a drawstring gather so that I could decide myself how much the veil should be gathered, and then I just sewed it on when I had it the way I wanted it.

So I'm afraid I can't help you much with the DIY work on your veil. Sorry!


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