Alt. Brides is honored to have Kira Shaw as our first guest blogger! Kira is a teacher, writer and blogger living in San Francisco. She single-handedly planned her own wedding, and started her wedding Pinterest page years before she even said, “Yes." Kira enjoys writing about DIY, crafting, fashion and more. She usually chooses not to wear a bra on the weekends, and Sunday is her favorite day to drink coffee in bed. Chasing after her roots, Kira would eat Mexican food every day if it were allowed. Check out her captivating blog at laughlivelovelearn.com
I have been wearing (real) flower crowns for most of my life. Far before I was engaged, I was donning flower crowns in my hometown at the park on May Day celebrations. Yes, my parents were hippies and yes, I wore cloth diapers. In fact, if you peek inside our family albums, you will find my mother’s flower crown dried and gently pressed in between photos of champagne on ice in the bathtub. Regardless, far before I was engaged, I planned on wearing a crown at my wedding. And no, I'm not interested in trying on a veil: I’m pretty sure everyone at this wedding is aware my fiancé has seen my face before. Unfortunately, the flower crown gets a bad rap (thanks a lot, Brandy Melville). The trend runs amok on Pinterest and practically every wedding blog one finds when searching "boho bride." But truly, who can blame these tastemakers? Flower crowns transcend time and, I find, look good on everyone. But alas, crowns continue to crowd our feeds and sadly, they may have become the burlap mason jar of bridal accessories, which honestly bums me out.
But if you're choosing not to wear flowers in your hair on the day-of, look no further. Below are some cringe-free alternatives to spice up your dome zone. With something for everyone in mind, these beau accessories are bound to turn heads.
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ROSI QUARTZ COATED CROWN
Get stoked on this epic crystal good vibes headpiece. Good energy that orbits all around. Perched in loose curls, this metal crown is made for the ultimate earth mother bride. $98.
The anti-headpiece for those ladies who plan on rocking a bare-shoulder situation. And yes. I highly recommend you do. For the gal who is armouring up, this piece is strapped. Plus, this gal makes her pieces in the USA, uses recycled materials, and they don’t break the bank. Check.Check.Check. $62.
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JENNY CHAIN + BLUSH JADE HEADPIECE
This delicate boho chain design is sitting pretty. The thin draped gold chain is not only lightweight, it pairs well with nearly every dress, it’s perfect for the girl who doesn’t let anything get her down. $92.
This one is channeling major Game of Thrones vibes. Hopefully your nuptials have a better ending than the red wedding, but at least you’ll be the queen of the castle in this Edwardian style golden crown. European designer, Naturae Design, has so many gorgeous headpieces to choose from including combs and headbands. If your wedding plans on being more renaissance fair than music festival, get this. Get it now. $143
CASEY BOBBY PINS
OK, so you like to wear flowers in your hair? Trust me, we don’t blame you if you do. These sleek tiny and delicate golden flower bobby pins are laced with center pearls and have sweet city vibe. If you prefer to put on the glitz, place them anywhere for a floating look. $90.
ANA DAISY HAIR PINS
Mix two parts Drew Barrymore and one part Courtney Love. And, voila! Everything Luna Bea does reminds me of a decomposed flower crown for the Alt. Bride who prefers who likes her martinis dirty, rocks a mid-drift on the daily, and has a few tats.
*Alt. Brides carries some, but not all, of these pieces, though many could be custom ordered!, Call, write, or stop by for more info.